Thursday, May 5, 2011

THREAD Show Launches 8th Annual Independent Designer Shopping Tour

Hold on to your hats Orange County; oh and your Gucci sunglasses and your Prada hand bag too, because the Thread Show's Independent Designer Shopper Tour is coming to The LAB in Costa Mesa next week, Sunday May 15th!
Anyone and everyone who must have the latest or just be in the know, having everything to do with fashion and beauty will be there and there's no better place to host such an event than the "anti-mall". A place where art and innovation collide on a daily basis. If you haven't heard about Thread and all the talented designers they have brought to the surface, along with collaborating with the local artists, salons, and musicians, creating the epitome of a shoppers dream come true! Just to name a few, You will experience The Style Lounge; offering complimentary hair and makeup for show attendees hosted by local hair and makeup artists from various salons. The Nail Bar which is offering free manicures all day, hosted by Atlas Studio . THREAD Well is a complimentary massage lounge hosted by Balance in Motion. Be pampered by a whole new way in taking your coffee. Introducing a coffee-rich body scrub designed to shed dead skin cells, restore suppleness, and improve skin texture, exhibiting exclusively by ExfoLatte.
Read on for what is in store and if you think you can beat the next person, the first ten to e-mail me wins a free ticket to this fabulous one day affair!

THREAD Show, the multi-city shopping event promoting emerging designers and artists, is traveling to San Diego, San Francisco, Orange County, Los Angeles and Seattle on the 2011 tour. At each show, THREAD will showcase 100 of the top independent designers in each market, as well as complementary music, art, food and entertainment from locals. In 2011, attendees can expect new interactive spaces with the additions of a DIY Lounge, Nail Bar, Live Style Series, THREAD Well Lounge and a Man Cave complimentary with entrance to the event.

“By allowing shoppers to skip the third-party retailer, THREAD gives trend-setters an opportunity to meet the designers face-to-face, feed the local economy, be kind to the environment and ensure products are locally-made and ethically produced,” explains THREAD Show spokesperson, Danielle Gano. “This one-on-one connection also allows designers to get direct feedback from their consumers and lifts the veil for consumers to know exactly where their products come from.”

For eight years, THREAD Show has encouraged cities across the country to shop local by presenting a curated showcase of the most skilled and creative designers in each market. In addition to shopping prices lower than retail from the top independent designers, attendees will enjoy a Style Lounge, live music, seasonal trend showcases, a pop-up local art gallery, photo booths, live screen printing and giveaways all day. Additionally, 2011 will introduce a DIY Lounge with make-your-own fashion designs and accessories, a Nail Bar with complimentary manicures all day, a Live Style Series, a THREAD Wellness Lounge featuring massages and holistic living tips and products, and a Man Cave with beer, magazines, darts and entertainment for male shoppers.
In 2011, THREAD Show is also announcing a new Premium Ticket, available to the first 300 at the door. Serial shoppers will be granted entry one hour prior to general admission. The shopper who prefers wide open isles and plenty of room to browse will be able to enjoy first access to the collections. This limited availability ticket also comes with a gift bag packed with THREAD Show swag and a complimentary cocktail. The preview hour for each show will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Premium Tickets will be available for $25. Doors open to general admission from noon to 6 p.m. General admission tickets will be available for $5 if attendees pre-register up to 24 hours prior to the show at $10 tickets will be available at the door.
THREAD Show’s 2011 line-up consists of:

* San Diego: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - Horton Event Space
* San Francisco: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Metreon Shopping Center
* Costa Mesa: Sunday, May 15, 2011 – The Lab
* Los Angeles: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - The Cooper Design Space
* Costa Mesa: Sunday, October 9, 2011 – THE LAB
* Seattle: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center
* Los Angeles: Sunday, November 13, 2011 - The Cooper Design Space
* San Francisco: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Metreon Shopping Center
* San Diego: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - Horton Event Space

Each show is held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the 11 a.m. to noon hour reserved for Premium Ticket holders. General admission is open from noon to 6 p.m. Attendance is $10 in all cities – or $5 if you RSVP on the THREAD website or bring a bag of clothes to donate to a local charity in each city. Registration is now open for all cities and interested designers are invited to apply here. For regular updates, to visit the THREAD blog, RSVP to a show or subscribe to the email newsletter, please visit

About THREAD Show // Good Style. Good Value. Good Karma.
THREAD Show is a traveling juried showcase of the best independent fashion and home designers on the West Coast, and the music and art that rock their world. This dynamic one-day retail environment has showcased more than 7,000 emerging designers since its inception in 2003. THREAD allows consumers a unique opportunity to support their local economy, reduce their carbon footprint and discover emerging designers while scoring deals and purchasing one-of-a-kind wares in a fun and unique setting. For more information, visit


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