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April 2011

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April 2011
Volume 19, Issue 3

1. TFI New Labels® Finalists And Emcee Announced
2. Rogue Designers Show Pre-Fashion Week
3. Upcoming TFI Events
4. Share Your News With TFI
5. Thank You Donors
6. Scene & Heard
7. Top Picks
8. Fashion Calendar
1. TFI New Labels® Finalists And Emcee Announced
Three up-and-coming Canadian designers will advance to the the final runway challenge of the TFI New Labels® Fashion Design Competition taking place at the Design Exchange in Toronto on Thursday, April 14th at 6pm.

Cheer for Calgary's CAITLIN POWER (centre), Toronto's Golnaz Ashtiani of Ashtiani (far right) and Nikki Wirthensohn of NARCES (left) as they compete for a grand prize valued at $40,000, which includes a $10,000 cash prize from the Toronto Fashion Incubator, a feature editorial in FLARE magazine and an opportunity to design an outfit for Sears womenswear.

CAITLIN POWER is a luxury womenswear label based in Calgary, Alberta, dedicated to timeless sophistication, superior craftsmanship and avant-garde tailoring. Each collection fuses the classic and clean with the designer's signature use of leather, silks and wools. Caitlin Power has participated in the 2010 White Cashmere Collection, Calgary PARK show, Edmonton Fashion Week and Lethbridge Fashion Weekend. The collection is available at Mealan in Calgary, The Velvet Room Boutique in Vancouver and online at www.ukumaku.com.

Synonymous with luxury and modernism, Ashtiani is a contemporary Canadian brand based in Toronto. The Ashtiani look features innovative cutting and experimental shapes, focussing heavily on construction and quality fabrics such as fine wools and leather. Its fall New Labels® collection is inspired by the bold, artistic style and vivid paintings of Tamara de Lempicka. Designer Golnaz Ashtiani studied design at the London College of Fashion in the U.K. For more information, please visit www.ashtiani.co.uk.

Nikki Wirthensohn is the principal designer for NARCES, a Toronto-based womenswear line that specializes in after-five and eveningwear. Wirthensohn, a proud Canadian who was born in Austria and raised in Iran and England, says "There's nowhere else in the world where I would love for my career in fashion to launch other than in Canada." Her premiere collection features lace, silk and wool in dresses and evening coats inspired by the beauty of Moscow in the winter. Wirthensohn has participated in Pure, a fashion trade show in London, U.K., and is listed with independent stockists in the U.K.

Event emcee Liz West has been bringing television viewers across Canada a close-up look at the biggest names in showbiz, whether backstage with Bono, onset with Ellen DeGeneres or rocking the red carpet with George Clooney. You know her as the Entertainment Specialist from Citypulse @ 6, the host of Star! At The Movies, the entertainment reporter for Star! Daily and entertainment host for Gate 5 Live. As well, West has co-hosted specials such as the TIFF Star! Schmooze, Citytv's New Year's Eve Bash and Live! At the Genies along with regular guest appearances on Breakfast Television. A mother of two with a passion for her community, West recently campaigned for City Councillor, Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth, narrowly trailing an entrenched incumbent. She was named Toronto Sun Readers Choice Favorite Entertainment Personality in 2006 and 2007.

Please join us for an evening of fun and excitement on April 14th. The event includes a pre-show reception featuring Wines of Argentina and Peroni beer, smartwater, hors d'oeuvres from Eatertainment and a chance to win a $450 door prize donated by Rowenta Canada, the official backstage sponsor. "We're thrilled to partner with TFI for the New Labels Fashion Show," says Rowenta brand manager Humaira Lasi. "Rowenta contributes to the impeccable styling of each garment in the show by providing the best possible backstage tools. It's bound to be a fun night of fabulous fashion."

Take home the latest issue of FLARE magazine and a fabulous P&G Beauty & Grooming gift bag. Get your tickets today at TFI Shop and don't miss the exciting finale of the New Labels® competition! Net event proceeds will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

New Labels® is generously sponsored by:
Media sponsor FLARE, Exclusive Beauty sponsor Pantene ProV, CoverGirl, Olay, Sears, CCR Solutions, City of Toronto, Design Exchange, Salon Daniel, Eatertainment, Backstage sponsor Rowenta, Consulate General of Argentina Toronto, Peroni and smartwater

2. Rogue Designers Show Pre-Fashion Week
by Susan Langdon

Unofficially kicking off Toronto's fashion show schedule, almost two weeks ahead of LG Fashion Week, several designers presented their fall 2011 collections; many with help from big sponsors and backers.

Patricia O'Connor and Claire Warwick of Penicullus Bellum showed a focussed collection of mostly black leather and fur-accented cashmere coats and separates for men and women. The event was held at The Spoke Club in Toronto on March 16 and attracted a youthful following of fashion bloggers, media and industry insiders. Penicullus Bellum luxury coats and jackets range from $800 to $1,300 and are currently available through custom order. Photo: Heather Loney, Global News

Philip Sparks followed suit with a showing of his men's and womenswear collections on March 21 at the Burroughs Building. In his typical buttoned-down style, tailored suits and separates in muted neutrals and plaids were deftly cut in lightweight wools, cottons and silks. But perhaps one of the more novel aspects of Sparks’ event involved audience participation with many bloggers and media using complimentary Olympus cameras to document the show. Olympus, once the presenting sponsor of New York fashion Week, was the sponsor of Sparks’ show.

Marking a victorious return to fashion and the catwalk after a two-year absence was TFI resident alumnus Arthur Mendonça. Anxiously anticipating what the designer would reveal, celebrities, buyers and editors, sporting hard hats and stilettos, sipped tea and nibbled cupcakes in the under-construction Trump Hotel and Tower in Toronto on March 25. The crowd was not disappointed. His work displayed a noticeable maturity and sophistication. Mendonça’s glamorous collection of tailored trench coats, separates and eveningwear channelled 1970s’ muses such as Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton and Lisa Taylor. Yves Saint Laurent influences, seen in high-waisted, pleated tuxedo pants, softly tailored blouson tops and décolleté-revealing slinky gowns, were made even more apparent with models sporting floppy felt hats and turbans created by local milliner Lilliput. As reported earlier in TFI News, Mendonça’s new business is being financed by long-time industry special-occasion wear manufacturer Abby Beker of Beker Fashions. Photos below: Dean Anderson








Returning to event sponsor Audi’s downtown showroom in Toronto, design duo Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill presented their Greta Constantine and Ezra Constantine collections of men’s and women’s coats and separates on March 25. Menswear was purposeful, practical and casual, shown mostly in grey and black knits and wools. Initially departing from their sleek and sexy body-conscious cuts for women, the designers played with volume and padding in winter coats, jackets, bustles and dresses in what appeared to be nylon and wool. Die-hard lovers of the designers’ draped jersey dresses weren’t disappointed however; Wong and Pickersgill provided ample red carpet gowns to please retailers and celebrities alike. Photo: Backseat Stylers

Look for news about the business of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris in the next issue of TFI News.

3. Upcoming TFI Events
Get details on TFI's upcoming seminars, events and gatherings:

TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
Thursday, April 14

6:00pm, The Design Exchange, Toronto. Witness the dramatic runway finale of the TFI New Labels® Fashion Design Competition! Your ticket includes:
*Cocktail reception & hors d’oeuvres
*Fashion show
*P&G Beauty & Grooming gift bag & the latest issue of FLARE magazine
*A chance to win a $450 door prize from Rowenta Canada

Financing Your New or Growing Business
Tuesday, May 3

*Financing options
*How to pitch your business plan to funders
*Pros & cons of financing options

Tickets for TFI seminars and events are available at TFI Shop.

TFI Studio Tours
Call & Book a Tour!
Sign up for a brief tour of the TFI facilities and learn how membership benefits can help your business succeed. Call us at 416.971.7117 ext. 31.

4. Share Your News With TFI
Do you have a story you would like to share with like-minded, fashion-loving people around the world? We’re always looking for stories on new store openings, exciting updates from our members and the rest of the fashion community. Send your submissions or press releases to TFI.

5. Thank You TFI Donors
Thank you to our donors for your support of our non-profit organization. Your financial contribution enables TFI to carry on its important work of encouraging job creation and economic development in the community. This month we recognize the following for their kind donations to TFI: Supporter Simona Shnaider. If you like reading TFI News, please make a donation to our non-profit by clicking here.

Donor categories: Contributor, $50 and under; Supporter, $50 to $100; Benefactor, $100 to $500; Patron, $500 and up.

6. Scene & Heard

Denis Gagnon’s Retail Re-Launch
On April 5, Denis Gagnon re-opened his namesake boutique at 170B rue Saint-Paul Ouest in the heart of Old Montreal. Located adjacent to the city's chic Petit Hôtel, Gagnon's latest venture promises to offer his exciting and avant-garde womenswear alongside art and home furnishings by artist Étienne Hotte. Since closing his previous store in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood in 2007, Gagnon has steadily grown his network of collaborations, which include handbag firm Fullum & Holt and Canadian chain store Bedo. For more information, visit www.denisgagnon.ca. For information about Etienne Hotte, visit his website at www.etiennehotte.com.

Tabi Retail Chain Closes
After 30 years in business, Tabi International is closing its 78 retail locations and laying off 600 employees. According to the Financial Post, a proposal filed last summer in Ontario said Tabi had assets of $39.9-million and liabilities of $52-million. Last year, the chain closed 28 underperforming stores citing a poor economy and an overly aggressive expansion as the reasons behind its downsizing. The fashion chain, a division of Ports International, sold casualwear and basics targeted to women 40-plus.

Eco Fashion at The Green Living Show
Twenty of Canada's leading green designers will be featured in the Emerging Designers Boutique and fashion show at The Green Living Show, Canada’s largest consumer trade show for the eco-conscious. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy higher-end clothing made fairly or locally and free of toxic chemicals from designers including Sarah Stevenson, Device Design, Rescued Designs, Miik, Pure Blankz, Aime, Nicole Bridger, Meemoza, Elladora, Croquis, Ressac, So Creative and Sole Fibres. Accessories represented in the 500-sq.-ft. boutique will include Eco Bling, Ecocessories, Lorena Santin-Andrade and Yes Lifestyle Organics, with Sole Rebels providing eco-friendly footwear. The fashion boutique, located at booth 129, is organized by Fashion Takes Action, Canada’s only non-profit fashion industry association whose mission is to help fashion-based businesses become more sustainable, while promoting awareness with consumers. The Green Living Show takes place April 15 to 17 at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto. The Emerging Designers Boutique fashion show takes place on the main stage at 1pm on April 17. Admission, which includes the fashion show, is $12 for adults or FREE with the donation of electronic waste. For more information on Fashion Takes Action, visit www.fashiontakesaction.com.

Hbc and Klaxon Howl’s Retail Collaborations
Designer Matt Robinson of indy Toronto menswear boutique Klaxon Howl has partnered with the Hudson's Bay Company to develop a signature grouping of outerwear and bags made from Hbc's iconic striped wool Point Blanket. The products, which debuted at LG Fashion Week on April 1, will be available this fall in limited quantities at The Hudson's Bay Store and at a soon-to-be-announced Klaxon Howl pop-up shop. The new line has already attracted star power; actor Samuel L. Jackson was photographed backstage at the fashion show wearing one of the Hbc coats.

Montreal Designer Stacey Zhang Opens in Toronto
In early April, Montreal-based womenswear designer Stacey Zhang opened a boutique in Toronto on trendy Queen West between John and Spadina. This is her second stand-alone store; the first is in Montreal. Known for her limited-run collections, using sustainable fabrics such as silk, linen, organic cotton and bamboo, her lines range from flirty dresses to sharp careerwear and feminine casualwear. Visit www.staceyzhang.com for more information.

Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A
Ongoing until July 10, 2011, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum presents a retrospective installation featuring one of the most influential and innovative fashion designers from the last 40 years, Yohji Yamamoto. A visionary known for his avant-garde style, as shown right, this is the Japanese designer’s first major solo show in the UK. It includes more than 80 of his women’s and menswear garments, and central to the exhibit are his iconic works and images, as well as his bespoke textiles, which were made to his specifications by craft’s people in Japan. To celebrate the opening of Yohji Yamamoto, the V&A is offering the public a chance to win an exclusive trip to Paris. The prize includes two front-row seats to see Yamamoto’s spring/summer 2012 collection at Paris Fashion Week, some 30 years after he first showed his collection there. The winner will travel on Eurostar to Paris, and courtesy of Expedia.co.uk, stay in the four-star Hotel Castille Paris, set amongst the fashion boutiques of the Rue Cambon. Enter the contest at http://bit.ly/g3copn.

Wendy Wong's Maison Clothing and Beatrice Holloway Coming to Your TV?
cast and Gossip Girl actress and it-girl Blake Lively may be sporting Canadian-made pieces from TFI resident alumna and designer of Maison Clothing and Beatrice Holloway, Wendy Wong. The designer was recently contacted by the wardrobe department of FOX's hit TV series Glee for 11 styles from Wong’s Beatrice Holloway spring 2011 line, which favours a sweet and feminine feel with vintage details. Meanwhile, Lively, who caught a glimpse of the Maison Clothing collection line sheets while hanging out in the wardrobe department at network station CW, has requested samples for when the show resumes filming in June. Maison Clothing is Wong's more edgy and contemporary line. For more information about Wong's two lines, visit www.maisonclothing.com or www.beatriceholloway.com.

TNT Celebrates 20 Years
Toronto retailer Arie Assaraf, owner of TNT boutiques in Toronto and Montreal, is celebrating 20 years of retailing in 2011 with an expansion at his Hazelton Lanes location. The 18,000-sq.-ft., two-level space offers high-end and contemporary men’s and women’s apparel and accessory brands such as A.L.C., Rag & Bone, Thierry Mugler, The Row and Isabel Marant. For more information visit www.tntfashion.ca/.

Project Wildfire Will Give You $25,000 to Change the World
If you’re between the ages of 19 and 29 and have an idea for a social business (a business that mixes profit-making with social-change-making), then Project Wildfire wants you. Starting April 6, 2011, budding entrepreneurs can upload a 60-to-90-second video of their social business idea to www.projectwildfire.ca. If your video makes it to the finals, you’ll work with the Project Wildfire mentor team to develop a business plan based on your idea. After submitting your business plan and delivering a five-minute pitch to the jury, you could be one of five winners to receive up to $25,000 in funding and a full year of hands-on mentorship and other support to get your social business launched and thriving. Visit the Project Wildfire website at http://projectwildfire.ca/ to find out more about eligibility, pitch criteria, free workshops on entrepreneurship and social enterprise and more. Project Wildfire is a program developed by The Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

Changes and Challenges in Quebec's Retail Industry
A recent survey by PwC’s (formerly PricewaterhouseCooper) Retail and Consumer Goods practice, an arm of the accounting and advisory business services firm, looked at how 18 Quebec fashion retailers are faring in light of major changes in the industry in the past few years. A summary of the survey findings, available at http://bit.ly/gzZ338, indicate that most retailers are doing a good job acknowledging the generational differences of their shoppers, trying to meet the needs of Generation Y while still satisfying baby boomer clients. However when it comes to technology, more than half of the retailers surveyed did not recognize online retailing and the development of commercial apps for smart phones as a major change that would affect how they do business. There was also a similar view regarding the marketing potential of social media with 55.6% of respondents seeing no urgent need to adopt Twitter or Facebook within their organizations. Traditional challenges were seen as more important to retailers such as the ability to attract and retain employees, rising costs of raw materials like cotton, increasing leasing rates and competition from well-known American retailers entering the Quebec market.

Joe Fresh Freshens Scouts Canada Uniform
On March 25, Scouts Canada revealed the new Scouting uniform designed by Joe Fresh, the cheap and chic brand designed by Joseph Mimran for Loblaw Companies Limited. "It’s been more than 20 years since the Scouts uniform was reviewed, and the vision was clear from the outset – the uniform had to reflect not only who Scouts were but also who Scouts are today,” explained Steve Kent, chief commissioner and chair of the board of governors of Scouts Canada. “The new uniform respects the great heritage of Scouts Canada and signals its bright future." Consisting of youth and adult clothing, including polo tees, high-tech fabric tees, yoga pants, and accessories, the redesigned uniform separates
will be available to Scouts starting September 2011 in Scout Shops and online at www.scoutshop.ca. For more information, visit www.scouts.ca/uniformlaunch/media/3.25/pdfs/Scouts_release.pdf.

Oscar de la Renta Launches Fragrance Using Social Media
Designer Oscar de la Renta's newest scent, Esprit d'Oscar, was launched through a simple and elegant Facebook campaign. Fans can “LIKE” Oscar de la Renta on Facebook to receive a fragrance sample. The campaign is simultaneously being carried out on @OscarPRGirl, the house's popular Twitter ambassador, and on Tumblr under the same account name. Esprit d'Oscar, a feminine fragrance with floral-oriental notes, is an update of the house's first scent, which was launched in 1977. It’s the first fragrance being offered since the de la Renta house bought back its fragrance licence in January 2010. Visit http://twitter.com/oscarprgirl and http://oscarprgirl.tumblr.com/.

Jimmy Choo Wants His Namesake Brand Back
Jimmy Choo
, the London-based cobbler from Malaysia, has hired adviser Daniel Stewart to help make a £500-million ($772 million) offer for the accessories brand company bearing his name. Choo hasn’t been part of the company, as owner or designer, since 2000. He founded the company in 1996 with Tamara Mellon, the current chief creative officer, who owns 15 percent of the company’s holdings. Last year, majority-stake owner TowerBrook Capital Partners announced plans to sell its shares. The brand, made famous by the television and film series Sex and The City, has expanded significantly since Choo's exit, with 100 stores in 32 countries.

Bargain Bridal Hits GTA
David’s Bridal
, a 60-year-old, 300-store chain based in Pennsylvania, expanded to two locations in the Greater Toronto Area in March 2011. Located at 1900 Eglinton Ave. E. in Scarborough and in the Meadowvale Shopping Centre in Mississauga, David’s sells off-the-rack, moderately priced wedding dresses ranging from $299 to $1,600 in sizes from 2 to 30W. The one-stop shops also offer dresses for flower girls, mothers-of-the-bride and groom, bridesmaid gowns and bridal accessories.

7. Top Picks

Visionaire magazine’s online counterpart featuring guest columnist Lady Gaga

Check out Kickstarter if you're looking for funding for your creative project

8. Upcoming Events

April 10 – 12, 2011
Location: Toronto Congress Centre
The only show in Canada featuring luggage, handbags, business cases, small leathergoods and accessories. Showcasing over 400 brands with over 1,200 retailers attending. To exhibit or register, visit www.LLHAshow.com.

Art for Women of Baycrest
April 12, 2011
Location: Sunny Choi Gallery, 1046 Queen St. W.
An evening of cocktails, art and jewellery in support of research and innovation in women’s brain health. $25 at the door. RSVP at info@sunnychoigallery.com.

TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Location: The Design Exchange
Get your tickets today in support of the Toronto Fashion Incubator and Canada's fashion stars of tomorrow! 100% of the net proceeds from this star-studded fundraising event will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) a non-profit, community-based organization that provides essential support to fashion entrepreneurs. TICKETS: $60 + tax per person at TFI SHOP.

Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week [FAT]
April 26 – 29, 2011
Location: 99 Sudbury
The sixth annual festival features 50 runway collections from national and international fashion designers, and over 100 visual artists, musicians and performers. Advance tickets: $25 day pass, $70 week pass available at MOOG Audio, 442 Queen St. W., 416.599.6664, and Nathalie-Roze & Co.,1015 Queen St. E., 416.792.1699. Or $30/day at the door. For a complete schedule, visit www.getfat.ca. For more information and for media registration, contact Theresa Micallef, theresa@tenfourpublicity.com.

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Show & Sale
New York City
April 29 – 30, 2011
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Vintage clothing and textiles show; open to the public. For more info, visit www.manhattanvintage.com or call 518.434.4312.

May 1, 2011
Location: Events on the Park
A shopping experience where designer fashions can be purchased at discounted prices. Funds raised from the event will support the Princess Margaret Hospital and its ovarian cancer research. Tickets, $100, are available at http://bit.ly/hVeUtU. For more information, visit www.awearnesscanada.com.

Accessorie Circuit
New York
May 2 – 4, 2011
Location: The Show Piers, 12th Ave. at 55th St.
Trade show featuring juried accessories and footwear for women. To exhibit, visit www.enkshows.com/apps/ac/ for the application form. To register, visit www.enkregistrations.com.

D&A New York
New York
May 2 – 4, 2011
Location: Starret-Lehigh Building & Chelsea Art Museum
Trade show featuring men's and women's fall/winter 2011/2012 ready-to-wear and accessories.
To exhibit, visit www.designersandagents.com/apply_main/ for the application form. Registration for buyers available onsite with presentation of a business card at the registration desk.

Intermezzo Collections
New York
May 2 – 4, 2011
Location: The Show Piers, 12th Ave. at 55th St.
Domestic and international women's ready-to-wear apparel trade show featuring immediate and future deliveries. To exhibit, visit www.enkshows.com/apps/ic/ for the application form. To register, visit www.enkregistrations.com.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week
May 2 – 6, 2011
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal at Sydney’s Circular Quay
Spring/summer 2011 ready-to-wear designer collections. To register to attend, visit rafw.com.au/australia/delegates.

Nouveau Collective
New York
May 3 – 5, 2011
Location: Art Gallery Space, 475 10th Ave. at 36th St.
Trade show featuring women's apparel and accessories. For more information, contact nouveauny@optonline.net.

AccessoriesTheShow New York
New York
May 4 – 6, 2011
Location: Javits Center, 655 West 34th St.
Trade show featuring fall/winter 2011 and immediate spring/summer accessory lines. To exhibit, contact Stacy Samet at stacys@busjour.com. To register, visit www.accessoriestheshow.com/new-york-may-4-6-2011-fallwinter/ for the registration form.

New York
May 4 – 6, 2011
Location: Javits Center, 655 West 34th St.
Trade show featuring junior and young contemporary fall/winter 2011 ready-to-wear lines. To exhibit, contact Amy Nathan at amyn@busjour.com or Kim Synnott at kims@busjour.com for more information. To register, visit www.fameshows.com/immediate-fall-winter/ for the registration form.

Moda Manhattan
New York
May 4 – 6, 2011
Location: Javits Center, 655 West 34th St.
Trade show featuring juried immediate fall/winter 2011 ready-to-wear. To exhibit, contact Dee Gratz-Jones at deej@busjour.com or Vanessa Vanni at vanessav@busjour.com. To register, visit www.modamanhattan.com/new-york-may-4-6-2011-falltransition/ for the registration form.

D&A Los Angeles
Los Angeles
June 13 – 15, 2011
Location: New Mart Building, 127 East 9th St.
Trade show featuring men's and women's fall/winter II and holiday 2011 ready-to-wear and accessories.
To exhibit, visit designersandagents.com/apply_main/ for the application form. Registration for buyers available onsite with presentation of a business card at the registration desk.

Los Angeles
June 13 – 16, 2011
Location: California Market Center, 110 East 9th St. at Main St.
Independent fashion trade event featuring a selection of contemporary, young contemporary and junior apparel and accessory lines for fall II and holiday 2011. To exhibit, visit www.californiamarketcenter.com/markets/focus.php for the application form. Registration for buyers and press available onsite.

Première Vision New York
New York
July 13 – 14, 2011
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building, 125-135 West 18th St.
Textile show for fall/winter 2012/2013. Register online at www.premierevision-newyork.com/index.php.

Project New York
New York
July 17 – 19, 2011
Location: 82 Mercer St.
Contemporary fashion trade show. To exhibit, call 310.857.7500. To register, call 877.554.4834.

MRket/Vanguard New York
July 17 – 19, 2011
Location: Javits Center, 655 West 34th St.
Trade show featuring spring/summer 2012 menswear collections. To exhibit, contact Lizette Chin at lizettec@mrketplace.com. Registration for buyers happens onsite. For information on acceptable buyer or business information, visit www.mrketshow.com/admission-policy/.

California Gift Show
Los Angeles
July 19 – 25, 2011
Location: L.A. Mart & Los Angeles Convention Center
Trade show featuring contemporary and traditional gifts from U.S. and Canadian artisans.
To exhibit, visit apps1.mmart.com/calgift/2011/apply/ for the application form. To register, visit www.californiagiftshow.com.

July 27 – 29, 2011
Location: The Tunnel/La Venue, 608 West 28th St.
Trade show featuring ENK International's exhibition of menswear with an emphasis on new and upcoming brands. To exhibit, visit www.enkshows.com/apps/mens/ for more information. To register, visit www.enkregistrations.com.

ENKWSA Las Vegas
July 27 – 29, 2011
Location: The Venetian and Sands Expo Center
Trade show featuring the largest gathering of footwear and accessories suppliers in the world and the first global fair of the season. To exhibit, visit www.wsashow.com/exhibitor_information/landing for more information. To register, visit www.wsashow.com/attendee_information/registration.

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