For the first time, Saks Fifth Avenue will host an Emerging Designer Showcase at the flagship on April 5 in an effort to discover new talent. Saks’ merchant team will host an open call event to review collections first hand.

Designers are invited to submit their digital look books that can be reviewed by Saks’ fashion office, and designers that are contacted will be invited to the open call. Once there, they will meet and present to buyers through a formal showcase of their collections. Designers should submit their digital look books to fashionoffice@saks.com.

To be considered, designers must be women’s ready-to-wear focused and bring a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 product samples for review. They can bring current and past digital look books for review in addition to their samples. Designers also must have line-sheets with wholesale and retail pricing and must be able to fulfill orders and have production and shipping capabilities in  place.

The store is offering an opportunity for emerging designers who don’t have a showroom or sales office to be seen by Saks’ buyers which will hopefully lead to a sale.

“We work tirelessly to scout collections, searching for the best emerging talent in the fashion industry,” said Tracy Margolies, Saks’ chief merchant. “I’m passionate about launching this platform and excited to extend this opportunity to all of the unbelievably talented designers on the market.”