The organisers of Stitch are hoping to secure an 11th-hour deal for January’s edition of the streetwear show to go ahead – but past exhibitors have warned they may have left it too late to fit into the schedule.
Founder Brian Duffy and his business partner Howard Eggleston, who bought a minority stake in the exhibition in July, told Drapers they were close to sign-off on the autumn 14 edition but that it is still yet to be confirmed. Last year’s venue, the Old Sorting Office in London, has no booking.
Duffy told Drapers: “We’re close to finalising a deal this week. We were close to agreeing an event partner but it fell through. It has got to be right in order to proceed.”
However, many previous Stitch exhibitors said it would be too late to factor the show into their diaries and budgets at this late stage.
The owner of one streetwear brand said: “I don’t think we would attend next season. With the market being as difficult as it is, it’s too expensive to expect brands to make room in their budgets.”
Another brand owner said: “We are planning on going to Jacket Required instead this season. We haven’t heard anything from Stitch so it’s too late for us now.”