Western & English Today

SUM 2014

W&E Today provides retailers and manufacturers with education and ideas that provoke innovation in the Western and English markets.

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6 Western & English Today SUMMER 2014 PUBLISHER'S forum Get Ready to Buy! A ccording to Western & English Today's 2013 State of the Industry survey data, more than two out of every three retailers buy their Fall/Winter merchandise in the third quarter (July/August/September). And the upcoming season looks spectacular, as evidenced in Corinne Joy Brown's cover story DENIMania, opening on page 20. And Western hats, as Johnny D. Boggs discovered while researching Never Felt Better (see page 30), are attracting an increasing number of afcionados. What's going on? No small thanks goes to the popularity of television shows such as Longmire, Justifed and most remarkably, Nashville — a phenomenon in which life doesn't just imitate art, it makes it, with fve cast albums gracing Billboard's Top Country Albums list, and fve actors going out on tour. Let's not overlook Blake Shelton's charismatic appeal on Te Voice, either. And as George Strait croons Tis is Where the Cowboy Walks Away, a new uprising of crossover stars such as Mumford & Sons and Te Lumineers welcome legions of new fans into our circle. So grab your calendar and start making plans to stock up! ✯ Te Dallas Western Market, Aug. 13-16 at the World Trade Center, Dallas, Texas: Permanent showrooms are clustered in "Te Territory" on the 14th foor, with "Te Range" showcasing home décor on the 6th, and a bevy of temporary booths on the 12th. Highlights include Turday evening's Western Fashion Show and a "Boots & Brews" cocktail hour on Friday. See dallasmarketcenter.com. ✯ The American Equestrian Trade Association (AETA) Expo, Aug. 16-18 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa., produced by Hopper Expos: Highlights include a Market Party and free educuational seminars for buyers. See hopperexpos.com. ✯ Te Western & English Sales Association (WESA) Market, Sept. 5-7 at the Denver Mart, Denver, Colo.: Highlights include the WESA Open Golf Tournament and the ever-popular Casino Night. See denver-wesa.com. ✯ Te Western & English Atlanta (WEA) Show, Sept. 20-22 at the North Atlanta Trade Center, Atlanta: Highlights include the WEA Golf Tournament, with more details to be posted soon on tullymarkets.com. See y'all there! Susan L. Ebert, Associate Publisher & Editor sebert@wetoday.com 0714 PubForum.indd 6 6/19/14 12:17 PM

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