CALL FOR BRANDS
2021 CALL FOR BRANDS
Interested in selling your products with us? The CALL for BRANDS is always open. Our focus now as we wait for a vaccine is selling products through our e-commerce platform. Please visit and complete our SURVEY and tell us more about your brand and your products.
NOTE: we will ALWAYS ask for a Line Sheet (aka Sell Sheet.) You must design your products, no buy/sell imports. No exceptions. If you are not sure what a line/sell sheet is, please research it and/or check in with The Apparel Industry Board, Inc and their workshops on this topic.
WORK WITH US
Shop Small Chicago produces direct-to-consumer shopping platforms that showcase quality products designed by Chicago brands with a mission to help build thriving creative businesses and a resurgence of onshore manufacturing. Our focus is in locally designed products in the following categories: Accessories, Apparel, Beauty, Gifts, Home, Paper, and Pets
WHAT WE DO
* We produce retail pop-ups and large scale special events throughout the year, run a retail shop at the Chicago Riverwalk May - October, and an e-commerce shop which lists locally designed products for sale to consumers.
* We buy products wholesale and on consignment in small lots for our physical retail shop at the Chicago Riverwalk. For pop-up shopping programs, brands sell direct-to-consumer. Listing on our e-commerce store, Shop Small Chicago creates and promotes listings, facilitate sales, and brands drop-ship direct to consumer
* We REP brands at tradeshows and retail accounts
* We use a revenue share model and do not charge booth or participation fees for our programs or to list on our website
* We have an open Call for Brands SURVEY which is a pre-requisite for every event and brand we work with. Having background helps sell products! In the survey we ask basics about the artist/designer, where and what you make, and how you promote your brand to make sure it's the best fit for each platform
* We offer paid jobs + apprenticeships in retail, product development, and digital media to contribute to the next generation of sustainable businesses + saavy operators + creative entrepreneurs to support our retail locations and e-commerce store
WHAT YOU DO
* Design beautiful, commercially viable, quality products! All products must be designed by your brand - no buy/sell imports. We prefer products designed and manufactured in Chicago, preferrably ones that are highly creative (not necessarily heavy on a regional theme like a Chicago flag!)
* Cross-promote Shop Small Chicago when we partner on events and selling platforms!
* Be ready for retail; share professional quality photos and product descriptions
* Complete our SURVEY and follow-up that survey with an email with your line sheet
We prefer an email communication to shopsmallchicagoATgmailDOTcom over DMs on social media. Like the brands we work with, we are small and juggling multiple tasks too!
Thank you for your interest in working with us!