Market moves on without Javits
October 1, 2001-- Home Textiles Today,
New York — The New York Home Textiles Market will take place this year without the adjunct textiles show at the Jacob Javits Center here.
HTT phone calls to several major retailers determined that most still plan to attend, with at least seven of the top 10 home textiles retailers confirmed to be sending buyers to market.
However, Costco and Anna's Linens said they will not be coming.
"We are not going to go to this market, but it's not because we are afraid to fly and not because we don't want to support the economy in New York," said Kathy Thull, assistant gmm, Costco. "We just felt that we've got a head start on planning and it will not be necessary to go to this one market. We will be doing reviews in the office and have our vendors come to see us there."
For Anna's Linens, the concern stems from timing, according to president Alan Gladstone. "We have some huge undertakings for the fall, and should there be a [U.S.] retaliation, transportation could be affected, and we can't afford to get stuck out of town. But I will come in after market."
Meanwhile, the Home Fashions Products Association reiterated last week that the HomeTex Design Awards scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 will carry on as planned.
George Little Management (GLM), which runs the Javits show, said it will postpone the show until November to run in conjunction with the New York Gift Cash & Carry Show at the Javits from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10. Exhibitors for the fall show that do not wish to participate in November may apply their fees against the spring 2002 show, GLM told HTT.
The news briefly sparked uncertainty among some showroom-based vendors, but many reported that their appointments were firm and they would go ahead with market as originally scheduled.
"We have a lot of initiatives and we want to fulfill our promises there," said Bob Dale, senior vp of sales and marketing, WestPoint Stevens. "We're ready to roll."
While the closing of the Javits show may keep some of Mohawk Home's smaller customers from attending, said vp of marketing Pat Moyer, "We feel we'll have a very productive fall market with what we've already got on our schedule. We have a full slate of appointments scheduled each day of market."
At Pillowtex, the posture is "full-speed ahead for market," according to executive vp, sales and marketing, Scott Shimizu. "The retailers are coming in to market and so is Pillowtex. We've got an exciting story to tell."
Ellison president Kevin Finlay noted that "the city has really begun to heal, and people all over the country are getting back to normal. So it's important that we do this, that we keep the market going right on schedule."
Revman president and ceo Rich Roman said the company has already filled its market calendar. "The department stores, the big boxes, the major specialty retailers are all coming in," he said. "So we're in business for the market, both Revman and Tommy Hilfiger."
Hellenic Rugs, which takes a booth at Javits, also maintains a showroom at 295 Fifth Ave. and will direct all its customers there, said president Steve Mazarakis. "We're not happy with the whole situation, but we are saving a whole bunch of money and time. It would have been a waste of time to go on with the [Javits] show if no one showed up."
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