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Round Two: 2nd Half Trade Shows Gear Up for Business

NEW YORK - Pivoting off a roster of winter/spring shows that generally saw improved turnout, show organizers for several summer/fall trade events are reporting expanded exhibitor participation.
There is one new show this season. The long-running Magic apparel trade fair in Las Vegas is adding a home textiles sourcing segment in conjuction China Foreign Trade Guanzghou Exhibition General Corp (CFTE), one of China's chief exhibition organizations.
As always, the summer and fall shows are replete with educational seminars, special events, and in some cases, awards programs.

July 11-18
Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market
Americasmart, Atlanta
(404) 220-3000
www.americasmart.com
New home textiles exhibitors include Ann Gish, Belle Fiore, and French Laundry Home.2nd Half Trade
     The show will offer a variety of seminars and activities each day. On July 12, there will be a complimentary ice cream party at 2 p.m. in Building 1, on Floor 3 that offers participants a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Trend forecaster StyleSight will present the interior forecast for fall and winter 2013 on July 13 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room.
     The annual industry Icon Awards will take place July 14 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The cocktail party will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the ceremony and awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. The program, co-sponsored by HTT parent company Sandow Media, will honor home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers from across the industry. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Darryl Hall will be the featured entertainers.

July 12-15
Atlanta International Area Rug Market
Americasmart, Atlanta
(404) 220-3000
www.americasmart.com
2nd Half TradeNew exhibitors include Bungalow Flooring, Home Accents Alliance, Innovations International, Tayse Rug, The Rug Collection and Zollanvari.
     Exhibitors with expanded or relocated showrooms include: Anadol, Azra Imports, Banilivy Rug Corporation, Jaipur Rugs, Kaleen Rugs and Liberty Oriental Rugs.
     During the show, the Oriental Rug Association will hold a number of seminars as well as sessions devoted to helping members pass the CRA exam. In addition, association education chairman Phil Menendian will lead a tour through the rug market July at 3 p.m., starting from Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1.

July 24-26
Home Textiles Sourcing Show
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York
(678) 732-2418
www.hometextilessourcing.com
Running in tandem with TexWorldUSA, largest sourcing event in North America for apparel fabric buyers, the Home Textiles Sourcing Show will feature nearly 100 international exhibitors offering a variety of products, including bath, bed linens, floor coverings, kitchen, outdoor, pillows, tabletop, upholstery, wall coverings and window coverings.
     A series of Lenzing-sponsored seminars will take place each day. Among the topics are new sourcing opportunities in Southeast Asia, textiles innovations, trend forecasts, eco-certifications, designing for international markets, and more.
     The show will also debut its alliance with Global Color Research, an international trend studio for color and design. Global Color Research curated the trends on display in January at Heimtextil in Germany, which like Home Textiles Sourcing Expo is organized by Messe Frankfurt. The studio also contributed to Heimtextil's official trend book, Montage. Heimtexil trends and Montage images are providing direction for the trend area at the upcoming Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.

July 30-August 3
Las Vegas Market
World Market Center, Las Vegas
(702) 599-9621
www.lasvegasmarket.com
Las Vegas Market will hold its grand opening celebration July 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Plaza featurin2nd Half Tradeg performances by Absinthe Las Vegas, an acro-cabaret variety show from Caesars Palace. The event will also include themed food stations. The 2nd annual Gift for Life Reception, gift and home industries' national charity funding the fight against HIV/AIDS will take place July 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sky-View Terrace. Tickets are required.
     Several educational seminars will be held each day at the show. The 2013 Sherwin-Williams Colormix forecast is scheduled for July 31 from 11 a.m. to noon in Buildng C, C176. Also July 31, a panel of design specialists will present Design Trends and the Role of Technology from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Building C, C344.
     On Aug. 2, How to Pin Down Customers with the Power of Pinterest will cover the use of one of the fastest-growing social media sites. The session takes place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Building C, C344.

August 17-23
New York Home Textiles Market
At 7 W. 34th St. as part of 7W New York
Gift & Home Textiles Market Week:
August 17-23
At 230 Fifth Ave. as part of NY Gift Show & Home Textiles Market Week At the Javits Convention Center as part of At Home featuring Home Textiles: August 19-22
     Running in tandem with the New York International Gift Fair and New York Gift 2nd Half TradeWeek, the market feature a range of better home fashion products, including bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics.
    As part of At Home featuring Home Textiles, five key home design trends will be showcased in a new Open House at the Javits Center. These key themes also will be explored in a related seminar Aug. 19 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Javits Center. HTT publisher/editorial director Warren Shoulberg will moderate a panel discussion featuring Susan Feldman, co-founder of One Kings Lane, and Laurie Pressman, Pantone vp for fashion, Home + Interiors. Tickets cost $20 advance/$25 onsite, and registration is available online at www.nyigf. com/programs.
     The At Home section will host a variety of events. There will be an At Home welcome celebration Aug. 18 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Pier 94. At the event, ASID's NY Metro Chapter will bestow its "Best of the Best NYIGF Summer 2012 Awards" to At Home exhibitors in seven categories: Imaginative Product Presentation; Innovative Product Design; Social Responsibility / Ecological Sensitivity; Lighting; Accessories; Textiles; and Wall Art.

August 18-22
New York International Gift Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center,
Passenger Ship Terminal Piers, New York
(800) 272-7469
www.nyigf.com
The NYIGF has rearranged its summer schedule, staggering the dates of its various show components. Those most pertinent to home textiles include:
      Aug. 18 - 21: At Home, Pier 94; Aug. 18 - 21: Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Design, Javits Convention Center;
      Aug. 19 - 22: At Home featuring Home Textiles, Javits Convention Center;
   Aug. 19 - 21: Artisan Resource, Pier 92 The ART (Accessories Resource Team) will facilitate "Retailer Roundtables" on Aug. 18. The open forum discussions will address social media, in-store eve2nd Half Tradents, store operations, retail competition, open to buy budgeting, credit card policies and more. The sessions will run from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Pier 94 Café.
     The new Artisan Resource segment of the show will offer a series of seminars for exhibitors and attendees. Attendee programming includes a daily "Importing 101" seminar, addressing importing basics, FOB pricing, customs, warehousing and distribution at Pier 92 at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 19, 20 and 21. An opening night reception will take place on the exhibit floor at Pier 92 Aug. 19 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
     New York Chapter of the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) will sponsor "Color Trends and Practical Applications" on Aug. 20, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Doty Horn of Color Voyant, a color marketing company, will preview color trends for 2013-14. Lisa White, creative director of WGSN, the online trend-analysis and research, will present seasonal Macro Trends which predict interior and fashion translations of these color directions.
    In a first-ever partnership with NYIGF, the Fashion Group International will host "Double Dossier: Fashion Designers on Home. Home Design Redefined" on Aug. 21 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Designer Ralph Rucci of Chado Ralph Rucci and others will address lifestyle trends between the worlds of fashion apparel and home design.
     The Home Textiles Market Week "Best New Product Awards," selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors, will be announced Aug. 21.

August 20-23
Sourcing at Magic Home
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las
Vegas
(310) 857-7653
http://www.magiconline.com
2nd Half TradeFor the first time, the country's largest apparel trade and sourcing show is adding a home furnishings component. In addition to a broad array of Chinese manufacturers, the home section will feature exhibitors from the U.S., Bangladesh and India.
     Product categories will include fabrics, materials and components for home application (bed, bath and kitchen linens, towels, window treatments, rugs and accessories).
     The show runs concurrently with the Sourcing at Magic section for apparel, which includes an array of daily seminars. Topics include how to sell one's brand overseas, growing ecommerce traffic, using Google to boost sales, how to open a retail store, sourcing challenges, and consumer trends, among many others.
     As part of the core Magic Show, the Buzz Boutique will provide attendees with information about tools for digital fashion marketing, from mobile applications to social media to digital advertising. Participating companies include Google, eBay Fashion, Storesigns.com, Handshake, Volusion Ecommerce and Social Radius - each of which will demo their products and present a workshop.

August 28-30
Intertextil Shanghai
Shanghai New International
Expo Centre
Pudong, Shanghai, China
(852) 2238 9982
www.intertextilehome.com
This year's show will feature 1,162 exhibitors, up 10% from 2011. The number of international2nd Half Trade exhibitors is also growing, with country pavilions from Belgium, Greece, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan and Turkey.
     Also new and exhibiting independently are French home textile design house Antoinette et Freddy, curtain and upholstery fabrics manufacturer Thai Filament Textiles Co Ltd and Australian bedding manufacturer WLS (Aust) Pty Ltd.
    International trend forecaster Nelly Rodi will host a video and visual presentation, further explaining the 2013 trends including seasonal trend stories as well as directions on colour, design and texture. The related Trend Forum curated by Rodi and a panel of designers will expand beyond home textiles to showcase an entire lifestyle experience. In addition, China Home Textiles Trends Research and Extension Atelier will unveil a Chinese inspired home textile and color trend forum located in domestic hall.

September 10-16
Maison & Objet
Parcs des Expositions, Paris-Nord
Vilepinte, Paris
(888) 522-5001
www.maison-objet.com
In Hall 7, the "projets" exhibition for interior design will be designed by Philippe Boisselier. His work will center around three themes: outdoor and bath wellbeing; craftsmanship and decoration; and technical and technological innovations.
     Maison will release future details of special events and exhibits later this summer.
     The fall edition of the show will just overlap with Paris Design Week - during which some 60 studios and emporia will welcome visitors with their most forward-looking presentations from Sept. 10-16.

September 10-13
New York Home Fashions Market
New York showrooms, New York
(212) 297-2131 (Kellen Co.)
www.homefashionproducts.com
The showroom-based home textiles market, colloquially known as "market week," will kick off with HTT"s semiannual market party on Sunday, Sept. 9. This season, the party returns to 230 Fifth Ave. in the 230 Fifth lounge 2nd Half Tradeand restaurant on the 20th floor. The party will kick off at an earlier time this fall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs to 7:30 p.m.
     Just before the party, the HFPA's (Home Fashions Products Association) Young Professionals Group - known as the YoPros - will hold an industry panel and networking session at 230 Fifth Ave. from 4:00-5:15 p.m. Details and participants will be announced this summer.
     HFPA, which organizes the week, has announced dates for the 2013 market weeks. The spring market will take place March 18-21, 2013, and the fall market will be held Sept. 23-26, 2013.

October 13-18
High Point Market
International Home Furnishings
Center, Other locations, High Point, N.C.
(336) 869-1000
www.highpointmarket.org
The High Point Market last week launched a Countdown Campaign on its home page featuring information, new content, tips and tools to market preparation. Each day through July 10, the site is offering articles and photos as well as previews of upcoming topics.
     The roster of educational and social events is expected to be posted soon on the market's web site.
     Online registration for the show opens July 10.

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