LOS ANGELES–A roster of new and expanded permanent showrooms and new and returning temporary exhibitors will launch at the California Gift Show next month.
Show owner and organizer MMPI credited the increased leasing activity as a signal of the market’s response to the strength of the region and the L.A. Mart/California Gift Show brand. “As the U.S economy begins to improve and as consumer confidence begins to notch upwards, the gift industry in the region is responding accordingly,” said Jeff Sampson, vice president marketing, L.A. Mart/CGS/L.A. Mart Design Center. “Manufacturers and multi-line rep showrooms who do business here are demonstrating their conviction by signing on the dotted line, that’s great news for everyone, especially for the retailers who shop with us.”
Joining the line-up of showrooms at L.A. Mart are CGS temporary exhibitors transitioning to permanent spaces, newcomers from competitive market centers, and existing showrooms expanding in square footage and renewing long-term leases. For example, Palecek has renewed its lease and expanded its showroom at the L.A. Mart’s Design Center by more than 6,000 square feet. Other new permanent showrooms opening at L.A. Mart include Chow’s Oriental Arts, Inc., Echo by Fine Lines and Noir Trading. At the Los Angeles Convention Center approximately 100 new exhibitors join the roster of returning exhibitors to the Gift and Beckman’s Handcrafted Show L.A. line-up. Among the new gift exhibitors are Bedhead Pajamas, Tokyomilk, Ty Inc., Picnic Time, Maxwell Division, Lollia, Love & Toast, Ohio Wholesale. New to Beckman’s are Virtu, Broke Jewels, Life on Accessory, Bijoutiere and more.