Early Bird Gets The Worm. We know because we’ve travelled to the future.

With the early bird registration deadline just one week away, we decided to borrow a time machine from the office next door and take a trip to the future to actually show you WHAT your day will look like with all the awesome perks you get as an Early Bird retailer.

So fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

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DAY 1 - The Conference

"Wow, I don’t think my socks are matching", I thought to myself as I was driving into Vancouver on a sunny Monday morning. This city is as beautiful as they said. I zoned out and was thinking about all the things I was planning to accomplish at the KNOWSHOW in the next two days...But first, hotel check-in and then head over to the KNOWHOW Conference.

Going through the math in my head, I'm mentally counting the amount of chai tea lattes I can have with all the money I saved on hotel and conference tickets. You only live once, right? Convention Centre looks pretty cool and I hope nobody will really notice my socks. I'm grabbing a latte and starting to get excited, Craig efing McMorris is MC'ing this thing, how awesome is this conference going to be?? I glance through the agenda once again, make mental notes about the sessions I'm most excited about and take my seat. Let the show begin.

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DAY 2 - The Show

Didn't really expect to have so much fun with these guys from Calgary who I met yesterday at the KNOWHOW Conference. All thanks to my unmatching socks, get the irony. I guess I'm going to Calgary now since they have some very useful contacts I can meet. Not in winter though. I really need a coffee, but I'm late, so no chai lattes for me today. I don't even have time to make sure the sock fiasco doesn't happen again. I just rush to the Vancouver Convention Centre, holding my badge like a medal of honour.

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Holly laces, there's a huge line up with people waiting to pick up their badge. I immediately assess the situation (as much as I could after yesterday’s happy hour) and notice a huge advantage of mine: I HAVE A BADGE ALREADY. Oh yeah, this badge was sent to me 2 weeks ago so I don’t have to line up! One quick stop at the VIP retailers lounge to get my free coffee and snacks and I am ready to get this party started.

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DAY 3 - The Show

When I mention a party I didn't realize how literal this is going to be. Yeah, the Apres Party was a blast and suffice to say I received lots of compliments on my socks. This proved to be a great ice breaker (lifehack). Although this morning was a tiny bit rough and I am really looking forward to that comfy chair in the retailers VIP lounge. First of all, everything feels better with "VIP" next to it and also all the coffee I can drink (!) which will turn me back into a functioning individual. Ah, the nectar of gods...also free.

I'm opening my laptop and trying to collect my thoughts after yesterday. Mental note: make time to write that order onsite so we get you free shipping. I’m feeling super organized with all my meetings booked ahead of time using the appointment concierge. Pro tip: I could learn more about the Exhibitors ahead of time with the enhanced Exhibitors listing page, so I should give myself a pat on the back for being that organized. I think I deserve a treat for that and a fresh haircut at the Toucan Trading pop-up just might be it.

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This is going to be another awesome day at the KNOWSHOW...Oh no, where did I leave my socks yesterday?

BACK TO TODAY…

Time machines are tricky business and you never know what to expect. But the only thing we're sure of is that Early Bird perks DO make life easier, so don't delay any longer and register today.

Register here.

P.S. If the person reading this recognized yourself in the future, please make sure you have enough matching socks!









9 Emerging Brands at KNOWSHOW Showcase

KNOWSHOW is all about igniting the right connections and providing a playground for different kinds of brands to proudly showcase their product and retailers to discover new awesome labels.

We recognize how hard it can be for an  new brand to gain traction. Spreading the word and opening new wholesale accounts, while working with tight budgets and all of the other hurdles that come with starting something new can be overwhelming.

That's why we created the Emerging Brands Showcase, a dedicated show section where up-and-coming apparel, accessory and countertop goods brands can effortlessly show their products to Canada’s top retail buyers.

Designed specifically to help promote a new wave of Canadian brands, KNOWSHOW is proud to announce 9 of these dynamic  companies that you'll be able to see at the Emerging Brands Showcase this summer.

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1. Canvas Candle Co


Located in Port Moody, BC, Canvas Candle Company is proud to provide luxury, 100% soy candles infused with natural and non-toxic fragrance and essential oils.

Find out more about them here.


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2. Hunt of Hounds

This handmade jewellery brand is a creation of Sabrina & Cole Johnson and is based in Canada/Bali simultaneously.

Proud global citizens, they love history, romance, adventure, and magic, and this love is obvious in their creations.

Read more about them here.

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3. Like Grandpa Grooming Products

Serving some serious beard inspo, this local brand's founders were tired of the over the counter products and always getting a poor shave. So they set out to bring a product that would help achieve that perfect shave or beard in an honest, straight forward, simple way.

Read more about them here.

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4. Moxy & Zen

"Humanity’s Most Zen-Inducing Underwear", these babies come with no nonessential costs: all flies, tags, and waistband branding are removed to bring their prices down while focusing on fabric and fit. They're also made from organic bamboo and are perfect for sensitive skin.  Read more about them here.

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5. Saraswati

Canadian designed, semi-precious stone & sterling jewellery to enlighten the spirit. Handcrafted adornment destined to bring purpose and divine sentiment.

Read more about them here.

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6. Slowtide

Elevating a daily essential into a functional piece of art, Slowtide is all about the art of drying off.  Founded in California and Hawaii in 2015 by three friends, who realized that there was no towel that was both exciting and fit their daily needs; so they set out to create one.  Read more about them here.

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7. Toetally Delicious

Dessert-inspired socks? Shut up and take our money!

Once upon a time three childhood friends took everyone’s favourite childhood desserts and combined them with comfortable, colourful socks. With their love for food and knowledge of the fashion industry, the trio would combine their talents to bring the world a high-quality product that is both fun and tasteful.

Read more about them here.

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8. Treeline Collective

Treeline Collective is an indie design brand, for all those wild and hopeful at heart who live an adventurous lifestyle. Earthy, sustainable and filled with soul, it consists of exclusive products designed and made using unique textiles and materials from around the world.

Read more about them here.

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9. Ekumenik Ltd


Ekumenik is a premium menswear lifestyle brand.  It is a fit focused line that uses only the best fabrics available. Each piece of clothing is designed and constructed by the collection of minds and styles that influence its direction.

Read more about them here.



If you want to take part in Emerging Brands Showcase, apply now - limited spots available!

Top 5 KNOWSHOW brands that are making an impact.

In honour of National Earth Day we decided to look into brands that are making an impact right now and are betting high on sustainability.

 

Brands are starting to make a change and improve their social responsibility component as their #1 priority knowing that consumers are more aware of what is happening in the world. At KNOWSHOW we know that being sustainable does not mean just being "green" it goes beyond that, so having brands that are conscious about materials, their communities and spreading awareness is really important for us as well.

 

Here are the top 5 responsible brands that will showcase at KNOWSHOW:

 

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1. TenTree: Planting trees, changing lives

This company’s focus is more than just planting trees. They want to help change lives, so they’ve partnered with lots of not-for-profits across the planet. Aiming for global footprint, they’re working closely with those companies to ensure and identify the regions that will benefit the most from planting trees.

Read more about them here.

 

 

2. Burton: We’re only as good as the impact we have

This company has been investing to improve the lives of everyone that’s been involved with their products’ creation.

They’re aiming for 100% Fair Labor Association compliance by 2020 so that every person making their products work in safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly conditions.

Read more about it here.

 

 

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3. Icebreaker: Sustainability isn’t just a feature of our products, it’s in the values and design of our business.

Icebreaker has maintained its transparency by developing a business based on close, long term relationships. They know exactly where and how their garments are being made.

Read more about it here.

 

 

4. BN3TH: We are not perfect but we are trying.

BN3TH strives to innovate every day, constantly looking for better ways to manufacture their products. They try to ensure that every possible action is taken towards having a lesser impact on the environment through the use of materials and methods.

Read more about them here.  

  

 

 5. Dakine: Respect the land, sea and the locals.

The land and the sea are more than just their playground. Dakine believes that these places are our sanctuary, where we find escape, freedom, and connection. Respect has always been a core value of this company and they are aiming to have a positive impact on the world by reducing the impact of their product, improving internal processes and helping to build and advocate community.

 Read more here.

We are very proud of the amazing brads we get to work with. Check out our full 2019 Summer Brands List here.

BLOG POST: KNOWSHOW's back!


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Get your bucket hats & sunnies ready 'cause KNOWSHOW is back!

We're almost old enough to drive as we turn 14 this year and we're here to tell you that our Early Bird Registration is now open!

Cooler than ever, we're connecting hundreds of unique retailers with the coolest brands & new names in a showcase of the latest trends, styles & products.

Don't let the warm weather distract you from our early bird registration launch and all the perks that come with it. We're talking skipping all the lines and feeling like a VIP, exclusive access to the retailer VIP lounge, priority access to discounted hotel rates and discounts for KNOWHOW conference. Speaking of which...

Getting older means getting wiser (or so we heard), and we're bringing you the second edition of our KNOWHOW conference on July 8th. Learn everything you need to know about retail + much more with tactical tools and speakers who know the biz inside'n'out.

So get ready for a HOT summer.

Daily Hive: Canada's premiere lifestyle trade show comes to Vancouver in January

As Seen in the Daily Hive:

Canada's premiere lifestyle trade show comes to Vancouver in January

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Canada’s premiere lifestyle trade show is coming to Vancouver this January.

From Wednesday, January 16 to Friday, January 18, 2019, KNOWSHOW will be making a stop at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The three-day event is a B2B marketplace where the top names in lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers.

Read More on DailyHive.com

Local entrepreneurs NEED to attend these lunchtime learning sessions in Vancouver!

Local entrepreneurs NEED to attend these lunchtime learning sessions in Vancouver!

The day to day demands of running a brand are expansive, and it can be easy to get into the habit of doing things because they work, not necessarily because they work well. To help navigate your business’s growth, Canada’s premiere lifestyle tradeshow KNOWSHOW is hosting a mini conference that will cover everything from marketing to networking, sales, budgets and technology.

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Introducing the 1Rack Market

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New for 2019! The 1Rack Market is a dedicated show section for upcoming clothing labels. An exclusive number of spaces will be made available for approved brands, giving startup labels an opportunity to meet and showcase their innovations to Canada’s best retailers!

To kick off this space, we want YOU to tell us who should be at the show. Nominate your favourite brand today, and they could win a complimentary booth in the 1Rack Market!

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KNOWSHOW is back January 16-18!

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For the 14th year, KNOWSHOW is back January 16-18 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building.

Are you looking for an exciting winter getaway? Look no further than KNOWSHOW! Enjoy the hospitality of Canada’s Premier Lifestyle Tradeshow, and check out the newest gear from your favourite Men’s and Women’s Fashion, Streetwear, Wintersport and Lifestyle Fashion brands. Get inspired by the vibrant city centre, or get lost on one of the local mountains!

Register before December 1st, 2018 and we will mail your badge to you, so you can skip the line-up when you arrive. We’ll also enter you to win a 3 night stay at the Coast Coal Harbour (the official show hotel). Winner will be announced December 4th, 2018.

As seen in Retail Insider: 26th KNOWSHOW Tradeshow Returns to Vancouver With a Twist, July 17-18 2018

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KNOWSHOW is entrenched as Canada’s premiere lifestyle trade show in Vancouver - an engaging B2B marketplace where leading lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers.

The bi-annual show, produced by Cube Business Media, takes place July 17-18 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, it connects hundreds of unique retailers and the brands that they buy from in a concentrated showcase of upcoming trends, styles and products.

Peregrine Supply Co.

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Peregrine Supply Co. is a modern Canadian men's brand, hand-making natural grooming products with an emphasis on functionality. From the shelves of shops across Canada and the US, to the pages of major publications like GQ and WIRED, Peregrine is changing the way that men think about grooming. We aren't rum-runners, pirates or cowboys, we're real people, making real products, for real men.

Nala Care

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Nala Care is a free-from beauty line that marries science with nature, provides high quality, effective products, and encourages deep self care.

At the most literal level, all our products are absent of the laundry list of toxic ingredients found in conventional cosmetics. When you choose a Nala product, you can be certain you’re choosing a solution that will not damage your health.