Buyers from the U.S. and around the globe attending the summer Las Vegas Market had 54 new permanent showrooms, several major expansions, nearly 150 new-to-market exhibitors and numerous show-only specials to engage them with new product introductions, trending designs and West Coast exclusives, said show host International Market Centers.
The ability of retailers and designers to buy across home furnishings and gift designs and pricepoints was noteworthy given the demanding retail landscape, IMC noted. The market provided more than five million square feet of permanent and temporary exhibit space dedicated to furniture, home décor, gift, housewares, gourmet, seasonal, tabletop, handmade and apparel exhibitors.
New gift exhibitors aligned with key retail trends and focused on in-demand categories such as gourmet, housewares, stationery, personal care and spa, seasonal, handmade and artisanal. The summer market offered more than 750 housewares resources, highlighted by a debut demonstration program and product launches by Le Creuset, Viabella, among others.
In the C Building, a new showcase of gift and seasonal products featured new launches. Additional new showrooms open for market included Kiss That Frog, Be Home, Badash Crystal and Torre Tagus, bringing C1 and C11 near full occupancy. Temporary home décor and gift exhibitors in the Pavilions noted positive buyer response to product resources offered in several key categories including Handmade, Design Home, Home and Discoveries, an antique and vintage furnishings buyers’ destination.
“Buyers at summer market were here to buy,” said Robert Maricich, IMC CEO. “Summer is typically a bit slower than winter market, but with the industry growing at 3% to 4%, a strong housing market and year-over-year retail sales growth for home and gift, manufacturers took advantage of the positive state of the industry and rolled out new products to entice buyers to fill their assortments for the coming season. Those that did, had a great market.”