As emerging designers, many of you know that a trade show is an exhibition where designers can source materials, promote and market product, build relationships with buyers, and network with others in the fashion industry.
Designers, manufacturers and buyers come together at globally renowned trade shows to look for the latest and greatest in materials, products and trends.
Though the debate still continues as to whether attending a fashion trade show is the best use of an emerging designer’s resources, we still like to keep you up to date on the latest happenings.
Trade shows from the first half of the year have come and gone, but which supplier and retailer trade shows can you attend for latter half of 2013?
Here are 23 fashion trade shows to consider for your brand.
June 6 – 9, 2013 – Atlanta, GA
A part of AmericasMart, this is one of the most comprehensive apparel and garment sector trade shows with more than 1,000 exhibits. Exhibitors focus on items such as men’s, women’s, shoes, jewelry, accessories and children’s apparel.
Bread & Butter
July 2 – 4 – Berlin, Germany
B&B is focused on helping buyers search for the latest and greatest in street and urban wear. As quoted by the New York Times, “Bread & Butter (is) among the world’s most important urban and street fashion trade fairs, a uniquely Berlin experience.”
Pitti Immagine Filati
July 3 – 5 – Florence, Italy
This is one of the most prominent events held in the industry of knitting so if you work with yarn, this is the trade show for you. Also features “Fashion at Work”, an area with style bureaus, knitting machines and the trade press.
July 16 -18 – New York, NY
Texworld USA is the largest sourcing event in North America for apparel fabric buyers, R&D and product development specialists, designers, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals.
Washington DC International Textile Expo
July 18 – 19, Washington, DC
A B2B textile trade show with the intent to serve the unique needs of the DC, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and surrounding areas. This event will unite independent designers, buyers and suppliers in the area, while also standing as a launch pad for new and unique developments in the textile industry.
July 22 – 23- New York, NY
Premiere Vision New York offers a large selection of fabrics and trimming collections of the highest quality and creativity as well as the Fabric Forum, the ultimate guide to seasonal trends.
Indigo (Part of Premiere Vision)
July 22 – 23 – New York, NY
The most important and influential show for the North American textile design market. Three times per year the show brings together some 120 exhibitors, including top international design studios, as well as bookshops and trend bureaus. The comprehensive creative offer, including designs for prints, embroideries, knits, appliqués, jacquards and transfer papers, addresses all segments of the fashion and home markets.
July 30 – August 1, Vancouver, BC
This bi-annual fashion trade show caters to Canada’s top lifestyle, fashion and action sports retailers and brands. Every January and August, wholesalers of selected brands showcase new products to retailers and media, like Herschel Supply.
August 10 – 12, 2013 – Chicago, IL
An apparel and accessory trade show where buyers shop the newest and most unique collections. Be cost conscious without sacrificing value at Stylemax, as there are over 2,000 lines, with buyers shopping the same lines and brands that exhibit in New York.
September 17 – 19 – Paris France
Premiere Vision France is one of the world’s largest textile and fabric shows with around 700 weavers from 28 countries. The show offers a large selection of fabrics and also features inspirational firms, presentations and fashion seminars.
September 17 – 19 – Paris France
Otherwise known as the International Trade Show of Trimming and Supplies, find all sorts of buttons, buckles, trims, labels, embroidery, lace, packaging and other types of accessories at this show. Close to 300 exhibitors in attendance.
September 17 – 19 – Paris, France
Similar to its US counterpart, Texworld Paris is the largest sourcing event in Europe with approximately 640 weavers and garment manufacturers in attendance.
Fashion Coterie 2013
September 17 – 19 – New York, NY
Fashion Coterie serves as the upscale fashion marketplace, including men’s, women’s, accessories, footwear, and children’s categories, as well as fashion retailers, which comprise specialty and department stores, and editors.
September 17 – 19, New York, NY
Run by the same organization that runs Fashion Coteries, this is a show dedicated only to upscale footwear and and handbags from the domestic and global market.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics
Oct 21 – Oct 24 – Shanghai, China
The International Exhibition for Apparel Fabric & Accessories attracts manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and exporters from around the world. With more than 3,000 exhibitors, this is one of the top shows for fabric and accessories.
October 15 – 17 – Taipei, Taiwan
With 300 exhibitors and more than 550 booths, the Innovative Textile Application Show is the only trade show held in Taiwan. With a focus on sustainability, you’ll find functional, recycled and sustainable textiles here.
October 27 – 28 – Miami, FL
October 21 – 22 – Chicago, IL
September 16 – 17 – New York, NY
Fashion industry veteran Karen Bennett, launched COAST after working in the trade show industry for 7 years. After launching in Miami in 2006, COAST is now produced in three locations across the US. With over 250 collections (including Milly, Tibi, Citizen of Humanity) COAST offers an intimate setting allowing designers to work with buyers in a stress free environment.
Dallas Apparel and Accessories Market, Dallas, TX
August 14 – 17
October 24 – 27
There is a permanent showroom inside the exhibition center as well as temporary exhibits. Buyers will be browsing through a range of women’s apparel, accessories, fashion footwear, children’s apparel and even decorative accessories and furniture.
Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG), Dallas, TX
August 14 – August 16
October 23 – 25
FIG is a boutique wholesale venue which hosts 5 shows every year to accompany each season by showcasing the best in women’s, men’s, and children’s wear as well as, sportswear, and accessories. The “FIG Finale” is one of the biggest shopping events in Dallas, where the public can find deals up to 75% off retail from top stores and brands.
(capsule) was created in 2007 by popular NY-based fashion creative consultancy BPMW. With shows taking place 12 times a year between New York, Paris, Berlin and Las Vegas, (capsule) takes a fresh spin on the traditional trade show. Capsule brings together high-end, emerging independent designers from contemporary brands to premium street wear labels.
Designers and Agents
June 10 – June 12, Los Angeles, CA
September 16 – 18, New York, NY
September 27 – 30, Paris, France
October 14 – 16, Los Angeles, CA
D&A is an independent global trade fair showcasing brands from the United States, Europe, Japan and around the globe with a focus on being fashion-forward and in the advanced contemporary market. With shows in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, D&A garners about 3,000 visitors.
July 9 -10 – Los Angeles, CA
July 16 -17 – New York, NY
August 13 – 14 – Hong Kong
Kingpins is an exclusive, invitation-only boutique denim sourcing trade show. There is a curated list of denim and sportswear vendors from fabric mills in the U.S., Japan, China, Thailand, India, Morocco, Mexico and Europe, wash houses, full package manufacturers, trim providers and business solutions.
POOL Tradeshow, Las Vegas, NV
POOL Trade show is the original independent fashion tradeshow, established in 2001 for the boutique market and leading retailers world-wide.
Oh, and once you have decided which to attend, here are some tips and tricks to remember when planning the trip.