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    For Immediate Release
    Fall Event Features Alexa Hampton, Susanne Kasler, Mariette Himes-Gomez, Carson Kressley


    HIGH POINT, NC – (September 24, 2015) – International Market Centers (IMC) is proud to announce an exciting roster of programming led by many of the industry’s top designers and well-known company executives for the upcoming Fall High Point Market.  Topics run the gamut from Designer Aesthetics with Alexa Hampton, Susanne Kasler, Mariette Himes-Gomez and Mark D. Sikes to Outdoor Trends with HGTV HOME’s Nancy Fire to Trendwatch with Julie Smith Vincenti to Millennials & E-Retailing with Benjamin Moore, Guildery and more. Seminars take place in the Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS 1-1014) Saturday through Tuesday during Market.


    “We are pleased to sponsor a great lineup of inspirational and educational programs at market,” said Julie Messner, Senior Vice President for Furniture Leasing in High Point for IMC. “Our seminars are an excellent way for market attendees, interior designers in particular, to have access to the expertise of some of our industry’s most highly regarded interior design minds as well as the business acumen of top industry leaders. They’re also complimentary and have CEU accreditation.”


    Saturday, October 20, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Let’s Take it Outside: Hot Outdoor Trends & New Products with HGTV HOME’s Nancy Fire
    Join Nancy Fire, Design Director for HGTV HOME and Creative Director/Founder of Design Works International as she walks us through a host of incredible new resources and shares trend insights and inspirations that can be applied to a variety of outdoor environments. Nancy has  worked with top brands Graco, Playtex/Energizer, Vera Wang for Kohl’s, Martha Stewart Everyday, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kimberly Clark, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. (0.1 CEU)


    Saturday, October 17, 3:30pm-4:30pm
    TrendWatch: An Inside Look at the Future of Design with Julie Smith Vincenti
    The popular TrendWatch program returns to High Point Market this fall, giving attendees an inside look at leading trends in the home furnishings industry through an opening day seminar and three on-site trend displays. Industry maven Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media will curate submissions for the TrendWatch program – look for the three TrendWatch displays: in the Suites at Market Square Lobby, IHFC Green Lobby and the walkway between IHFC and Showplace near the Transportation Terminal. Make sure to pick up your copy of the popular First Look book at the registration desks. (0.1 CEU).


    Sunday, October 18, 11:00am-12:00pm
    A-Listers Talk Luxury and High Style of Design – Antonino Buzzetta, David Phoenix, Kelli Ellis and Colin Blanchard, moderated by Viyet’s Beth Felsen
    Please join us for a discussion among the industry's top tastemakers of luxury design – Antonino Buzzetta, David Phoenix, Kelli Ellis and Colin Blanchard – as we find out what inspires and drives them in the creation of their over the top interior and furniture design. Moderated by Viyet’s Beth Felsen, this panel will be engaging and eye opening to what these individuals look for when designing for a private residence and in hospitality. (0.1 CEU)


    Sunday, October 18, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Preppy and Colorful – A Fresh Take on a Timeless Look moderated by moderated by Traditional Home Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund
    Please join us as we engage our prestigious panelists – Sam Allen, Julianne Taylor, Liza Sharp and Allison Mattison – on what it truly means to unwaveringly utilize color and bring a preppy edge to design. Moderated by Traditional Home Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund, this panel is sure to be lively and engaging. Color is something that should be embraced according to this group and they will discuss how to design bold and fearlessly with bright colors and patterns.  (0.1 CEU)


    Monday, October 19, 10:00am-11:00am
    The Designer's Eye: Aesthetics, Details, Sensibilities and Nuances
    Renowned and universally adored designer Alexa Hampton moderates a star-studded panel of design icons, including Mariette Himes Gomez, Suzanne Kasler and Mark D. Sikes to discuss the key elements of successful design and creative ways to infuse a piece of yourself to make each project unique. Each designer has their own personal touch, perspective, point of view.  Join this seminar to learn how a designer’s individual point of view helps to bring a room, or a collection, together. (0.1 CEU)


    Monday, October 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Inside the Designers’ Studio with Jeffrey Alan Marks and Carson Kressley
    Moderated by Victoria de la Camara, Style Editor of Rue
    Following the “Inside the Actor’s Studio” concept, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Bravo and Logo TV personality Carson Kressley will discuss Interiors Meets Fashion as well as some of the projects that got them to where they are now. Celebrity designer and author of The Meaning of Home, Marks has been anointed one of the most influential designers in American history by House Beautiful magazine, and received countless accolades from Elle Décor and other top-tier designer publications. Kressley is an Emmy-winning television star, New York Times best-selling author, celebrity stylist and fashion designer, style contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Live With Kelly and Michael!, The Queen Latifah Show, Bethenny and The Wendy Williams Show. (0.1 CEU)


    Tuesday, October 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Millennials and E-Retailing: Connecting to America’s Largest Shopping Audience with executives from Benjamin Moore, Wayfair and Guildery, moderated by Jenny Heinzen York, Editor-in-Chief of Home Accents Today
    Today, Millennials account for the highest percentage of buying households at traditional furniture stores (36%), manufacturer-branded furniture stores (53%), online retailers (59%), lifestyle furniture stores (58%), and discount department stores (43%). Industry executives from Benjamin Moore, Wayfair and Guildery (founders of Tiny Prints and Shutterfly) will discuss their strategies and tactics to reach and engage what is now the largest shopping audience. (0.1 CEU)


    In addition to seminars, top tastemakers, many of whom are program participants, will conduct free “Suite Spot” tours throughout the Suites at Market Square to share their favorite finds throughout the floors. To learn more about the tours, tour leaders and to register, visit: http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/suite-spot-tours. For more information about seminars, visit: http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/seminars-and-events/


    Fall High Point Market runs from Saturday, October 17 – Thursday, October 22. Showroom hours are Saturday - Wednesday from 8am - 7pm; Thursday 8am - 5pm.


    To register: http://www.highpointmarket.org/register
    Find accommodations: http://www.highpointmarket.org/plan-your-trip/accommodations
    Take advantage of the free airport shuttle service: http://www.highpointmarket.org/plan-your-trip/airport-shuttles;
    and more, visit: http://www.highpointmarket.org/


    About International Market Centers, L.P.
    International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 12.1 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas, including the 14 primary buildings at the High Point Market. In addition, IMC operates the Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round resource open to both the design trade and consumers with more than 40 showrooms and hundreds of designer brands. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries.


    Media Contact:
    Eden Bloss
    PR Communications Manager
    ebloss@imcenters.com | (336) 821-1548