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Denver: SIA Snow Show – Snow Sports Trade Show

The SIA Snow Show also goes by Snow Sports Trade Show.  SnowSports Industries America has been providing support, research data, marketing products, government affairs representation and participation programs for 60 years. New this year at the SIA Snow Show were seminars geared to sourcing, production and design.  Sourcing Snow (no, they weren’t talking about sourcing the white powdery stuff itself) welcomed over 50 key raw material leaders from all over the world, with their textile and sourcing services.  Trending colors, materials and innovation gather in one place to drive snow sports apparel and accessories. Production professionals met face to face with exhibitors to streamline the buying process during the Snow Show.  The show gathers all the key players in the snow sports category. The addition of a targeted supplier show makes it the largest and most concentrated trade event in the industry.  Okay, all together: “There’s no business… Like snow business…”   #SIA15demo

Salt Lake City: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market had them stamping the metaphorical snow off their boots, and lining up to meet leading winter sports equipment retailers, manufacturers and outdoor industry professionals. Delegates could discover new winter sports products, apparel and gear at the leading winter sports market business-to-business trade event, the OR Winter Market. This popular outdoor gear trade show featured the best of the winter sports market, geared so that leading outdoor industry manufacturers could introduce winter sports products — oh,  and summer outdoor products too, come to mention it. Attracting thousands of buyers, top winter and summer sports manufacturers and the newest innovative outdoor kit, this outdoor market was the place to be.  The show attracted thousands of buyers and senior level decision-makers looking for winter sports equipment, specific products, services, brands, fresh ideas, apparel launches, and outdoor innovation.  No snow job, this…!  #Orshow

Cologne: Kind + Jugend

Kind und Jugend (kids and youngsters, more or less, if your German’s a little rusty) is billed as the leading international trade fair for the baby and toddler outfitting sector in Europe.  Kind + Jugend 2014 could claim to span around 100,000 square meters of exhibition space, and played host to more than 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world, showing their wares to over 20,000 trade visitors from 110 countries.   The supporting program included numerous lectures, the Innovation Area and designers’ presentations, with a primarily focus on trends in babywear and kids’ apparel.  There was an impressive range of peripheral kid-oriented products aside from the clothes:  things like car seats, furniture, safety indoors & outdoors,  shoes, dolls, wooden & cuddly toys, electronic & acoustic toys & games, prams, buggies, joggers…  In all cases there was a careful focus on product safety & certification.  Now, what’s the German word for ear-muffs…?

Orlando: Surf Expo

Surf’s up, dudes…. And if you’re wondering where you were at, Surf Expo was (and is) “the longest-running and largest boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world”.  (Try saying that with your mouth full of Cheetos).  This awesome boardfest drew buyers from specialty stores across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show featured approximately 2,600 booths of apparel and hardgoods, and a full line-up of special events including fashion shows, annual awards ceremonies and demos.  Buyer and exhibitor turnout exceeded 26,000 attendees including retailers, exhibitors and media.  Okay, surfer girl, let’s karaoke our favorite Beach Boys classic:  “Little surfer, little one, Made my heart come all undone…”

Beyond-The-Booth Las Vegas: AFAN Black & White Ball #BWParty26

A few pics from about the festivities of the annual Black & White ball held at the Hard Rock hotel on August 25. Money raised from this event goes directly to the Las Vegas Chapter of AFAN, a non-profit set up to assist those with HIV & Aids. In typical Las Vegas fashion, anything goes from tuxedos & ball gowns to body paint.

Las Vegas: Fashion Week- MAGIC Kid Show Curve NV PGA Summer & The Project Show

Vegas: Electric Daisy Carnival Day 2/3: EDC2012

I combined days 2 & 3 of the EDC 2012 (Electric Daisy Carnival) as due to safety reasons, the show was shut down around 130am. Kudos to the organizers for going Safety First and greed last. While the 1 day holders for Saturday were disappointed, the organizers,Insomniac Productions, stepped up to offer free admission on Sunday for Saturday ticket holders. Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Marquee Beach club waived their $20.00/day admission charge to Saturday night ticket holders and had a HUGE party for those who wanted to Rave On with DJ Kaskade.

Sunday 130K strong came to close out the party with no winds, great temp and music that lasted until dawn. Thanks to all the attendees to EDC for being so well behaved and knowing that dancing the night away is so much more fun than sitting in a corner asleep. on to 2013.