If all the world’s a stage, then trade shows are the uber stages for the apparel, jewelry, lingerie, accessories and optical industries. When exhibitors set up their wares and the throngs of buyers arrive, it’s lights, camera and action. The shows go on, year after year, in spite of global economic concerns, and even wars and epidemics. Despite the difficult conditions of the past year, many fairs moved into expansion mode. Cpd man-woman continues to morph into a megafair. After integrating men’s last summer, it’s adding sport fashion and children’s wear to its offerings of women’s, juniors, bridal and cocktail, accessories and fabrics. Ispo, the active sportswear fair at the new Munich fairgrounds is bringing in more “A” brands in an effort to become “a real launch platform for new products,” according to an organizer.

Number of exhibitors: 2,161

Next show: April 15-22, Basel Exhibition Halls, Exhibitions Square, Basel
Europe’s largest watch and jewelry show is an industry must, drawing not only the world’s leading retailers, but also attracting avid watch collectors hunting for the newest models from names like Chopard, Corum, Rolex and Omega. Financial analysts also visit to gauge performance forecasts on the strength of the collections featured at the fair.

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