CMC Sets Winter 2014 Gift and Home Market Dates

LOS ANGELES - The California Market Center (CMC) has scheduled its winter 2014 Gift & Home Market for Tuesday, January 21 through Monday, January 27, 2014, in response to buyer and manufacturer requests for earlier show dates.

The winter 2014 Gift & Home Market was originally scheduled for dates that would overlap the NY NOW and Las Vegas shows. "These later dates would interfere with retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives' ability to attend other shows critical to their businesses," said Gerry Seibel, vice president, new business development, CMC, in a statement. "While the CMC is committed to its policy of cooperation with the L.A. Mart and the California Gift Show (CGS), our partners in a unified West Coast market, CMC's tenants and its major manufacturers were greatly alarmed about a date change which would put the California Show so late in the market season. So, after extensive discussions with leading retailers and our tenants, the Gift & Home showrooms at CMC have been forced to change our dates so as not to be in conflict with any other major show and so that we may offer our valued retailers a productive, profitable, and comprehensive buying experience!"

The Urban Expositions 2014 calendar, currently lists the California Gift Show taking place January 31-February 3, 2014; dates for the winter 2014 L.A. Mart have not yet been released.

In addition to holding the Gift & Home show, all CMC Home, Gift and Design showrooms will also open, January 14-20, during the 2014 LA Fashion Week, a major market for apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry, and children's products. "Having all of our Gift & Home showrooms open and available at the same time as L.A. Fashion Week has proven to be very successful in allowing cross-over buying opportunities for both gift and fashion retailers," said Seibel. The Gift & Home showrooms at the California Market Center will also be open during the Winter CGS to better convenience buyers coming into LA for the temporary show.

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