Drapers visits the second day of Scoop to see who is perusing the aisles.
The sun shone on the second day of the spring 18 edition of contemporary womenswear show Scoop. Drapers spotted plenty of show lanyards draped round necks and arms clutching bags bearing the Scoop logo on the short walk from Sloane Square underground station to the Saatchi Gallery, Scoop’s longstanding home. There was a buzzy mood outside as exhibitors and buyers alike took a few minutes out to enjoy the warmer weather in the square outside the gallery. The mood inside was equally positive and the aisles seemed busy with a steady stream of visitors. Exhibitors were particularly pleased with the high calibre of buyers from some of the country’s leading independents, and said people seemed keen to do business and place orders.
The afternoon proved busier than the first day, which some thought had suffered from the temptation of the men’s Wimbledon final. Buyers from the larger multiples proved more elusive, although several exhibitors said they were expecting them to make an appearance on the show’s last day.
Mood of the show
Ciara Silke Founder, Ciara Silke
“It’s been busier for us today – I think the Wimbledon final yesterday meant there was a bit of lull in the afternoon on the first day. We’re in the Salon and it’s definitely buzzier in here today: there have been lots of buyers from independents around. We’ve been keeping in touch with the buyers that we’ve met about potential opportunities, so for us it’s been well worth coming to the show.”
Estelle Bloomfield and Angie Bradley Founders, Hw2
“The show has been really good for us. The first day was a little sporadic, but steady, and the second day has been strong. We come to see our regular customers, because we don’t have a London showroom. It’s nice to catch up face to face and have a bit of a gossip about what’s going on in the industry. We usually also pick up one or two new customers while we’re here. It’s mostly been independents from around the UK. We don’t usually do the winter edition of the show because our product is quite summery, but it’s something we are thinking about.”
Cory Burke Director, The Last Agencies, representing Woden
“The first day was quiet, but today has been good. We’ve seen some of our current retailers and some new ones. It’s definitely picked up today and we’ve seen some really premium doors at the show – the quality of independent buyers here has been really excellent. It’s good to come and get feedback from customers on the collections, to find out what worked, what they liked and what could be improved. I haven’t seen anyone from the multiples yet but to be honest I would expect them on the last day. We come because the right retailers are here.”
Francesca Millea Key account manager, True Decadence
“Yesterday was a little quiet, perhaps because of the Wimbledon final. Today has been pretty steady and the quality of the buyers here has been great. It’s really been a case of quality over quantity, which is what you want. We’ve seen some Irish customers, which was good and a nice way of spreading the message about the brand. People seem ready to write orders. It’s always a nice show to come to – the atmosphere is great.”