FashionSpeak + Verge 2019: Conference • Trade Show • Market

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Twelve Oaks Mall

27500 Novi Rd

Novi, MI 48377

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ONCE ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED, YOU MAY BUY TICKETS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT AT THE REGISTRATION DESK IN CENTER COURT AT TWELVE OAKS MALL IN NOVI. DOORS OPEN AT 8 A.M. FIRST WORKSHOP STARTS AT 10 A.M.


Get ready for something completely different from Detroit Garment Group.

We are taking our two biggest events, FashionSpeak, our conference that focuses on the business of fashion, and Verge, our trade show bringing together buyers and sellers, and merging them into one giant event!

We're also making Verge a market, so vendors can sell their products to FashionSpeak attendees, Twelve Oaks Mall patrons, buyers and more!


Upon arrival, FashionSpeak ticket holders will receive a map, schedule and swag bag. Attend the workshops, shop the market, watch the exciting Pitch Competition, and enjoy some food and beverages, courtesy of Taubman.



OVERVIEW

Detroit Garment Group will host its seventh annual FashionSpeak, Michigan’s largest conference for the fashion industry, presented by Taubman, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. FashionSpeak brings together industry-renowned experts from many facets of the fashion world to share their knowledge and expertise with over 250 attendees including students and professionals through a variety of fashion-focused workshops during this one-day conference.

With this conference, Detroit Garment Group seeks to “Keep Michigan Talent in Michigan.” The invaluable support of experts in the fashion industry by way of sharing educational tools and resources with students and professionals alike brings this mission to life. Ultimately, FashionSpeak aims to bring people together with the shared intention of propelling the local industry.

FashionSpeak attendees including but not limited to students, designers, photographers, bloggers, and fashion retailers will not only get to meet fashion industry leaders, but will get the opportunity to learn, network and participate in workshops to broaden their knowledge and improve their businesses. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and attendees can participate in a meet-and-greet with the keynote speaker.

DOORS OPEN AT 8 A.M. FIRST WORKSHOPS START AT 10 A.M.




2019 WORKSHOPS

Keynote Speaker
Jewelry Designer Jolie Altman

Jolie is a shining example of designing what you love and being your own best marketing tool to get into the most exclusive stores. As a result, her on-trend designs have graced the shelves of Bergdorf Goodman, Kitson, Ikram, Intermix, Anthropologie and Fred Segal, and locally at Barbara Boz in Harbor Springs and Girlie Girl in Grosse Pointe. They have also been featured in publications, including People magazine and the Huffington Post, and on the wrists and necks of celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert and Carole Radziwill.


Workshop 1

How To Win at Trade Shows⁣⁣

Join trade show expert Aferdita Rakipi on a walking tour of the Verge Trade Show + Market, where she will showcase real-life examples of successful trade show set ups, teach you how to pick up on body language of buyers and shoppers, demonstrate how to effortlessly draw people into your booth, and provide critical tips on how to make the sale.


Workshop 2
Merchandise Your Space Like a Pro

Go on a merchandising field trip around Twelve Oaks Mall with Robin Bliss and Matt Grace from Taubman Company. At each stop, your tour guides will point out what’s working, what’s not, and how to do it on a budget. The field trip will end at EMERGE, the pop-up space where local brands can apply to sell their goods for a weekend duration.


Workshop 3
How To Carve Your Fashionprenurial Path in Today’s Digital Age

Breaking out in fashion has always been a challenging goal. In today’s digital age with social media, influencers and an overcrowded market, it takes more than just passion to succeed. Grand Rapid’s RC Caylan, however, is making waves in the industry, dressing dozens of celebrities, including Carrie Underwood and Holly Robinson Peete, showing his collection of traffic-stopping gowns at NYFW and doing it on his own terms, and he’s coming to FashionSpeak to share his secrets with you.


Workshop 4
That's My Business! Game​ Show

Randomly selected FashionSpeak attendees will go head-to-head to answer the most fashion business questions correctly to win prizes. Test your knowledge and find out just how much you really know about the business of fashion. ONE PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED VALUED AT $1,375!!! that includes: The Starter Plus Consultation: A 1-hour marketing session with True Root Marketing, valued at $350⁣. A 1.5-hour merchandising consultation with Robin Bliss and Matthew Grace of Taubman, valued at $800⁣. A custom shirt from 1701 Bespoke, valued at $225⁣.


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Twelve Oaks Mall

27500 Novi Rd

Novi, MI 48377

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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