8 webinars planned in lead up to Las Vegas Market to prep retailers and designers for summer 2021 buying

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Market is preparing buyers for Summer 2021 sourcing with eight virtual events and educational programs scheduled for the month leading up to the August 22-26, 2021 staging. Sessions include trend education, access to industry thought leaders and a primer on making the most of market.

“Las Vegas Market is preparing buyers for a successful summer sourcing trip with a slate of virtual events presenting actionable trend and business building content,” said Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers (IMC) chief marketing and customer officer. “As always, we are meeting buyers exactly where they need us, and this summer that means comprehensive virtual programming that allows buyers to arrive at market with the knowledge to source in the best possible ways for their businesses.”

IMC’s proprietary Ahead of the Curve designer panel and FIRST LOOK trend presentations are offered virtually for Summer 2021. Ahead of the Curve features four designers – Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Design (Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY); Jamilyn Fournier of The Collector’s House (Scottsdale, AZ); Jay Jeffers of JayJeffers Inc. (San Francisco, CA); and Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design (Denver, CO) – previewing their favorite finds from Las Vegas Market exhibitors in a panel discussion moderated by Kathryn Given of Luxe Interiors + Design on Tuesday, August 3 at 1 p.m. PDT. Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media presents two FIRST LOOK webinars for Summer 2021: FIRST LOOK – Summer 2021 Home Furnishings Webinar is Wednesday, August 4 at 1 p.m. PDT; and FIRST LOOK – Summer 2021 Gift, Housewares, Textiles and Tabletop Webinar is Tuesday, August 10 at 1 p.m. PDT. The image-rich presentations will explore four design and color themes – ’80s Beats, Early to Rise, Home & Away and Special Effects – and showcase relevant new product introductions from Las Vegas Market exhibitors.

Buyers will connect with the best in the business through a series of panel discussions with thought leaders in retail, design and publishing. The Home Accents Today 2021 Retail Stars – West Coast spotlights four retailers: Christy Brant and Caitlin Marsh of Lulu’s Furniture & Décor in Greenwood Village, CO; Mike Valles of Interior Illusions in West Hollywood, CA; and Karen White of Oasis Accents in Frisco, TX in conversation with Thomas Lester of Home Accents Today on Wednesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. PDT. Editor’s Choice! Favorite Gift Finds & Trends Coming presents Julie McCallum, editor-in-chief of Gift Shop Plus; Sarah Schwartz, editor-in-chief of Stationery Trends and The Paper Nerd; and David Spencer, publisher of Gourmet Business in a discussion about what is new, fresh and coming to market for gift, housewares, paper goods and more with Dawn Brinson, vice president of Strategic Marketing for The Media Matters, Inc. on Thursday, July 29, 1 p.m. PDT.

More virtual trend programming includes the Sherwin-Williams MODE Colormix® Forecast 2022 Webinar with a forecast for next year’s color and design trends presented by Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing on Tuesday, August 17 a 1 p.m. PDT.

New Las Vegas Market visitors will get helpful hints for a successful market experience in the virtual First-Time Buyer Orientation – Summer 2021 presented by Sarah Schuetz, IMC director of Buyer Engagement on Monday, August 16 at 1 p.m. PDT.

Additionally, Las Vegas Market is a sponsor of the REA Educational Conference – Together We Retail presented by Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Tuesday, August 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PDT and the Retailer Excellence Awards immediately following at 2 p.m. Conference tickets are $20 and can be purchased at https://www.retailerexcellenceawards.com/.

All Las Vegas Market programs are free and pre-registration is recommended. For a complete schedule of Summer 2021 Las Vegas Market programming, including full descriptions and registration, visit https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/Explore/Events-and-Seminars(Note: a full list of virtual programming follows this release.)

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