Shoppe Object coming up — and also coming to High Point
A hand-selected array of more than 100 brands representing Shoppe Object, New York’s semiannual curated home and gift market, will show at the High Point Market Oct. 14-17 on the third floor of Market Square.
The collaboration comes a year after International Market Centers, which owns 17 High Point Market showroom buildings, acquired Shoppe Object.
“IMC’s expansion of Shoppe Object at High Point in October is particularly exciting after several years of focus on market recovery. It signals renewed focus on strategic growth and expansion for IMC in 2023,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “The High Point presentation of Shoppe Object will be as equally engaging as Shoppe Object’s New York market, but with a focus on furnishings and decor. The launch of Shoppe Object at High Point Market delivers an additive business opportunity for buyers and sellers alike, giving the very best designers and home furnishings retailers even more reason to shop the furniture capital of the world.”
To best serve the retailers and designers who attend the market, the High Point edition of Shoppe Object will focus on home products, particularly design-led and maker-generated products, according to a news release.
“It’s a timely endeavor,” said Jesse James, Shoppe Object’s founder and show director. “We’ve found that many of the brands in the Shoppe Object community are specifically seeking opportunities to expand their exposure to interior designers and architects, and there is no better place to do that than in High Point. Shoppe Object’s fresh new edit and elevated experience is a complement to IMC’s well-established temporary exhibit destinations at InterHall and Suites at Market Square.” Brands can request information about applying to exhibit at ShoppeObject.com/Exhibit-Page.
Winter Shoppe Object
Before Shoppe Object exhibitors make their High Point debut in the fall, they are readying for the winter Shoppe Object show Feb. 5-7 at Manhattan’s Pier 36. With a 30% increase in exhibitors over the summer 2022, the market will feature more than 500 brands.
The winter show also will feature increased sponsorship of Black designers through Shoppe Object’s Black Lives Matter Action Initiative, and the return of country pavilions, including Showcase Japan and Made in Ireland, as well as other highlights.
“Coming off of a remarkable summer show and heading into the unknown of 2023, we aimed high, setting some pretty lofty expansion goals, and I’m beyond thrilled to say that we’ve exceeded them, continuing to raise the bar for our community,” James said. “The significant increase in our footprint this winter is both an answer to the needs of our buyers and to the continued strength of our waitlist. It’s been in the works for some time, and the addition of our new Cityside Pavilion, connected to our existing Riverside Pavilion at Pier 36, allows us to bring a greater selection of quality brand partners to our unique hybrid model — Shoppe Object and its digital counterpart, Shoppe Online.”
Shoppe Object has been broadening its lineup of home exhibitors, which will include Bomshbee, Charvet Editions, Pappelina and Yamazaki. “We’re equally honored that brands like Graf Lanz, Etú Home, Rifle Paper with their new focus on home decor, Fog Linen and Sin — among many others — are joining Shoppe Object this season after a long break from doing shows.”
In addition, several new initiatives will create opportunities for smaller makers.
* A new pilot program, the Global Artisan Project, broadens the show’s representation of handmade products from around the world, in partnership with Karen Gibbs and Colvin English of By Hand Consulting.
* Washington, D.C.-based Aid to Artisans is joining the show for the first time, highlighting collaborations with enterprises in Mexico.
* Kiel Mead, founder and principal of Brooklyn-based American Design Club, has forged a multimarket alliance with the show to develop a unique incubator program at Shoppe Object.
* Shoppe Object’s Black Lives Matter Action Initiative is doubling to sponsor 20 brands, fostering a better, more representative market for home and gift.