5 Minutes With UBM Advanstar’s Leslie Gallin

We spent 5 minutes with Leslie Gallin, president of footwear at UBM Advanstar. Here, she talks new brands to watch and the FN Platform scene.

What excites you most about the new exhibitors?

“Some are heritage brands that are relaunching, and others are new, with fresh approaches. I hope retailers take the time to visit the new brands. You never know … the next [breakout star] could be on the floor.”

Biggest show update?

“Ensuring that we create robust neighborhoods. It’s like having a good dinner party… so that those who are seated at the table have things in common. Retailers being able to shop for similar products in one location is key to the efficient use of everyone’s time.”

Favorite brands to follow on social?

“As a good mother would say, all of our kids are unique and offer interesting views of their designs.”

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