Top 5 Trade Shows for Emerging Designers

 

Alexandra Saad

Even with the rise of e-commerce, social media and fashion blogs, the traditional trade show remains a tried and tested way for emerging designers to get their name out there, source inspiration and flex their networking muscles. We've put together a list of our top picks for emerging and independent designers to promote their up and coming brands.

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Even with the rise of e-commerce, social media and fashion blogs, the traditional trade show remains a tried and tested way for emerging designers to get their name out there, source inspiration and flex their networking muscles. We've put together a list of our top picks for emerging and independent designers to promote their up and coming brands.

Bread and Butter

According to the New York Times, “Bread & Butter is among the world’s most important urban and street fashion trade fairs, a uniquely Berlin experience.” With its 'tradeshow for selected brands', Bread and Butter realizes the concept of a one-of-a-kind trade fair event for contemporary clothing culture. The trade show provides a creative marketing and communication platform for selected brands, labels and designers from the progressive segment that is unrivalled throughout the world, and a great chance for emerging designers to get their name out there.

Designers and Agents

Designers and Agents is an independent, international trade fair for over 1,000 collections and thousands of retailers who define the cutting edge in fashion and life style. This tradeshow is particularly well known for identifying emerging talent and creating an intimate, synergistic environment that fosters relationships between designers and buyers. Each of D&A’s Spring and Fall shows in Paris, Los Angeles, and New York (which typically attract 3,000 retail and media visitors) are pre-edited, art-directed, and merchandised to create a sense of camaraderie and discovery. This one is not to be missed by emerging designers.

PROJECT

With shows in New York and Las Vegas, PROJECT is one of the premier global trade shows that includes participants from around the world. The show has evolved over the years to become the most comprehensive showcase of men and women’s premium modern and denim brands. The tradeshow features world-renowned fashion designers and manufacturers alongside emerging and independent designers, all under one roof.

KnowShow

A mainstay in the Canadian action sport and fashion industry, this tradeshow provides a biannual forum where Canadian retailers meet influential and essential brands to plan their product buying strategies. The two yearly shows attract trend and thought leaders from around the world who will determine what end consumers will find in coming seasons. The shows attendees are Canada's tastemakers and have fingers on the pulse of what is happening locally, nationwide and internationally. Alongside the decision makers on the show floor, the show creates a real-time forum for emerging designers to market their next moves to countless fans and followers via multiple social networks.

POOL

POOL is an intersection of art, design and commerce where visionaries of fashion scout fresh new items made specifically for the boutique market. Presented in an intimate, business-conducive setting and carefully merchandised, POOL provides a one-stop shopping opportunity for retailers of all sizes. From fashion newcomers to well-known brands, everyone here is a little unconventional. In a good way. POOL is held in Las Vegas every February and August at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. If you are looking to show your products for the first time, POOL offers affordable booth packages and complimentary ‘Swim Lessons’, a one-day brand bootcamp to teach you how to make the most of your first fashion tradeshow and help your business take off.