If you’re a designer or fashion startup searching for fabric, then you’ve likely heard of TexWorld USA.
TexWorld is one of the leading fabric trade shows and every July it comes to New York City for three days of supplier exhibition, education and networking.
If you live in the Greater New York or New England areas, I highly recommend attending.
While the show is a bit overwhelming, and the supplier MOQs can be high, there is no better way to see thousands of fabrics at your fingertips.
It’s also an opportunity to hear from leading industry experts on a wide variety of topics — at no cost to you.
That’s right, attendance to the trade show is absolutely free.
If you can join us, here are some of the events you won’t want to miss:
The entire first day of the show is dedicated to the future of sustainability in the fashion industry.
TUESDAY, 7/23 @ 11:30am
From Launch to Growth: How to Gain Traction and Surpass Goals in Your Fashion Business
Hosted by Nicole Giordano of StartUp Fashion, this “Textile Talk” on the showroom floor will discuss how to grow beyond launch by creating brand personality, building customer relationships, and overcoming obstacles to better market your business and reach your goals.
Starting a Sustainable Fashion Brand from Scratch: A Conversation with Factory45
Join me for a chat with two brands that have launched through Factory45. Mary Bemis, founder of Reprise Activewear, and Tiffany Shown, founder of Fair Seas Supply Co., will share how they launched their brands without investors or thousands of dollars sitting in the bank.
WEDNESDAY, 7/24 @ 11:30am
Upcycling: Exploring Options in Today’s Landscape and How Brands and Individuals Can Make a Difference
This panel boasts some of the leading names in the circular economy of fashion, including Nicole Bassett of the Renewal Workshop and Rachel Kibbe of Helpsy. This is a chance to hear about different aspects of upcycling and what options and opportunities are available to both brands & individuals to be better stewards of reducing our environmental impact.
The full schedule for the educational program is here.
And if you’re wondering if the show is worth attending or how to navigate the time you spend with exhibitors, I wrote a guide to fabric sourcing at a trade show here.
Hope to see you on July 23rd!