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MODA REVIEW


Moda Footwear summer show


Providing a springboard for S/S 2017 footwear launches, this year’s Moda Footwear summer show featured the latest new styles for men, women and children. Footwear Today reports


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aking place from 7-9 August at the NEC Birmingham, the Moda Footwear show has always been considered a must-attend event for footwear


buyers and retailers looking to explore new brands and take in the latest lines. Moda's B2B fashion exhibition incorporates five shows in specialist sectors in addition to footwear, including accessories, which is ideal given the increasing numbers of boutique owners branching into footwear, and traditional footwear retailers diversifying by stocking handbags and accessories.


New season style inspires footwear buyers Having closed its doors after playing host to over 400 footwear collections, Moda Footwear was praised for renewing enthusiasm amongst retailers during a time of tough trading. Organisers of the Birmingham-based trade show Moda Footwear have reported that – despite a cautious mood throughout the wider industry – a strong calibre of business buyers were in attendance at the event, and were committed to placing serious orders. “I walked away feeling excited about what I had ordered,” said Anthea Richardson-Owens, manager-buyer at independent department store Barkers of Northallerton, North Yorkshire. “Footwear is my main area of interest and although I attend to catch up with my core suppliers, I also like to discover new companies and was pleased to pick up some new labels this time around.”


Dedicated footwear independents agreed that attending the show had


been essential for discovering the trends to come in S/S 17. “I feel positive and excited about next spring since attending Moda Footwear,” said Faye Clark, director at Finale Shoes & Accessories in Corbridge, Northumberland. “I attended to pick up on new trends and to source new brands and I thought it was a great show overall.”


Lower visitor numbers do not affect business Footwear Today caught up with a number of exhibitors after the show to find out their take on the three days of Moda. The general consensus seemed to be that while footfall did not match that of the February edition of the show, the level of business achieved was nevertheless.


14 • FOOTWEAR TODAY • SEPTEMBER 2016


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