Eye2Eye, the trendy footwear show in London, is working together with the new Rendez-Vous men’s and women’s apparel show that began in Paris last January. A section of Eye2Eye will be featured alongside the Rendez-Vous fair next March 4-6, during the Paris Fashion Week, after a group of brands from the Rendez-Vous show will have made an appearance in London during London Fashion Week next Feb. 13-15.
Rendez-Vous is organized by Nic Jones and Aldric Speer, buyers at the Surface2Air fashion store in Paris. Eye2Eye is organized by four footwear agents covering the British market - José Neves, Ian Webster, Terrance Wong and Piero Pizzi.. The aim of their collaboration is to attract even more buyers who will take advantage of the synergy created between the two shows. Eye2Eye had previously explored a similar collaboration with the large and successful Bread & Butter show in Berlin.
The third edition of Eye2Eye last Sept. 23-24 saw a 60 percent rise in visitor numbers on last year. Over 1,200 visitors attended the show on the opening day, Thursday, which coincided with the end of the London Fashion Week, but attendance slowed to down to 450-500 visitors on Friday Sept. Visitors included buyers from leading department stores such as Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and House of Fraser in London, Barney’s, Camile Hudson, Tracey Rose and Coclico in the USA, Colette, Le Bon Marche, Galeries Lafayette, Spree and Onward Kashiyama in France, and Baycrews, Ships, Isetan, Jun Co., and Jack of All Trades in Japan. Groups of buyers came from Cruise, Office, Kurt Geiger, Shoe Studio, Aspecto, John Anthony, Kate Kuba, Voyage, and Duffer of St. George. Exhibitors also attracted interest from Hong Kong buyers, such as ZTAMZ, Lane Crawford and D-Mop.