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Buyers and Suppliers Gearing up for Shows

Trade Show PreviewAlthough buyers and suppliers alike remain cautious about consumer spending, attendance and attitudes at industry trade shows during the first half of 2011 were both on the upswing.
     The mantra across most of the January to June shows was: Same amount of open-to- buy money/fewer total units.
     Higher costs for many raw materials as well as fuel and labor meant creative work-a-rounds and even more creative interpretations of product specifications.
     Going into the Julyto December round of trade fairs, suppliers are hoping to see an improved outlook from buyers planning the spring 2012 assortments. And should cotton and fuel prices stabilize along the way, so much the better.

     Altanta International Rug Market July 14-17 AmericasMart, Atlanta (800) ATL-MART www.americasmart.com

     New and expanded showrooms among area rugs exhibitors include: F.J. Kashanian Rug (Building 1, 4-E-9); French Accents Rugs & Tapestries (Building 1, 4-E- 16); Obeetee (Building 1, 5-F-8); and Tufan Rugs (Building 1, 4-A-6).
     Next month's show will offer a dozen educational seminar sessions over three days on a variety of topics, including profi tability, improving sales, maximizing online mareting and tapping into social networks.
     As the show runs in tandem with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Show, there will also be special events featuring interior designers and chefs as well as wine tastings. Between the gift show and the rug show, Atlanta hosts roughly 4,500 exhibitors.
     AmericasMart debuted the HD Home section in January, featuring top-of-the-line suppliers of high design. HD Home will host a preview party Thursday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall.
     That same evening, AmericasMart will celebrate excellence in the gift and home industries at the Icon Awards, which is co-sponsored by HTT and its sister retail publications at Sandow Media. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, the awards presentation and entertainment by singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins.

     Las Vegas Market Aug. 1-5 World Market Center and Pavilions (702) 599-9621 www.lasvegasmarket.com

     Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the market kick-off party Aug. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at the World Pavilions. One buyer who registers in advance will be selected at random to meet Clinton and be photographed with him. Registration information is available on the show's website.
     A host of educational sessions will take place throughout the show covering a variety of subjects such as visual merchandising, making partnerships work, techniques for small design firms and developing products to address asthma and allergy sensitivities, among many others.
     The Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast 2012 will take place Aug. 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Building C, C176.
     The Social Media Bar in C301 will be open daily and staffed with experts who will provide tips and techniques businesses can use to advantage their social media outreach.
     First Look Gift+Home will have a juried exhibition of new products in several categories - including area rugs - on the 3rd floor of Building B. Gift+Home will also have product displays in Buildings A and C.

     New York International Gift Fair Aug. 13-18 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Pier 94, New York (914) 421-3200 www.nyigf.com

     The New York International Gift Fair section At Home featuring Home Textiles will host some suppliers who are new to the show.
     They include Chortex USA (towels), Daisy House (Turkish towels and robes), Marigot (cashmere), Pure Fiber (ecofriendly bed and bath textiles), Rough Linen (bedding and curtains) and Secrets de Provence (tablecloths). In addition, Callisto Home (pillows) and Cloud 9 (pillows are relocating from Pier 94 into At Home featuring Home Textiles.
Trade Show Preview     Home textiles suppliers returning to NYIGF after an absence include Hamburg House (bed, bath and table linens) and Karen Luu - Home Couture (loungewear and pillows), Matteo (bed linens, tabletop and window coverings).
     At Home featuring Home Texitiles exhibitors who are expanding their presence for the summer 2011 market include Alicia Adams Alpaca, CGG Home Fashions, Coyuchi, Cuddledown, Dwellstudio, Florabella, Happy Blanket, Matouk, Pehuen - Patagonia Designs, Pine Cone Hill / Dash & Albert Rug Company, Scintilla, Sefte, Sferra, Sivaana and Woven Workz.
     Newcomers to At Home at Pier 94 include Adri Collection (luxury cushions and throws) and wolfum (tabletop and pillows). Home textiles resources returning to NYIGF after a hiatus include Katherine Klyce (pillows and throws) and Michaelian & Kohlberg (pillows).
     Retailers are invited to attend the At Home welcome reception on Pier 94, hosted by HTT sister publication Home Accents Today on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 p.m to 6 p.m., to celebrate the market's opening day.
     On Aug. 14, "25 Retail Ideas That Work" will be presented by Home Accents Today from 12 to 1 p.m.
    On Aug. 15, the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) will sponsor "Color: From Theory to Selection," from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., RetailerForum.biz and ART (Accessories Resource Team) will facilitate "Retailer Roundtable" discussions about social media, in-store events, store operations, retail competition, open to buy budgeting, credit card policies and more. Seminar information and registration is available online at: www.nyigf. com/programs.

     New York Home Textiles Market Week Aug. 14-18 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center At 7W Aug. 12-18 At 230 Fifth Ave. Aug. 14-19 (800) 272-7469 www.nyhometextilesmarketweek.com

     Running in tandem with the At Home home textiles section of the New York International Gift Fair at Javits, this event-within- an-event also takes place in participating showrooms at 7W and 230 Fifth Avenue in conjunction with Gift Week.
Trade Show Preview     Showroom building 7 W New York has an array of activities planned the event. On Aug. 14, attendees are invited to join HTT sister publication Gifts & Decorative Accessories in celebrating the 60th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 each, including cocktails and dinner. They are available through www.giftsanddec.com. On Aug. 15, 7 W showrooms will sport a cruise theme during an evening of late night shopping with food, drink, and entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. Market-goers can enjoy free admission to the Museum of Arts & Design (at 59th St. and Broadway) during Market Week with their summer 2011 badge, compliments of NYIGF, 7 W New York, 41 Madison and 230 Fifth Avenue.

     Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Aug. 29-31 Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China (852) 22238 9983 www.messefrankfurt.com.hk/

     The show's footprint is expanding into an 11th hall this year, with new pavilions from Greece, Italy and Spain joining international pavilions from Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan and Turkey.
     The fair will group manufacturers from China's major home textile production into six regional pavilions at the fair's domestic halls. The regions include Pujiang and Jiande, which are hubs for bedding; Haining and Shaoxing, which are known for decorative fabrics; and well as Tongxiang and Yuhang, which are producers of both.
     In addition, high-end bedding suppliers and brands will appear at the fair. Ibena (Germany) will promote its new product line jointly with Cotton Council International, according to fair organizer Messe Frankfurt. Standard Fiber (United States) will introduce the popular English brand, Peter Reed and new brand, Somerelle specifically for the Chinese market. Springs Global (US/Brazil) will represent show its luxury Court of Versailles brand. Those companies will be showcased alongside other brands in hall W2.
     In the Upholstery Zone, newcomer UK Prestigous Textiles will feature an assortment of fabrics and wall coverings in contemporary and classic décor styles. In the Curtain Zone, Benetex from debuts with fancy mixed linen, nude and metallic high density sheer curtains as well as hand painted sheer curtains. The Japanese based supplier Suzutora Corporation will present an energy-saving curtain and blind fabrics that are nano-metal coated and flame retardant.

New York Home Fashions Market Sept. 19-23 Supplier showrooms, New York (212) 297-211 www.homefashionproducts.com/ events.php

     Market week gets underway Sunday, Sept. 18 at the HTT market kickoff party. The primary showroom buildings are located at: 295 Fifth Ave., 230 Fifth Ave., 261 Fifth Ave. and 7 W. 34th St.
     However, there are individual showrooms just off 5th Avenue as well as along Avenue of the Americas, the latter stretching from 40th St. to 48th St.
Trade Show Preview     The Home Fashion Products Association usually distributes a map plotting the location of its members' showrooms a few weeks before market week.
     The Global Home Show, sponsored by HTT and featuring international suppliers, will take place concurrently at 295 Fifth Avenue on the first floor space next to the buyer's lounge and at 7 W New York.

     Interior Lifestyle China Oct. 12-15 Shanghai Exhibition Centre Shanghai, China www.il-china.com (852) 2802 7728

     To commemorate the show's fifth anniversary, influential German designer Konstantin Grcic give a discussion at the special on design forum that runs concurrently with the fair from Oct.12-15 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
     Country and region pavilions with products made and designed in Germany, France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan will also be represented this year, covering 18,000 sqm of exhibition space, a 12.5% increase in scale compared with the 2010 show.
     The show will also feature "talents," a platform for young desingers to present their innovative ideas as well as their design- orientated and avant-garde tableware, gifts, home accessories, furniture and lighting; and "Next," a new area for entrepreneurs to pursue business opportunities in the interior and design market in China.

     High Point Market Oct. 22-27 International Home Furnishings Center High Point, N.C. www.highpointmarket.org (336) 869-1000

     The High Point Market Authority has relocated to a new offi ce on the 7th fl oor of the historic Radio Building, located at the corner of Main and Commerce Streets.
     Educational seminars and special events for the fall market will be announced in July.
     The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, drawing more than 85,000 people. The show features 180 buildings that include up to 10 million square feet of show space. Some 2,000 exhibitors showcase the latest trends and designs in furniture, rugs, fabric, lighting and accessories.

     International Hotel/Motel + Restaurant Show Nov. 12-15 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York www.ihmrs.com (914) 421-3200

     The show draws nearly 30,000 hospitality industry attendees and some 700 exhibitors who sell to the trade. Last year's show debuted the Boutique Design New York show-within-the show, drawing an additional 3,100 designers and purchasing executives.
     The 31st annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in hospitality design will take place Nov. 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the InterContinental New York Times Square. In addition, the Designer of the Year award will be presented at the event.
     The full roster of educational sessions and special events will be announced in July. The American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation's IHMRS fall conference runs concurrently with the show and offers committee meetings, an issues forum and social functions.

     Showtime Dec. 4-7 Market Square, Textile Tower High Point, N.C. (336) 885-6842 www.itma-showtime.com

Several vendors made their debut appearances during the summer Showtime event earlier this month. They include: A.G. Reilly, Harry Harry Fabrics, Kucukerler Textiles, Rennie & Rose, True North Fabrics, and ZWovens.
Trade Show Preview     U.S.-based suppliers that have recently returned to Showtime include: Direct Textiles, an importer and converter of upholstery fabrics; Roma Decoration Fabrics, which specializes in home furnishing fabrics such as silk, polyester (solid, stripe, embroidery) trim, tassel; and Weave Textiles.
     The International Textile Market Association, which produces the Showtime fabric show, recently joined the High Point Design Center to open the Market Square Textile Sample Sale Room. The space will allow year-round sales of ITMA members' products to the design trade, including fabric, leather and trimming. Fabric, leather and trim vendors provide excess inventory, close-out goods and/or first-quality stock for the Sale Room. Goods will be sold as whole pieces, bolts or hide.

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