FDRA launches Footwear Trade Show Council

Published:  30 March, 2022
Credit: Atlanta Shoe Market

The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) has announced the launch of the Footwear Trade Show Council (FTSC) to align industry trade shows.

Joining forces with the FDRA and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), the FTSC includes: Informa, the Atlanta Shoe Market, Dallas Market Center, MICAM, FSNYE, Chicago Shoe Market, BSTA, Great Event Show, The IR Show along with the USRA, NSRA and NST.

The FTSC met for the first time last week and will meet both virtually and in person going forward to “serve the footwear industry through dynamic and timely marketplaces”.

FDRA President and CEO Matt Priest said: “Our industry’s development cycles are changing rapidly, which means commercial show schedules may need to shift to adapt to new needs. That is just one big issue we think this new group can help address together.

“In our new and fragmented post-Covid environment, footwear trade shows of all different types and sizes are looking for opportunities to ensure that shoe buyers and sellers are connecting in impactful ways in markets around the country and the globe. This new group will enhance those efforts.”