The next MAGIC show will be February 13-16, 2007 in Las Vegas. This is the largest wholesale show of retail apparel goods in the US. Another component of the show is sourcing. If you’re looking for goods and services, this is an opportunity you may not want to miss. I am not certain if the sourcing badge will get you into the wholesale apparel booths which would be a problem for those looking for a future sales rep or show room. However, the sourcing badges will get you into a number of seminars you may find of interest. Registration is under way now; the deadline is January 26 if you want to get your badge by mail. Anyone registering after that must pick up their badges at the show.
Registrants must be qualified to attend. If you’ve already been producing a line, you will need three invoices for fabric purchases, a business card and a business license. If you’ve yet to launch your line and lack these credentials, you can still get in but you need a business card and a completed registration form. There is a $100 fee for manufacturers to attend. You’ll note the information I’ve provided varies slightly from the information on site. That’s because I called for clarification.
I don’t know if I’m going but I’m registering -or attempting to- anyway. I fall into a grey area; I’m neither a manufacturer nor buyer so I’m going to try for press credentials. The problem is that they say “no personal web logs (blogs)” but mine isn’t personal; it’s industrial, B2B, and I don’t know if they mean blogs period (recent incidents in NY gave bloggers a black eye) or just personal ones. I’ll keep you posted and maybe some of us can meet there. If any of you are planning on attending and would like to meet, I’ll post a meeting time and place if someone organizes one.