Harrogate: 17 Exhibitors’ Perspectives

We ask some of the brightest names in fashion what The Harrogate Bridal Show means to them…

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Model on the runway at The Harrogate Bridal Show
Model on the runway at The Harrogate Bridal Show

Addison Bailey by Ruth Groundwater

"This is the beginning of a whole new world for us. We are ready to show the world who and what we are, and what we offer. This is our very first bridal show."

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Angel Forever

“We have witnessed it ourselves that there is no other show in comparison to Harrogate. You get the best brands showcasing their up-to-date collections, which benefits all the visitors.”

Coya

“As a brand introducing ourselves for the first time in the European market, The Harrogate Bridal Show has always been recognised within the industry as one of the top trade shows for brands to participate in. I feel it also draws in the most reputable brands around the world and the buyers recognise that as well.”

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Ladybird

“Harrogate provides a great sales platform, and equally importantly, it allows us to canvas opinion on the collection and get a true understanding of how things are in the world of retail.”

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Miranda Templeton

“It’s where we started and it feels like home, it’s a friendly show and we see so many of our stockists that don’t always make a trip elsewhere.”

Jasmine Design

“For us, the Harrogate show is our biggest and best. We reach more new stores here than anywhere else, and happily welcome the majority of our shops from across the UK and Ireland.”

True Bride

“We’ve been exhibiting at Harrogate since the beginning. It is the most important date on the calendar for most retailers and the best way to meet buyers old and new. There is always a ‘vibe’ at the show, and we look forward to the event all year."

NC Sposa

“We love to showcase our amazing designs to all the attendees as well as to the media. It’s also great to catch up with our existing stockists along with meeting lots of new people.”

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Eliza Jane Howell

“We get to see our stockists from Northern Europe especially Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Everyone loves the relaxed vibe of Harrogate.”

Mon Cheri

“HBS is so important and special to us. It is the first opportunity we have to showcase our spring collection each year. We have catwalks throughout the day and also spot modelling available on request. HBS gives our wonderful retailers the opportunity to see the new designs first-hand and the upcoming trends in bridal for the following year.”

We caught up with Martin Thornburg from Mon Cheri to find out a little more about what you can expect from them at the show. See the full interview here.

Pia Michi

“There has been an increase in bridal stores stocking quality eveningwear and we feel Harrogate is the right place for our brand to fit in with those who like to lead in fashion, those that design and create new shapes and use new fabrics and quality beading.”

Rainbow Club

“Harrogate is a must for us every year. We get to showcase our new season’s collections to our top stockists and buyers. It’s great to be surrounded by other like-minded, world renowned brands at the show. Our 2019 collection has already proved to be a big hit with retailers so we’re excited for the year ahead.”

Sasso

“It’s special to us as it’s in our home county of good ol’Yorkshire. We feel that Harrogate has always been a lucky place and that we show our most successful collections here. The atmosphere is always bustling. It’s also a creative hub to see new trends, key pieces and to just generally be inspired."

Paloma Blanca

“Harrogate is a very popular show that our retailers love to attend. Our stand is positioned in the designer aisle close to the VIP lounge with a lovely ambiance to conduct business and showcase our new 2019 collections.”

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Shamali

“For us it is still the heartbeat of the British bridal industry. Exchanging information with other like-minded business people is essential and showcasing our own collection at Harrogate seems like an obvious choice.”

Lusan Mandongus

“It is one of the biggest bridal shows in the UK, and it will also be the last show for Lusan Mandongus this year to showcase our completed collection. During this show, we will introduce new styles that have never been presented anywhere before, so make sure you come to our booth to see the new styles.”

Linzi Jay

“We have some really strong new collections and are looking forward to introducing them at the show and catching up with lots of customers, new and existing. We are delighted to be a finalist in the Bridal Buyer Awards for Best Headdress Collection of the Year.”

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