Retail Observer

October 2017

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OCTOBER 2017 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 13 with top designers, magazine editors, and industry professionals, adding to the core value for the design community. Throughout the five-day show, retailers and designers took advantage of signature Las Vegas events including the FIRST LOOK trend forecast, the Ahead of the Curve seminar featuring veteran interior designers and tours in partnership with Luxe Interiors & Design, the debut of Market Buzz podcasts by Million Dollar Decorating host James Swan and the popular Designer #ViewOnVegas featuring 30 leading designers and top tastemakers sharing their favorite product finds at market. The third annual ANDYZ design awards highlighting west coast interior designers also took place during summer market, and the expanding educational and networking opportunities complement a west coast market poised for further growth, according to market officials. Interior designer Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design in Los Angeles said "Las Vegas Market is the best of its kind. The market offers a huge array of home furnishings, accessories and beyond. Every year that we attend we are introduced to new product lines and see the latest with tried and true manufacturers. It is a place where designers come together to shop and network. Each visit is productive and fun." CONTINUED GROWTH AHEAD Maricich reiterated that Las Vegas Market will continue to serve its customers with a variety of home furnishings and gift product offerings, as well as educational presentations and seminars. "With IMC's recently announced acquisition by the Blackstone Group, there are now new opportunities – and funding – for Las Vegas Market to grow, buy, build, and expand in ways not possible before," Maricich said. "The Blackstone Group and IMC teams will be working together to move forward with a goal of continuing and expanding Las Vegas Market's dominant West Coast positioning as a truly comprehensive, effective, and efficient market destination." Las Vegas Market is the nation's fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018. Visit for more information. RO

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