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Good things come in small packages. And that’s the case with the Artworks Gallery, making its debut at Industry (212), which takes place Monday, September 30th through Wednesday, October 1st at the Jacob Javits Center. The Artworks Gallery, located in the center of the Accessories section, showcases handcrafted wearable accessories, gifts and home decorative accessories created by small independent design studios.

“Artworks Gallery at Industry (212) provides retailers the opportunity to quickly and easily find unique handcrafted fashion products for their stores,” says Marilyn Harrington, General Manager of Advanstar Communications’ East Coast Fashion Group. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive from retailers and exhibitors because no other apparel or accessories trade show offers a showcase area dedicated to handcrafted accessories. We are already planning to expand the Artworks Gallery in 2004.”

Marie Armstrong of Marie DeMasi, Ltd. in New York City, an exhibitor who enthusiastically embraces the new show category, says, “I wanted to be with other makers who offer handmade things, but I also feel, as a group, the real distinction is that we are on top of the work as it’s being made—watching the quality very closely and offering that level of craftsmanship at a great price.” Marie DeMasi, Ltd. makes beaded jewelry with semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and applies different manipulations such as hand-knotting and French wrapping. Says Armstrong, “The Artworks Gallery gives stores the opportunity to bring in freshness and newness. And it gives them a chance to meet the face behind the product.”

Joan Engle for Chipita Accessories from Colorado, adds, ”It’s exhausting for buyers to go to so many shows. A classification like this helps make it easier for them.” A creative force in fashion jewelry for over twenty-five years, Chipita Accessories utilizes labor-intensive techniques developed in-house and blends various materials such as silver, semi-precious stones and antique glass beads to create a distinctive collection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Shaune Bauzner, also in business for more than twenty-five years, is among the exhibitors showing in the Artworks Gallery. The D.C.-based company will introduce two island-inspired collections perfect for resort and spring/summer. The Tahiti Collection features silvered abalone shells fused together forming a look of rich hues and multi-faceted texture. All pieces are set in white metal then hand-wrapped on a variety of chords, freshwater pearls or Japanese seedbeds. The Hawaii Collection is a lively line with plenty of sparkle and incorporates a range of beads including Austrian crystal, moon shell and freshwater pearls.

Teressa Goodall, a veteran of Industry (212) is now found at the Artworks Gallery. “I’m thrilled the show has created a handmade section; we’re very comfortable there,” says David Barrett, for the Minneapolis-based company, best known for its necklaces with new and vintage beads strung on ribbons and linen chording, “it will appeal to the better boutiques.” Always designed around color stories, Teressa Goodall introduces its spring Lorraine Collection, which incorporates a fresh mix of colors—lavender, amber, grass green, butter and peach.

New on the show circuit, Alhström, a boutique jewelry design firm that creates couture looks in fashion jewelry and accessories at an affordable price, will also be located in the Artworks Gallery. Hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, Alhström offers a jewelry collection of metal rings accented with pearls and a line of women’s belts. Susan Alhström, operations office and sister to the designer, Cindy Alhström, says, “The Artworks Gallery allows a small company like ours to stand out and show buyers our point of difference, so that ultimately consumers will have the option to choose.”

The largest and most comprehensive apparel and accessories trade show in New York City, Industry (212) connects more than 7,000 retailers from over 50 countries around the world with over 600 manufacturers representing more than 3,000 lines in Accessories, Casual Lifestyle/Better, Junior, Streetwear and Young Contemporary/Contemporary.

Industry (212) is an affiliate of MAGIC International, a subsidiary of Advanstar Communications. MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized organizer of trade shows in the apparel industry. MAGIC International produces the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas featuring MAGIC, WWDMAGIC, MAGIC kids and The Edge. For more information on Industry (212), please visit www.industry212.com. For more information on MAGIC International, visit www.magiconline.com.

Industry (212) is produced by Advanstar Communications, Inc., a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. Advanstar has 105 business magazines and directories, 80 trade shows and conferences, numerous Web sites, and a wide range of direct marketing, database and reference products and services. Advanstar serves targeted market sectors in such industries as art, automotive, beauty, collaboration/e-learning, CRM/call center, digital media, entertainment/marketing, fashion & apparel, healthcare, manufacturing and processing, pharmaceutical, powersports, science, telecommunications and travel/hospitality. The Company has nearly 1,300 employees and currently operates from multiple offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.advanstar.com.###

Contact: Victoria Pace,Goldstein Communication,212-838-0822 ext. 233. Victoria@goldsteincom.com

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