• Première Classe Tuileries Promotes French Craftsmanship in Supersized Show Venue

Première Classe Tuileries Promotes French Craftsmanship in Supersized Show Venue

PARIS — Première Classe celebrated craftsmanship, while statement jewelry and novelty straw hats were among key trends at the Tuileries-based trade show. Potentially impacted by a change in opening dates, from Thursday to Sunday, rather than Friday to Monday, the fair saw a 4 percent decline in buyer attendance. Organizers said more of its VIP buyers attended, with 645 retailers up from 600 at the last edition. With 30 percent more floor space, thanks to Paris Sur Mode’s move into a new tent on the Place de la Concorde, the accessories fair dropped its Rue Cambon location to centralize at the Tuileries. “For the first time, I’m happy Première Classe is presented as it should be,” declared director Sylvie Pourrat. “It’s not hot or too cold, we’re not cramped in, it’s how I envisaged this season: with more room devoted to artisanship and to the metiers.” Putting creativity center stage, the extra space was used to exhibit accessories by Andam winners past and present; to showcase seven Made in France artisans, in partnership with the French leather group Au delà du cuir (Beyond Leather) and to introduce a unisex accessories section. Heritage brands like Bleu de Chauffe, a workwear inspired collection of naturally

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