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Showtime Announces Schedule of Events

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Celebrating 20+ years of semiannual fabric markets, Summer Showtime 2011 announced that the show is scheduled  for June 5-8.
Social Events

There will be many networking opportunities at Showtime, giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to relax, mingle and network in an informal atmosphere. All events are free to all.

Sunday, June 5, Showtime celebrates its Opening Night Reception with a “Runway Fashion Show,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Century Courtyard, weather permitting.  Participating vendors include Charles Martel, High 5, P/Kaufmann, Sunbrella, Victor Group, and Valdese Weavers. Models will take to the catwalk in fashions created from the latest articles introduced by the participating companies.

On Tuesday night, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Merchandise Mart Properties sponsors the “Showtime Social,” held in Suites at Market Square, Level One.
Educational Events

Showtime attendees will also have the opportunity to attend presentations by Swarovski Elements, and a tri-presentation by the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), Cargo Logistics Network, and BB&T.

“Inspirations for Swarovski Elements: Spring/Summer 2012” presented by Jane Matteson will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 6; and at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 7.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is the product brand for the world's finest loose cut crystals manufactured by Swarovski. Available in a myriad of colors, effects, shapes and sizes. These elements provide a fabulous palette of inspiration for designers in the worlds of fashion, jewelry, accessories and interior. The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Trend & Design team develops relevant inspirational direction for interiors twice a year. Come and experience theses sparkling Spring/Summer 2012 trends.

A second educational seminar titled “Going Global…Business Beyond Borders”, given by OTEXA, Cargo Logistics Network, and BB&T will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 6, and at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 7.  More information about this seminar to follow.

Background: Founded in 1990, ITMA is a non-profit trade association, consisting of mills, converters, tanneries, and trimming manufacturers that supply decorative coverings for the home furnishings industry, whose main objective is to stimulate growth and development within the home furnishings industry.  Showtime boasts the most extensive presentation of fabric, leather and trimmings in the Western Hemisphere.

More than 800 buying companies attend Showtime from such markets as: Apparel and costuming,  Decorative accessory manufacturers, Department stores, Fabric retailers, Furniture manufacturers, Handbag and fashion accessory manufacturers, Workrooms, Window Coverings, Linen Rental, Lampshades, Hospitality – hotels, resorts, et al, Interior design, Jobbers, Mail-order catalogs
Marine – boats, yachts, et al, Outdoor and casual furniture, Top of the bed and soft goods, Transportation.

The next Showtime takes place June 5-8, 2011, and the following December 4-7, 2011.

Further information about ITMA and Showtime is available at www.itmashowtime.com or via email to info@itmashowtime.com or calling (336) 885-6842.

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