June market week brought hundreds of buyers and brands to the Fashion District, including many a shoe brand to the TRANSIT Footwear Tradeshow. TRANSIT has been the premier resource for footwear buyers in Los Angeles for over 20 years and exhibits a mix of contemporary, young contemporary, and men’s labels. We spotted reps from BCBG, Chinese Laundry, Dolce Vita, Dr. Scholl’s, Frye, Jeffrey Campbell, Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand, Seychelles, Steve Madden, Vince Camuto, and many more. It’s the only LA Fashion Market trade show dedicated exclusively to footwear.
Trade shows bring exhibitors to the district who do not have permanent showrooms in the area. It’s an opportunity to discover new brands, learn about upcoming trends, and build relationships.
Big trends for the fall 2015 season included “upgraded” booties. In addition to the traditional fall colors we saw booties in bright colors, with fringe, chains, and various embellished designs that gave a little something extra to the traditional fall shoe. Platforms were also prevalent at the show as were clogs, both a nod to the 70s trend we’re already seeing. Comfortable designs in general were a welcome surprise, with increase in comfort brands and lines carrying flats, sneakers, and stacked heels.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the “Made in USA” and “Assembled in USA” trend is making its way into footwear. Women’s shoe brand André Assous debuted its “Assembled in USA” collection of espadrilles this season, which partially moved production of four of André’s classic styles from Europe to the United States. The American assembled line provides the same quality as its European-made counterpart at a lower price point. André hopes to spark the return of American footwear manufacturing and create jobs along the way.
Watch how the espadrilles are assembled and learn more about the initiative and how it’s benefiting manufacturing communities here.
The next TRANSIT show will be October 12-14. Visit www.californiamarketcenter.com/transit for more info.