AIBI wholesale fabric show

I’d previously posted the information regarding the Apparel Industry Board (Chicago) Fall Wholesale Fabric Show but thought I’d re-post the information since the date is quickly approaching.

The Apparel Industry Board Inc is sponsoring their Fabric and Trim show Wednesday, November 30th through Thursday, December 1st at at the Sauganash Ballroom, 14th Floor Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Drive Chicago, Illinois 60654, Tel: (312) 836-1041.

Textile representatives from California, Texas, New York and the Midwest will be there. This is your opportunity to select from hundreds of lines in one convenient location. Attendance is free. You can email them for more information or go to their website events page. Attendees must present a business card or tax ID and photo ID to gain admittance. The show is open to the trade only and no one under the age of 18 is admitted. You can also call for more information (312) 836-1041.

Speaking of events, the Apparel Industry Board Inc. and the Apparel Industry Foundation Inc. are having a “Power of the Little Black Dress” themed cocktail reception and auction featuring ‘little black dress’ designs by some of Chicago’s finest designers. The event will be held on the 7th of December from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 East Superior in Chicago IL. This fundraising event will benefit the AIBI/AIFI (both not-for-profit). Guests can bid on the little black dresses by live auction and accessories by silent auction.

Sounds swanky, let me know if you go so we can have our own reporter attend the event. It’d be great if someone would take pictures to post here so we can keep up with our friends in Chicago. That reminds me, if you’d like to be a roving reporter of an apparel event in your area, let me know.

Oh, and please mention how you found out about these events because this will go a long way toward building networks between disparate small business support systems. Maybe they’ll link to me yet -I get no respect- although I can’t say they ignore me. Their head person Dorothy called me to chew me out for describing the AIBI as a “fashion incubator”. Oops…sorry, my mistake but a reasonable one in my opinion -if it looks like a duck…quacks like a duck…

…And you guys kvetch that people in the business are rude to you; I don’t know what makes you think you’re so special when we’re so rude to each other. Heck, we’re rude to people who do favors for us and even people we like! Dorothy is really going to hate me now but I don’t care. I like her anyway :)

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  1. Almost Girl says:

    I am inviting you to participate in a fashion blogging event. Next Friday is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in America. I am asking other fashion bloggers to join me in blogging about their own views on fashion, consumption, individuality, and the importance of fashion in our lives. I am encouraging any other fashion bloggers to join me in this endeavor, just make your own political fashion statements about your view on consumption and fashion and I will link up and we can hopefully dialogue about the importance of individuality in fashion!

    Almost Girk

  2. Tom says:

    Don’t take Dorothy’s tirade to heart. Maybe now she will take notice of your site, and realize that you are reaching alot of people that she only wishes had her attention. This industry needs cohesion. And alot of people need big attitude adjustments. We all put our pants on, one leg at a time. If someone in my “apparel” world feels the need to be rude or unpleasant to me, I view this a reason to move on and help someone else that matters more. You catch more flies with maple syrup, than you do with nastiness.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Hi Tom
    Did you think I was nasty? I certainly didn’t mean to be, I don’t feel resentful or anything. I thought it was funny and not in a nasty underhanded way. I’m a great admirer of Dorothy; she’s accomplished amazing things. I could only hope to be half as useful to DEs as she’s been. I was *trying* to be funny in saying that DEs should try not to be upset with rudeness in the business because it’s nothing personal -the apparel industry often seems to be equal-opportunity in that we’re rude to each other- lol!

  4. Tom says:

    I was not trying to infer you were nasty at all. I was trying to let people know that you should treat people as you you would like to be treated. We have enough attitude in the apparel world.We need to bring back some decency to it.

  5. Christy Fisher says:

    You are both correct.. Tom: there is a lot of attitude in this biz that needs to be adjusted.. but I LOVE Kathleen’s style because she is BRUTALLY HONEST. This business is an “equal opportunity offender”..
    It is a “blue collar” mentality in manufacturing for the most part.. and there IS a lot of what would be “perceived” as harshness.
    I thought her comment was hilarious and I am sure her friend/nemesis would feel the same.

  6. Mary says:

    Hello, helping out a friend start her own line of dresses and would like to know where is the best placce to go for wholesale fabrics around MI, Chidago areas. Cannot afford to go overseas right now. Any suggestions?? Are their any fabric shows coming up nationally?


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