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For her part, Kroll said the most recent show, held in Las Vegas from July 31-Aug. 2, had been better than expected. While attendance was down, she said the companies that were showing had a productive show. “People were writing orders,” she said.
Kroll acknowledged that some major department stores did not attend the latest event, but said she would work to get them back into the mix. Department store execs, including Nordstrom, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus declined to comment on the issue last week.
However, David Z owner David Zaken observed that FFANY was more significant for the majors, giving FFANY a potential edge in the date overlap. “New York is a bigger market,” he said.
For new designer Jerome Rousseau, the decision is simple: “I’ll go where the buyers go,” he said. “The buyers will make that decision for me. That’s it.”
At the end of the day, both shows need to tweak their strategies and communicate more effectively, said Bob Goldman, CEO of Chinese Laundry. “Fighting [between shows] is a problem,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone is talking. I know the shows are businesses, but there has to be some industry group put together to really straighten it out.”
Moore said WSA had contacted FFANY to schedule a meeting to discuss the situation this week.
Said Nastos: “We want to work with FFANY. We’re looking forward to addressing these issues with them. As we develop the dialogue and discussion, I’m very confident [this will work itself out]. If we show everyone what we’re looking to do, it will be much more beneficial to the industry.”
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