Update from latest post:
The full information including registration can be found here:
February 6 & 7, 2012
In addition to the show, there will be seminars on topics including fashion business, online retailing, costing, branding, and sourcing.
I have always thought that having clothing and other products made in America was an important issue. We as a country have long been outsourcing jobs and importing goods, and apparel and sewn products make up a huge amount of those imported goods. A recent poll by Adweek Media/Harris Poll showed that 61% of Americans are more likely to purchase a product if it is “Made in America.” Only 3% would be less likely to purchase.
The study goes on to show slight differences in results between different areas of the country. Midwesterners are most likely to purchase American-made products, with 67% of respondents agreeing with that statement. Though other areas of the country had slightly lower results, all had 57% or more who agreed. Surveyed by age, older consumers, those over age 55, are most likely to purchase products made in the USA. 75% of those in that age group agreed. Younger Americans, those 18-34, were only 44% more likely to purchase products made in the USA, though 52% said they were neither more or less influenced to purchase by country of origin.
The full article can be found here at MarketingCharts.com.
Regardless of your personal patriotism, I think it’s important to support the American worker. Products made here are basically guaranteed to not be made using child-labor, substandard or unsafe working conditions, and to pay their employees a fair wage. You can’t regulate a factory overseas as easily or effectively.
Chicago fashion has been growing steadily over the past few years. With the creation of the Mayor’s Fashion Council in April 2006, interest from the community has exploded and things are greatly improving for local designers. This year the events are sure to be even better than in years past.
A full listing of events can be found here at explorechicago.org.
There will be headlining shows sponsored by Macy’s, CS Magazine and StyleChicago.com, as well as the returning student show, Dress Code. Designers will also have their own shows, some of those include Borris Powell, Kristin Hassan, Vert Couture, and Horatio Nieto.
There are even some FREE events, including some great Industry Education events! Some of these include special trunk shows by Chicago boutiques and designers, including Alice Berry, Elise Bergman, and le Dress.
FREE events during Fashion Focus Chicago can be found here at chicagofree.info.
For those interested in the Industry Education Day events, visit explorechicago.org for a list of all the events. Register early! These are free but will fill up fast!
Also during Fashion Focus Chicago, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will be at the Merchandise Mart (pedway) on October 21st and 22nd. For more details go to AIBI. This event is for industry professionals only, and registration is encouraged in advance. You will need a business license and/or EIN, and your business card. Contact the offices at AIBI for more information or questions.
All in all, a pretty exciting time in Chicago!
This 2-day event put together by AIBI is one that all Chicago area designers need to check out for good resources for fabrics, trims, and more!
Xochil’s favorite fashion resource, Jay Arbetman, will have a booth in the show. She will be hanging out at the show during portions of both days to meet designers and answer any questions.
Jay is a great resource for all types of fabrics, linings, zippers, buttons and more. And unbelieveable pricing.
May 13th and 14th – 9am – 4pm
Chicago Merchandise Mart
I had the pleasure of working with Chicago designer Borris Powell on patterns for dresses for his upcoming show, The Rise of an Empress. View his beautiful evening wear designs at his upcoming fashion show, Friday March 19th. For tickets and more information, please visit www.borrispowell.com. An added bonus to those who attend: partial proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Relief Foundation.