Harrogate Fashion Week (HFW) has confirmed that the dateline for the next show – originally planned for 26-27 July – has been postponed due to COVID-19.
A later date of 23-24 August, 2020, is now being considered – at the exhibition’s usual home of the Harrogate Convention Centre – by show directors Sarah Moody and Wendy Adams, due to demand from buyers and exhibitors.
Moody, commented: “This has been such a difficult time for every business and our industry feels it needs to work together and look to the future. Spring/summer is such an important season in the buying calendar that to miss it for a whole year could dramatically effect many of our exhibitors and boutiques.
“From the buyers we have spoken to they have commented they would feel safer visiting a more intimate and focused show to buy this season, which puts HFW ahead of some of the larger events.”
Adams, added: “There are still a lot of decisions and planning to take place, as most importantly we need to ensure the safety of both our exhibitors and visitors attending, but we do feel with the help of HCC we can make this possible.
“The government’s stage 2 of coming out of lockdown should see most of the boutiques re-opening from mid-June, so the industry can start to do business again which will help us all have more confidence to announce a final decision.”
Paul Tate, managing director at Roger Tate Fashions Ltd., who usually exhibits at the show, said: “Although I have a showroom, I still feel there is a place for exhibitions this coming season.
“I feel a niche show would be better for the safety of all and we have always supported HFW. It will provide us with the ability to socially distance and also to show the full detail of the collection and create sales for SS21.”