I think we need a new series. Let’s call it Tradeshow Calender. Here you can find news on upcoming apparel industry trade shows where you can show a line (or shop the competition) or buy stuff you need. There’s so many of them that this won’t be all inclusive. Should we discuss the regional aka “second tier” shows?
Today’s highlights are news excerpts from Women’s Wear Daily which is gated. Sorry ’bout that. I subscribe electronically with the headlines automatically routed into a folder.Out of sight, out of mind, I forget to read it much of the time. If you subscribe, don’t assume I’ve seen it so please send your tips along.
In Dollars and Sense; it’s said that textile vendors showing at the upcoming round of shows in NY (January) will be feeling the brunt of a weakened dollar. I’m not sure I concur. If you don’t have fabric, what can you sell?
In the WWD article Standing Out, there’s a run down of what’s expected at the upcoming Magic Show in February (register). Pool continues to grow by leaps and bounds, they’ll be in the central hall this go round rather than the parking lot. Pool’s attendance for August was up 37 percent over February. Pretty amazing considering the August show is slower. Also new for Magic in February is Printsource which premiered there in August. Printsource isn’t a fabric supply show; it’s textile design.
Among satellite shows at local hotels, WWIN is moving to the Rio. I’ve never been to this show; it has 2,000 lines and while the website is kind of cheesy, it gets consistently high marks for attracting quality buyers among F-I visitors who’ve exhibited there. WWIN has also added KIDShow. ASAP (mostly foreign textile exhibitors) will be back. It didn’t excite me much, nor many of you judging from previous comments. E.C.O. Apparel will be back (Venetian) with 20-30 exhibitors.