2018 Accessories Market Weeks & Shows


By Lauren Parker, Editor-In-Chief, Accessories Magazine and Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council Accessories Magazine and The Accessories Council would like to clarify the accessories market dates for 2018 and explain the shifts. The accessories market is a dynamic and diverse collection of categories, price points and brands. Collectively, the accessories industry represents luxury, mainstream, specialty and mass distributed products. One thing is clear: there is no perfect set of market week dates that serve all the diverse needs of our broad industry, but we are working to unify the markets in the most mutually beneficial ways. Over the years, many retailers have consolidated, buying patterns have changed and everyone is reevaluating their businesses, including the trade shows. When UBM Fashion acquired “AccessoriesTheShow” and Accessories Magazine to join their other accessories and ready-to-wear shows, they reorganized their schedule to offer dates and timing that reflected the feedback of thousands of retail show attendees and accessories and ready-to-wear exhibitors. UBM Fashion is the largest B2B fashion and accessories trade show producer in the world. The accessories shows are now aligned with other markets that UBM feels offer the best possible option for most wholesalers and retailers. The Accessories Council is on board with this shift for its synergies with the ready-to-wear markets and hopes to see more senior level executive attendance during markets. In addition, the Council just announced it would shift its ACE Awards to align with the newly added June Market [UBM has added a new marketplace in June featuring Coterie, AccessorieCircuit@Coterie, AccessoriesTheShow, POOLTRADESHOW, Fame and Moda]. For those who sell larger chains and stores and are used to following the old market schedule, we’ve added in full market weeks to round out the show weeks, as well as some weeks to accommodate buying in between the UBM shows. Larger brands who need to get holiday orders wrapped up before the June market will still show in May. Our conclusion? No matter what the show dates are, you will need to be ready to show when your customers call. Below, Accessories Magazine and the Accessories Council has created an Accessories Market Guide to help navigate the 2018 options and UBM’s New York accessories shows when makes most sense for your business. We understand it can be shocking to see traditional Market Week months shifted, but please realize that the July Market Week is just two weeks before the “traditional” August date, and the February Market Week is one week prior to the “traditional” March date. For full article please visit: