Summer plans? Get pumped for the new season with our ultimate SS24 trade show guide

Blue skies, floral dresses and eating alfresco – yes, Britain’s most longed-for season is here! Get prepared for the glorious few months ahead with our ultimate SS24 trade show guide… 

LONDON

JUST AROUND THE CORNER

WHEN: 16 – 18 July

WHERE: Tobacco Dock, Wapping London

CATEGORIES: womenswear, menswear, unisex, sustainable fashion, footwear, accessories, beauty and lifestyle

KEY BRANDS: People Tree, Fransa, Saint Tropez, Outerknown, Lily and Me, Pretty Vacant, Ichi, Numph, Sugarhill Boutique and Louche

WHY VISIT: Since its launch in 2019, Just Around the Corner has been gaining momentum as a must-visit event on the fashion trade show calendar. This season the East London-based show is moving from its usual venue to the Tobacco Dock – a historical warehouse space located near Shadwell and Wapping overground stations. As well as presenting a strong line-up of new collections and products, JATC London is introducing a daily Q&A panel session led by industry specialists and experts. Visitors are promised an informal yet professional buying experience as well as free coffee, pasties and lunches.

ENTRY: free – register via justaroundthecorner.co.uk/register

PURE LONDON

WHEN: 16 – 18 July

WHERE: Olympia London

CATEGORIES: womenswear, accessories, footwear, jewellery, sustainable fashion

KEY BRANDS: Vilagallo, Humilty, La Fee Maraboutee, ACCESS, Glamorous, GWD by George Davies, Eno Eco, Carmela, BudhaGirl and Yui-ga Dokson.

WHY VISIT: Boasting one of the biggest womenswear line-ups on the UK trade show calendar, Pure London offers three days of buying, education, networking and inspiration for indie retailers. This summer’s event will see the introduction of its new POP destination, serving up a diverse selection of streetwear, alternative fashion, gender neutral collections, vintage labels, festival outfits and tech-infused fashion. The show’s jam-packed schedule will also include catwalk shows, trend forecasts and presentations from trend partner Promostyl, expert talks and new sustainability initiatives. 

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

SCOOP INTERNATIONAL

WHEN: 16 – 18 July

WHERE: Olympia West, London

CATEGORIES: womenswear, accessories, jewellery, footwear, menswear

KEY BRANDS: Queens of Archive, Loom London, Pearl and Caviar, Maurizio Mykonos, Louise Hendricks, Oneseason, Pret Pour Partir, It’s 9pm, Hanro and Commando

WHY VISIT: Taking place alongside Pure London in Olympia’s adjoining West hall, this summer’s Scoop will present over 250 designer labels from around the world. The high-end show offers buyers a unique environment and is recognised by industry insiders as one of the UK’s leading trade shows. Expect premium womenswear alongside luxury home, beauty, lifestyle and menswear.

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

TOP DRAWER

WHEN: 10 – 12 September

WHERE: Olympia London

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

KEY BRANDS: LIGA, Lifeguard Press, Aery, Redecker, Lightstyle London, Kikkerland, Chive, Ooh Deer, 1973, The Wrap Magazine, Archivist and ROKA London.

WHY VISIT: Showcasing new season designs by emerging names and established favourites, Top Drawer is the ultimate destination for professional buyers wanting to revitalise their edits with products that captivate customers. Find heart-warming gifts, cosy homewares, precious handmade pieces, enlightening stationery, fun toys and more from 500 brands across nine unique show sectors. Alongside sourcing, visitors can also learn from industry experts at the show’s RetailFest stage. Plus, its partnership with The Better Trends Company offers buyers exclusive trend insights for the season ahead.  

ENTRY: Free – sign up to the mailing list via topdrawer.co.uk

MIDLANDS

INDX WOMAN

WHEN: 23 – 25 July
WHERE: Cranmore Park Conference and Exhibition Centre, Solihull
KEY BRANDS: Fransa, Sahara, Lily and Me, Joe Browns, Pomodoro, Soya Concept, Chalk, Closet London, Shu Da Living and Chatham

CATEGORIES: womenswear, footwear, fashion accessories

REASONS TO VISIT: Curated by buying group Associated Independent Stores (AIS), INDX Woman is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with several major operational changes to create the ultimate one-stop-shop for buyers. This includes merging INDX Womenswear and Footwear and INDX Accessories into a singular show so retailers can source several categories under one roof. The show has introduced a new dedicated Retail Insights segment for 2023, allowing visitors to engage and learn from leading industry specialists. Since its February edition, it has also expanded into three separate showrooms, which includes the extension of its existing dedicated boutique area.

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

AUTUMN FAIR

WHEN: 3 – 6 September

WHERE: NEC Birmingham

CATEGORIES: interiors, furniture, homewares, gifts, household goods, electricals, pet supplies, beauty, skincare, grooming, greetings cards, wrapping paper, stationery, toys, fashion and footwear 

KEY BRANDS: Lesser and Pavey, Sass and Belle, Kikkerland, Joe Davies, Powell Craft, Chalk UK, Richard Lang and Sons, Half Moon Bay, The Art File, Paper Salad, Emotional Rescue, RMS International, Ultimate Products and TY UK.

WHY VISIT: Offering a one-stop-shop for home, gifts and fashion, Autumn Fair offers four days of new products and inspiration just in time for the Golden Quarter. The show encompasses 11 sectors within four separate locations including Home, The Summerhouse, Kids and Moda. This season’s show will also see the launch of new revolutionary meetings programme Connect, allowing buyers to pre-arrange meetings with suppliers on their stands. Buyers will have access to detailed information on all exhibitors before the show opens with the ability to search and filter them by criteria. Connect is completely free for buyers to use and there is no minimum meeting requirement.

ENTRY: Free when you pre-register before 11 August (£25 after) via af23-registration.personatech.com

MODA AT AUTUMN FAIR

WHEN: 3 – 6 September

WHERE: NEC Birmingham

CATEGORIES: womenswear, athleisure, occasionwear, daywear, accessories, footwear, jewellery and watches.  

KEY BRANDS: Sea Gems, Big Metal, Chris Lewis Silver, Scream Pretty, The Old Farmhouse Jewellery, Lisa Angel, My Doris, POM (Peace of Mind), XTI, Refresh/Carmela, Lunar shoes, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Jayley, Lighthouse Clothing and Jessica Graaf.

WHY VISIT: Located within Autumn Fair, Moda is one of the UK’s longest-standing fashion trade shows offering the latest womenswear, footwear and accessories. Buyers can peruse four key sectors – Clothing, Footwear, Fashion Accessories and Jewellery and Watch – across two halls to discover the latest products and trends. This season indies will also be able to sign up for its new meetings programme, Connect, which allows buyers to pre-book on-stand appointments with preferred suppliers for easier ordering. The Moda Catwalk also runs a full programme of events including regular trend-led catwalks and informative expert talks. 

ENTRY: Free when you pre-register before 11 August (£25 after) via af23-registration.personatech.com

NORTH ENGLAND

HOME & GIFT

WHEN: 16 – 19 July

WHERE: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate

CATEGORIES: gift, jewellery, fashion, food, craft and home accessories

KEY BRANDS: Estella Barlett, Chalk, Spice kitchen, The Bottled Baking Company, Jellycat, Captivate Brands, D&X Ltd, Blade & Rose, Talking Tables and Inside Out Toys

WHY VISIT: A trade show calendar stalwart for over 60 years, Home and Gift presents 600 exhibitors spanning gifts, fashion and jewellery, food, craft and home accessories across five separate halls and multiple Design Points. This season will see the launch of the show’s new Craft area showcasing bespoke and handmade pieces created by independent markers. Buyers can peruse stands, network and find trend inspiration over four full days of buying. What’s more, its pretty Harrogate location provides the ideal backdrop for socialising in the sunshine after hours.

ENTRY: free – register via homeandgift.co.uk

HARROGATE FASHION WEEK

WHEN: 30 July – 1 August  

WHERE: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate

CATEGORIES: womenswear, accessories, footwear

KEY BRANDS: Marble, Pomodoro, Godske Group, Gabriela Sanchez, Lotus, Rino and Pelle, Dolcezza, Foil, Gardeur and D.E.C.K by Decollage

WHY VISIT: Running as a three-day event for this first time this summer, Harrogate Fashion Week offers a plethora of womenswear brands under one roof. This season it will unveil its largest offer to date with hundreds of new collections showcased across three separate halls. The show’s summer edition has become a must-visit event for occasionwear buyers while it also offers an increasingly strong line-up of daywear brands as well as an expanding selection of accessories and footwear. With numerous bars, hotels and restaurants on its doorstep, Harrogate Fashion Week is a great destination for buyers that want to stay overnight, network and explore the picturesque town and its surroundings. Visitors can also attend a drinks party for buyers and exhibitors when the show closes on Sunday 30 July as well as a ticketed dinner at the Orchid restaurant on Monday 31 July.

ENTRY: Free – register via harrogatefashionweek.com

INTERNATIONAL

TEXWORLD EVOLUTION

WHEN: 3 – 5 July

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 Evolution showcases over 1,500 international exhibitors, attracting buyers from all over the world. The event comprises four separate trade shows: Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Leatherworld and Texworld. Buyers can expect to find everything from luxury ready-to-wear and accessories to innovative materials.

TICKETS: free – online registration opens on 15 May via texworld-paris.fr.messefrankfurt.com/paris  

MICAM

MIcam 95, the Emerging Designer area.

WHEN: 17 – 20 September

WHERE: Fiera Milano Rho, Milan

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

WHY VISIT: Showcasing over 900 footwear brands in one location, Micam is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for buyers looking to add new shoes, boots and trainers for their store’s line-up. Retailers can choose from an extensive range of products from some of Italy and the world’s leading brands. There’s also a section for emerging designers, unveiling the latest innovations from new footwear talent. In addition to product sourcing, visitors can learn the latest industry insight from international speakers in the MICAMX area and discover cutting edge technology in the Future of Retail space.

ENTRY: Registration opens in June; E: visitors@themicam.com for more information.