Exhibitors and Retailers herald INDX Menswear & Footwear a success
The menswear community came out in force to support the recent edition of INDX Menswear & Footwear, which took place 18-20 July at Cranmore Park in Solihull and served to reunite the industry for its first in-person format since January 2020.
The teams responsible for planning the show worked hard to ensure the well-being of all its visitors and exhibitors and despite the challenges of holding a live event during Covid restricted times, the show successfully delivered an exciting showcase of market leading brands and a friendly, professional environment conducive to placing orders.
The three-day event was backed by over 100 brands and was well attended by retailers from across the UK, with everyone keen to get back to business as usual. Exhibitors were among the first to herald the show a success, praising the organisation of the show and the upbeat mood of visiting buyers:
“It’s been a very well organised and user-friendly show. Customers have been extremely positive, and it’s been the perfect environment to present the collections and take orders” - Ward Mann, DK Company- Blend /Casual Friday
“INDX Menswear & Footwear was a brilliant place to start getting back to some sort of normal pre-order selling. The show was organised to make everyone feel safe but relaxed enough for us to still feel comfortable doing business” - Steve Edwards, Drooth Ltd
"It was a good show for us, we saw lots of existing customers and one or two new ones too. The overall mood was positive but cautious” - Roger Meeke, Brook Taverner
“It was great to finally catch up with colleagues, competitors and customers once again and the restrictions were very well managed. We took good orders and opened new accounts” - Bob Siswick, Skopes
Buyers and retailers have also been quick to applaud the return to a physical showcase, thanking the venue and event teams for providing a well-organised and safe environment:
“Well-done to all the team at INDX for creating a fantastic Menswear show! I found some interesting new brands as well as familiar quality brands and it was great to see people and product in person again. There was a high level of optimism and positivity for the future with mutual support shared across brands and buyers. INDX has become the go-to show for Menswear and I’m already looking forward to the next one” - Annmarie Collie-King, Group Buyer AIS
“For the past year we have been buying on zoom calls or whatever ways possible and although these are ok as an alternative it was great to get back to the show to not only see the clothing but to also meet up with suppliers again. It was good to see a great assortment of brands and to be able to place orders in person in a Covid safe environment” - Phil Adams, Smith Bradbeer & Co
"I was a little hesitant about attending a large-scale exhibition but was reassured by the strict temperature checks and use of hand sanitiser on entering. The absence of exhibitions over lockdown has made me realise that what we miss more than anything is the people, the discussions, the atmosphere of being with like-minded people - and of course the buzz......... Thank you organisers and suppliers, you did a great job" - Martin Jones, Vaughan Davies
INDX Menswear & footwear will return to Cranmore Park from 06 – 08 February 2022 and following the success of the July 2021 edition, exhibitors are already lining-up to reserve their stands. Buyers are advised to keep an eye on the INDX Website for information about registering for the show.