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Trade shows - Drapers’ choices

Unsure which shows to visit this season? The Drapers team has plenty of recommendations to help you decide.

The Berlin shows

Berlin has one of the busiest schedules, with Drapers visiting Panorama, Bread & Butter, Premium and Seek, among others.

Be prepared for long days and late nights, as the city lives up to its fun reputation with plenty of networking opportunities at various store openings and brand parties.

Eric Musgrave, editorial director

Pure London

I recommend making the trip to Pure because you can get all your buying done in one go, with forward-order halls, short-order brands and newly relaunched footwear and accessories sections for spring 15. It’s all under one roof too, which definitely helps.

Keely Stocker, online editor

The London Textile Fair

London’s biggest textile show continues to grow in influence and is well worth a visit. Its early dates mean it’s a good place to spot fresh trends, as exhibitors unveil pre-collections for the new season alongside a refreshed offer of previous bestsellers.

Graeme Moran, fashion editor

Micam, Milan

Micam is the place to be for footwear buyers each season, so don’t miss out. However, be prepared to make good use of your walking shoes at this huge show. My tip is to stay in the centre of the city rather than out by the show venue to make the most of your time there.

Jill Geoghegan, reporter

LondonEdge

If your customers like something a bit more alternative, then LondonEdge is the best place to find everything from rockabilly to skatewear. The show has rebranded this season with a more youthful approach.

Olivia Gagan, senior reporter

Scoop, London

I’ll be enjoying the arty locations of Scoop at the Saatchi and Phillips galleries while keeping my eyes peeled for the best new brands. The show is also good for catching up with familiar faces from the independent womenswear market who gather at the show to talk trade.

Emily Norval, senior fashion writer

Pitti Uomo, Florence

I’ll be going to sunny Florence to get an early look at all the key trends for the season - this is the key international menswear show. It’s one of the main gathering points for the UK and Irish trade. If you want to fit in, dress to impress. Catch up with colleagues in the Fortezza courtyard, and I’ll see you at the Gilli bar in the evening.

Eric Musgrave, editorial director

Who’s Next, Paris

The fun atmosphere and casual set-up of Who’s Next makes it a favourite for womenswear buyers in the know. The show is full of hidden gems, so make sure you scour the aisles.

Ana Santi, deputy editor

Première Vision, Paris

Whatever textiles you need, you’ll find them at Première Vision. Start off at the trend centres to get a great overview of the season and remember to book your appointments in advance, as some stands get very busy.

James Knowles, features editor

Moda, Birmingham

While Moda’s mainstream women’s and men’s clothing offer is strong, footwear and lingerie buyers should also make the trip to the NEC as they’ll find plenty on offer there too.

Catherine Neilan, news editor

The Copenhagen shows

Scandi brands are popular with UK customers, so to give your shop a point of difference it’s worth visiting the Danish capital to find lesser-known names at CIFF, Vision and Gallery, as well as the city’s fashion week. It’s a great place for inspiration too, with a host of interesting stores to check out. The summer editions offer great weather, with many catwalk shows taking place outside in the sunshine.

Graeme Moran, fashion editor

Jacket Required, London

As this menswear show has almost doubled in size at its new location, The Old Truman Brewery in east London, get there early to give yourself plenty of time to inspect the interesting brand mix and catch up with the industry. And don’t miss out on the show’s packed after-party.

Keely Stocker, online editor

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