Hardware1As the housing and home improvement industries continue to gain momentum, leaders from across the channels are looking for ways to grow their businesses, and the 2013 National Hardware Show will offer the ideal setting for these individuals to come together and share ideas, find exciting new products, spot emerging trends and discover dynamic best practices.

Scheduled for May 7 to 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the National Hardware Show promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with enhanced product categories, exciting educational offerings and extensive networking opportunities.


Fashion2The largest single media event in New York City, the February iteration of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, took place Feb. 7-14 at Lincoln Center. A destination for top designers, Fashion Week is an opportunity to showcase collections to more than 100,000 buyers, editors, retailers, celebrities and VIPs from around the world. The event included more than 80 designers’ shows over eight days.

Producing the event was IMG Fashion, which represents many of the world’s top models, leading designers and influential photographers, art directors and stylists. IMG Fashion produces renowned fashion events around the world, represents some of the industry’s top organizations and federations and works with various local and national governments. This is all part of an effort to create regional and international fashion platforms.

Fashion1It’s a good day in any industry when something comes along and shocks even the veterans of that particular profession. When it comes to licensing, the hit NBC show “Fashion Star” – now in its revamped second season – has come along and done just that.

 Entertainment production company Electus, along with NBC, three fashion buyers from well-known retailers, a trio of celebrity designers mentoring talented design contestants, and a host with creds in the fashion editor world have banded together to give those who have seen it all something they’ve never seen before.

Miami2The China Sourcing Fair returns to Miami June 25 to 27 to offer an array of Chinese-made consumer products that buyers and retailers can purchase directly from more than 630 Asia-based manufacturers so they don’t have to travel to Asia to do it. The Miami show will feature exhibitors that produce consumer electronics, gifts and premiums, home products, fashion accessories and garments.

Now in its third year, Miami was the logical city in which to hold the event, according to its organizers, Global Sources. “We were looking for a location that served both buyers in North America as well as those in Central and South America,” says Bill Janeri, general manager at Global Sources. “A large volume of trade is conducted between Asia and these markets, so to meet our objective of organizing the show closer to those buyers, Miami was the logical choice. It is centrally located, has a multilingual business community and has an international-trade focus.”

Category1Everything wears out eventually, including shoes. Apparently unwilling to dye their shoes the latest color or have the soles or heels patched one more time, women grew total dollar sales of their footwear in the United States by 4 percent in 2012, according to the NPD Group Inc.’s consumer tracking service.

Total U.S. footwear dollar sales in 2012, which includes athletic and fashion footwear, grew 3 percent in 2012 with total dollar sales of $54 billion, the NPD Group reports. Closing in on women’s footwear growth was that of children’s, whose total footwear dollar sales grew by 3.8 percent. Men’s lagged behind at 2.4 percent.

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