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Announcing the Faire Summer Market 2021 Programming Lineup

July 15, 2021 | Published by Faire

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This year’s Faire Summer Market is quickly approaching, taking place July 27-29, 2021. We’re delighted to once again bring our brands and retailers together for our third virtual trade show event. Participants of Faire Summer Market get access to exclusive insights from a wide range of speakers—including some of our new European community members—via livestream events during the three-day show.

The Faire Summer Market speaker lineup will include: 

  • Leading industry partners like Female Founders Collective, Food Biz Wiz, Cee Smith Media, Management One, Patti Carpenter and more, will speak on the current state of independent retail as well as upcoming trends in the industry. 
  • Interactive livestreams from Faire brands across categories like food and beverage, gift, women’s apparel, and beyond. 
  • International partners from Scotland, the U.K., and Germany will share their founding stories, seasonal product lines, and more.

Hear from industry partners and trend forecasters

Our retail industry programming will be presented by our partners at Female Founders Collective, Retail Ready, Cee Smith Media, All You Need Method, and more. 

Female Founders Collective is an online platform co-founded by Ali Wyatt and Rebecca Minkoff aimed at supporting and empowering founders of female-owned and led businesses. Speaker and CEO, Ali Wyatt, will lead The Importance of Building a Metrics-Driven Business—an educational session on which business milestones to monitor and why metrics are a critical piece of a sustainable business. 

Food Biz Wiz is a podcast for successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. In her session Orders, Reorders, and Perfecting Your Virtual Pitch, podcast host and former grocery buyer Allison Ball will coach CPG brands on how to best speak their buyers’ language and position themselves for success. 

Cee Smith, an entrepreneur with a devotion to LGBTQ+ business advancement and the founder of Cee Smith Media, will lead Access and Fueling Self-Sustained Growth. In this session, Cee will share her perspective on how better articulation of your brand will jumpstart your business—with or without funding

Join Carla Nikitaidis and Kathryn Humphries of All You Need Method in PR 101 for Small Businesses. The co-founders and longtime PR professionals will lead a workshop on fundamental skills like crafting your message, standing out in a crowded market, and capturing the attention of media and influencers. We’ll also hear from returning guest speaker Paul Erickson of Management One, for his session Getting Back on Offense: Navigating Independent Retail’s Rebound.

David Greenfield, Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and CEO of Dream Pops, will share his experience and advice on building a fast-growing CPG brand in Building a Next-Generation CPG Brand. Award-winning creative director and trend ambassador Patti Carpenter will return with Holiday 2021 Trendspotting: Color + Trend. Finally, Sydney and Andrey White from Vertical Ledge will lead a workshop on Visual Merchandising + Customer Perception.

Tune into engaging brand livestreams

Our Faire Summer Market lineup will also feature an inspiring selection of Faire brands. 

Austin Miller, a Fair Trade Federation board member and founder of Kahiniwalla—the U.S. distributor of the socially responsible children’s brand Pebble Child—will lead attendees in Marketing Fair Trade: How to Authentically Represent the Artisan.

Kate Lubensky, founder of eco-friendly drinkware brand W&P, will share how her company innovates at the intersection of food, culture, and design, and share what’s new from W&P for the upcoming holiday season. 

Additionally, the product developers and distributors from DM Merchandising will lead a tour through their showroom for a look at their diverse product line, sharing merchandising tips they’ve learned from 30 years in the gift industry. 

Plus, we’ll hear from the team at Candy Club, the founder of stationery brand Effie’s Paper, upcycled apparel brand Haley Solar, and the founders of modern sexual wellness company Maude, and accessory brand KITSCH. Finally, Droplet, a woman-owned healthy beverage brand, and the team at drinkware brand Well Told will lead separate happy hours to help you unwind after each day. 

Meet new international partners

Finally, with our recent expansion into European markets, we look forward to welcoming our new partners from across the pond to this year’s Faire Summer Market. 

Meet the makers from Huski Home, a U.K.-based eco-friendly and reusable homeware company, as well as German gift brand Pink Stories. Faire Summer Market attendees will also have the chance to meet the founder of Tabitha Eve, an ethically made wellness brand from the U.K. Finally, join Lisa Beaumont—the award-winning director of accessories brand Powder Designs—to learn what’s new in their upcoming collection and enter for a chance to win a free gift!

Visit our lineup page to learn more and sign up for livestream sessions, and don’t forget to RSVP to Faire Summer Market here. We can’t wait to see you July 27-29.

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