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ASR debuts new features including Class and press conference

By Tiffany Montgomery
September 11, 2009 9:04 AM

ASR got underway Thursday with several new features including a morning press conference with five top industry executives and the debut of Class, a show within a show for fashion brands, many of whom do not typically show at ASR.

Paul NaudeBillabong Americas President Paul Naude

At the press conference in the main lobby of the San Diego Convention Center, industry executives discussed what separates the surf and skate industry from the larger youth fashion world, namely authenticy, a unique lifestlye and activities that kids actually participate in.

The International Association of Skateboarding Companies held an early morning retail roundtable that was well attended by more than 60 people who discussed starting a core retailer appreciation day, the need for manufacturers suggested prices on hardgoods, and the fragmented trade show environment.

Steve MurraySteve Murray, president of VF Corp.'s action sports group

The main floor of ASR was noticeably smaller than previous shows, but key buyers attended including D. Nachnani from Coastal Edge, Bruce Cromartie from B.C. Surf & Sport, Dave Nash from Sun Diego and buying teams from West 49, PacSun, Macy's and Tilly's.

Class brought an updated vibe to the overall show with its plush carpet, mood lighting, white leather seating areas, martini bar, DJ and hair salon.

Mark D'Emilia of Coast to Coast in New York usually comes to ASR and also took time to check out Class. He said he had just planned to walk the floor at Class, but ended up sitting down at the RVCA booth and writing a bunch of orders.

"I was very impressed," he said about RVCA. "They will in (our store) for spring."

Here are some photos from the day:

IASC retailer roundupThe IASC retailer roundtable

 

IASCThe IASC crew

 

Michael TomsonMichael Tomson checked out the press conference

 

Reef girls

The Reef Girls return

 

West 49 buying teamThe West 49 buying team

 

 

Class martinisMartinis at Class

 

 

Jade HoweFashion designer Jade Howe as DJ at Class, where his brand also had a booth.

 

 

Jesse FaenJesse Faen of Insight said his team has a successful first day at Class.

 

 

Jim ShubinJim Shubin, a consultant to ASR who organized Class

 

 

 


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