2021 CALL FOR BRANDS
Spring 2021 Note: Interested in selling your products with us? Shop Small Chicago has an e-commerce platform, a seasonal retail storefront, and produces pop-up shopping events. Our focus now as we wait for an opportunity to safely reopen is to sell products through our e-commerce platform.
WORK WITH US - FILL OUT OUR SURVEY
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
NOTE: If you have not worked with us before, you must provide a Line Sheet (aka Sell Sheet.) 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 incredible work on this topic.
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 manage and sell and promote products on our e-commerce store and your brand drop-ships direct to consumer; we buy products wholesale and on consignment in small lots for our seasonal retail shop; and produce pop-up shopping programs where brands sell direct-to-consumer
* We REP brands at tradeshows and retail accounts
* We use a revenue share model with brands for e-commerce and pop-ups. Brands pay a % of what is sold, no booth or participation fees, to mitigate risk and overhead for all
* 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, and local economies
WHAT YOU DO
* Design beautiful, commercially viable, quality products. All products must be designed by your brand - no buy/sell imports or reselling. We prefer products designed and manufactured in Chicago and 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 together; list us as a Stockist; follow us, friend us and repost to help promote your products and Shop Small Chicago
* Be ready for retail and ready to dropship to customers within 1-2 days of an order and have professional quality photos and product descriptions for e-commerce
* Complete our SURVEY and follow-up that survey with an email with your line sheet
We prefer an email communication through our CONTACT US page 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!