The China Sourcing Fair returns to Miami June 25 to 27 to offer an array of Chinese-made consumer products that buyers and retailers can purchase directly from more than 630 Asia-based manufacturers so they don’t have to travel to Asia to do it. The Miami show will feature exhibitors that produce consumer electronics, gifts and premiums, home products, fashion accessories and garments.

Now in its third year, Miami was the logical city in which to hold the event, according to its organizers, Global Sources. “We were looking for a location that served both buyers in North America as well as those in Central and South America,” says Bill Janeri, general manager at Global Sources. “A large volume of trade is conducted between Asia and these markets, so to meet our objective of organizing the show closer to those buyers, Miami was the logical choice. It is centrally located, has a multilingual business community and has an international-trade focus.”

Fashion1It’s a good day in any industry when something comes along and shocks even the veterans of that particular profession. When it comes to licensing, the hit NBC show “Fashion Star” – now in its revamped second season – has come along and done just that.

 Entertainment production company Electus, along with NBC, three fashion buyers from well-known retailers, a trio of celebrity designers mentoring talented design contestants, and a host with creds in the fashion editor world have banded together to give those who have seen it all something they’ve never seen before.

Hearing1From the moment a customer walks through a retailer’s door, an opinion is formed about that store. One contributing factor is from the music played. Music contributes to the overall customer experience and can ultimately determine how long a customer will linger in a store. The longer the linger, the more likely a sale. Music is a highly effective business tool that can drive sales, but it’s crucial that a retailer sets the right vibe.

Category1Everything wears out eventually, including shoes. Apparently unwilling to dye their shoes the latest color or have the soles or heels patched one more time, women grew total dollar sales of their footwear in the United States by 4 percent in 2012, according to the NPD Group Inc.’s consumer tracking service.

Total U.S. footwear dollar sales in 2012, which includes athletic and fashion footwear, grew 3 percent in 2012 with total dollar sales of $54 billion, the NPD Group reports. Closing in on women’s footwear growth was that of children’s, whose total footwear dollar sales grew by 3.8 percent. Men’s lagged behind at 2.4 percent.

Magic1MAGIC Market Week Feb. 19 to 21 at the Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas Convention Centers will feature the latest trends, most talked-about clothing labels and tens of thousands of retailers from more than 80 countries around the world. MAGIC bills itself as offering the most comprehensive community of retailers, brands, buyers and fashion insiders at a single event.

More than 5,000 brands of men’s, wom­en’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories will be exhibited during the week. Celebrity-studded events and parties will feature the most influential names in fashion, promises Advanstar, Magic’s organizer.

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