Taking a break from being the most beautiful woman in the world and hawking $350 yoga pants on Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow will give the keynote speech at this year’s Licensing Expo (June 18-20) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Speaking in her capacity as founder of lifestyle resource Goop and co-owner of the Tracey Anderson brand, Paltrow will discuss her strategy for global expansion. The free presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with Paltrow and Anderson.
Advanstar Licensing and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) have announced that Nicole Richie will deliver the Big Interview keynote address at this year’s Licensing Expo. Richie is the founder and creative director of House of Harlow 1960, a line which she launched in 2008 that encompasses jewelry, eyewear, handbags, shoes and ready-to-wear. “I am thrilled to be addressing the executive audience of licensing and brand extension professionals at Licensing Expo,” she says.
Advanstar Licensing, organizers of Licensing Expo, reports that 15,702 licensing professionals attended the most recent three-day show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, representing a 5 percent increase from last year’s event. The show featured 482 exhibiting companies in 218,872 net square feet with an additional 100,000 square feet of conference and special event space used daily. More press attended than ever before, too, with 120 journalists working the show and covering news from exhibitors.