| August 28, 2014
The apparel industry converged in Las Vegas to shop for apparel, accessories, footwear and sourcing resources at the biannual trade shows anchored by the giant MAGIC shows.
All six ballrooms were packed at the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) show, which took place Aug. 18–21 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Many exhibiting and wandering through the Capsule show, an edited collection of everything hip in the world of apparel and accessories, enjoyed the airy feeling of the event, held Aug. 18–20 at The Venetian ballroom along with the other five shows that make up the relatively new Modern Assembly group.
Last February, the trade show for emerging brands at MAGIC was located at a ballroom in the lower level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For its Aug. 18–20 run, it moved upstairs to the Mandalay Ballroom on Level 2 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Walking into Sourcing at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a little bit like taking a trip to the United Nations. It seems that just about every region or country in the world has sent a group of apparel or shoe manufacturers in search of new business.
The ENKVegas show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 18–20 included a special section called Oasis, which featured brands that the show curators considered to be on the leading edge of contemporary design.
While many of the Las Vegas trade shows opened on the same day, the Offprice show always kicks things off early, and this season was no exception. The Aug. 16–19 run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center marked the 40th Offprice show.
On opening night of the Aug. 18–20 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show at The Venetian, buyers ended the day browsing the three shows’ upscale men’s, women’s and accessories lines with glasses of complimentary wine in hand.
For its third Las Vegas show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, held Aug. 18–20, added a new section and a surge of new brands.
A statement released before the contemporary fashion event ran Aug. 18–20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center said 30 percent of the brands at Project and its satellite shows were new brands. Established brands also debuted new lines at Project.
The aisles at the Aug. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center appeared lighter than usual, but exhibitors reported a strong appointment-driven show where buyers arrived looking for proven brands as well as new lines.
With more than 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking a bow in Las Vegas starting on Aug. 18 and a trade show season that continues on until the end of October, retailers are gearing up for the serious work of finding the brands that might hold the key to big profits.
Traffic was steady and brisk at the Aug. 12–13 run of Swim Collective at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif., which featured a 20 percent increase in resources.
Always the smallest market on the calendar, the Aug. 4–7 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market drew local buyers and a handful of bigger retailers looking to get orders in before the big trade shows in Las Vegas later this month.
During its Oct. 20–23 run at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will host more than 3,500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Offerings include a lingerie and swimwear area with more than 80 lace, embroidery and swimwear and lingerie fabrics suppliers.