The annual September women’s market concluded earlier this week in New York City. Here are reports from three of the most important trade shows that took place during it.

Returning to the Javits Center for a three-day run, ENK’s Coterie show and its sister footwear event Sole Commerce once again served as the largest showcase of brands for women’s market. Special areas included TMRW, a showcase of 60 up-and-coming contemporary brands such as Skingraft, Whit and Rodebjer, and French Rebellion, a new marketplace with 18 brands from Paris such as Rad Hourani and Shamaz. In addition to fashion collections and contemporary, accessories, bridge and eveningwear were also featured.

Major denim brands such as Hudson, AG, Agave and Paige returned as did the new denim brand Greywire. Its founder, Michael Press said, “I feel like this show is happening in 2005—that’s how good business has been for us at it.” Other exhibitors, however, reported steady to slow traffic.

Vero Moda and sister denim brand Noisy May, both of Europe’s Bestseller Group, said they strong sales and a great reaction in this, their first season selling in the United States. Unless previous editions, there was not a dedicated denim area and jeans brands were dispersed throughout the show floors.

Trendwise, destroyed and repaired denim in mostly light washes dominated at Coterie, especially at Greywire, Kensie and Mavi. Jogger jeans and jackets made from the same knit material were bestsellers at Mavi according to its brand rep. Elsewhere, Harlyn showed its signature prints in pretty feminine silhouettes while graphic T-shirt line Chrldr offered tees with amusing sayings and a fun wineglass-print hoodie.

Showcasing more than 300 brands and kicking off the women's market week, the Capsule Women’s trade show took place for three days last weekend at Basketball City. Its breathe-easy atmosphere offered an electric selection of carefully selected women's streetwear brands. 

Comprised of constructed distressed linens, the Silvae brand showcased overlay dresses and relaxed fit drawstring shorts. The brand’s eyecatching botanical illustration challenges the science of plants and anatomy over stretch denim. 3D graphic prints popped off women's sleeveless and classic style shirting at Gitman Vintage. Meanwhile, Holographic Universe showed a depiction of ’90s culture on neoprene ready to wear. Multifunctional Molly Pacs (fanny packs) are offered in blue, bright red, and purple colors. Other brand favorites at the show were Levis Made and Crafted, Gant Rugger and Won Hundred.

Designers & Agents
Divided into two separate locations, Designers & Agents was once again held in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district during its three-day run.  The multifloored offerings focused on ecologically conscious garments and international exhibitors.

A collection of sustainable organic denim imported from Japan was shown by Rosel, alongside the brand’s bundle of hand woven knit accessories (Made in the USA). Silky ready to wear styles were trimmed with knit at the Italian brand WLG. Open stitched mesh tops, embellished with laser cut appliqués, were chillingly cool at the Zero Degrees Celsius booth. A trend of tribal stitched accessories was seen throughout the show. The artisan handmade bag designs at Bluma Project from Peru were offered in backpacks, carryalls and travel pillows. Different from the structured style cap, Mature Ha is deconstructed style of the classic box hat imported from Japan and made its New York debut.

Co-producer Ed Mandelbaum discussed the show’s changing assortment. 'We used to carry about 90% of American brands,” he explained. “Now we offer 55% American and 45% of our brands are from Europe, Japan, Italy and France.