12 of the best trade shows to add to your new year buying schedule

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It’s time to finalise your early 2024 buying schedule ahead of the Christmas rush. Here’s everything we know about the industry’s upcoming trade shows both at home and overseas…

1. TOP DRAWER

WHEN: 14 – 16 January

WHERE: Olympia London, Kensington

CATEGORIES: Gifts, food, toys, wellbeing, greetings and stationery, fashion home, craft and emerging brands.

KEY EXHIBITORS: Boho Betty UK, Coral and Mint, Envy Jewellery, Estella Bartlett, Gracee Jewellery, Junk Jewels, Kind Bag, My Doris, Ombre London, Scream Pretty, Swole Panda, Turtle Doves and Wàzi UK.

REASONS TO VISIT: Promising to transport visitors to a “retail wonderland,” the January 2024 edition of Top Drawer will deliver cutting edge products, industry insights and buying inspiration galore. Buyers will be able to browse nine expertly curated areas within Olympia London offering high-quality design-led products to dazzle shoppers. Next season will include over 25 per cent new exhibitors including established brands and fresh talent. There while there will also be a clutch of emerging indie designers in Top Drawer’s Launchpad sector with designer-makers such as By Heather Filby and Uwu Studio. Aside from sourcing new products, visitors will be given access to informative talks, business help and trends inspiration via the show’s RetailFest stage, Business Hub and Trends Feature.

TICKETS: free – register via topdrawer.co.uk  

2. WHO’S NEXT

WHEN: 20 – 22 January

WHERE: Porte de Versailles, Paris

CATEGORIES: womenswear, resort and swimwear, beauty and lifestyle, jewellery, leather goods, footwear and textile accessories

KEY EXHIBITORS: La Petite Etoile, Louise Hendricks, Mr Boho, Inoui Editions, Craie, O Bag, Draeger, Hedgren, Knirps, Scholl Iconiq, Parallele Paris, Buffalo, Impérial, Grace and Mila, Leon and Harper, Philippe Ferrandis, Satellite, Canyon and Komodo

REASONS TO VISIT: Presenting a huge selection of international fashion labels and French brands, Parisian show Who’s Next attracts 45,000 buyers each season with its strong product line- up, catwalk shows and live presentations. Visitors can also source sustainable brands at its Impact event, innovative business solutions at Traffic, jewellery pieces at Bijorhca and responsible solutions at Neonyt Paris. This season organisers will celebrate the event’s thirtieth anniversary with the show theme: Freaks From Designers. Expect spellbinding catwalk shows featuring out-of-the-ordinary fashion to celebrate its major milestone. Meanwhile, there will be a dedicated area for DNVB brands as well as another in partnership with Neonyt Paris where a sustainability expert will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors are also invited the show’s full evening party calendar – full details TBC.

TICKETS: €55 – register via platform.wsn.community/en/index

3. INDX WOMAN

WHEN: 31 January – 1 February

WHERE: Cranmore Park Conference and Exhibition Centre, Solihull 

CATEGORIES: apparel, outerwear, occasion/formalwear, footwear, accessories, gifting and millinery

KEY EXHIBITORS: b.young, Fransa, ICHI, Pretty Vacant, Joules, Brakeburn, Joe Browns, Carol C Collections, Kaffe, Up! Pants, Marta Du Chateau, Nomads, Sahara, Mistral, Lily and Me, Alice Collins, Yest and Weird Fish.

REASONS TO VISIT: The first UK fashion trade show taking place in 2024, INDX Woman will showcase 130 brands that have been expertly curated for independent retailers. Last season the show added an expanded edit of footwear and accessories brands, which saw an increase in visitor numbers and exhibitors. Alongside womenswear, its upcoming edition will present a range of footwear brands including Superga, TOMs, Hush Puppies, Totes and Ravel. Buyers can expect a friendly business-focused format and order-writing environment, free onsite parking and complimentary refreshments including barista coffee served throughout the day.

TICKETS: Free via indxshows.co.uk/indx-fashion/womenswear/registration

4. CIFF X REVOLVER

WHEN: 31 January – 2 February

WHERE: Bella Center, Copenhagen

CATEGORIES: womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, jewellery, footwear, accessories

KEY EXHIBITORS: ATP Atelier, Access Fashion, American Vintage, Bariloche, Becksondergaard, Bitte Kai Rand, Black Colour, Blank, Casual Friday, Coster Copenhagen, Cream, Ichi, Joseph Ribkoff, Lollys Laundry, Notes du Nord and Numph.

REASONS TO VISIT: The longest running fashion fair in Northern Europe, CIFF has been one of the best places to source Scandinavian brands for several decades. This August saw its first unified event with former rival show Revolver, which tripled its visitor numbers and transformed the show into a global centre of commerce and creativity. Last season CIFF x Revolver, which has committed to run alongside Copenhagen Fashion Week’s schedule for “at least three years”, brought over 800 international brands together in the city – creating an inspirational buying showcase. Visitors can also peruse its year-round permanent state-of-the-art showrooms at the same venue, take advantage of its renowned international guest speaker programme and attend various catwalk shows within the show space and at Central Copenhagen Oksnehallen.

TICKETS: ciff.dk

5. HARROGATE FASHION WEEK

WHEN: 4 – 6 February

WHERE: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate

CATEGORIES: womenswear including daywear and occasionwear, footwear, accessories and lingerie

KEY EXHIBITORS: Pomodoro, Lizabella, Sahara, Bariloche, Dolcezza, Lily and Me, D.e.c.k.by Decollage, Zerres and Rino and Pelle. The Godske Group and Carol C Collections will also present their full brand roster at the show.

REASONS TO VISIT: Now in its tenth season, Harrogate Fashion Week is a popular choice for boutique buyers thanks to its indie-focused brand line-up, relaxed buying environment and destination-friendly setting. Its AW24 edition will run for three days following the success of its dateline extension this summer – giving buyers more time to peruse and place orders. The show’s floor space has also ballooned in recent years, with four separate halls of inspiring collections presented to boutique buyers. A host of new brands have also signed up for the show this season including Pont Neuf, Eve in Paradise, Richard Designs, Perfect Occasions, Emreco, Pia Rossini, Closet London, Alba Conde and Body Bangle. There will be a free drinks party at the end of the first day in the Fashion Café to celebrate its tenth edition. Visitors can also expect free on-site parking and complimentary cloakroom facilities while organisers have also secured special rates with local hotels and a 25 per cent rail discount (visit harrogatefashionweek.com/visit for more information).

TICKETS: Register online for free entry via harrogatefashionweek.com

6. MODA AT SPRING FAIR

WHEN: 4 – 7 February

WHERE: NEC Birmingham

CATEGORIES: clothing, footwear, fashion accessories, jewellery and watches

KEY EXHIBITORS: Jayley, Lighthouse Clothing, My Doris, Scream Pretty, Saloos, Luella, POM Peace of Mind, Breuning, Ashwood Leather and Lisa Angel.

WHY VISIT: Located within Birmingham NEC’s colossal Spring Fair, Moda is one of the UK’s longest-running fashion trade shows. Buyers can peruse the latest collections from womenswear, footwear, accessories and jewellery brands to discover fresh products for their stores. The Moda Catwalk also runs a full programme throughout the show’s duration including regular trend-led catwalks three times daily and informative talks from industry experts. Visitors can also attend Spring Fair and Source Home and Gift while at the show to discover even more newness in one place. Meanwhile, there’s also free parking and complimentary cloakroom facilities to make visiting more convenient for attendees.

ENTRY: free- register interest via springfair.com/visitor-registration

7. TEXWORLD & APPAREL SOURCING PARIS  

WHEN: 5 – 7 February  

WHERE: Porte de Versailles, Paris 

CATEGORIES: womenswear, leather wear, accessories, knitwear, leisurewear and childrenswear

REASONS TO VISIT: One of Europe’s largest trade shows for garment sourcing, Texworld and Apparel Sourcing Paris showcases over 1,000 international exhibitors, attracting buyers from all over the world. This season’s event is split into three key universes: Texworld offering textiles, trims and accessories; Texworld Denim highlighting denim from raw material to finished product; and Apparel Sourcing, offering hundreds of clothing and accessories manufacturers from different countries. With an aim to making the buying experience easier for visitors, February’s show will see the entire show consolidated across two levels in one hall for the first time. Buyers can expect to find everything from luxury ready-to-wear and accessories to innovative materials. Sustainability is also a key focus for the show and buyers will be able to access an online directory of eco-friendly textile producers as well as several conferences on sustainability.

TICKETS: free – register online via texworld-paris.fr.messefrankfurt.com/paris  

8. SCOOP

WHEN: 11 – 13 February

WHERE: Olympia West, London

CATEGORIES: premium womenswear, menswear, homewares, beauty and lifestyle 

REASONS TO VISIT: Returning to Olympia West over the same dates as Pure London, leading contemporary fashion and lifestyle show Scoop will showcase around 250 collections this season from new and exciting designers. Its next edition will be underpinned by the theme “a return to wonderment” – with founder Karen Radley promising an inspirational three-day event that “captures the spirit of the season.” At its most recent edition this summer, buyers were transported to a “Moroccan paradise” with patterned wallpaper, boho-themed relaxation areas, stunning floral displays and giant potted plants decorating the space. There was also live music playing throughout the event and a bar serving mocktails and Prosecco.

TICKETS: free – register via scoop-international.com/page/visitor-registration

9. PURE LONDON X JATC

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WHEN: 11 – 13 February

WHERE: Olympia London, Kensington

CATEGORIES: womenswear, menswear, new designers, accessories, footwear, genderless/ dual gender collections, lifestyle, beauty, jewellery, seasonal gifting

KEY EXHIBITORS: GWD by George Davies, La Fée Maraboutée, Lily and Me, Humility, Pink Lemons, NoushElla, Goose Island, AX Paris, Sugarhill Brighton and Railroad Boutique. 

REASONS TO VISIT: In what will be the very first merged edition of two popular shows, Pure London x JATC promises to offer buyers a compelling line-up of over 300 brands, inspiring catwalk shows and “industry-leading educational seminars.” Visitors can expect a transformed version of Pure London this season, with an increased number of inspirational designers and brands. The show will transport buyers to another world via its Cabinet of Curiosity theme, mixing an energising and serene colour palette throughout the show floor as well as dynamic graphics and imagery. Within the “milestone fashion buying event,” there will be nine different destinations taking over both floors of Olympia’s Grand Hall. All womenswear brands will be located downstairs while the show’s other categories will be positioned in the upstairs Gallery featuring JATC’s signature style and feel. Finally, there will be an insightful educational line-up featuring key industry insiders while buyers will be able to discover all the trends presented by Vesuvius founder Malaika Ewande.  

TICKETS: free – register via purelondon.com/visitor-registration

10. SOURCE FASHION

WHEN: 18 – 20 February

WHERE: Olympia London

CATEGORIES: fabrics, accessories, sportswear, garment manufacturers, packaging, yarns, trims and fixtures plus design and technology.

REASONS TO VISIT: Sustainable fabric and materials sourcing show Source Fashions connects brands and retailers to global manufacturers. From raw materials, fabrics trims and packaging through to design services, this three-day event is the ultimate destination for anyone wanting to launch their own conscious clothing or accessories collection. The rapidly expanding show will present exhibitors from over 25 countries including China, India, Turkey and Cambodia. Each manufacturer is required to have had a recent audit from a recognisable institution to be at the show, giving buyers confidence in their responsible business practices. Visitors can also listen to industry experts discussing the challenges of responsible fashion as well as seeing sustainable garments featuring the materials of the future on The Source Catwalk.

TICKETS: register interest via source-fashion.com/visitor-registration

11. MICAM MILANO

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WHEN: 18 – 21 February 

WHERE: Fiera Milano Rho, Milan

CATEGORIES: Footwear encompassing premium, contemporary, high fashion, emerging designers and every day as well as accessories for shops.

REASONS TO VISIT: With over 1,000 footwear brands showcased in one location, Micam Milano is the ultimate trade fairs for buyers looking for shoes, boots and trainers for their new season line-up. Retailers can choose from an extensive range of products from some of Italy and the world’s leading brands. Last season saw 520 Italian exhibitors alongside 504 international designers from over 30 countries including Spain. There’s also a dedicated section for Emerging Designers, hosting creatives from around the world that have been selected by a special jury, alongside an Italian Start Up area. In addition to product sourcing, visitors can discover the latest industry insight from international speakers in the MICAM X area and discover cutting edge technology in the Future of Retail space.

ENTRY: Registration opens at the end of December via themicam.com/en/visitors-registration

12. APLF

WHEN: 19 – 21 March

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

CATEGORIES: small leather goods including bags, footwear and fashion accessories

REASONS TO VISIT: Returning to Hong Kong for the first time since the pandemic, next spring’s edition of APLF is expected to be extremely noteworthy for the region. The show has been established for over 30 years and offers one of the most comprehensive presentations of leather goods in the world. It relocated to Dubai for the past couple of years, with 2023’s edition bringing together 341 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from 92 countries. With APLF Leather, Materials+ and Fashion Access all taking place at the same venue, visitors will be able source a huge selection of small leather goods alongside raw materials. As well as its exhibitor offer the show also presents the latest trend forecasts and offers business-focused seminars.

TICKETS: free via aplf.com/buyer-registration