Quiet confidence marked the first day of Scoop, the London event that officially kicks off the womenwear buying season.
On Sunday the blistering heat possibly kept buyer attendance down, but there was a purposeful atmosphere about the show, which this season has split over two venues to accommodate almost 400 exhibitors at the better-to-premium end of the market.
“Although things certainly aren’t easy, many of our buyers are feeling good about next spring because they have had a very good Sale, which has been helped by the hot weather, and are going into autumn with very clean stocks,” said Ian Campbell-Smith of agency Palladio Associates, which deals with about 400 accounts.
Michelle Nöel, sales manager at Ally Capellino, concurred: “Last season there was a bad vibe at the fairs as everyone had had such a tough time, but this season people seem in a better mood. There’s a real sense that we have started to turn a corner.”