By Steven Weiss
I want to encourage you to come to New York City in December. There is no better time or place each year to see flagship retail, enjoy fabulous design, and peruse the most stunning holiday display windows anywhere in the world. It’s the vital, vibrant epicenter of retail today.
For these reasons alone, you should come. But there is much more.
Dec. 4–8 is also Shop! Market Week in New York, which features the Retail Design Collective and WindowsWear Workshop. The week is chock-full of inspiration, ideas, and energy.
For example, the Retail Design Collective presents the world’s top visual suppliers showcasing their latest products in their showrooms around NYC. Adding to the fun, the showrooms will create their own on-site events that may include special breakfasts, engaging speakers, incredible cocktail receptions, and more.
You’ll also want to participate in the WindowsWear Workshop, which is coupled with a behind-the-scenes retail tour. The event shares an analysis of current practices, theories, and techniques used in visual merchandising and store design. The session is designed to provide an understanding of the ever-evolving role of visual merchandising, and its importance in any successful retail strategy.
Shop! will also be working with the the Retail Design Institute NY Chapter to hold a networking breakfast where industry members can engage with leaders in job placement to discuss the positions they need filled. As an individual, you can attend to best position yourself for the next stage in a design career.
Last but not least, you will definitely not want to miss the 21st Annual PAVE Gala. The event supports retail design and visual merchandising talent and brings together retail design luminaries and industry supporters together for an amazing evening of cocktails, networking, dinner, and awards. Not to mention the after party. It’s the “can’t miss” event of the year.
So please join me in New York in December. I look forward to seeing you there.
Steven Weiss is CEO of Shop!.