If you want to find quality clothing suppliers for your boutique, there are basically 2 types to look for:

FindFashionRep maintains a large collection of brands (which may or may not be the manufacturer) you can browse to find that right line for your store.

If you’re looking for dirt cheap wholesale suppliers, just search Google, you’ll find a ton.

But, if you want a curated selection, then keep reading as I’ll tell you how to find quality suppliers on your own.

If you are a planning to open a retail boutique outlet involving clothing, accessories, and jewelry, one of the most important things for your store will be maintaining a fresh supply of brands for your shoppers.

At FindFashionRep, we maintain a large list of fashion brands by real designers from the US and Europe.

Apparel Sales Reps

When starting off, a brand may act as the clothing wholesaler, manufacturer, and the retailer. It’s tough work when starting off!

Later, as the brand develops, many brands sell through designated apparel sales reps or showrooms who are specialized retailers usually seen by appointment only. They are often former fashion designers themselves and have changed careers to offer consulting services as well.

You can find sales rep and showroom contact info from our database. These sales reps manage the wholesale (b2b) sales for many brands.

For the retail distribution, the brand or designer may use their sales reps to find retailers to market their clothing or accessory lines.

Link to Apparel Sales Rep database

For larger fashion brands or brands starting off with no sales representation, you can often deal directly with the brand or designer behind the brand.

Apparel and Fashion Accessories Trade Shows

Another way to find clothing suppliers or wholesalers is to attend apparel and fashion accessories trade shows where mostly designers and brands get together to showcase their clothing or accessory lines.

In the United States, there are 12 major fashion apparel hubs across the country. Each hub has a territory name and generally includes one or more surrounding states with respect to the fashion trade.

Each hub may have local trade shows you can attend to find the latest brands and designers.

Table of Fashion Hubs and Local Fashion Trade Shows

Territory NameAreas Included
(Can vary)
Fashion
Tradeshows
AtlantaGeorgia, Alabama, South & North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, MississippiCOBB Trade Show
Atlanta Ultimate Womens Expo
Atlanta Shoe Market
Great Bridal Expo
Atlanta Apparel Mart
Atlanta Jewelry Show
BostonMassachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, upstate New YorkNew England Apparel Trade Club
New England Bride Comes to Life
October Show
Baystate Wedding & Bridal Expo
International Gem & Jewelry Show
ChicagoIllinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, OhioSTYLEMAX
Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry
Chicago Collective
Chicago Ultimate Womens Expo
DallasTexas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, LouisianaFashion Industry Gallery Market
Dallas Apparel and Accessories Market
International Gem & Jewelry Show
The Great Bridal Expo
Brand Assembly Show
Dallas Kidsworld Market
Truck Show Addision
DenverColoradoDenver Apparel and Accessory Market
Cala Denver
Outdoor Retailer Market
Champs Trade Shows
Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show
International Gem & Jewelry Show
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
WESA Trade Show
Quality Hill Bridal Show
Simply Bridal Show
Denver Baby & Kids Experience
Bridal & Wedding Expo
Los AngelesCalifornia, Oregon, Nevada, ArizonaLA Market Week
LA Majors Market
LA Ultimate Womens Expo
Label Array
LA Mens Market
California Bridal and Wedding Show
LA Fashion Market
ODD Market
Style Fashion Week
A Current Affair LA
Swim Collective Trade Show
MiamiFloridaCoast Fashion Trade Exhibit
Swank Deco Miami Fashion Show
Jewelers International Showcase
Style Fashion Week
International Watch and Jewelry Guild Show
Mid-AtlanticNew York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West VirginiaTrunk Show Washington
Washington Wedding Experience
Mid-Atlantic Fashion Focus Show
Internatnional Gem & Jewelry Show
Quinceanera Expo
Wedding Experience
Bridal Fantasy
Great Bridal Expo
Allure Bridals Trunk Show
MinneapolisMinnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, WisconsinNorthstar Fashion Exhibitions
UNVEILED – The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
GLW Wholesale Trade Show
Forever Bride Market
Two Cities Bridal Show
Minneapolis Mart Show
New YorkIntermezzo
Coterie
Accessory Circuit
Moda
Accessories The Show
San FranciscoCALA San Francisco Trade Show
Wine, Women, and Shoes Show
Fashion Market Northern California
DG Expo
Berta Trunk Show
Tribal & Textile Arts Show
Bay Area Wedding Fair
Luxe Bridal Show
International Gem & Jewelry Show (San Mateo)
Trunk Show (Concord)
SeattleWine, Women, and Shoes Show
Northwest Event How
Seattle Wedding Show
International Gem & Jewelry Show
NW Trend Show — Fridaze – The Original Wrinkle-Resistant Linen Collection
Bridal Trunk Show (Washington)
NW Trend / Apparel Show
NW Womens Show
IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase Fall 2019
Bellevue Wedding Expo
Vogue Knitting Live

The trade shows listed above include clothing, accessories such as handbags and jewelry, and specialty clothing such as wedding gowns.

Many of the trade shows listed above are organized by the same company and offered in different locations. Below is a list of some of the bigger fashion only trade shows you may be interested in.

Fashion Trade Show Organizers

CompanyTradeshowDescription
UBM FashionUBM has a multitude of tradeshows across multiple locations including:
Las Vegas
New York
Miami
Tokyo
UBM Fashion organizes some of the biggest fashion trade shows such as MAGIC Coterie, FN, PROJECT, and Children’s Club.

Their trade shows cover all the major fashion categories for men, women, and children.
DG ExpoThey have multiple venues of Fabric shows across 5 locations:
San Francisco
New York City
Chicago
Dallas
Miami
DG Expo offers several fashion trade shows specializing in textiles.
InterGemInternational Gem & Jewelry ShowInterGem hosts the largest and longest running direct to consumer gem and jewelry show. You can buy direct from the manufacturers or wholesalers at this trade show.

Fashion Apparel Trade Shows

COBB Trade Show

Upcoming Show: January 12, 2020 to January 13, 2020

The Cobb Tradeshow is a curated fashion event produced by the Atlanta Apparel Exhibition Group. The show takes place at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Focus: Mens Brands

# of Brands: 600

Show Space: 100,000 sq. ft

Atlanta Shoe Market

Upcoming Show: February 15, 2020 to February 17, 2020

Southeastern Shoe Travelers Association manages the “Atlanta Fashion Shoe & Accessory Market” held twice a year in Atlanta, Georgia. This show directly follows the New York FFANY Show and is generally held in December and June.

Like the Cobb Trade show, this is held at the Cobb Galleria Centre

Focus: Footwear

# of brands: Up to 1000

AmericasMart Apparel Shows

Upcoming Show: January 28, 2020 to February 1, 2020

AmericasMart Apparel Shows are at multiple times throughout the year including: January, April, June, August, and October for apparel.

They also have specialty shows in:

March – Bridal

August – Prom

September – Bridal

New England Apparel Trade Shows

Upcoming Show: January 12, 2020 to January 15, 2020

Location:

DCU Center

50 Foster Street

Worchester, MA

Phone (show organizer): (781) 326-9223

The New England Apparel Club (NEAC) organizes several shows in New England including Worchester, Manchester, Hyannis, Portland, and New York.

Like most trade shows, this is geared towards Womens Apparel and Jewelry.

Stylemax

Upcoming Show: January 26, 2020 to January 28, 2020.

Phone: 800.677.6278

Stylemax is an apparel trade show in Chicago, Illinois.

Please feel free to comment below if you think I missed something like a trade show or another type of supplier.