Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Licensing Expo 2023 opens registration; announces theme centering around fashion

Licensing Expo announced registration is live for this year’s show taking place on June 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Organized by Informa Markets and sponsored by Licensing International, Licensing Expo brings together thousands of retailers and manufacturers to discover the widest range of brands available for license globally.

The 2023 event will highlight “Fashion” as its core theme, spotlighting the creativity and innovation in the space and the opportunities it heralds for the wider licensing industry. As the largest licensed product category worldwide, 2021 retail sales of licensed merchandise within fashion apparel, accessories and footwear reached around $90 billion, according to Licensing International’s 2022 Global Licensing Industry Study.

“As we continue to see growth in imaginative collaborations and product ranges across the licensing and fashion spheres, this year’s event will be the place to discover the many ways in which fashion is driving licensing conversations and experiences,” says Anna Knight, SVP of the Global Licensing Group, organizers of Licensing Expo.

Licensing Expo will thread the theme through a full roster of educational sessions, social networking and experiential activations including:

  • Two aspirational keynotes from leading industry names discussing the latest trends within licensing and luxury fashion.
  • Fashion Showrooms displaying diverse ranges of cross-category licensed apparel, accessories and footwear — from high-end to mass market.
  • Hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest fashion ranges and collaborations, including top of the range fashion brands and best-in-class fashion licensees and manufacturers.
  • A showcase and celebration of the creatives and designers behind some of the most unique footwear licensing deals.
  • A partnership with Products of Change to highlight sustainable material innovation, coupled with educational content and 121 clinics, all emphasizing the importance of sustainability in fashion.

“After the success of last year’s show, I’m excited to see how the Fashion theme can add to the experience and buzz on the show floor. We saw a record-breaking retail attendance for the show’s return in 2022 and this year will be even more special,” continues Knight. Top highlighted fashion retailers from last year’s attendees included H&M, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, Primark, Zulily and Pull&Bear, in addition to the latest brands looking to partner with licensing.

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