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SATRA will be exhibiting at the ANPIC fair for the first time this November to further increase its connections with the North & Latin American footwear industries. The ANPIC fair has grown to become one of the largest finished footwear, materials and components exhibitions in the world attracting more than 13,000 visitors from across the globe to the 1100 companies exhibiting.
SATRA will be exhibiting at both the NE and the NW Apparel & Footwear Materials Shows, in Massachusetts and Oregon respectively in March 2014.
The NE Apparel & Footwear Materials Show – held at the Double Tree Hotel North shore in Danvers, Massachusetts – is a well-focused sourcing event incorporating around 100 booths from local, national, and international vendors.
According to the organizers, the exhibition attracts many visitors from local brands, such as Rockport, Timberland, Puma, Converse, and New Balance, as well as other nationally based footwear and apparel companies. The NE Show’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes a popular event for networking.
The second event is the NW Apparel & Footwear Materials Show, held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland the following week. This is the long-established predecessor to the NE Show, and is considerably larger, housing more than 190 booths from local, national, and international vendors. Having first opened in 1994 as an extension of the annual Nike Vendors Fair, the exhibition reportedly attracts visitors from many West Coast brands, such as Nike, adidas, Brooks Running, Columbia, Lacrosse, Oakley, and American Sporting Goods.
As other similar events are losing momentum and, in some cases have ceased altogether, the NE and NW Shows appear to be growing in popularity, with a noticeable increase in both attendees and exhibitors.
The next NE Show is on March 4-5 2014, followed by the NW Show on March 12-13. For more information from the organizer, please visit www.americanevents.com or contact SATRA’s North American Business Manager, James Corton (email@example.com).
The MAGIC Market Place is one of the USA’s biggest trade events in the international fashion industry. This growing fair is held twice a year (in February and August) in the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It attracts exhibitors and visitors from around the world who are looking to source apparel, footwear, and accessories from well-known brands and niche designers.
Each subsequent show is said to be growing larger, with more exhibitors and attendees, and an increasing floor space to house them. The footwear area of the show – known as ‘FN Platform’ – is a fairly recent addition to the already-established MAGIC line-up, and offers the chance to source footwear and clothing together under one roof. This addition also now incorporates the WSA show, which organizers claim is the country’s largest footwear and materials sourcing show.