It’s a season of change on the trade show circuit. A number of events are overhauling their concepts and shifting dates to keep an edge on the competition and better serve the needs of the industry. Organizers also are stepping up their digital efforts with new online and mobile platforms designed to enhance the show experience and foster connections between exhibitors and buyers.
Here, Footwear News presents a guide to the domestic and international events slated for the first six months of the year.
Jan. 11-14; June 14-17 Riva del Garda Exhibition Center, Riva del Garda, Italy
Jan. 12-14 Pier 92, New York
March 9-11 Javits Convention Center, New York
Jan. 12-14; March 16-18; June 8-10
California Market Center, Los Angeles
Running in conjunction with L.A. Fashion Market, Transit will showcase more than 100 footwear and accessories collections, among them Steve Madden, Splendid, Frye and Chinese Laundry. Transit will introduce a series of trend and blogger lounges, mixers and seminars designed to highlight footwear brands exclusive to the West Coast.
The Metropolitan New York Footwear, Apparel & Accessories Marketplace
Jan. 13-14; March 18-19 Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, N.J.
Jan. 13-16; March 24-27; June 9-12 Crocus Expo, Moscow
Jan. 14-15 Postbahnhof, Berlin
Jan. 17-19 (men’s) Cité de la Mode, Paris
Feb. 28-March 2 (women’s) Espace Tapis Rouge, Paris
Jan. 21-22 (men’s); Feb. 22-24 (women’s) Basketball City, N.Y.
Feb. 17-19 The Venetian, Las Vegas
Capsule hosts six shows each season in Berlin, Paris, New York and Las Vegas. The New York women’s event will feature an Etsy wholesale marketplace.
Bread & Butter
Jan. 14-16 Airport-Berlin Tempelhof, Berlin
Roughly 115 footwear brands will exhibit at Bread & Butter’s upcoming January show, titled “Ich Bin Ein Berliner [I am a Berliner].” The German show will shake things up in July, debuting a new format that will extend the event to five days, with the first day reserved solely for the press; the second and third devoted to professional visitors; and the last two days open to the public.
Windy City Shoe Travelers Club Chicago Shoe Market
Jan. 15-16; Feb. 26-27 Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.
Jan. 16-18; June 26-28 Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
Jan. 18-20 Palais de la Bourse, Paris
Boston Shoe Travelers Association
Jan. 19-20 Holiday Inn, Boxborough, Mass.
Feb. 23-25 Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H.
Jan. 21-23 Pier 94, New York
Feb. 18-20 Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
Project this season will introduce Ten of Tomorrow, a special showcase of 10 of the most innovative new brands. The New York show will feature the second edition of Project Sole NYC, focused exclusively on men’s footwear. Roughly 50 brands will exhibit, alongside Project’s apparel offerings.
Jan. 22-23 82 Mercer St., New York
Feb. 17-19 Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas
Agenda’s two-day New York event brings together the top men’s brands in the street, skate, sneaker and California lifestyle categories. The Las Vegas show will be staged as part of Modern Assembly, a gathering of 2,500 clothing and accessories vendors.
Jan. 22-25 Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City
OR will debut Discover New @ OR, a digital product platform showcase located within the New Product Zone that will highlight a selection of brand product images in an interactive format. The popular Outdoor University seminar program will cover topics including “Digital Technology: Friend or Foe to the Outdoor Industry” and “Seamless Multichannel Retailing.” The trade show will host an opening-night industry party, featuring a performance by 1980s cover band Flashback Heart Attack.
Jan. 25-28 Porte de Versailles, Paris
India International Leather Fair
Feb. 1-3 Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai, India
Feb. 5-7; June 5-7 Hilton New York Hotel & member showrooms, New York
FFANY in January will launch its E-Learning program, a series of online shoemaking courses held in partnership with Milan’s Ars Sutoria school. In addition, the show will roll out FFANY 365, an online wholesale marketplace connecting vendors and buyers.
Kentucky Shoe Buying Mart
Feb. 9-10 DoubleTree Suites, Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 9-10 Embassy Suites San Francisco Waterfront, Burlingame, Calif.
Feb. 9-11 London Olympia, London
KSA Los Angeles Children’s Show
Feb. 11-12 DoubleTree Hotel Los Angeles Westside, Culver City, Calif.
The Atlanta Shoe Market
Feb. 13-15 Cobb Galleria Centre & Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta
Celebrating 70 years in business, The Atlanta Shoe Market will host a series of special events at its upcoming February show, including a Colour & Trends breakfast presentation; a forecast seminar titled “What’s Hot or Not for Fall ’14;” and a complimentary cocktail party and casino night.
MOMAD Metropolis (Simm & Modacalzado + Iberpiel)
Feb. 14-16 Feria de Madrid, Madrid
Feb. 17-19 Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas
March 23-24 Miami Airport Convention Center/Doubletree, Miami
WSA @ Magic
Feb. 17-20 Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Las Vegas
Opening one day in advance of Magic’s other shows, WSA @ Magic will focus on fast-fashion footwear vendors. Retailers attending the event can enter a raffle to win a trip for two to Hawaii.
Magic Market Week
Feb. 18-20 Las Vegas & Mandalay Bay Convention Centers, Las Vegas
Advanstar’s Magic Market Week encompasses shows including FN Platform, WWDMagic, Project, ENK Vegas Women’s, Project Men’s, WSA @ Magic and Sourcing at Magic. To connect with brands before, during and after the event, attendees can utilize Magic’s interactive digital showroom platform, Shop the Floor, which is now operational year-round.
Feb. 18-20 Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Las Vegas
FN Platform, now in its fifth year, will welcome a number of new exhibitors, among them Catherine Malandrino, Wolverine, Zooligans, Lucchese and Von Dutch. The show’s opening-night party will feature a live performance by 1970s soul group The Commodores. In partnership with Portland, Ore.-based footwear design school Pensole, FN Platform will showcase a design competition in which students create product for brands including Skechers and Steve Madden.
Première Vision/Indigo/Modamont/Le Cuir à Paris
Feb. 18-20 Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris
Feb. 23-25 Javits Convention Center, New York
Located in the heart of the Coterie apparel show, ENK’s Sole Commerce will focus on women’s fashion footwear vendors. New exhibitors include Carmen Marc Valvo, Free People and Kenneth Cole.
Toronto Shoe Show
Feb. 23-25 Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto
Children’s Great Event Shoe Show
Feb. 24-26 Marriott-Teaneck Glenpointe, Teaneck, N.J.
Feb. 28-March 3 Jardin des Tuileries, Paris
Feb. 28-March 3 Palais de la Bourse, Carrousel du Louvre & Montaigne, Paris
Michigan Shoe Market
March 2-3 Embassy Suites Hotel, Livonia, Mich.
Shoe Market of the Americas
March 2-4; June 29-July 1
Miami Airport Convention Center & DoubleTree Airport Hotel, Miami
March 2-5 Fiera Milano, Milano-Rho, Italy
March 24-26 Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai
The Micam will once again collaborate with Rolling Stone on several music-themed events, including a showcase of iconic rock ’n’ roll footwear looks and a competition for up-and-coming designers. The show also plans to partner with several international fashion schools to highlight student work in a series of runway shows and exhibits. During a special presentation on the evening of March 3, organizers will unveil Micam’s new format and positioning, which will roll out for the spring ’15 market beginning on Aug. 31.
March 2-5 Fiera Milano, Milano-Rho, Italy
NE Materials Show
March 4-5 DoubleTree Hotel, Danvers, Mass.
Northwest Shoe Travelers
March 7-9 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, Minn.
March 11-13 Bologna Exhibition
Centre, Bologna, Italy
NW Materials Show
March 12-13 Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore.
March 12-14 Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, Düsseldorf, Germany
GDS’ March event will showcase more than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries. The edgy Design Attack area, focused on up-and-coming designers and brands, will mark its 20th anniversary with an alpine-inspired theme. Looking ahead, the German fair is set to unveil a completely format at its spring ’15 market, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 1.
Poliforum León Convention & Exhibition Center, León, Guanajuato, Mexico
March 31-April 2
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
National Bridal Market Chicago
April 5-7 The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
New York International Bridal Week
April 11-13 Pier 92, New York
May 5-7 Piers 92 & 94, New York
Atlanta Fashion Shoe Market
June 11-12 Embassy Suites Hotel, Atlanta
The Running & Fitness Event for Women
June 30-July 2 Navy Pier & W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago
Formula4 Media, organizers of The Running Event, will launch a new business-to-business show dedicated to the women’s athletic category.