Designer markets provide a platform for emerging artists and designers to showcase their work to the general public in a relaxed, market environment. It enables young talent to display their works and the public to purchase unique items that cannot be found commercially. For the designers, these markets often form the first step towards growth and commercialization of their design range, whether it’s fashion, jewelry, craft or art.
Designer markets are the best place to find hidden gems from up and coming designers and a great place to buy affordable, original, home grown designs right from the designers themselves. These markets are cropping up all across the globe. From Brisbane to London to New York, designers are showing their works with the hope of kick-starting their design careers.
Kanch was in New York this month and had the opportunity to show pieces from our collection at The Market NYC. This young designers market is located right in the heart of Soho and is a buzz of creativity from young emerging talent. It was a fantastic experience and we had really positive feedback from buyers.
We hate that there’s no designers market in Hong Kong. With so many talented young people in this city, you would hope there would be a place they could go to get their work out there. Having said that, occasionally opportunities do arise for designers to showcase their work in a temporary market environment. Examples include the Random Art Workshop’s quarterly RAW Marketplace event that brings together various vendors selling unique handmade products and Detour 2009, which created a unique platform for local, up-and-coming creative talents to showcase their work to the public, as well as to engage the community’s creative energy, providing an engaging environment for artists, designers and the creative public to congregate and interact.
However, these events are not very regular, so when they do arise, we jump at the opportunity to take part! Luckily for us, the Sassy girls (lovers of all things fashion and fun) have decided to host the ultimate designer market. ‘Souk In The City’ is being hailed as the ultimate girls night out with a fabulous array of local designers, artists, manicurists and our favourite henna tattooist Sara from Saras Henna, all there to help create the perfect night of shopping and socializing.
This event should be loads of fun and will hopefully introduce more lovely ladies to our accessories and new ready to wear collection. If you’re wondering what to do this Wednesday 19th then come along to ‘Souk in the City’ at The Langham hotel, TST. The event is free but alas, the clothes are not, so bring your credit cards and cash, and enjoy special discounts for this one night only!