There are lots of new ways to be inspired at this season’s FN Platform show. Art installations, on-the spot beauty sessions and the work of up-and-coming designers are among the offerings on the show floor.
Also, suggests Leslie Gallin, president of footwear for UBM Advanstar, parent of FN Platform, “chill down, have a drink and network with customers and comrades” at the Opening Night Concert, which includes a performance by the band World Classic Rockers. The following is a list of highlighted events Aug. 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Level 1.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
French art installation
Watch French graffiti artist Huit, known for his colorful, urban street work, create custom art.
New Exhibitors Show floor entrance
Start out shopping with a sneak peek of brands never before seen at the show, including Tiannia Barnes, Becki Coackley, Anniel, Frou Frouz, Fringe by Ella & Rubi and Chelsea Paris.
Espadrilles from Spain
Craftswomen from Cárvacas, Spain, will be demonstrating the art of espadrille-making.
Hush Puppies Decades Display Show floor entrance
Hush Puppies, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, will take showgoers on a walk through the decades with its limitededition collection of iconic men’s styles.
Mobile Beauty Team hair and makeup touch-ups
Enjoy a complimentary beauty session courtesy of the on-demand beauty service website mobilebeautyteam.com.
Made in Italy Pavilion
Shop a range of trend-driven Italian footwear.
French Footwear Association Pavilion
Booths 80423-80424, 80523
Federation Francaise de la Chaussure has assembled a range of brands with French-made footwear.
Pensole Footwear Design Academy
Booth 82500 Exclusive
FN Platform sneaker creations by students of the academy.
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Concert
Members from legendary bands Steppenwolf, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and Boston will perform.
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Make-a-Wish Miles and National Shoe Travelers donation event
NST is working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to collect unused frequent-fl yer miles and turn them into plane tickets for children and their families to fulfill special wishes.
2 p.m.-3 p.m.
5 on 5 with FN
Footwear News brings together fi ve of the footwear industry’s top players for an open discussion on embracing the new consumer.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Awards will be given for “Best New Exhibitor,” “Most Innovative Booth Interior” and “Most Creative Use of Exhibit Space.”