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The Atlanta Shoe Market (TASM) once again witnessed record increases in both exhibitor and retailer attendance during its February edition. Specifically, increases of 15.3 percent in retailer pre- registration, 13.1 percent in exhibition space and 8 percent in attending exhibitor personnel were reported. Retailers and exhibitors came from 33 states and there was also an increase in Caribbean attendance.
The show has simply become too important to miss, notes George Mustafa, sales manager for Trimfoot Company, who was exhibiting for his 24th consecutive year.
Li Ning, a $1 billion sports brands in China, has opened a retail showroom in Portland, OR, as well as launched a retail website (www.li-ningusa.com ). Jay Li, general manager of Li-Ning USA, welcomed Portland Mayor Sam Adams (right) during the grand opening.
Over the years, Li-Ning has built a reputation of quality and value in China by providing the right products at the right place and time, states Li.
Mandee has raised close to $25,000 and donated approximately 15,000 pair of shoes in just two months for Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing shoes to people in need.
New York-based sneaker brand UES (Upper Echelon Shoes) and Steve Madden have entered an official partnership and are preparing to unveil their first joint effort with UES Fall 10 collection. Each party will have an even stake in the venture, with UES designer Seth Campbell helming the brands design while Madden aids in its expansion, production and distribution.
The year 2009 marked more than any other a move of marketing and PR toward social media and with Fashion Week washign over the entire city and Bryant Park just a block away from the Footwear Plus studios, it's hard to turn a corner in New York now without bumping into a social media "expert," that is; a blogger.
The celebration was a unique grand opening.
During the the March 7-9 show in Fort Lauderdale, FL, SMOTA will team with the Great Commission Alliance (GCA) to raise funds and gather essential supplies, including clothing, canned goods, medical supplies and shoes. Since mid-January, the non-profit organization has concentrated its resources on earthquake relief.