Textile event adds to event schedule

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 1, 2013 – Celebrating the 47th textile market, Summer Showtime 2013 is set for June 2-5.

Social Events

As always, there are many networking opportunities at Showtime, giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to relax, mingle and network in an informal atmosphere. Events are free to all, and welcome everyone.

Sunday, June 2, International Market Centers is hosting the “International Pavilion at Showtime” reception at 4:00 p.m. in the Suites at Market Square.  Join us in welcoming the new companies from India, Taiwan, and China.

Monday, June 3, celebrates its reception with a “Runway Fashion Show,” from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Suites at Market Square.  Participating sponsors include DeLeo Textiles, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics – Sunbrella, High 5, Home Secrets, Keystone Weaving Mills, Inc., P. Kaufmann Fabrics, and Valdese Weavers Inc.  Models will take to the catwalk in fashions created from the latest articles introduced by the participating companies.  Outfits and choreography are all produced by University of North Carolina – Greensboro’s Threads Department.  Join in celebration with food, drinks and music.

International Market Centers will be sponsoring the “Suite Libations” each evening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  This is located throughout the Suites at Market Square.  Stop by and say hello to old friends with a refreshing drink.

Educational Events

Monday, June 3, Showtime kicks off bright and early with Breakfast at Showtime from 7-8a.m., a Made in USA panel discussion hosted by Fabrics & Furnishings International.

Panel moderated by Eric Schneider, editor and publisher of Fabrics & Furnishings International and features: Julie Morris, Vice President, Merchandising, Calico; Rocco Simone, Business Development Specialist, Sunbury Textiles Mills; Claudine Simone, merchandising director Henredon Furniture; Stan Fradin, President, Rockland Mills, Inc.; Darren Fradin, Vice President, Marketing, Rockland Mills, Inc.; Bob McKinnon consultant, Keystone Weaving Mills, Inc.

RSVP: cmorsell@itmashowtime.com

Showtime attendees will also have the opportunity to attend presentations by CeCe Design Group, Furniture/ Today and Home Textiles Today, Swarovski Elements and web4retail.

To begin sponsored by Furniture/Today and Home Textiles Today; “US Market Trends and Color Direction for 2013-2014”, Monday, June 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Secondly “Inspirations for Swarovski Elements: Spring/Summer 2014,” presented by Jane Matteson will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3; and at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is the premium brand for the finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski.  The designers’ choice since the founding of the company in 1895, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS provides creative talents from the fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior design and lighting industries with the latest on-trend innovations.  The in-house team of highly qualified trend and design experts develops four SWAROSKI ELEMENTS Inspirational Directions for each fashion season. See what our in-depth research and analysis gathered from around the world reveals.

A third educational seminar presented by Cathy Valent of  CeCe Design Group on Monday, June 3 at 12:00 noon and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4. A collective color trend overview featuring TrendPulse’s “Retail Round-Up: What you need to know for Spring Home Interiors” and Design Options: “The West Coast Point of View on Color and Home trends for Fall 2014”.

And lastly a social media seminar titled “Pinterest, The New Retail Therapy” will be presented by web4retail on Monday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m., and again on Tuesday, June 4 at 12:00 noon.  Presenters Sev Ritchie and Denise Keniston invite all for a discussion on the role Internet Marketing and Social Media play in the retail process.

All presentations will take place on the top floor of the Suites at Market Square 1-200 / 1-300 aisles.

BACKGROUND

Founded in 1990, ITMA is a non-profit trade association, consisting of mills, converters, tanneries and trimming manufacturers that supply decorative coverings for the home furnishings industry, whose main objective is to stimulate growth and development within the home furnishings industry.  Showtime boasts the most extensive presentation of fabric, leather and trimmings in the Western Hemisphere.

More than 800 buying companies attend Showtime from such markets as:

  1. Furniture and other home furnishings manufacturers
  2. Apparel and costuming
  3. Decorative accessory manufacturers
  4. Department stores
  5. Fabric retailers
  6. Furniture manufacturers
  7. Handbag manufacturers
  8. Fashion accessory manufacturers
  9. Workroom suppliers
  10. Window coverings
  11. Linen rental
  12. Lampshades
  13. Hospitality – hotels, resorts, et al
  14. Interior designers
  15. Jobbers
  16. Mail order catalogs
  17. Marine – boats, yachts, et al
  18. Outdoor and casual furniture
  19. Top of the bed
  20. Decorative pillows and other soft goods
  21. Transportation – recreational vehicles

The next Showtime takes place December 8-11, 2013, with the following June 1-4, 2014.

Further information about Showtime, ITMA, and ITMA Educational Foundation visit www.Showtime-Market.com, or contact us: info@itmashowtime.com, (336) 885-6842.