Las Vegas Market unveils education program for Jan. show

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Las Vegas—The upcoming January Las Vegas Market will feature a stellar line-up of retailer and designer-oriented educational programming, presented by an impressive slate of top designers, style editors, bloggers and other industry thought leaders addressing subjects such as design trends, brand-building, social media, and other business and marketing strategies.

“Attending Markets is a critical component to retailers and designers staying on trend in terms of both product selection and best business practices,” said Scott Eckman, chief marketing and strategy officer, International Market Centers, parent company of Las Vegas Market. “We’re presenting a full program roster to bring retailers and designers up to speed on the latest trends, as well as ideas and inspiration to drive their future business.”

The speaker roster includes such brand names and industry leaders as Barbara Barry, Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage; Gretchen Aubuchon from Fashion + Decor; Christian May of Maison21 Interior Decoration, author and lifestyle entrepreneur Tracy Porter, founder of Poetic Wanderlust, and Laurie Pressman from Pantone Color Institute, among others.

Sunday, Jan. 26

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

First Look: Home Furnishings

Hosted by Nine Muses Media Julie Smith Vincenti. joined by guest co-host, designer Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design

World View, Building B, 16th Floor

Look no further than First Look to find the most inspired, new-to-market product introductions debuting this season. Like a backstage pass to the best-in-show, home furnishings editor Julie Vincenti of Nine Muses Media is joined by Hollywood A-list designer and guest co-host, Jaime Rummerfield. Together they will dish about Winter Market’s best new products in furniture, area rugs, lighting, textiles as well as share trend insights for 2014. Co-owner of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, along with partner Ron Woodson, Jaime has a signature California sensibility that is comprised of classic design training mixed with a fashion forward design approach. She is touted as one of the nation’s top young Interior Designers by Traditional Home, Town & Country and House Beautiful magazines. Plus, attendees can follow the product and trends straight to the showrooms with the First Look companion guide as well as on Pinterest at (0.1 CEU)

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

SFC Presents Cradle To Cradle Thinking – What it is, What it can do for you, Now and in the Future

Lewis Perkins, Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis Designs

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Sponsored by Sustainable Furnishings Council

Join Lewis Perkins of Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Lori Dennis of Lori Dennis Designs as they discuss the cutting edge principles of their work.  Both are Sustainable Furnishings Council members and visionary in their ability to bring together diverse elements to support the creation of truly sustainable environments.  Cradle to cradle thinking considers not just how it looks, but the entire life cycle of an environment or a product, from the extraction of the raw material, through processing, manufacturing, distribution, use, reuse and recycling.  Also, what do you have at the end of the production?  Something you can use to create anew or a toxin?  Come and learn more about the principle and about how forward thinking businesses are applying this way of thinking to get ahead in their markets without compromising one once of beauty. (0.1 CEU pending)

Monday, Jan. 27

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

First Look: Tabletop & Gifts

Hosted by Nine Muses Media Julie Smith Vincenti, joined by guest co-host designer, author and lifestyle entrepreneur Tracy Porter, founder of Poetic Wanderlust®

World View, Building B, 16th Floor

Back by popular demand, First Look: Tabletop+Gifts, is an entertaining, visually-rich program highlighting the best-of-show in giftware, tabletop, textiles, and decorative objects. Home furnishings editor Julie Smith of Nine Muses Media will be joined by the home/fashion designer Tracy Porter, and together the duo will dish about Winter Market’s best new products as well as share trend insights for 2014. A designer, author and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tracy inspires women all over the world with her beautiful eclectic goods, style advice and encouraging spirit. Her latest brand, Poetic Wanderlust® features designs that can be found on a growing variety of products including rugs, bedding, tabletop, dinnerware, wall décor, paper/gift/stationery, and quilting fabrics-and are sold through myriad retail stores, boutiques and channels around the world. True to Tracy’s style, FIRST LOOK: Tabletop+Gifts will be an enchanting and inspired look at what’s trending for the coming season in the gift, décor and tabletop. Plus, attendees can follow the product and trends straight to the showrooms with the FIRST LOOK companion guide as well as on Pinterest at (0.1 CEU)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grass Roots Marketing: 50+ Low-cost Strategies to Drive More Traffic & Sales

Patricia Norins, Gift Shop Magazine

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Grow traffic and sales with inexpensive and unbelievably effective grass roots marketing strategies. In this fast paced session, Patricia Norins Publisher of Gift Shop Magazine will share 50+ no-cost and low-cost marketing ideas to help you build stronger relationships with your customers, increase store traffic and sell more products. (0.1 CEU Pending)

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Style & Substance in Home Furnishings

Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Sponsored by Oriental Weavers

More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and color combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and on-target. Join Laurie Pressman, VP of Pantone Color Institute to find out the key color trends you need to know for home furnishings for 2014 and beyond, plus get an inside glimpse into the selection of Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. (0.1 CEU Pending)

Tuesday, Jan. 28

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”): What It Means For Your Business, Your Industry, and Your Family

Barry Levine, Northern Trust

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Sponsored by City of Hope

The Affordable Care Act brings with it the most substantial changes to health care in the U.S. in almost fifty years. How will your family be affected? What decisions will your business have to make?  What will the impact be on the overall industry? There are always economic winners and losers associated with change. Join us to learn how best to position yourself for the ongoing changes that affect all of us financially. (0.1 CEU pending)

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2014 Design Icon Presentation, Honoring Barbara Barry, A Life of Beauty

World View, Building B, 16th Floor

Sponsored by Global Views

Interior designer and author Barbara Barry will be honored as the Winter 2014 Design Icon. Barry is among the world’s most prominent and talented designers with designs that range from elegant interiors to an extensive portfolio of home furnishings. Attendees of this special event will enjoy a rare glimpse into the life story and inspirations that have influenced Barry’s design work, known for infusing simple luxuries into the every day. Praise from her peers and the press has earned Barry a distinctive place in design. Her honors include Interior Design “Hall of Fame,” Architectural Digest list of “World’s 100 Best Designers,” House Beautiful “Giants of Design,” and “Designer of the Year” from Elle Décor International Design. Additionally, she has been awarded the ASID “Designer of Distinction,” and named an ASID “Fellow” in 2013, as well as “Designer of the Year” by Traditional Home and “Best in Residential Design” by Interiors Magazine. Barry’s passion for beauty finds expression in many forms through partnerships with internationally renowned companies. Her signature designs for Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Baker Furniture, Boyd Lighting, Global Views, Hartmann Luggage, HBF Furniture, Henredon Furniture, Kallista, Kravet, McGuire, Tufenkian Carpets, Visual Comfort and Wedgwood, as well as her signature bed and bath line Barbara Barry Dream, have been received with high acclaim. (0.1 CEU)

The program will include a presentation by Barry, followed by a Q&A and awards presentation. Immediately following will be a book signing and meet & greet reception located at Global Views (A-153). The event is complimentary and open to all Las Vegas Market attendees.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Power of Pinterest for Retailers

Christian Kratsas, SnapRetail

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Sponsored by SnapRetail

Pinterest is the fastest growing social network ever, with more than 50 million users spending more than an hour a day pinning and repinning to their hearts’ content. Pinterest has fast become the preferred social media outlet for retail interaction. In this engaging presentation, learn the basics and best practices for using Pinterest to inspire your customers and drive store sales. Actual retailer examples will be shared and explained to inspire you to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon! (0.1 CEU Pending)

Wednesday, Jan. 29

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gen Y: How to Motivate, Manage and Sell to Them

Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts

Building C, LVDC Seminar Room, C174

Millennials, echo boomers, digital millennials, kidemployees, are just a few names of the young adults that were born between 1980 and 2000.  They are 80 million strong and there are predictions that they will grow to 100 million. They are the most influential generation and they have shown more spending power and stronger opinions at an earlier age. The economic opportunity is enormous and one every retailer needs to embrace.  Whether they are your customers or your employees, you need to adjust your training as well as your marketing techniques to them. In this session you will learn their critical traits in order to understand Gen Y better and to sell more to the largest consumer group in U.S. history.

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) will also host a series of week-long seminars in their Retailer Resource Center’s new location in Building B, Suite B-1050. The seminar schedule can be found on their web site at

Four full days of programming will be among the highlights of the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, scheduled from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30. All sessions are free to Market attendees. A complete schedule of seminars and session descriptions is available online at

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