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Trade Show News - October 2005


Gift Group Aims to Host National Trade Show

10/26/05 - A national gift trade show to be established as a non-profit venture by United Sales Associates may be a reality by 2010, if that organization's board is successful in its plan. According to Stuart Miller of Goodwin Weavers, incoming treasurer of the group of about 350 manufacturers and reps, one of the organization's three major goals is the establishment of such a show to help companies manage costs and time spent at trade shows. A letter was sent last week, Miller said, to George Little Management, AmericasMart, Dallas Market Center, Merchandise Mart Properties and other show managers, telling them of the plan. "We're not trying to put those people out of business," Miller said, "We're just trying to make it more affordable for companies. We would like to have them help, but on our terms."

Fall 2006 Furniture Market Dates Changed Again

10/25/05 - The International Home Furnishings Market Authority in High Point, N.C., has changed the dates for its fall 2006 furniture market to Monday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 22. The IHFMA set new dates for its twice-yearly shows yesterday, but said today the new fall 2006 dates "conflict with two established religious holidays." High Point's spring 2007 furniture market is scheduled for March 26 to April 7.

High Point Dates to Shift in Late 2006

10/24/05 - The International Home Furnishings Market Authority voted today to move up the dates of its semiannual markets to late March and late September, beginning in September 2006. At the same time, the shows will shift to a Monday-through-Sunday schedule. There was only one dissenting vote among the approximately 15 Market Authority members who approved the calendar change. Market Authority officials said nearly 5,000 buyers, exhibitors and landlords were surveyed, with an "overwhelming majority" expressing a desire for a change in market timing. Sixty-four percent favored the late March and late September dates, and 68 percent supported a Monday-to-Sunday schedule. Earlier spring dates would allow for fresh shipments prior to the Labor Day weekend, some had argued, and the overall shift in timing will help compensate for longer production cycles.

New York Home Textiles Show Announces Best New Products Awards

10/19/05 - The 28th semi-annual New York Home Textiles Show honored Best New Product Award winners and finalists in five categories, along with a Best of Show, October 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The winners are:

Best of Show: Prairiedog Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) for its tasty guest towels: the cafe towel and the cake towel.

Bed: Hudson Industries Inc. (Richmond, VA) for its Sleep Wedge, for control of acid reflux and snoring.

Bath: Forza & Company (Berkeley, CA) for its 100% cotton, organic Turkish Tradition towel.

Kitchen/Table: The Dutch Lady (Arlington, VA) for its Christmas tablecloth.

Home Accessories: Alpha Corp. (Ludhiana, India) for its "Galaxy" hand-woven, embroidered, mohair blend boucle throw.

Home Apparel: Dream Designs Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, BC) for its organic pajamas and facecloth.

Las Vegas Kicks Off Phase 3 Leasing

10/18/05 - The World Market Center in Las Vegas has leased nearly 300 showrooms in its second building and has launched a campaign to lease an even larger building set to open in 2008. The 20-story Phase 3 building will total 2 million square feet, and planners anticipate that the first three floors will be dedicated to year-round showrooms for high-end design lines. In addition to five floors of furniture, several other floors will be dedicated to specialized categories, such as lighting, floor coverings, floral and seasonal products. "World Market Center is accommodating the changing needs of buyers with a larger, more diversified building where retailers can, in one destination, fulfill multiple product needs," said Shawn Samson, managing partner of World Market Center. Officials said Phase 2 of the project is on track to open early in 2007 and is more than 90 percent leased. Planners expect to build eight buildings totaling 12 million square feet on the World Market Center's 57-acre campus over 10 years.

10/17/05 - Dallas Market Center has announced the official name for the new gift and home temporary show that will launch in 2006: "F!NDS." The show will be divided into various product categories, including HandcraftedF!NDS, PaperF!NDS, DesignF!NDS, GiftF!NDS, KidF!NDS, InspiringF!NDS, HomeF!NDS, and more. F!NDS will take place each January, March, June, and September, on the 12th and 13th floors of the World Trade center as well as Market Hall. For additional details contact DMC at 800-DAL-MKTS
NY Textiles Show to coincide with NY Gift Fair

10/17/05 - GLM will shift the New York Home Textiles Show from its current spring and fall timeframe, to a new winter and summer date pattern, coinciding with the New York International Gift Fair beginning in August 2006. This timing will align the show with the Home Fashion Products Association's February and August dates for the New York Home Textiles Market Week.The Spring 2006 show will be held as scheduled March 31-April 3 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The inaugural summer New York Home Textiles Show will feature 200 exhibitors, and run Sunday, Aug. 13 through Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, which is located at 125 West 18th Street (between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue), in New York City. The venue is a short shuttle-bus ride from the Javits Center and the Passenger Ship Terminal Piers, and is in close proximity to New York's permanent showrooms.

* New York Home Textiles Show, Sunday, Oct. 16-Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

* New York Home Textiles Show, Friday, March 31- Monday, April 3, 2006, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

* New York Home Textiles Show at the New York International Gift Fair, Sunday, Aug. 13- Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

* New York Home Textiles Show at the New York International Gift Fair, Sunday, Jan. 27- Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2007, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Neville Brothers to perform at HP market Oct. 22

10/17/05 - The award-winning New Orleans musicians the Neville Brothers will perform at the High Point market on Saturday, Oct. 22. The concert will take place in the parking lot between Showplace and the International Home Furnishings Center in downtown High Point at 7 p.m. A High Point market badge will be required for admission, which is limited to first-come, first-served access. "We are thrilled to welcome the Neville Brothers as they bring their energy, spirit and sound to High Point this fall," said Judy Mendenhall, International Home Furnishing Market Authority president. "This event is an important element of our program to enhance the visitor experience in High Point and add more entertainment and fun to the attendees' agendas. "The Neville Brothers have become one of the nation's top ambassadors for the relief and recovery of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and we're pleased to welcome and salute them with our Southern hospitality."

OneCoast Showroom Becomes Soundstage for PBS

OneCoast's recently opened New York showroom (548 West 28th St., 3rd floor, New York, NY) hosted a TV shoot of the PBS production titled "The Holiday Table," scheduled to be broadcast in November. The production was hosted by Chris Fennimore, host of "America's Home Kitchen," along with Dede Wilson of the Seasonings series, and Miami chef and television personality Jean-Pierre Brehier. Roland Mesnier, former White House pasty chef who served three US presidents, also filmed a segment. Paul Thompson, OneCoast VP of Visual Merchandising and Trends, filmed four segments in the 90 minute show, including one titled "Tabletop for the Holidays." Thompson said that PBS found the showroom to be well suited for its production needs. The showroom (800/232-7351) is open Monday through Friday and by appointment to wholesale buyers and interior designers and their customers.

Trend Seminar at SF Mart: Emerging Looks for 2006 and Beyond

If you want a preview of hot new trends for 2006 and beyond, consider attending the SF Mart's upcoming seminar, "Top Trends for 2006: Emerging Looks for the Home," presented by Michelle Lamb, trend expert and founder and chairman of Marketing Directions. The seminar will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, November 3 during the trade only days of the Mart's Fall Sample Sale. During this seminar, you will learn what's directional in home furnishings, accessories and gifts from all the fall shows in Paris, Frankfort, High Point and more. Lamb will identify products, colors and specific trends for 2006-2008. Admission to the seminar is $25 for SF Mart members and $35 for non-members. Reservations and pre-payment are required and your check or credit card payment reserves your spot. Call 415/437-7100 or send a check payable to the SF Mart to San Francisco Mart Seminars, Attn: Ruthie Idencio, 1355 Market St., Ste. 294, San Francisco, CA 94103.

George Little Management to Launch Mid-Atlantic Cash & Carry Show in 2006

George Little Management, LLC (GLM) has announced the premiere of the Mid-Atlantic Cash & Carry Show - an annual winter event featuring gifts and decorative accessories available for immediate delivery. The new event - scheduled to launch January 22-25, 2006 at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center in Chantilly, VA will enable retailers to instantly restock products, and allow manufacturers to quickly move inventory. As an added benefit, the first edition of the show will run concurrently with the Washington Gift Show.

The event, open only to trade representatives, will feature 100 exhibitors within 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, and will attract 6,000 attendees. The show will present a wide variety of products, including general giftware, tabletop and housewares, decorative and personal accessories, apparel, crafts, floral products and jewelry.

"Given the positive response from buyers and sellers to our New York Cash & Carry Show, GLM is very excited to bring this type of market to the mid-Atlantic area," said Phil Robinson, senior vice-president, GLM. "The show is well-timed to provide retailers access to inventory following the holiday selling season."

In January 2007, the Mid Atlantic Cash & Carry Show will be a stand-alone event at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center in Chantilly, VA, while the Washington Gift Show moves to February dates at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

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