Turkish designers are out to make inroads with U.S. stores.

This story first appeared in the February 19, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

The Istanbul Textile & Apparel Exporters Association is bringing a select group of Turkish designers to the Fashion Coterie this season.

“The Coterie is a juried show and the inclusion of our exhibitors confirms our belief in their artistry, creativity and appeal for the American designer market,” said Nuri Artok, chairman of the ready-made apparel division of the association.

Some of the designers to look for:

Arzu Kaprol: day- and eveningwear.

Hatice Gokee: textile designer who designs fabrics for her own tailored sportswear line.

Bahar Korcan: active sportswear.

Evrim Timur: ready-to-wear made from fabrics of natural fibers.