Get out of the office!
Trade shows are an absolutely essential part of any fabric sourcing journey. Shows run according to fashion seasons and take place throughout the year, all over the world. You really need to be think about attending these shows if you don't already.
Whilst lots of suppliers do have a wealth of online resources, they will most likely not list every single fabric they have access to on their website. There will be development fabrics, end of line fabrics, brand new fabrics….all of which you can usually see at trade shows. The shows are definitely worth the time and investment needed to attend. It’s an opportunity for you to view samples and talk to suppliers face to face. The internet is great but nothing can beat holding the actual fabric sample in your hands, or the chance to connect with a supplier and begin building a great working relationship.
If you can only make one show, we would suggest Premiere Vision in Paris as a starting point. This twice yearly event is like the Oscars of the fashion world and is the World's largest and most well known fabric show, with the highest numbers of exhibitors and attendees. Premiere Vision Paris takes place every February and September and we are always there!