First, there are the sourcing trade shows, places where you can source fabrics and trims, attend business seminars, meet factories, sample makers, printers, and all kinds of production focused industry folks. These are shows you attend for free.
Second, there are sales trade shows, places where you can get new wholesale accounts, attend networking events, meet fellow designers, press, boutique owners, and all kinds of sales and marketing focused industry folks. These are shows you participate in for a cost.
Regardless of which kind of fashion trade shows we’re talkin’, these are places where the business of fashion goes down. Whether sourcing or exhibiting, your attendance at shows is very helpful to the growth of your business.
So here’s a list of fashion tradeshows in 2014.
Fashion Sourcing Trade Shows
DG Expo: DG Expo offers a textile and trimmings exhibit for designers and retailers. The expo also offers seminars on business growth and textile classes. The expo hits New York August 5th and 6th, Miami on September 15th and 16th, and San Francisco on November 23rd and 24th.
Texworld USA: Texworld USA is North America’s largest sourcing event for designers, fabric buyers, and merchandisers consisting of products ranging across the entire spectrum of fabrics. The next Texworld USA is scheduled for January.
Sourcing at Magic: Sourcing at Magic is a fashion-sourcing event where attendees have access to global resources, and receive insight into trends and information regarding inventive technology and the industry. It takes place from August 17th to 20th in Las Vegas.
Kingpins: Kingpins offers a tightly selected list of vendors that including denim and sportswear fabric from all over the world. The show happens a various cities, with the next show in Los Angeles from July 29th to 30th.
Indigo/ Premiere Vision: This show brings 125 exhibitors including design studios, bookshops, and trend bureaus while showing designs for prints, embroideries, knits and more.
Fashion Sales Trade Shows
EDIT: EDIT focuses on presenting established and emerging designers of premium womenswear for both buyers and brands. EDIT comes to NYC September 14th to 16th.
ENK (Coterie and TMRW): Run by ENK International, Coterie offers a marketplace to connect designers to international retailers. Coterie is a platform for generating revenue and inspiring trends. It hits New York September 14th to 16th in NYC.
Capsule: Capsule holds a women’s show from September 12th to 14th in New York and a show in Las Vegas from August 18th to 20th.
Designers and Agents: Designers & Agents identifies emerging talent and creates connections with designers and buyers. D&A features brands from around the world that are the influencers of the market. This show comes to New York from September 13th to 15th and Los Angeles from October 13th to 15th.
COAST: COAST shows come to Miami August 25th to 26th, New York TBD, and Chicago October 20th and 21st. COAST offers the latest trends and bridges the gap between designers and retailers, while becoming a global tradeshow.
Agenda: With a portfolio of over 1,000 brands, Agenda is the most diverse and fashion trade show in the world. It comes to New York July 21st to 22nd, Las Vegas from August 18th to 20th and Long Beach TBA.
POOL: The POOL tradeshow is where new items are found for the boutique market for all sorts of retailers. POOL comes to Las Vegas from August 18th to 20th.