Informa Markets, Clarion and Tarsus Band Together to Move February Fashion Shows to Orlando
Every winter in Las Vegas, buyers and sellers in the fashion industry typically converge for a week filled with a series of trade shows held throughout the city.
This February, however, due to the continued uncertainty organizers face on when they will be able to hold their shows in Las Vegas, three of the largest for-profit companies have banded together to move their events to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center Feb. 9-11.
The collaboration between Informa Markets Fashion’s newly announced MAGIC Pop Up Orlando; a women’s and men’s apparel, accessories and footwear event - with US-based fashion tradeshows Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN); a womenswear fashion and accessories trade event - and OFFPRICE; serving the affordable apparel, accessories and footwear sector - is an answer to the industry’s call for a much-needed, comprehensive physical buying event in the first half of 2021.
“Connecting face-to-face and tactile experiences are key components to how the fashion industry does business – it’s more important than ever for key events players to unite and work together to deliver on the needs of our brands and buyers in the safest, most thoughtful, and effective manner,” said Kelly Helfman, commercial president of Informa Markets Fashion.
She added, “At the same time, we realize that this is potentially the first time that our brands and buyers are coming together again and as such, safety and comfort are driving our strategic approach in event planning and execution. We are focused on collectively agreed-upon measures that can be implemented across all of our shows, while also continually monitoring local and government recommendations.”
Following market disruption in 2020, this joint effort’s aim is to address the industry’s return to in-person experiences, with rigorous safety measures in place, while also driving greater commercial opportunities and business continuity for brands and buyers.
Guided by Informa AllSecure – a detailed set of measures developed collaboratively with industry associations, event organizers and venues - attendees can expect temperature screenings at entry, mask and physical distancing requirements as directed by local and government guidance both on the show floor and in public spaces, as well as continuous sanitization and deep cleaning measures across all shows.
Each of the three events will feature considerate layouts, appointment-driven networking, as well as limited to no-contact registrations and early open hours for at-risk guests.
Buyers can expect to find a curated array of brands across women’s and men’s trend and contemporary apparel, accessories, and footwear categories across multiple price-points including moderate, mass market, value sectors and more.
“The importance of live trade shows and face-to-face meetings has never been greater than now. They are vital for fostering business, progressing industry, and bolstering economic growth. For this reason, we are very much looking forward to this first-time collaboration and bringing the entire fashion community together over the same time period,” said Tricia Barglof, executive director of the OFFPRICE Show.
She added, “By joining forces on the same campus, we, as a fashion community, are stronger together. United by the common aim of reinvigorating the retail industry, OFFPRICE, MAGIC Pop Up Orlando, and WWIN Orlando Showcase will be able to greatly accelerate its recovery post-COVID-19. Therefore, I’d urge everyone to get involved – exhibitors, retailers and venue partners.”
As the chosen venue for the co-location of all three events, the Orange County Convention Center, located in the heart of the Convention Center District and only 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, offers a centralized layout with various hotels, restaurants, and retail within nearby walking distance, limiting transportation for safety purposes.
With state-of-the-art facilities and boasting two event buildings connected by five pedestrian walkways, the February events of MAGIC Pop Up Orlando, WWIN Orlando Showcase and OFFPRICE will take place in the West Concourse, which has convenient hotel adjacencies via pedestrian bridges allowing attendees to walk in fresh air as opposed to taking shared transportation.
"The health and safety of all those who participate is our utmost priority and the Orange County Convention Center provides the perfect venue to gather the market together, with a campus-like property and space to accommodate proper social distancing. It’s also in close outdoor walking proximity to hotels and restaurants, therefore limiting the need for shuttles - among other additional benefits,” said Desiree Hanson, executive vice president, Clarion Events, WWIN Shows.
Further details on travel and accommodations, along with competitively discounted rate options offered by each show, will be announced in the coming weeks.