Drapers catches up with Karen Radley, founder of womenswear trade show Scoop, at the autumn 18 edition.
What’s different for this season of Scoop?
We were determined to focus more on British designers, such as House of Stars and Ragyard, because I wanted to bring a more international buyer to Scoop. We’ve seen more buyers from Europe and the Far East, including some Japanese buyers and lots from France and Belgium.
What’s the mood been like among exhibitors and retailers?
It’s been lovely. People I’ve spoken to have said that they’re here for the day, that it’s the first time they’ve bought for 2018, and they have found what they want here. They’ve said that the show has “grown into itself” and is the perfect brand mix for them.
What challenges will there be for premium womenswear brands in 2018?
Brands will do well if they’ve got the right product. Buying is happening on a wider price scale, and the edge of prices is lowering. Buyers are sourcing more carefully – they’re being more selective and are looking for iconic, standout pieces.