Summer 2023 Shoppe Object reports strong attendance growth

Aug 23, 2023
Summer 2023 Shoppe Object reports strong attendance growth

The Summer 2023 edition of Shoppe Object wrapped another sold-out show at Manhattan’s Pier 36 last week, delivering 20% attendance growth and exceeding core expansion goals. Presenting close to 600 brands from 24 countries in a maximized footprint, Shoppe Object’s new Cityside Pavilion made its summer market debut Aug. 13-15 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

“This show marked five years since we first launched at the old H&H Bagel factory in 2018, and it really is a joy to see what has come of those early instincts,” said Jesse James, founder and show director. “We wanted to create a better space for trade in New York, with vitality and curation befitting the very best brands and merchants of home and gift from the U.S. and around the world. We’ve been on a steady path since that first show, and the jolt in international brands this season, combined with the continued exuberance in feedback from both our buyers and exhibitors, has really sealed the deal.”

The summer edition showcased a 50% increase in international attendees, as well as a strategic increase in products for the home. Attendees responded positively to the invigorating growth.

The Summer show reportedly welcomed a major increase in international exhibitors, which collectively represented nearly a quarter of the total market. Brands traveling from abroad showed a diverse range of product categories, and a long list of first-timers to Shoppe Object included household names like French knife maker Opinel and sleek shopping trolleys from the Spanish brand Rolser, as well as Iris Hantverk’s handmade brushes from Sweden, Kapka’s colorful enamelware from Turkey, and Muzaluci’s textiles from Colombia. Japanese distributor SAIKAI also displayed nearly 30 brands across categories from furniture to ceramics.

Also notable was the August edition’s 20% growth in home brands since the winter edition. Some 55% of the August exhibit floor showed home categories. Shoppe Object’s Black Lives Matter Action Initiative (BLMAI) sponsored 20 Black-owned brands in a hybrid format, offering both in-person booth space and digital exhibition through the show’s online marketplace, Shoppe Online. The program, now in its fifth season, was launched to amplify diversity in the home and gift space.

Shoppe Object’s new High Point edition, Shoppe High Point, will debut Oct. 14-17, with 100 new-to-High Point brands on the third floor of Historic Market Square, North Carolina.