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Gallery gets off to a busy start as CIFF and Vision draw to a close

The Copenhagen trade shows continued today (Wednesday), with the last day of CIFF and Vision, while Gallery opened its doors with a bang.

Drapers visited Vision in the morning, where brands praised the show’s relocation to the city centre, at Øksnehallen, which was the original location of the show before it moved to Lokomotivværkstedet in 2012, further outside of Copenhagen.

However, despite praise for the venue and layout, brands felt the change in the show’s dates had an impact on buyer presence. Vision and CIFF started earlier this season, on Sunday, while Gallery stuck to the original Copenhagen schedule of Wednesday to Friday.

Signe Bøgelund-Jensen, owner of womenswear label Bogelund Jensen, said the new venue for Vision was “much easier” for buyers to get to, as it is closer to Copenhagen city centre. But she showed concern about the dates, saying, “Couldn’t they do everything at the same time and same place? That would be better.”

“It’s a shame [the shows] aren’t more compressed,” said Jacob Dyrmose Bjerg, sales at womenswear label YAS. “A lot of buyers weren’t happy with Vision starting on Sunday; people want to do everything in three days, but now it’s difficult.”

Across town, at Gallery, which Drapers visited in the afternoon, exhibitors were pleased with a strong start to the show, which was drawing in crowds first thing in the morning and appeared busier than either CIFF or Vision.

“It’s been really good so far,” said Ben Sibthorpe, international sales manager at denim label Denham, which is showing at Gallery. “It’s our first time showing here and it’s already been a lot more international than I expected; we’ve seen lots of foreign buyers and it’s very busy.”

“It’s been a great morning already at Gallery, so we’re looking forward to a busy few days,” agreed Fredrik Wikholm, creative director at menswear brand Uniforms for the Dedicated. “Why did CIFF and Vision change dates, I have no idea; but it doesn’t seem to have affected Gallery.”

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