Scoop closes doors on “triumphant season” as buyers praise layout and show experience  

Exhibitors say buyers were upbeat and positive for the new season at this week’s edition of Scoop, which took place alongside Pure London x JATC at Olympia West.

Founder Karen Radley invited retailers to “a return to wonderment” as this season’s overarching theme, presenting a showcase of the latest collections from over 200 international designers.

Buyers were welcomed by oversized rabbit statues, joyful music, a striking stiletto sculpture and stunning blooms at the show’s entrance. Inside its ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ interior design theme included art deco-inspired furniture, retro wallpaper and an elegant champagne bar. Large floral displays interspersed with golden blooms decorated the aisles while buyers enjoyed caricatures by Mary Ibeh Illustrations and delicious refreshments.

This season’s exclusive showcase included collections from Talis Chains, Corita Rose, Blackcliff, DR. BlOOM, Moves, Stoney Clover Lane, Story Wear, DAWN x DARE, Notshy Cashmere, Vaincourt Paris, Tanavana, Barefoot Dreams, Native Youth and many more.

Exhibitors said they experienced “a magical three days” meeting “amazing buyers, new clients and old friends.”

Sarah McCartney from 4160 Tuesdays said: “We came here hoping to meet a small target of suitable retailers who would be good for us, and we have more than reached it. It is such a beautiful atmosphere, put together with genuine skill and attention.”

Morris Fyfe Agency’s Emily Fyfe, which represents Sorena, added: “We’ve had an absolutely fantastic show! It is not all about footfall, it is about the quality that comes through the doors, and we have seen consistent high-level quality from day one to three and we couldn’t be happier.  The ambience is really positive and there is quality in the collections on show – We will be coming back!”

Independent retailers attending this season included Carl Jacklin from Lincoln’s Agatha Boutique, Margaret Gallagher and Mary McSweeney of Ireland’s Les Jumelles and Malin and Aron Hose from Fifty 5a in Devon.

Deryane Tadd, owner of The Dressing Room in St Albans, who also visited the show, said: “Scoop has a great buzz this season! There is a lot of newness, and the theme is wonderful. There has been good energy across the show, and I have picked up new brands as well as buying from my existing favourites. It is great to have three shows on at the same time and in one location making buying convenient as well as enjoyable!”

Commenting on its success, Karen Radley added: “Everyone that has walked through the doors this season has commented on the ‘wonderment’ of the show, from the incredible new designers and collections they have discovered to the special environment we have created.  We are closing our doors on what has been a fantastic season!”