Independent tradeshow Designers and Agents ( this week expanded its presence for it’s New York turn with the addition of a new space at the Chelsea Art Museum, as well as occupying it’s usual home at the Starrett-Lehigh building a few blocks north: all great indicators of the show’s growth and continued success.

Indeed, D&A has extended it’s reach and import in other areas. Recently the Council of Fashion Designers of America ( selected the show to partner in their new Business Services Network, uniting both companies efforts to recognize and support individuals from all areas of fashion. From now, each season the CFDA and Designers & Agents will select two designers for recognition, and as part of the program D&A will sponsor their booths. This time around the lucky chosen were Gemma Kahang and Twinkle Jewels. Said Khang: "It’s just so much easier for buyers to find me at D&A. The event draws so many people: it’s on the calendar. When I compare that to making appointments with retailers to come see the collection at my studio… I mean there’s no comparison.”

Other great initiatives at the show were evidenced in it’s partnership with the Denmark Foreign Trade Council, which led to the showcasing of 11 Danish designer collections at the New York event, including Casmose, Iben Hoj, and Baum and Pferdgarten.

The show over all presented a great range of US and international designers and proved again that it is often the smaller-sized shows that hit the mark and prove a success with buyers, many of whom were commenting this season their preference for the ease-of-use and intimate atmosphere a small show can provide.

Also on the West side of Manhattan this week were The Train ( and Platform 2 ( shows, both organized by FFPAPF, who are responsible for PRET A PORTER PARIS and ATMOSPHERE. The Train was temporary home to 100 brands (including 42 first timers) from 27 different countries – with nearly one-third from the US and one-third from France. Its sister show Platform 2 showcased 53 women’s bridge and contemporary collections.

In a typically “artistic” addition to The Train, the show hosted a special exhibit of 18 striking photographs by the duo Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton-Jones. Images included those of clothing by Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.