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Turnout doubles at The Park's new home

Buyers and exhibitors welcomed the expanded show and new east London venue at streetwear and boardsports event The Park this week.

Co-organiser Darren Hall said initial figures showed visitor numbers had almost doubled to just under 400 at the three-day event, which was held in parallel with young fashion show TBC at the Old Truman Brewery on London's Brick Lane.

The show was previously held at the Vinyl Factory Gallery in Soho, central London, but the number of exhibitors has doubled to 26 at the new venue.

Chris Woollam, co-owner of streetwear independent Odyssey in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which sells the likes of WeSC and Analog, said: "This location is much better. The extra space and more exhibitors make it more worthwhile, because we're looking for something different to the high street."

Surf brand Oxbow, a first-time exhibitor at the show, benefited from the mix of streetwear, fashion and boardsports. UK and RoI sales manager Dan Alliston said: "We are more than just a boardsports brand and this show helps us to get that image over. We've had a lot of interest and some potential new accounts, and buyers from TBC have come for a look."

Simon Holmes of Lead Distribution, which sells streetwear label Obey, said: "The show's been busy - it's a real order-writing show for us. Extra events, like snowboarding outside the venue, helped to pull people in."

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