January and February mark the start of the fashion calendar in lots of ways. Firstly the Menswear collections will show AW 2019/20 on 11th January swiftly followed with Haute Couture SS 2019 in Paris.
8th February will see the offerings of Women's A/W RTW 2019/20 starting in New York followed by London and giving way to Milan and Paris.
These dates will be punctuated with pre-collections and cruise collections and if that wasn't enough to keep you going, all this in conjunction with the season's influx of fashion tradeshows.
Tradeshows can be really exciting, inspirational and informative events to attend, and whether you're an established fashion brand, or a startup entrepreneur you should be attending these shows for a whole host of reasons.
As well as great places to gain new contacts, suppliers and manufacturers these events give you an opportunity to get really hands on. You can touch and handle fabric samples, ask for cuttings, have swatches mailed to you and explore trims in close detail.
On the flip side of these sourcing based shows come the product based shows, where brands and retailers present their new and up-coming collections. This is a perfect chance to gain inspiration from some of the more established retailers, and a chance to learn from the professionals.
There are too many shows worldwide to mention in this post, however I have put together a list of my top 10 recommendations for January and February in the UK.
The London Textile Fair
Old Truman Brewery
Business Box London
3rd - 7th February
Pure | Pure Origin | Pure Man | Bubble
15th -19th February
London Fashion Week
15th -19th February
London Fashion Week Festival
If you are one of my international based clients, or you'd like a recommendation on a specific type of show to visit you can drop me an email here firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and I'll try to help.
For further reading on making the most of a tadeshow ready my post 10 TipsTo Ace A Fashion Tradeshow here.
Let me know which tradeshows you are considering this year in the comments below.
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