While just 6 months ago, mini-trade shows were a part of the trade show season landscape during MAGIC in Las Vegas with shows such as FoShoFoShow and Unity representing smaller subcultures of the industry, the only independent fashion trade show this time around from February 13-15 was United. Clearly the economy has taken its toll, yet there remains a determined group of brands, buyers, and trade show entrepreneurs who challenge the behemoths of the show industry.
Top Sneaker Brands Changing Landscape of the Sneaker-Freaker Scene for 2008 Indicate Excellent Opps for New Brands on the Edge; Challenges for Others
The footwear market, especially Sneaker Culture, is fickle, cultish, and fundamental -all aspects that breed new trends and subcultures constantly. While some brands may not have a sneaker line, the results here are still important to understand in terms of the general landscape of preferences, styles, and shopping patterns of this marketplace, particularly the explosion of footwear sales from online retailers. In addition, to many people within this age demographic, their footwear, particularly sneakers, can be their entire “outfit” because such emphasis is placed on their kicks -especially if they’re coveted LTD (limited edition) finds.