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South African Showcase Among Highlights at Première Classe

PARIS — Buyers applauded the rich selection of new brands at the Première Classe accessories trade show, held in the Tuileries Gardens here earlier this month.
As its organizers prepare for the show’s 30th anniversary edition in September, overall attendance at the event was up, as was the feedback from buyers pleased to peruse through 70 first-time exhibitors out of 420 brands featured at the show.
“This is the most beautiful accessories trade show. We need to come here to get inspired, and also place orders. It’s our source of oxygen…and we found a lot of new brands,” said Philippe, cofounder of French chain Trinity Mode et Maison, who asked to be quoted by his first name. He mentioned among new finds Lastelier’s reversible leather bucket bags, Dag gioielli’s silk bracelets, and Atelier Boivin Parisien. For Trinity, 2018 was a positive year, largely thanks to the company’s self-evaluation process, he said. “We don’t hesitate to really question ourselves. Every season we put the counter back to zero. We don’t repeat things over again. We ask ourselves what we will be doing going forward,” said Philippe.
Eva Herren, owner of the Swiss concept store, Handlung, said Première Classe had improved from previous shows, with

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