TEXITALIA AND JARDINS SHIFTING SHOW SITES

Byline: Michael McNamara

NEW YORK--Texitalia and Jardins d'Elegance, the combined showcases of upscale European fabrics, are moving to the Hotel Inter-Continental here, beginning with their upcoming stands, Nov. 8-10.
The shows, which have been held on the 12th floor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel here and had been planned for the same place in November, are being forced from there due to a lack of available space during that November slot. The shows' fall sessions have in the past been held in October, and the hotel was not officially informed of the later timing until three weeks ago.
Texitalia, which features Italian apparel fabrics, had been showing at the Waldorf since October 1992, while Jardins d'Elegance, an exhibit of French apparel fabrics, began showing there in October 1993.
"We were told that the Waldorf had no space for us during that time period," said Gaspare Asaro, deputy commissioner of the Italian Trade Commission, one of Texitalia's sponsors. The later show dates were selected to strengthen the identity of the shows, which in past Octobers overlapped the International Fashion Fabrics Exhibition, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Texitalia and Jardins d'Elegance will occupy about 60 rooms on the fourth floor of the Inter-Continental.
"The dates they selected conflicted with what we had going on at the hotel, and they didn't tell us about the dates until very recently," said a spokesman for the Waldorf. "We are sorry that something couldn't be worked out with the two parties, such as a change of dates. However, they didn't want to try and work something out.
"We are looking forward to a long-time relationship with the Inter-Continental," Asaro added. The two shows plan to have their spring sessions at the hotel as well, although the dates have not yet been selected.
Asaro said the move shouldn't affect buyers and exhibitors since the two hotels are near each other: The Waldorf is at Park Avenue and East 50th Street, while the Inter-Continental is at 111 East 48th St., east of Park.
Spokeswomen for both shows said announcements have been sent to exhibitors and prospective buyers informing them of the change of venue for the events.

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