With over 100 exhibitors on display, a visit to Fashion SVP can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Who do you meet first? How do you maximise your time; ensure that you don’t miss any of the inspirational feature areas; and how do you fit in those free educational sessions?

Event Director Buzz Carter offers his top 10 tips:

  1. By registering to visit you can subscribe to the show newsletter and get a full picture of what’s on offer before the show. You can choose which Sourcing Briefing seminars are relevant to you, and get a feel for the exhibitors attending in advance.
  2. Follow us on Twitter @FashionSVP – we tweet throughout the show and can remind you of the educational sessions starting imminently or interesting things happening around the event which you may have missed. Don’t forget to use the show hashtag #FashionSVP to join the live conversation. If you prefer Facebook, like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FashionSVPLondon/ as we will be posting during the show on both platforms.
  3. Join our LinkedIn group – it’s a great way to network before, during and after the event with over 200 colleagues and peers. Many visitors and exhibitors use it to set up meetings at the show. Simple, easy and free!
  4. Pick up a Show Guide at the entrance, this contains full listings of the educational sessions running throughout the day but also highlights exhibitors and new show features.
  5. If you’re just starting out make sure you head to our new feature, the Fashion Station to get sourcing, legal and business advice from industry experts. Whether you’re a burgeoning new brand, a fashion entrepreneur, a pop-up retailer, a new designer wanting to launch your own brand, or even a fashion student, the Fashion Station will be a fantastic place to network, ask questions, get practical insight and learn from the best in the industry
  6. Arrive at Sourcing Briefing educational sessions 10 minutes early – each session is seated on a first come, first served basis, so it’s always good to get there early as they are often standing room only.
  7. Attend a free mentoring session! Alison Lewy, MBE, Director of fashion mentoring and business support specialists Fashion Angel, will run two 20 minute mentoring sessions per day. They will cover issues such as; raising start up finance; how to launch your own brand; crowdfunding; selling online; and getting garments made.
  8. See and touch the latest trends in the new Trend Edit zone, get inspiration find a ‘tasting menu’ of hot designs. Don’t miss this chance to see exactly the sort of on trend, brilliantly designed and manufactured garments that are on display at the show and find the right manufacturer to help you realise your future collections
  9. Check out the The JobsForum in Association with FashionJobs.com if you’re looking for a new position, or looking to recruit – you will find hundreds of opportunities.
  10. Last, but not least, don’t forget to grab some lunch. This is a common problem with many visitors and exhibitors fuelled purely by sweets from the stands alone. There is a restaurant within the show hall, with lots of space to hold meetings.

We hope you enjoy the show.