Brands Want Shine and Flexibility, Say Exhibitors at Blossom Première Vision

PARIS — It was a quiet scene at Blossom Première Vision, the trade show targeting the pre-collections market held on Dec. 11 and 12 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris.
“Things aren’t usually so calm,” said Laurent Bové, sales manager of leather manufacturer Cuirs du Futur, gesturing to the nearly empty alleys of the textile trade show. “The French railway strikes have really affected business today.”
Traffic at the eighth edition of the show dipped from 1,100 visitors at the December 2018 edition to a mere 827, according to the organizers, who cited the countrywide railway strike, resulting traffic issues and flight cancelations as reasons for pre-checked-in visitors to postpone or cut short their visit.
The turnout was particularly disappointing given that the number of exhibitors grew 3.5 percent to 120 for this edition, in part thanks to the addition of eight new weavers and two leather tanneries. The trade show, which is targeted to the high-end luxury houses, has become for many brands the starting point for their fabric research, in this instance for spring 2021.
However, some visitors quite enjoyed the calm setting. “What I like about Blossom Première Vision is that it’s at human scale,” said Pierre Kaczmarek, the founder

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