Fashion shows are a vital part of any industry and are a great place to network, find new material or merchandise, or simply be inspired. If you plan on starting or expanding your business, attending the right fashion trade show could be the platform you need to make it big.
There are so many trade shows these days that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out which ones are worth your time. For your convenience, we’ve selected the top, and most notable fashion trade shows you shouldn’t miss.
Fashion surrounds us, with many wanting to use clothing and accessories to express who they are. The American fashion industry alone is currently valued at approximately $369 billion.
Brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel are some of the most valuable in the world but are just a tiny part of an industry worth trillions. While many know about these brands and their products, few understand what goes on behind the scenes–specifically trade shows.
Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to fashion trade shows and conventions to gain insight into the latest trends and technologies. For designers and brands that want to expand into other distribution channels, like retail, or expand distribution in new countries, trade shows are a fantastic way to attract retailers, broaden the network of buyers, showcase products, and get them into stores.
New York, Las Vegas, Nevada and Nashville, Tennessee are some of the prominent locations that host large U.S. fashion trade shows.
UBM Fashion organizes some of the largest fashion trade shows in the United States. Attending a UBM Fashion expo is vital if you are a designer seeking a venue to promote your latest collection or a merchant interested in exploring emerging labels, styles, and trends. The group produces several major fashion events across America, including the MAGIC VEGAS in Las Vegas, the New York Women’s and Men’s series, and Texworld in New York. They also produce some shows internationally in Japan.
If you want to catch some of the best shows, here are the ones you should check out:
MAGIC VEGAS is synonymous with fashion. It is a huge fashion market held bi-annually in February and August, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This one-of-a-kind fashion spectacle brings together 12 specialized fashion trade shows under one roof. MAGIC VEGAS comprises PROJECT, THE TENTS, WWDMAGIC, FN PLATFORM, SOURCING at MAGIC, PROJECT WOMENS, POOLTRADESHOW, CURVE@MAGIC, STITCH @ PROJECTWOMENS, MAGIC MENS, CHILDREN’S CLUB, and FOOTWEAR SOURCING.
PROJECT is a prestigious contemporary fashion event for the most cutting-edge modern, premium design. It displays advanced luxury fashion and designer collections for both men and women.
THE TENTS is a curated showcase of luxury and designer brands. These men’s lines offer an elevated level of quality, design, and price point.
WWDMAGIC is brought about in collaboration with Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and brings together the latest in women’s, junior’s, and children’s apparel and accessories, activewear, and swim.
FN PLATFORM is the global showcase for branded footwear, showcasing over 1600 men’s, women’s, junior, and children’s footwear brands from more than 20 countries. FN PLATFORM provides buyers with a convenient and efficient way to shop the most comprehensive selection of international footwear.
SOURCING at MAGIC is the network of fashion. It is your link to the entire global supply chain. With over 40 countries represented, this must-see destination attracts designers, brands, and retailers alike to discover what they need to move their business forward.
Previously known as ENKVegas, PROJECT WOMENS is the destination for women’s contemporary collections, denim, and accessories.
POOL TRADESHOW is an energetic and inspiring showcase of boutique-ready fashion and accessories that can help your business stand out.
CURVENV @ MAGIC is the allure of fashion. This fantastic new show offers the most extensive selection of lingerie, swimwear, loungewear, activewear, and men’s underwear in the west of the Americas.
STITCH @ PROJECT WOMENS offers a more focused approach to women’s fashion in ready-to-wear designs.
MAGIC MENS is the spot for emerging trends in men’s and young men’s fashion. This event showcases everything from classic to leisure apparel and more.
Children’s Club is an international exhibition featuring every category of children’s clothing from newborn to age 12. Introduced in 2000, its exhibitors reflect a diverse base of new designers bursting onto the scene and joining established collections.
FOOTWEAR SOURCING exclusively showcases various sourcing practices and more for footwear production from around the globe.
The New York Women’s Fashion Series has three independent installments in June, August, and September. Each show has its own lineup of runway shows and market events.
Held in June, [PRE]- COTERIE is an exclusive event for the fashion elite. It features accessories and apparel from resort wear to swimwear and more.
Held in September, Coterie is a premier global marketplace that brings women’s apparel and accessories designers together with the international “who’s who” of retailers. Coterie builds exclusive shopping experiences from the ground up so that designers and buyers can create a synergy that fuels their business.
Held in June, August, & September, FAME highlights Junior/Young Contemporary fashion, where retailers discover the best quality resources at significant margins.
Moda is an upscale trade event held in June, August, and September that features a combination of carefully curated modern contemporary ready-to-wear collections and some of the industry’s most sought-after names.
AccessoriesTheShow (ATS) is the biggest juried accessory market in the world, taking place in June and August in New York and Las Vegas. ATS has established itself as a premier showcase for both established and up-and-coming designers, thanks to its extensive array of carefully curated accessory lines.
PROJECT WOMENS, formerly ENKVegas, is the premier event for women’s modern collections, denim, and accessories. It is held annually in August.
Accessorie Circuit, held in August, presents high-end, curated accessory collections targeted toward upscale retailers and designers.
Sole Commerce, held in September, gives footwear brands and designers a chance to showcase their products to some of the top retailers in the US.
The New York Men’s Fashion Market takes place in the Big Apple twice a year, in January and July. This marketplace features two of the finest men’s fashion shows, PROJECT and MRKT, and is the leading event for showcasing emerging trends in the men’s fashion industry.
MRKET is a global fashion trade show for premium menswear brands. MRKET showcases the best selections of men’s apparel, sportswear, footwear, and accessories from the United States and around the world.
PROJECT is the show for showcasing contemporary men’s sportswear, accessories, and footwear.
Texworld USA is the largest sourcing event in North America for apparel fabric buyers, research and development experts, designers, merchandisers, and overseas sourcing professionals. It is also a renowned gathering place for makers of economical apparel fabrics, trimmings, and accessories from across the globe. This Messe Frankfurt-hosted event takes place twice a year in New York at the Javits Center. It is held in conjunction with the Apparelsourcing exhibition.
If you’re in the market for swimwear, beachwear, or resort wear, you won’t want to miss SwimShow, which takes place every summer in Miami and is the world’s largest trade expo of its kind. All the major players in the swimsuit business will be there, from manufacturers to retailers, to check out the newest styles. Each year, about 3,000 buyers visit the event.
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Interested in exploring trade shows outside of the fashion industry? Check out our comprehensive list of the top trade shows across all industries in the US.
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