By Lauren Parker, Editor-In-Chief, Accessories Magazine
and Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council
Accessories Magazine and The Accessories Council would like to clarify the accessories market dates for 2018 and explain the shifts.
The accessories market is a dynamic and diverse collection of categories, price points and brands. Collectively, the accessories industry represents luxury, mainstream, specialty and mass distributed products. One thing is clear: there is no perfect set of market week dates that serve all the diverse needs of our broad industry, but we are working to unify the markets in the most mutually beneficial ways.
Over the years, many retailers have consolidated, buying patterns have changed and everyone is reevaluating their businesses, including the trade shows. When UBM Fashion acquired “AccessoriesTheShow” and Accessories Magazine to join their other accessories and ready-to-wear shows, they reorganized their schedule to offer dates and timing that reflected the feedback of thousands of retail show attendees and accessories and ready-to-wear exhibitors. UBM Fashion is the largest B2B fashion and accessories trade show producer in the world.
The accessories shows are now aligned with other markets that UBM feels offer the best possible option for most wholesalers and retailers. The Accessories Council is on board with this shift for its synergies with the ready-to-wear markets and hopes to see more senior level executive attendance during markets. In addition, the Council just announced it would shift its ACE Awards to align with the newly added June Market [UBM has added a new marketplace in June featuring Coterie, AccessorieCircuit@Coterie, AccessoriesTheShow, POOLTRADESHOW, Fame and Moda].
For those who sell larger chains and stores and are used to following the old market schedule, we’ve added in full market weeks to round out the show weeks, as well as some weeks to accommodate buying in between the UBM shows. Larger brands who need to get holiday orders wrapped up before the June market will still show in May. Our conclusion? No matter what the show dates are, you will need to be ready to show when your customers call.
Below, Accessories Magazine and the Accessories Council has created an Accessories Market Guide to help navigate the 2018 options and UBM’s New York accessories shows when makes most sense for your business.
NEW 2018 TRADESHOW CALENDAR
January 7-9: NY Women’s & Children’s
Shows: ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT, INTERMEZZO COLLECTIONS, ACCESSORIES THE SHOW, FAME, MODA, CHILDREN’S CLUB
January 21-23: NY Men’s
Shows: PROJECT, MRKET
February 5-8: Open Showrooms: Fall Handbag & Accessories, Cold Weather, 7/25 start ship
February 12 – 14*: MAGIC Las Vegas
Shows: FN PLATFORM, WWDMAGIC, THE TENTS, PROJECT, PROJECT WOMENS, STITCH @ PROJECT WOMENS, THE COLLECTIVE, POOLTRADESHOW, CURVE LAS VEGAS, CHILDREN’S CLUB MAGIC, SOURCING at MAGIC*, FOOTWEAR SOURCING at MAGIC*
*SOURCING at MAGIC opens February 11
February 26 – 28*: NY Women’s & Children’s – Fashion Week Market
Shows: COTERIE, STITCH @ COTERIE, SOLE COMMERCE, FAME, MODA, CHILDREN’S CLUB*
* CHILDREN’S CLUB opens Sunday, February 25
May 7-11: Open Showrooms: Fall and Holiday Market (start ship dates 10/25). Last-minute summer immediates.
June 10 – 12: NY Women’s – Pre-Collections Market
Shows: COTERIE*, ACCESSORIES THE SHOW, FAME, MODA
*ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT is now a neighborhood within COTERIE.
June 11: Accessories Council ACE Awards / Accessories Hall of Fame
July 22 – 24: NY Men’s & Women’s – Dual-Gender Market
Shows: PROJECT WOMENS*, ACCESSORIES THE SHOW, FAME, MODA, PROJECT, MRKET
*ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT is now a neighborhood within PROJECT WOMENS.
August 5 – 7: NY Children’s Club
Show: CHILDREN’S CLUB
August 5-8: Open Showrooms: Spring Accessories, 1/25 start ship
August 13 – 15*: MAGIC Las Vegas
Shows: FN PLATFORM, WWDMAGIC, THE TENTS, PROJECT, PROJECT WOMENS, STITCH @ PROJECT WOMENS, THE COLLECTIVE, POOLTRADESHOW, CURVE LAS VEGAS, CHILDREN’S CLUB MAGIC, SOURCING at MAGIC*, FOOTWEAR SOURCING at MAGIC
* SOURCING at MAGIC opens August 12
September 15 – 17: NY Women’s – Fashion Week Market
Shows: COTERIE, STITCH @ COTERIE, SOLE COMMERCE, FAME, MODA, SOURCING@COTERIE
November 5-9: Open Showrooms: Spring and Summer Market (start ship dates 3/25-4/25)
The Jacob Javits Center will continue to be UBM Fashion’s New York home base, and MAGIC in Las Vegas will continue to take place at the Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas Convention Centers.