By Andrew Asch | September 8, 2016
For Kenny Gandalfo, the San Francisco Bay Area trade show CALA was busy. He saw 24 accounts in two days at the most recent Aug. 30–31 run of the event.
This season, Curve at MAGIC became Curve at Project as the upscale lingerie and swimwear trade show moved to a new space alongside Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center after two seasons at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Traffic reports at Project Womens were difficult to read. Some said opening day at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center was sluggish but added that they still worked with major retailers.
At the recent Las Vegas trade shows, it was clear that menswear continues to evolve for Spring 2017 with a more-relaxed, make-it-your-own aesthetic that continued through from sportswear to the more tailored collections.
The recent Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows offered a comprehensive overview of the apparel market for buyers who zipped between the many shows and venues.
Swim Collective returned to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., for an Aug. 8–10 run that drew a sizeable crowd and an expanded exhibitor base.
Active Collective had its “most successful show to date” with a 25 percent increase in buyer attendance and 20 percent more resources than ever before at the Aug. 11–12 edition at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., according to Shannon Leggett, executive show director.
Buyers returned to Las Vegas to find a newly shuffled layout during the Aug. 15-18 run of the apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows.
New off-price show in New York will keep up for shoppers' demands for cheaper items.
Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, have a new owner. Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, has purchased the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based show for an undisclosed amount from Shannon Leggett, the founder of Swim Collective and Active Collective.
Menswear buyers were inspired by color, new fabric treatments and a sense of a “higher purpose” at the Spring ’17 West Coast Trend Show menswear market in Los Angeles.
At the Aug. 14–17 run of Sourcing at MAGIC, Spanish laser-finishing company Jeanologia discusses sustainable solutions for denim makers, including the “one glass, one garment” process.
Denim designer Adriano Goldschmied is discussing the “past, present and future of denim” at an event titled “Adriano Goldschmied Unthreaded” during the Aug. 15–17 run of the Project trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market for Holiday/Resort 2017 appeared to be dead on arrival, but signs of life existed.
This season, the Coast contemporary trade show shifted the timing of its show to coincide with Miami Swim Week.
Streetwear trade show Agenda this year opened a Miami edition of its biannual show, held in Long Beach, Calif., and Las Vegas.