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The Asia American Trade Show
Sell direct to wholesale buyers from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States in Miami at the Asia America Trade Show.
The show features thousands of multi-sector products from around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Macau, Europe, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, South and Central America and the Caribbean.
Merchandise categories at the show include apparel, accessories, pocket books, shoes, consumer electronics, cellular, appliances, beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, wigs, sports apparel and equipment, variety, dollar store products, travel goods, housewares, kitchenware, general merchandise, closeouts, liquidations, vapor, smoking, toys, gifts, souvenirs, novelty, hardware, tools, LED lights and more.
The show takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla., August 25-27, 2017. For more information, call 305-262-3200 or visit www.asiaamericashow.com.
Denver WESA Markets
Utilizing more than 23,000 square feet of exhibit space, the September Market offers an exciting opportunity to shop for your store and connect with the industry. Featuring more than 30 new exhibitors each market, this is the trade show to see what is new in both equestrian-related products and also many crossover products.
The Western Markets stand for so much more than just the Western and English lifestyle. This industry represents the resort, gift and outdoor lifestyle as well as workwear and fashion. The Denver WESA Markets encompass a large variety of industries all under one roof.
ICLA Announces Agreement with Emerald Expositions, LLC
Late last year, The International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) and Emerald Expositions, LLC (Emerald Expo) announced an agreement to co-locate the ICLA Winter Symposium with the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show (SLTS) held in Las Vegas, Nev., in January of 2018 and 2020.
“Our members have attended the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show in increasing numbers over the past few years which led us to start discussions with SLTS. We surveyed our membership and we will now alternate our Winter Symposium meetings between Sports Licensing Show and CAMEX,” said Robin Cooper, ICLA immediate past-president and assistant director of licensing and trademarks at Indiana University. “The SLTS staff has been very welcoming and great to work with and we know they are equally as excited to host our group in conjunction with their tradeshow.”
“We are extremely pleased to be hosting the ICLA’s Winter Symposium in 2018 and 2020 and hope this is the beginning of a very long term working relationship” said Pat Hus, show director and vice president at Emerald Expositions. “Collegiate licensing has become one of the cornerstones of the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show and we see nothing but growth for this category.”
The SLTS is the premier event for brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers interested in sports licensed products. The show features nearly 400 exhibiting companies that represent every possible product category and covers all of the major professional leagues.
“There has always been a perception that there should be a greater connection between the professional sports licensing industry and our collegiate licensing industry,” said Rachael Bickerton, ICLA president and director of Trademark Licensing and Enforcement at Boise State University. “As the leading professional organization for collegiate licensing, we are excited about the opportunities this partnership with SLTS gives us to learn from the professional sports industry and increase our interactions with the pro leagues, major retailers and licensees.”
Through the new agreement, the ICLA Winter Symposium will consist of two days of educational programming and networking opportunities on the front end of the SLTS. ICLA members who are not exhibiting will receive a complimentary SLTS walk around registration to access the tradeshow floor. This is a very similar setup to the current CAMEX partnership. ICLA will continue its long-standing and valuable partnership with the CAMEX Tradeshow in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The 2017 ICLA Winter Symposium will take place in conjunction with CAMEX, March 3-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Specific details regarding this event can be found on the Winter Symposium web page.
Toy Industry Foundation
Local Toy Companies, Toy Industry Foundation and National CASA Team Up for Play Your Part Event
More than 300 Chicago-area children living in foster care received brand-new toys and enjoyed a fun afternoon of play today at a special “Play Your Part – Chicago” event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA). Held at Guaranteed Rate Field, the memorable day was made possible thanks to generous toy industry volunteers, donors, and sponsors from more than two dozen local toy companies.
Children awaiting placement in loving, permanent homes picked out their own toys and games from a wide selection of arts and crafts, board games, books, dolls and more. The afternoon also included kid-friendly activities and games led by volunteers at company-sponsored activity stations. In addition to providing toys to the children at the event, the Foundation is donating more than 11,000 toys valued at over $150,000 to thousands of additional foster care children in the Chicago area to help celebrate birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.
“It’s heartwarming to see how a simple toy, game, or stuffed animal can provide so much comfort to a child in foster care,” said Jean Butler, executive director at the Toy Industry Foundation. “That’s why our partnership with National CASA is so important. Thanks to the generosity of the entire toy industry, we have been able to provide more than $3.7 million in toys to over 370,000 foster children since 2013. This year’s Play Your Part event in Chicago was yet another success, bringing the gift of play to thousands of deserving children.”
In addition to providing hundreds of thousands of toys to children in foster care, the Toy Industry Foundation has provided $1 million in grant funding to National CASA, enabling them to support recruitment and training of CASA volunteers to stand up for the needs and rights of abused and neglected children in the court system.
“Play Your Part is a special event not just for the children who received toys but also for the staff and volunteer advocates in our nationwide network,” said Michelle Olson, chief advancement officer at National CASA. “It is encouraging to us that so many members of the toy industry came out and gave their time and energy to help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.”
The Toy Industry Foundation works year-round with partners and international charities to bring new toys and games to children who are impoverished, at-risk, in hospitals, in military families and otherwise in need. To date, the Foundation has provided $200 million in toys to 23 million children in need.
The playthings distributed at Play Your Part – Chicago and being provided to thousands of local children in foster care were kindly donated by manufacturers, retailers, and distributors to the Foundation’s Toy Bank. Event sponsors were American Plastic Toys, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), Educational Insights, Fibre-Craft, Intertek, Learning Resources, MegaFun, PlayMonster, TOMY, Toy’N Around, T.S. Shure, and VTech.
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is a 501c3 children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play. TIF serves children who are undergoing complicated medical procedures, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, suffering from abuse or neglect, experiencing separation from a deployed military parent, or have had their lives disrupted by a devastating natural disaster. To date, TIF’s signature program, The Toy Bank, has provided $200 million in toys to 23 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.
For further information: Adrienne Appell, The Toy Association, 646-520-4863, 646-207-3724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Toy Industry Foundation
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, Pendleton® To Co-Host Silent Auction Benefiting American Indian College Fund
Networking Fund-Raiser Kicks Off New Native American Pavilion at the September 13-16, 2017 Edition
Headlining the full roster of promotions and cultural demonstrations surrounding the 2017 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show’s Native American Pavilion debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a special Silent Auction Networking Event will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 to raise funds for the American Indian College Fund. Sponsored by Pendleton®, the special gathering gives attendees the chance to mix, mingle and explore the show floor’s newest feature, while enjoying refreshments and bidding on fabulous auction items donated from Pavilion artisans as well as other show exhibitors and souvenir industry members.
“We are honored to partner with American lifestyle brand Pendleton® to host an event that raises funds and industry awareness for such a vitally important and meaningful cause as the American Indian College Fund,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president, gift and souvenir for Urban Expositions, the owners and producers of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show. “Our new pavilion will celebrate and showcase Native American culture-its artistry, crafts and tradition-to help our buyers bring even more value and meaning to their stores. This special event and its mission certainly help us get closer to this goal.”
“Today only 13.8 percent of American Indians over age 25 have a college education compared to compared 29.7 percent of the overall population. We at the American Indian College Fund are pleased that the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show and Pendleton® recognize the importance of higher education as a tool to equip Native people with the skills and knowledge to reach their full potential,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “The silent auction will not only help Native people with their educational goals, it will also raise awareness about the disparity in higher education attainment and help make positive change.”
Silent Auction bidding begins at 9 a.m. on the opening morning of the show, Wednesday, September 13, and will close at 5:30 p.m. Thursday during the networking event. All funds raised by the winning bids will be presented to the American Indian College Fund to benefit Native higher education. Among the companies donating auction items include:
Four Winds Trading
First American Traders
Rio Grande Wholesale
The new Native American Pavilion will bring together the works of Native American artisans and other tribal sources/suppliers across a range of merchandise categories, including jewelry, apparel, artwork, food products, music and health/beauty. Among the Native American vendors already confirmed for the 2017 Pavilion include Rio Grande, Kachina, Taos Drums, Supersmith, Shima of Najavo, Medicine of the People, First American Traders, Shiprock, Trickster, Shotridge, RL Cox Co. and Myth Makers. In addition to the Silent Auction Networking Event, the pavilion will also host daily cultural demonstrations such as music and jewelry-making, story-telling and a number of other events and programs.
The Native American Pavilion is just one of the newest features joining the 12th annual edition of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show. Other highlights include new Gourmet and Boardwalk sectors, more Made in America resources and a special keynote address from Frank Ruggles, artist, author and former official photographer for the National Park Service.
As the largest of its kind in the nation, the 2017 edition will bring together more than 1,300 booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center, including every major souvenir/resort industry manufacturer as well as up-and-coming innovators in a wide range of categories - from destination, resort and tourist merchandise to custom/logo resources, American-made designs, gourmet gifts, resort apparel, jewelry, fashion accessories, lake/lodge, coastal, ski-themed products and much more. The selection draws souvenir/resort retailers and top industry associations/buying groups from across the country and internationally. For buyer/exhibitor information, visit www.lvsouvenirshow.com or call 800-318-2238.
About the American Indian College Fund: Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for more than 25 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and has provided more than 100,000 scholarships since its inception and an average of 6,000 scholarships per year to American Indian students. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.
NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, is spotlighting the newest entertaining and most fashionable home décor products within its Home Furnishings + Textiles and Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares sections at the upcoming summer 2017 market. As part of NY NOW’s HOME Collection, these two sections present leading design trends across a range of categories including furniture, decorative accessories, kitchenware, barware and a number of products that are perfect for guests and entertaining. This collection will be open Sunday, August 20 through Wednesday, August 23 on Level 3 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
“As consumers gear up to entertain friends and family for the holidays and freshen up their décor in the New Year, the summer season is an incredibly important time for buyers,” said Randi Mohr, group show director, NY NOW and vice president, Emerald Expositions. “The Home Furnishings + Textiles and Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares sections at the summer Market this August will offer buyers an expansive array of new designs and brands to discover and we’re excited for them to explore the hundreds of new products that will be featured.”
Home Furnishings + Textiles is located within the 1400-3000 aisles and will feature a comprehensive collection of nearly 400 brands showcasing mid- to high-end furniture, decorative accessories and home textiles resources. From traditional to contemporary and indoor to outdoor living, this section features established and emerging brands in furniture, lighting, bedding, floor coverings, wall decor, pillows, and accessories.
For a stunning collection of resources for home entertaining, gourmet kitchenware and specialty tabletop resources, buyers should look no further than the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares section, located within the 3000-3700 aisles. This section presents a vast assortment of glassware, serveware, dinnerware, cutlery/flatware, table linens, cookware, barware and wine accessories, and feature more than 250 exhibitors.
Additionally, there are a number of women-owned businesses for buyers to explore in the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares section.
When it comes to gift-giving, many consumers turn to personal accessories to complete their friends’ and families’ wish lists. Buyers that want to ensure their stores are stocked with the latest trends can find the most fashionable accessories at every price point in the LIFESTYLE Collection at NY NOW®. In particular, the Personal Accessories section is the perfect destination for buyers to find current styles in fine and fashion jewelry, leather goods, wearables, and more, that are sure to make a statement in their stores. The section will be open Sunday, August 20 through Wednesday, August 23, and located on Level 1 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
NY NOW’s Personal Accessories section consists of more than 350 brands showcasing a vast array of products like fashion accessories and watches for men and women; handbags, luggage and luxury travel accessories; as well as fine jewelry, scarves and more. A full list of the exhibitors showcasing products within the Personal Accessories section can be found here.
“Personal Accessories is such a staple to NY NOW and we’re thrilled to yet again have a tremendous showing at the summer 2017 market this August,” said Mohr. “This section is always on the cutting edge of the latest style and fashion trends and we know that our buyers will be able to find exactly what they need to fill their shelves this year. We are especially looking forward to buyers seeing the growth of travel accessories and men’s accessories this summer.”
As consumers indulge in wanderlust, NY NOW buyers can help travelers make the most of their adventures by offering fashionable, versatile, and practical accessories for any journey.
Additionally, the summer 2017 market will again feature a strong showing of men’s accessories.
For more information on NY NOW, please visit nynow.com.