New York City has been awash with buyers, press and other fashion folk in town for a brand new season of trade shows.

The Project trade show (projectshow.com) (21 – 23 Jan) took place for the first time at the World Trade Center downtown and was held over four packed floors. Attracting all the top buyers and a mixed bag of brands, the floor appeared steady and exhibitors happy with sales being completed. Most pleasing to see were collections by Generra, J. Lindeberg, Idol Radec, Greyhound, Erik Hart, Crossley, Killian Kerner, Obakki and Lova, while women’s designs by Ben Sherman struck a chord with its great fitting shirts, including a selection featuring exquisite Liberty prints.

Closing today, ENK’s (enkshows.com) Blue and Collective fairs (20 – 22 Jan) welcomed the throngs on the city’s West side. Blue, which has gained pace with more brands electing to show on its floor, kept show-goers happy by maintaining its easy atmosphere to allow the business of buying to be done to great success. The event also saw a first for organizer ENK which collaborated with IMG Fashion to produce a series of men’s fashion shows, with runway presentations by Conference of Birds, Distilled, Yoko Devereaux and Buckler, as well as a cocktail event featuring an installation by Le Coq Sportif. The efforts made good headway in establishing New York’s first Men’s Fashion Week, something that ENK and IMG hope will become a reality on a scale to rival international competitors.

Over in the city’s Lower East Side the (capsule) trade show (22 – 23 Jan) kicked off today (capsuleshow.com), with an increased number of exhibitors (over 50 forward brands from across the globe, including Wood Wood, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Chronicles of Never, Narrative and Public School) and much buzz. The show, pictured above, which in its second season is being toted as the must-attend menswear event on the US trade show calendar, is looking to relocate to accommodate the growing interest.

On a smaller scale, UNITED (unitedtradeshowusa.com) (22 – 23 Jan) played host to a selection of streetwear brands and has been viewed a success by attendees, while new show Lat40n (lat40n.com) introduced a smaller selection of casualwear brands from Japan, with denim line Fullcount a standout on the floor.

- FCS