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Tough trade fails to dent Moda mood

Exhibitors at mid-market womenswear show Moda UK in Birmingham reported a confident mood among buyers, despite a tough season so far.

Danny Saul, managing director of womenswear brand Frank Saul Fashions, said apart from a blip on Monday morning the show had been busy. "Retailers have had two tough seasons, but the buyers at Moda were clued up. We did very well on the black and white trend," he said.

Several independents told Drapers they hoped to find new product and brands to lift their business after difficult summer trading.

Debbie Wilson, owner of Melange in Truro, Cornwall, said: "Trade has been tough and footfall is down in general. We've come to do some essential buys and are looking for something different too, as well as trans-seasonal product. But there hasn't been anything that has caught our eye. The accessories here are good, and that has been big for us."

Most exhibitors at Moda Menswear, held at the same venue, were content with the level of interest, but buyers said trends had not moved on. Paul Cass, owner of two-store Irish indie For Him in Waterford, said: "The Irish market is a little different. We're still selling bootcut jeans, while trouser styles are getting skinnier. But apart from that, there's nothing new here this time."

At Moda Footwear, Roger Brennan, south of England sales manager for footwear agency Peter France said: "We've had interest, but buyers are holding off their spend until later in the season."

Visitor numbers were unavailable as Drapers went to press.

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