In With the New at Première Classe

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PARIS — Spoiled for choice was the consensus of buyers attending the recent edition of the Première Classe Tuileries accessories trade show here, with a sea of new brands to choose from. New exhibitor numbers spiked 20 percent versus the equivalent year-ago session, due in part to the replacement of designers who had left the show in search of cheaper alternatives, including transforming their own boutiques into showrooms, according to the show’s director, Sylvie Pourrat. The total number of exhibitors remained stable at 530. “It’s an economic and strategic decision I fully respect,” said Pourrat, noting that the increase in demand for smaller booths this year also freed up space for new names to squeeze in. Pourrat said that with more brands showing elsewhere due to “economic constraints” impacting the entire industry, “we can see that it’s a counterbalance to the trade shows, but it doesn’t take away from us and our state of affairs. Our trade show completely respects its positioning, and hasn’t waned in quantity or quality due to these strategic changes.” Buyer attendance was stable at 11,304, marking a 2.3 percent increase. Still, several of the exhibitors interviewed sensed traffic was slower than expected at the four-day show. Catherine Doumerc, a

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