When it’s time to start thinking about fabric sourcing, most new fashion entrepreneurs and apparel designers limit themselves to looking online or heading into fabric stores… but they are missing out on some of the best fabrics available! Attending fabric trade shows allows not only for an extensive opportunity for fashion designers to shop the market, but also lets them extend their variety of options and even make connections with other fashion professionals in the industry! We’ve sourced some of the top fabric trade shows worldwide just for you, so have a read and see which shows might be happening near you.
1. DG Expo
DG Expo is a fabric and trim trade show that takes place across several major US cities, like New York, Chicago, Miami, and Dallas. The 2-day event allows for fashion entrepreneurs to shop everything from zippers and buttons to leathers and eco-fabrics… And because DG’s vendors are wholesale suppliers, you can place orders with them right then and there!
2. The London Textile Fair
Located in one of the fashion capitals of the world, attending The London Textile Fair is an exceptional opportunity for fashion designers and entrepreneurs to shop the market, get inspired, and network with some of the big names in the industry. This is the UK’s largest fashion fabric event, and it isn’t one to be missed!
3. Première Vision
Ou, la la! Every fashion professional and designer-entrepreneur needs to hit up the biggies: New York, Milan, Paris… and this is your chance to begin checking off your list, two at a time! Première Vision is Paris’ biannual fabric and material fair, with so many events and exciting opportunities within it! And the best part? It’s also held in New York, meaning you can choose which location is best for you (or better yet, head to both!). Bon voyage!
4. Future Fabrics Expo
If you’re interested in designing and producing sustainable and ethical fashion, the Future Fabrics Expo is the place for you. Not only do vendors of sustainable fabrics and materials set up shop – the expo also hosts a variety of events including keynote speakers to weigh in and educate on environmental sustainability in fashion!
5. 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.
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 twice a year February and August.
Kingpins offers a tightly selected list of vendors that including denim and sportswear fabric from all over the world. The show happens at a selection of vibrant and exciting cities, including Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and New York. For all you fashionista-travel bugs out there, Kingpins is a win-win!
With shows in both Canada and the USA, Apparel Textile Sourcing offers a well-rounded experience for designer-entrepreneurs. With several exhibitions and speakers, this show offers more than just a fabric-sourcing opportunity for its attendees.
Don’t limit yourself – one of the most important ways to be successful in the fashion industry is to get out there and see all there is to offer. You never know what you may find!
What are your favorite fashion fabric trade shows? Did we miss anything?