by Karen Alberg Grossman
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For those Northeast retailers who are not yet bonded with the digital shopping experience, two upcoming in-person trade shows should bolster your mood, and hopefully your bottom line. Both shows are of course enforcing all mandated safety measures and then some, with masks, social distancing, and disinfecting strictly enforced.

The Haberdasher’s Guild show will take place at the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Plymouth Meeting, PA on August 23rd, 24th, and 25th. According to show director Gary Holden, show hours are 9am to 6pm this Sunday and Monday, and 9am to 4pm on Tuesday. “Currently, there are 35 vendors representing 120 lines. Key brands include Tommy Bahama, Johnnie-O, Robert Graham, Nautica, True Grit, and Southern Tide.”

Holden reiterates that masks will be required in all common areas of the hotel. “I have 100 bottles of hand sanitizer to distribute to retailers attending the show. Traffic will flow in a clockwise direction in the hotels to avoid close contact. Lunch (individually wrapped hoagies served by Lee’s Hoagie House, a local favorite) will be served in the hospitality suite.”

For more info, Gary Holden can be reached at 302-540-9548 or

The Boston Collective, which has been an open booth show for the past 15 years, has moved into a hotel suite setting in accordance with Massachusetts state guidelines. Says show director Phil Lewis, “While the show is smaller than usual, we’ve so far booked 25 sales reps showing 75-100 collections at the Embassy Suites in Marlborough, MA. Collections include Tommy Bahama, Faherty, Johnnie-O, Alberto, Haupt, Schott Bros., Jack Victor, and Tasc Performance. Show dates are September 13th-15th and of course, masks, sanitizer, and social distancing are part of the package.”

For more info: Phil Lewis can be reached at 508-868-2880.


  1. It’s great to see big steps in small ways happening in our industry to help move forward. The fashion business is use to change and those on the frontlines are making change happens. After Fashion equals change!
    Good luck to all and wishing you great business!

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