UBM Fashion, the international leader in fashion tradeshows, has partnered Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for an exclusive partnership designed to support American fashion designers, brands and promote the growth of emerging talent and the fashion industry as a whole. As a part of the partnership, CFDA and UBM Fashion will create programs that help talented emerging designers bridge the gap between compelling design and commercial success.
Key programs will include enhanced retailer matchmaking services, special events and cost assistance at UBM Fashion tradeshows for new CFDA members. The partners will also work together on educational and mentorship programs created to help CFDA members in areas such as marketing, sales, distribution, manufacturing and finance.
UBM Fashion and the CFDA will also collaboratively coordinate the timing of New York Fashion Weeks and related Market weeks for men's and women's fashion. Further, PROJECT will present 4 participating Designers for the first time during NYFW: Men's on February 5th at Skylight Modern. Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA exults, "The CFDA is always looking for partnerships that help designers reach new retailers and consumers. UBM Fashion's portfolio of programs and extensive contacts with retailers both large and small will help fuel the industry's growth." The partnership will launch in January 2018 and focus on UBM Fashion's dual-gender show PROJECT and its advanced contemporary event Coterie, as well as the recently launched MAGIC Japan.