The organizers of Thread (threadshow.com), a shopping and lifestyle event for independent fashion in the US, are expanding the concept. The first European edition of Thread will be held in Bristol, UK on October 8 and December 10. The English city will host about 100 young designers who will present mens- and womenswear collections, accessories, shoes and jewelry. In addition, art and books will be featured.

Consumers can directly purchase fashion items at the show. However, store owners and buyers also are invited to discover new talent among the new faces.

Before the show, the organizers invite a great number of designers and then pick a selection to take part in the event.

Thread started five years ago in San Diego; its 13th edition took place there in September. Other venues for the show include Seattle, USA (November 2006) and Berlin, Germany (March 2007).