We know the retail landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years, and we are trying to help you stay competitive while helping the local economy, environment and community by connecting you with local designers and their handmade products. At First Pick we know it can seem as though markets act as direct competition to Retail, but we believe that we have the same focus: to get people spending their money locally by engaging them with locally made goods. Markets serve to educate people about the items on offer, and expose them to new brands which actually creates interest for retailers stocking these items. We are all in this together.
By choosing to stock locally made goods, you save on import and shipping costs, exchange rate fluctuations and get something unique. Many of our designers offer Slow Fashion, so it’s less seasonal, and less likely to hit the sale rack. With items manufactured here, it’s quicker to fill in the size gaps. People love buying local because they want to support their own community.
Shows like ours offer a venue for designers to showcase their brands and exhibit what they want to make as designers, and we want to make sure you know all about it. Our designer’s work is well designed and well made, so you can be sure your customers are getting the best.
Sign up for our Retail Newsletter and you will receive an update via email with special show information, designer listing and featured seasonal products so you can support local while we in turn support you! Feel free to get in touch if you are looking to source products between events, we will do our best to help.