Art Licensing for Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers
2018-05-20 - 2018-05-22
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Now in its 32nd year, SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, designers, licensors, art agencies and global design studios connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. Wall coverings, patterns, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, apparel and so much more…if it’s any product with a surface or textile design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX.

Each year some thousands of buyers, licensees, manufacturers and retailers, with crossover attendance from the co-located National Stationery Show® and ICFF®, converge on the SURTEX show floor to buy or license the newest designs and patterns from approximately 200 exhibitors representing independent artists, agencies and global design studios – hundreds of trend-setting artists. It’s a veritable who’s who of manufacturers and retailers seeking first dibs on the best original art & design being created today.

There’s no other show like SURTEX in North America. And no better location than New York, a city with endless inspiration for artists, surface designers, product manufacturers and retailers. See who exhibits at SURTEX, who attends, and learn more about Trend Theatre, 30-minute flash talks from surface design industry experts.

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Why Attend... SURTEX Features: The largest domestic market for discovering the latest in original surface art & design- from contemporary patterns to high-end textiles to holiday prints for party supplies and giftwrap, designs you won’t find anywhere else. SURTEX promotes diversity by attracting independent artists that you can’t source on your own; while connecting you to prominent agencies representing in-demand artists. Most SURTEX artists debut their newest and best work of the year, giving you a sneak peek at the next big trends and styles. It’s free to qualified buyers; be seen among 4,500 attending manufacturers and retailers. Spot print and pattern trends; discover the latest colors and styles at SURTEX, as you get inspired in New York, the fashion and design capital of the world. This is where you need to be as you develop your upcoming product lines. You’ll see original art & design in every conceivable theme and style. Catch up with industry colleagues and forge new business relationships at networking events such as evening receptions and parties around Manhattan. Make valuable new connections with artists, designers and licensors at the SURTEX who aren’t seen anywhere else.

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Who should exhibit: Any artist with designs or patterns that can be used on finished merchandise, including photographers, textile designers, illustrators, art agents.

Partner Voices

With more than 2,000 rooms being added to Dallas’ hotel inventory in the coming years, the city is experiencing the second-largest hotel boom in the nation. From top brands like Virgin Hotels to independent and interesting properties, like HALL Arts Hotel, Dallas boasts a hotel type and price point for every preference and budget.