5 Denim Developers Share Insider Tips About Jeans Suppliers and How to Find New Ones
I’ve always loved denim trade shows. They’re hard work, but they’re also a whole lot of fun!
I still remember my first visit to Bread & Butter in 2010. Entering the majestic Tempelhof airport hangars for the first time made you realise how insanely colossal that show was. And how many players there are in this business.
My quest to learn how denim is made eventually took me a step further back through the supply chain to fabric trade shows. In 2011, I visited Denim PV for the first time. Since then, I’ve been a regular at Kingpins. Most recently, I had the opportunity to visit and exhibit twice at Munich Fabric Start‘s Bluezone; the show’s independent concept for the denim and sportswear community.
Fabric trade shows are where business insiders go to get inspired by the latest trends; it’s where alliances are formed; it’s where exhibitors go to size up the competition; and, of course, it’s where designers and developers have a unique opportunity to browse through suppliers.
For someone like myself, who’s still relatively new to this branch of the denim business, fabric trade shows can be a little overwhelming. I imagine aspiring designers and developers feel the same. How do you know where to focus your attention, and what should you be looking for when you’re searching for new jeans suppliers?
How do you know where to focus your attention, and what should you be looking for when you’re searching for new jeans suppliers?
This article helps designers and developers navigate the list of exhibitors at shows like Bluezone, which kicks off the buying season.
5 Developers Recommend 11 Jeans Suppliers You Should Look Into
With hundreds of suppliers exhibiting at trade shows, how do you know which to visit? I’ve asked the five jeans developers which suppliers they’d recommend you to take a closer look at.