Showing posts from March 27, 2011

Trade shows and blind faith.

In the fashion industry on the side of the fence I am on, trade shows are a typical traditional part of the business. We have blind faith as we pay the large fees to set up our little 10 x 10 booth and our sales samples and then we hope that the buyers will show up. Sometimes we can send out postcards or flyers about the trade show, but mostly you just hope the right buyers are at the show and stop by your booth. Its really like a game of rolling the dice for a young brand. Sometimes you are lucky if you break even, its partly because as a new brand, buyers are not familiar with your brand, they have to see you a few times to try you out, or place a small order and see how it does for their shop and then come back later and place a larger order. Its a game of dice. You don't always break even at a trade show, but you just have to have blind faith as you show up for another one. There are other ways to reach customers, you can cold call buyers and try to make appointments or

Pacific Northwest Trend show.

Rocco e Dante will be showing at the Pacific Northwest Trend show at the Bellevue Hilton from April 3-5th. Our sister company Chelsey Henry will be having their new launch at the same show. Stop by to see the new travel collection! See you there, then I am off to the Linea Pelle show to check out the latest leathers for 2012. Wow, time flies.