NO MORE NOVEMBER: The November edition of the Fashion Accessories Expo, which features cash-and-carry merchandise, is being discontinued this year.
“We’ve found that the show didn’t fill a niche the way it used to,” said Steve Levine, group show director for Conference Management Co., the Norwalk, Conn., company that organizes the FAE.
“When we started running this edition seven years ago, it was supposed to be an order-writing show like our others are,” Levine noted. “But we decided on the cash-and-carry format because it was the late Eighties, when vendors had a lot of inventory and buyers had big budgets and the need for a lot of immediate inventory right before the holidays.”
That no longer being the case in the Nineties, Levine said, the company has decided to go forward with three shows a year in New York, in January, May and August, and two in Las Vegas in September and February or March.
Currently, there are five accessories market weeks a year in New York — in January, March, May, August and November.
HAT WEEK FALLS IN : The Millinery Information Bureau, the promotional arm for the hat industry based in New York, has designated Sept. 11-18 Fall Hat Week.
Although the organization has thrown spring Straw Hat Week events annually for the last five years, this will be the first fall observance. According to Casey Bush, executive director, area retailers and vendors will participate in in-store promotions, fashion shows and other events.
SHOE BIZ: The Fashion Footwear Association of New York, FFANY, is organizing a mega-shoe sale and fund-raiser to benefit breast cancer research.
“Shoes on Sale” will take place Oct. 6-8 in a 12,000-square-foot tent, to be erected at Fifth Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets. More than 300 shoe companies will contribute some 50,000 pairs of fall shoes and boots, and merchandise will be priced at roughly 50 percent of regular retail prices.
The sale will benefit four breast cancer-related organizations, and FFANY has set a fund-raising goal of $1 million. Sponsors to date for the benefit are Fairchild Publications, the New York Times and Self Magazine.
Tickets will be available starting Sept. 6 through Ticketmaster. Each $10 ticket allows the holder two hours inside the tent.