Retailers have explained to Drapers they have tightened their budgets ahead of critical exhibitions Micam in Milan (sixteen-19 February), Moda in Birmingham (23-25 February) and Sole Fashion in Coventry (sixteen-17 February).
Gary Bates, buying manager at footwear indie Hobson Sneakers in Bawtry and Newark, who is attending Sole Fashion this week, mentioned the current retail atmosphere has experienced an affect on the way he spends: “At one particular time, I would throw a little bit of caution to the wind. But now, I do like to attempt a thing new, but I am cautious. You have to be.
“We’ve experimented with in-period buying – the plan at the rear of it is terrific – no ahead dedication and you can respond swiftly. The challenge with that is you’ll go to the provider and you’ll think oh I’ll acquire X product, and anyone has crushed you to it or they didn’t