Buyer Quotes

“We are a fashion retailer operating four multi-branded stores in Nanjing. Our business has been up and running for six years, carrying over 20 womenswear brands mainly from Korea and Spain. We focus on everyday wear and collections for work environment. This is my first-ever visit to CENTRESTAGE to find something new and interesting. Japanese brand BASIC presents very attractive and stylish bags with unique colours and designs. The women’s collection showcased by Hong Kong brand Lapeewee comes with good quality fabrics and nice shapes. Their styles suit our customers’ preferences very much. Another potential brand is Super-X from Hong Kong that offers a special fabric for sportswear. Further talks will be held to conclude business. I expect to finalise orders within two months. Order amount is subject to pricing. I would like to visit the fair again and meet more brands for business development.” 

Vesper Lu, Purchasing Manager,

Nanjing Hua Qimao Trading Company Ltd., Mainland China

“We are the biggest fashion retailer in Myanmar with a history of over 30 years. We currently operate 14 stores under the brand of 119 Fashion Complex in the capital city of Yangon. The group continues to expand and aims to open at least one to two stores each year. This is our second-year visit to CENTRESTAGE to source new designer brands. The fair features many interesting brands and new inspirations. We are now in touch with KOTRA to explore cooperation with a host of Korean brands. Their bags and backpacks are very attractive. Consumers in Myanmar are very fond of Korean fashion items so we are keen to source more Korean brands. At CENTRESTAGE, we also find the footwear showcased by Italian brand SUSIMODA appealing while the flats for women by Macau’s Lexx Moda come with very nice patterns. We look forward to developing business and carrying the brands at our stores.” 

Aung Kyaw Soe, Marketing Manager,

Living 9 Co. Ltd, Myanmar

“Leflair is a leading online retailer in Vietnam selling a wide range of fashion, beauty and homeware products. Our e-commerce business also serves customers in the Philippines and will extend to the Malaysian market next year. We focus on luxury fashion brands in particular. I have got in touch with 15 brands at CENTRESTAGE this year. About half of them are Korean brands. WHY-RI ROVER from Korea, Lexx MODA from Macau, as well as two Italian brands - STELLA SOFIA and FRANCESCO BENIGNO, are among those with the best potential for business development. I am interested in the Korea brand’s women’s collections and the other two brands’ footwear. I expect to conclude business with them within one month. Average order usually involves 500 to 800 pieces. This show features so many fashion brands from different parts of the world. I really like it.” 

Marilyn Teo, Head of Cross-border,

Leflair, Vietnam

“WANDER specialises in the supply of unique clothing, bags, accessories and homeware in Taiwan. We offer a mix of new and vintage items including well-maintained used apparels and antique items with special design or a story to tell. We operate two outlets within department stores in Tainan and Taichung with a third outlet opening in Taipei soon. This is our first visit to CENTRESTAGE to explore opportunities. We love the work wear collection showcased by Hong Kong brand SFZ & SON. Further talks will be held to select the best designs and conclude business. Initial order amount is estimated at US$1,000. We usually source products through agents. CENTRESTAGE is an exciting event and this is an eye-opening experience for us.” 

Febie Lin (left), Founder, and Sinic Choy (right), Founder,

WANDER, Taiwan

“Our company is operating Tom Greyhound concept store in Paris selling some 60 brands of fashion collections. We are part of Korea’s Hyundai Department Store group. I am looking for new designer brands at CENTRESTAGE to expand our portfolio. At the FASHIONALLY COLLECTION runway show, I spotted the women’s and men’s collections presented by two Hong Kong brands, namely NECRO POON and DEMO. I really like their sophisticated designs and minimalist styles. Another Hong Kong brand VVISSI also offers very nice designs while the footwear collection by Italian brand NOOVA has strong appeal. They will provide the line sheets including the pricing and delivery details. We will negotiate further to prepare collections for Fall/Winter 2020. Initial orders are expected to be around US$5,000 to US$10,000 each. I hope to visit the show again.” 

David C.Y. Kang, General Director,

Handsome Paris SAS, France

“16seventyone seeks to introduce more fashion brands to Malaysia. We represent a number of fashion and footwear brands especially those from Malaysia and Singapore. Customers like department stores and retailers can source suitable items effectively through us. CENTRESTAGE offers a solid platform to find new designer brands. The show looks even more exciting this year with the presence of more menswear and footwear collections. I have found some nice menswear by YMDH from Hong Kong and I.N.K from Macao. The sandals showcased by SUSIMODA from Italy look very attractive. I am also in touch with a Mainland China exhibitor to explore OEM production for sports shoes. Average orders start at US$2,000 each. The fair is getting better to meet my sourcing needs.”

Richard Tsen S K, Founder,

16seventyone Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

“Isetan Mitsukoshi is a major department store operator in Japan. Our Isetan stores and Mitsukoshi stores are located in different cities across the country. I am visiting CENTRESTAGE for the second consecutive year to find more designer brands. At last year’s show, I established business relationship with a Korean womenswear brand. So far, I’ve already found two new brands. Japan’s AMAUD offers some interesting womenswear, like dresses and jackets made of kimono fabric. Hong Kong brand SUN=SEN presents collections with unique styles and decorations. I will negotiate further to conclude the business. Japanese consumers are looking for more and more designer brands. CENTRESTAGE offers a great opportunity to meet new brands from different places. I will certainly visit the show again. It has been a successful trip.”

Terasawa Mari, Editor, Cross Merchandising Division,

Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd., Japan

“Timaginarium is running two fashion stores in Sydney specialising in medium-ranged high fashion collections. This is my first visit to CENTRESTAGE to explore opportunities. I am looking for up-and-coming designers to enrich our offerings. Design concepts and the quality of fabrics are the primary concerns. I have found three potential brands from Korea including VEGAN TIGER, L-AND and ELESS for various womenswear. We will discuss further for possible business cooperation. The bags presented by Italian brand MAJO are very nice and stylish. I also like the design concepts and prints of the collections by Hong Kong brand VVISSI. I look forward to negotiating with them further. This show offers a good opportunity to source new brands and ideas. I hope to see CENTRESTAGE grow further.” 

Alexey Oleshov, Director,

Timaginarium, Australia

“In business for 10 years, Zalando is the biggest fashion e-tailer in Germany. We carry a large number of international brands mainly from Europe and the US, providing a wide range of products from women’s wear, sportswear, shoes, accessories, jewellery and watches. I am visiting CENTRESTAGE for the first time to find new brands especially from Asia. So far, I’ve found a very nice jewellery brand LESIS from Taiwan that offers appealing collections with a mix of gold and pearls. This show also features some interesting young designer brands for women’s wear. I am still looking around for fashion brands from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan at the fairground. The concurrent Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair creates a good synergy. I’ve also identified two brands from Mainland China and Taiwan for automatic watches. Their prices are very competitive for their quality. On fashion and jewellery items, I am now waiting for the line sheets from the brands for further discussions. Orders usually involve 500 to 1,000 pieces each. CENTRESTAGE is a good show with new inspirations.” 

Catherine Beckert, Senior Buyer Watches,

Zalando Se, Germany