TRADE SHOWS

Trade Show Q&A: What’s on the Horizon for 2017?

| November 10, 2016

As retailers, designers and sourcing executives start making their trade-show plans for 2017, California Apparel News caught up with several trade-show executives to find out what new plans are in store for the coming year. From new locations and new areas of focus to added amenities and expanded educational programs, organizers are pulling out the stops to improve attendees’ trade-show experience.

WWIN Brings in Buyers From Across the Country


About 2,200 stores showed up for the Aug. 15–18 run of the Women’s Wear In Nevada show in Las Vegas, down some 5 percent from one year ago.

Offprice Sees Exhibitor Count Off

Booths at the Offprice Show in Las Vegas were selling merchandise at a bargain—designer sweaters for $7 and up and leggings for $2.50.

Sourcing at MAGIC Dominated by China


The vast Las Vegas Convention Center looked like the United Nations when the Sourcing at MAGIC show came to town Aug.

Los Angeles Manufacturers Pack WWDMAGIC


Boho chic was still a much sought-after look at the recent WWDMAGIC show, held Aug. 15–17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Project: Business Good: Traffic Even, Vendors Say

For Eric Martin, the most recent run of Project, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was highly profitable.

Debuts at Capsule

After more than a decade of exhibiting at Pooltradeshow, Freddie Rojas moved to Capsule and made his debut at the high-end show for independent and progressive designers. The show ran at The Venetian ballroom Aug. 15–17 in Las Vegas.

Reaction To Liberty Traffic Mixed

This year’s announcements that top retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. and Macy’s Inc. would close stores gave the fashion industry little to cheer about, and Ben De Luca went to Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs feeling nervous for the show’s Aug. 15–17 run at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Agenda: 1990s Inspiration

Hip-hop star 2 Chainz was being followed by a coterie of camera people and fans when he settled at his booth at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas, which ran Aug. 15–17 at the Sands Expo.

MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show Bow in New Locations

The recent Aug. 15–17 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show was the first since the three shows were purchased by MAGIC and Project parent UBM and the first in its new Las Vegas location—the Mandalay Bay Convention Center—after almost 10 years at the Sands Expo.

Curve Relocates to Mandalay Bay

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.

Project Womens: Following the Flow of Traffic

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.

Scouting the Show Floor in Las Vegas

Scouting the Show Floor in Las Vegas

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.

Vegas is a One-Stop Shop—Spread Out Across Multiple Categories and Venues

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.

Trends are High at Swim Collective

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 Sees 25 Percent Increase in Attendance

Active Collective Sees 25 Percent Increase in Attendance

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.