SHOWS GEAR UP

Byline: K.P.

NEW YORK — A battery of special features will be embellishing the two accessories trade shows — Accessorie Circuit and Fashion Accessories Expo — to be held here next week.
At the Fashion Accessories Expo, being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center May 4-6, buyers can arrange for a car service to carry them from the Accessorie Circuit venue at Piers 90 and 92 to the FAE. Accessorie Circuit, which formerly was staged at the Plaza Hotel, will be held at the piers May 3-5.
According to Sue Cronin, FAE industry director, the car service is available during show hours each day simply by dialing an 800 number that will be included in the registration package through the Buyer Liaison program. Pickups will be made approximately every 10 minutes.
“We’re trying to be creative,” Cronin said. “It’s important to us, because buyers who are going to the Circuit should be coming to FAE.”
Elyce Kroll, executive director of Accessorie Circuit, described making the show’s new venue a success as “a big undertaking.”
The show will have an international section for the first time, made up of 15 French collections, titled French Accessory Creations, and 10 designers from Moda Made in Italy.
A shuttle service is available from the piers location to the Plaza Hotel or Penn Station.
A lobby cafe will be open all day, and a pier cafe will serve complimentary breakfast and lunch to all. There will also be carts roaming the show aisles with everything from full meals to afternoon snacks for purchase.
Meanwhile, the FAE’s shuttle buses will maintain their usual route, making stops at the StyleWorks apparel trade show at the Inter-Continental Hotel and at key spots along Fifth Avenue.
Also new at FAE will be a program called TLC for buyers, where fitness gurus in the special events area will provide yoga, stretching and massages every afternoon. There will also be a keynote breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on May 5, sponsored by the Accessories Council, during which Tom Burns, senior executive vice president of The Doneger Group, will speak about strategies for specialty stores.
Rounding out the action will be daily runway presentations of fall/winter accessories, organized by Janet Racy, in the special events area from 12 to 2 p.m. Buyers and exhibitors will be treated to chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne at the end of opening day, “Just to say thanks,” Cronin said.

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