Exhibitors expect better Showtime
Gary Evans -- Furniture Today, June 9, 2012
HIGH POINT - Buoyed by improvements at recent furniture markets, the International Textile Market Assn.'s Showtime event begins this week with optimistic vendors, plenty of product and several events and parties schedule for the next two days.
"I've talked to my salespeople who said Showtime's going to be better than last time," said Sinil Eamani, CEO of MDS Fabrics. "The shows have been consistently better," he said, referring to High Point and other furniture markets.
Catherine Morsell, ITMA's executive director, said this month's rendition of the semiannual exhibition is expected to be busy, and she added that the show has attracted "quite a few returning members who might have been members of the association in years past who've decided to be back and be visible again."
"We're expecting a strong, positive show once again. We've seen it and felt it the last couple of Showtimes as the momentum has changed and we expect it to continue," she said.
The Showtime Preview lists 158 exhibitors at this week's fair, and show officials expected about 800 buying companies to be in attendance. Many will be attending activities and events sponsored by the show and participating companies. They include:
► The Runway Fashion Show, 6-8 p.m. Monday, in which models take to the catwalk in fashions created from the latest products from sponsoring companies: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics - Sunbrella, High 5, P. Kaufmann, Valdese Weavers and the Victor Group. Outfits and choreography are produced by the Threads student organization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
► The Art of Design II will host receptions 3-5 p.m. daily in Suites at Market Square, 1-884, featuring the talent of artists and designers associated with the home furnishings industry as well as local artisans. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
► The International Market Centers will host the International Pavilion at Showtime reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Suites at Market Square. Twenty-one new companies from Turkey, Taiwan and China will be welcomed. The IMC also will sponsor Suite Libations from 4-6 p.m. daily at locations through the Suites at Market Square.
Company events included the De Leo Textiles 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. in the company's showroom on the second floor of the Market Square Textile Tower; and an event sponsored by Valdese following the fashion show, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Market Tower.
Educational events include "Inspirations for Swarovski Elements: Spring/Summer 2013," presented by Jane Matteson at 10 a.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday; and "Liking, Pinning & Tagging - from A to Z," by Web4Retail on Monday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m., with presenters Sev Ritchie and Denise Keniston. Both events will be on the top floor of Suites at Market Square at the end of the 1-900/1-1000 aisle.
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