Designers and Local Vendors Get Down to Business at CitySource

Attention, New York City designers. Looking to source a little closer to home? Consider stopping by NYC Textile Week partner CitySource.

Sixty-five vendors, ranging from pattern and sample makers to printers and pleating experts, will participate in the July 21 event at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Dreamed up by the institute’s Enterprise Studies and Digital Design department and supported by The Garment District Alliance, the biannual one-day showcase (which launched in 2012 and takes place every January and July) aims to connect designers and small businesses with local resources.

“It’s important for local resources to connect with emerging designers and small businesses,” Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer and FIT instructor, said. “For new brands, it’s always challenging to find vendors and CitySource facilitates those connections and also allows people to understand what services exist.”

This year’s participating vendors will include Dynotex, Park Avenue International, Shima Seiki Design Center of NY and TrimLab, to name a few.

A series of free seminars will be offered throughout the day, too, starting with an embroidery and embellishments class taught by Michelle Feinberg of New York Embroidery Studio and ending with Joann Kim of Johnny’s Fashion leading a discussion on best practices for pattern and sample development.

Lisa Rochelle Hackman Freda, one of last January’s 800-plus attendees, told Hall, “The CitySource trade show at FIT has been an invaluable resource in launching my new collection of children’s celebration clothes. It provided an introduction to the vendors I needed to connect with and educated me on services I was unaware of. The vendor selection was of high quality and of a broad variety.”

Interested in attending? Register here for free admission to both the show and each individual seminar.