As an organisation, Brussels International Trade Mart (B.I.T.M.) manages 3 different concepts. Trade Mart Brussels, the Fashion Gardens, and the Buro & Design Center are the result of years of evolution of the economic (retail) landscape. Each concept has its own characteristics, target groups and objectives. Trade Mart Brussels and the associated Fashion Gardens have grown into national icons in the retail landscape; the Buro & Design Center has become a multifunctional working environment for professional service providers and companies.
Getting to Trade Mart Brussels
Trade Mart Brussels is located in the northern edge of Brussels, near the Atomium, and is easily accessible from all major access roads.More info
In 1975, Trade Mart Brussels was established at the foot of the Atomium by the Texan property holding company Crow. The intention was to create a kind of permanent wholesale trade fair for fashion and furniture. Domestic and foreign producers and agents could rent a showroom to show their collections to retailers.
The concept caught on, and pretty soon the space had to be expanded. Exhibitors grouped together and new sectors were born. On 6 December 1988, Fashion Gardens opened its doors for the first time. Two new storeys were built on top of the 4-storey Trade Mart Brussels building. From then on, all vendors of fashion items who follow the principle of pre-orders were gathered together in the Fashion Gardens. 3 years later, the Buro & Design Center saw the light of day. In 2009, AG Real Estate took a 50% share in Brussels International Trade Mart.
Today, Trade Mart Brussels is still an indispensable economic market instrument for everyone involved with retail. It is the pre-eminent platform for spotting emerging trends and a source of valuable connections between retailers and brands.