Carla Fernandez, from Mexico and also a first time participant, said that she was very surprised to encounter a spiritual experience sort of a boot camp of the positive, the possible and the future where sharing is the currency.
She has been to many shows around the world just selling her products but this is the only time where she has felt a real support, a real sense of community.
Kavita Parmar from IOU Project was a first time participant in Innovation Inspiration, a special exhibition area featuring works by 30 artists who are reinterpreting time-honored materials and techniques into innovative works that express new meaning in the modern age.
“I have had the opportunity as a designer to present my work in many shows and fairs around the globe including fashion capitals like Paris, New York, Florence, Milan etc.
The technique of hand stitching she is using is borrowed from the shoe and saddle making trades.
The client response I have had even after coming back from the show has reinforced my belief that the customer is looking for authenticity and a direct dialogue with the craftsperson and this is one of the answers to the future of a true luxury shopping experience.
Porfirio Gutierrez from Oaxaca who participated in 20 says this is a unique show because it caters to people who know and appreciate folk art.
To be accepted means to receive a special recognition and be the beneficiary of all the knowledge and care by a pull of top specialists in different areas such as branding, entrepreneurship, marketing etc.
The show reaffirmed her belief that the future is handmade, that this is a possible and relevant future that can be a sustainable thriving business.
She also said she encountered the real America, one that favors diversity and culture and a very different one from the one in the news.