A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the WESA Denver market. This is a private market for vendors and boutiques to display new inventory and make new connections with each other. I learned so much about WESA while I was there and had a really great time.
WESA is an acronym for Western and English Sales Association and it has been around for nearly 100 years. It is a HUGE market with hundreds of vendors and it is also a very close nit but welcoming community. Everywhere we went, people were incredibly loving, helpful and welcoming. My first impression of WESA came from the invite to their awesome opening night fashion show. I have to admit that I did not expect this to be a huge soiree, and I was completely underdressed and super overwhelmed but no one made a big deal about it at all. I definitely got a taste of what the fashion world is like and it was eye opening and fun!
The fashion show was full of fun outfits, great models who were clearly having a great time on stage and some tasty food too. It is a great part of WESA because it gives buyers a chance to really look at the brands that they want to work with and offer to their customers. They do a ton of freebie giveaways too. I got a beautiful strand of pearls, a tape measure and others got shirts, hats, clutches and so much more. It was so fun.
The WESA Denver market is a 4-day event and the entire Denver Merchandise Mart is FULL. I have never seen this place so packed and so full of life. It was incredible and the companies there had a wonderful variety of items. I walked around for several hours just looking at everything and taking photos.
There is something there for every type of consumer. This display of raccoons playing poker was a favorite of mine. It was one of the first displays I saw when I came into the market and it gave me a bit of a giggle at first. But the taxidermy on this is really good and their little faces are serious poker faces!
I also met with some brands that I really want to work with. One of them was Lane Boots. This company reached out to me and asked me to come check out their booth. I am so glad I did because I learned how their boots are made with quality, style and comfort in mind, how they are partnering with other brands like Junk Gypsy and Patina Via and I was able to really get a feel for the company. This is exactly why the WESA Denver market is set up and it does such a great job connecting brands with consumers!
I fell in love with this fantastic art and of course I don’t have the retailer to share with you because my puppy literally ate the business cards. However, this art is created from the trimmed rims of cowboys hats made here in Colorado. They take the pieces and create these amazing sculptures that seriously took my breathe away. Look at the detail!
My favorite display of the entire WESA Denver market was from Macie Bean boots. I did not get a chance to talk with them because they were so busy, but this display was super fun and full of color so I fell in love! The WESA market has so much to offer and is truly a great experience for buyers and sellers. If you are looking for more information on the market, reach out to them on their website!