New York City is considered the fashion capital of the world. And NYC Textile Week is one of the reasons why. Last week, we covered two of NYC’s biggest trade shows: Texworld USA and apparelsourcing. This week, we look at smaller expos including: City/Source, the IFC (Ideas for Change) Conference and DG Expo.
City/Source: Held twice a year at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), City/Source enables emerging designers and small businesses to meet with New York-based companies and manufacturers, pattern makers, sample shops and trim shops all in one location. Over 65 companies take orders and answer questions at this one-day expo that shows how essential local resources are to making the New York City fashion industry thrive. The show offers a variety of free seminars about how specialty contractors can help to maximize your local supply chain. From “Fashion Production 101” to “Financing your Fashion Business”, these short, focused sessions are run by NYC Contractors. A printed list of all the companies that participate in the expo, a majority of which are from the NYC garment district, is given as a take-away. It’s a great resource for companies just starting out or for those who want to stay current with the NYC supply chain.
IFC Conference: IFC is an invite-only series of short presentations given by industry influencers and sponsored by FIT, Texworld USA, Sourcing Journal, Lenzing and the Kingpins Show. It debuted at FIT on July 24th. According to IFC leaders, this new conference, which targets apparel industry professionals throughout the entire supply chain, was created out of the concern that the textile and apparel trade has failed to evolve, while other consumer industries like film, music and publishing have changed dramatically and for the better.
A few of the seminars/speakers at this year’s conference included:
- Mark Dorfman, Biomimicry, Using Mother Nature as a Guide to the Future Technology & Innovation
- Razvan Popescu, Directa Plus, How the Future of Fibers is Shaping Fashion, Trends and Life Cycles of Garments
- Simon Collins, WGSN-Fashion Big Picture, How the Big Picture of Fashion is Facing the Future
DG Expo/Fabric & Trim Show: This show is held at the Hotel Pennsylvania twice a year, generally one week after NYC Textile week. DG Expo premiered in NYC in February 2012 and is now held in three additional cities: Miami, San Francisco and Dallas. It features over 100 exhibitors who are wholesale suppliers (including mills, converters, importers, and distributors) with low minimums, in-stock fabric and trims. The sharmbaa brand found two fabric suppliers at this show: Exotic Silks and Solid Stone Fabrics. In particular, Solid Stone Fabrics supplies the fabric for our new Spring/Summer 2016 Eco-Bella collection.
The DG Expo is specifically geared for those designers who have low minimums. All the people involved with this show are nice and helpful. On the website, they offer advice for first-time attendees including: “Show management and exhibitors realize that new businesses need to find resources to get started. We invite you to attend the show - and suggest you walk the show floor early or late in the day…”
A great show guide booklet of the over 100 exhibitors is given out, which is a fabulous free resource to add to your list of suppliers. The organizer of the expo, Susan Power, has put together two books of resources for purchase: The Designer’s Guide and The Sourcer’s Guide.
The show runs for two days, but a full day of seminars are offered the day before the show starts. While the show is free, the seminars are not. Seminars are available for purchase one at a time or via a full-expo pass. Find a list of seminars offered at the Miami DG Expo in September here: Miami Classes
The next NYC textile week is the last week of January 2016. The sharmbaa brand already has the dates marked on the calendar and you should too. There’s no better place to be inspired by fabrics, influenced by the latest trends and introduced to a host of reliable, cutting-edge apparel companies. Hope to see you there!
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