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TBC's move has mixed response

Young fashion show TBC received mixed reviews from exhibitors, although visitors were mostly in favour of its new location.

The two-day show was staged at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in east London - which hosted the first show in 1991 - rather than at recent venue Tobacco Dock in Wapping. The move was intended to make the show more convenient for visitors.

But despite pleasing buyers, the new location did not suit everyone. Matt Wassall, UK sales manager at Vacant Designs, said he had picked up a few new accounts, but was not impressed with the venue.

Life & Limb brand manager Andy Taylor said: "It was disgusting. There was no carpet and pigeons were flying around going to the toilet on people's collections. If buyers from Europe came to visit they would wet themselves laughing."

Penfield sales director Jag Dhami added: "I don't know if we should blame the downbeat atmosphere 100% on the show - the retail climate is not very good at the moment."

However, show co-organiser Mark Batista said he was "quietly confident", because 90% of the feedback had been positive. "We have had emails from people saying they are happy with it," he added.

Gibson brand manager Jason Roberts saw 60 retailers, of which 20 were possible new accounts. "I am positive about the show," he said. "It's very important for the trade."

Visitor numbers were up 10%, while attendance from international buyers increased by 19% on last season.

- See page 53 for a full report from TBC and The Park.

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