In an effort to support emerging designers, The New York International Gift Fair, the semi-annual trade show that showcases products in the gift, lifestyle and home categories in over 15 divisions is giving up-and-coming talent that has been in business for one year or less, the opportunity to receive international recognition and prime space at a reduced rate at their upcoming show in August.
Here are two opportunities for designers with a focus on handmade and contemporary products:
1. Emerging Designer Maker Platform: A section of the Handmade division, this new initiative seeks out emerging designers (including recent grads) that have been in business for one year or less that make handmade products. Product categories include: accessories, jewelry, apparel (limited), textiles, home and more. The judging criteria includes design concept, creativity and originality. The deadline is Friday, June 15 and the participation fee is $300 if selected. Fill out your application at the Emerging Designer Maker Platform page.
2. A+: The Young Designers’ Platform This new “incubator” section of the Accent on Design division seeks out emerging talent with a focus on innovation and a contemporary aesthetic. Product categories include: jewelry, apparel (limited), textiles, home and more. This open call also requires brands to be in business for one year or less and will be selected by a juried design committee based on creativity, originality and innovative, functional design. If selected, the participation fee is $350. Fill out your application at the A+: The Young Designers’ Platform
Interested? Learn more about the trade show at The New York International Gift Fair.
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