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Designers & Agents relaunches with Made in N.Y. Collective

By Sara Ehlers

Feb 29, 2016

Designers & Agents, a bi-coastal trade fair, is planning a new concept to show its New York designs. The international fair, which has shown both in Los Angeles and New York, just recently partnered with New York City Economic Development Corp. for a new collective.

The new concept is entitled Made in N.Y. Collective and will harbor a space for the Designers & Agents show. As part of the New York City Economic Development Corp., the partnership is meant to help build economic growth in throughout the city. The collective will feature various designers that manufacture and produce their collections solely in the urban city.

The collective launched last year with a 5 million dollar investment, as reported by Apparel News. Currently, the project is up to 15 million dollars. The launch has no official date, however it is confirmed that it will be coming within the next few weeks. During the impending weeks, the partnership will launch workshops and seminars about business and trade shows to build up to the event’s debut.

Designers & Agents started originally as a trade show with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. In Los Angeles, the event is typically hosted at the New Mart building in Los Angeles’ fashion district. The fair is known for its focus on sustainability for fashion and design, which is mirrored throughout the vendors that participate in the events. The independent event typically includes over 1,000 collections and thousands of retailers. Past participants include Aubrey, Coatt, Rewilder, Reet Aus, and more.