This week’s Designer Fashion Favorites is all about my High Point Market essentials. Next Friday I leave for High Point, the furniture capital of the world. I’ll be spending 4 glorious days in High Point scouring showrooms looking for what’s hot in interior design. High Point Market is to us interior designers what fashion week is to fashion designers. It’s an opportunity to see new trends and products as well as source items for current and future projects. You can read my fall 2017 High Point Market recap here.
During market, we have the opportunity to attend educational events & seminars, network with other design professionals, connect with our friends in the industry and attend some awesome parties. There’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot of ground to cover.
Since this isn’t my first rodeo attending market, I’m packing and planning for my trip well in advance. So, for this Friday’s edition of Designer Fashion Favorites, I’m sharing my essentials for High Point Market. Here’s a hint, I’m all about comfort.
Slacks & Jeans
I’m a huge fan of wearing jeans because they are comfortable and can be dressed up or down. My absolute favorite jeans are the Rockstar jeans by Old Navy. They are my favorite because they hug my curves and have just the right amount of stretch. I’m also a fan of comfy slacks. Therefore, I pack both for market.
Tops & Blouses
Since we are in the south we can’t predict how the weather will be. From my experience, it is still rather warm during fall market. For this reason, I tend to pack short sleeve tops and light-weight blouses.
Jackets & Cardigans
I always pack a couple of casual jackets and cardigans just in case I need to layer them over a top or blouse. Again, we are in the south, so chances are I won’t need them, but I pack them anyway.
Shoes made for walking
High Point Market is HUGE, there are 180 buildings and 11.5 million square feet of show space. We do a TON of walking. Therefore, it is imperative that I wear comfortable shoes. I’m always amazed to see all the women at High Point who sacrifice their feet for fashion. There is no way you will catch me traipsing miles and miles in heels. I opt for stylish yet comfortable flats & sneakers.
We collect a lot of information during market, therefore, some form of a bag is necessary. Some people choose to bring a bag that is on wheels. However, my favorite is a sturdy tote. I’m not a fan of using a bag on wheels at market because most of the showrooms are jammed packed and there really isn’t any room to roll that thing around. I would also be afraid that someone would trip over my roller bag or even worse, that I would accidentally knock something over and break it. I also pack a couple of clutches for evening events.
So, what do I carry in my bag?
- A copy of my resale certificate
- My business cards
- A small makeup bag for touch-ups
- Lip balm
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand lotion
- Cell phone battery pack
- Umbrella (if necessary)
- A notebook
Some people recommend carrying snacks and water in your bags. However, many of the showrooms provide plenty of snacks and water, which I take full advantage of.
Some showrooms host fantastic parties in the evenings. Full disclosure: sometimes I am way too exhausted at the end of the day to attend the parties. It takes all I have to make it back to the hotel to crash and prepare for the next day. However, I always pack a few dresses and pumps just in case.
Of course, we can’t leave out the accessories. During market, my accessories of choice are earrings, necklaces, and sunglasses. Sometimes I wear bracelets but I try to make sure that they don’t make a ton of noise when I move hand because that can be distracting during the educational panels. Again, I also bring an umbrella in the case of rain.
There you have it, these are my must-have essentials for High Point Market. Are you an interior designer that frequents High Point Market, or any of the other major markets? If so what are some of your favorite items that you always pack?