A sneak peak of my new black and white collection
I am doing a trade show next week, it is quite different from a retail show. It is for handmade/micro businesses. There has been several articles about how trade shows and the big fashion week shows will soon need to rethink their concept. Large shows are extremely expensive, and so tends to represent huge corporate type business and most of the items are massed produced in other countries. It was quite disheartening trying a big show and the boys and I are setting a simple hand crafted booth next to a big company with a full construction crew putting up a mini department store. In today’s economy I think the smaller shows will be much more important. Online sources will be important, but I do feel that buyers do like to see products in person, especially for buying new work. The BMAC and ACRE type shows seem much more important in this economy as well. I think people are looking for unique items, really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making items on a small scale, and can meet a speak with the people who are doing the work. These shows are doing a good job of scaling down a bit and offering incentives to help artisans participate.
I titled this Fashion Friday, and I do feel this relates to discussions in the past about what we want to wear and making and wearing unique/creative fashions and sourcing products made with more thought to social justice and environmental issues. It is all about trying to find a balance for me, I use new and reclaimed materials and do some smaller trade shows to get meet the buyers and will be selling on line soon.
This is my last post for this blog everything will be on the new format Tuesday.