The talk of the stands at Scoop this week was all about Brexit. Drapers visited the show to pick out the best new product, and gauge the mood of buyers and exhibitors
A lovely sunny start meant the spring 17 edition of Scoop got off to an upbeat start last weekend, running concurrently with Pure London on opposite sides of the city on July 24-26.
The womenswear show Scoop, the newer of the two events, had a refresh this season, combining its London and international shows under one roof, and moving from its usual arty home in Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road to Old Billingsgate Market in east London.
Situated alongside the River Thames and overlooking the city’s famous skyline, the new venue was light, bright and airy. Brands and buyers positively sang its praises, particularly how easy it was to navigate and the more buzzy atmosphere created by housing all stands together in one large space and across a mezzanine level, rather than the slightly pokey rooms of the Saatchi Gallery, which are spread over many floors.
Although many visitors and exhibitors openly preferred Scoop’s new location and set-up, this was only a temporary relocation because the Rolling Stones exhibition has taken over the Saatchi Gallery, with Scoop already booked to return to west London for its autumn 17 edition.
Numbers ebbed and flowed over, with a mostly calm but satisfactory mood. The lulls in buyers were a point of discussion although there was no real consensus on why this was – some suggested the market was a bit flat following the Brexit vote and other concerns, while others pointed out that buyers from the north of the UK had a distance to travel, so naturally turned up later in the day, while others spilt their time between Scoop and Pure London.
Brexit surfaced as the main topic of discussion however, and its impact on the value of sterling – and, by extension, costs and margins – was the main talking point.
- For Drapers pick of the best brands and new product, click here.
- To read about how trade show visitors reacted to Brexit, click here.
- To read about the mood of the show this season click here.
- To read our full coverage from Pure London, click here.