IMC sponsors High Point Market seminar series

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The International Market Centers will sponsor a seminar series at the High Point Market featuring top designers, style editors, bloggers and other industry thought leaders discussing subjects ranging from design trends to brand-building.

The seminar series will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, through Tuesday, Oct. 16. All seminars are held in the IHFC Ballroom A on the 11th floor of the Green Wing. Reservations are recommended or required, as detailed below.


Modern Meets Traditional: Candice Olson and Ann Maine
Noon-1 p.m.

Join Candice Olson, design personality and HGTV star, and Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home magazine, as they discuss key design and color trends and Olson's new collection of upholstery and case goods for Highland House. Sponsored by IFDA Carolinas Chapter and IMC. $20 fee includes lunch. Seating will be limited and advance registration is recommended. Reservation is secured upon receipt of payment. Email to request a credit card authorization.


Bootstrapping Your Brand in a Challenged Economy
7:30-9 a.m.

Moderated by Julia Rosien, president of WithIt and founder and chief idea officer of SocialNorth, a social media strategist firm, this session features two individuals who have built powerhouse brands - designers Kathy Ireland and Angelo Surmelis. In this session, Ireland and Surmelis will discuss how to go beyond surviving to thriving. Topics include forecasting from the bottom up, focusing on each battle instead of the whole war and working with startup-minded people. Sponsored by WithIt and IMC. Breakfast and seminar are free of charge. Reservations are required. Email or

Rugs 101
Noon- 1 p.m.

Join Cyrus Loloi, with Loloi Rugs, along with Cherisse Jensen and Emily Lancaster, Loloi's product developers, as they share their rug expertise. This seminar will cover the basics - rug construction, fiber types, tips and tricks for selecting rug sizes for your room, and more. The team will also share what's hot right now in the rug market, explore upcoming trends and have a Q&A. Sponsored by IMC and Loloi Rugs. Lunch and seminar are free of charge. Seating will be limited. Reservations are recommended by emailing


Style Spotters Live!
9-10 a.m.

Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast as four High Point Market Style Spotters share their favorite looks and on-trend products found at the High Point Market. At this special breakfast event, the Style Spotters sharing their views on the latest home fashion trends include: Gretchen Aubuchon, founder and editor in chief of Fashion + Decor, a website that takes looks from the fashion runways and pairs them with a match in home decor; Cassandra LaValle, editor of the popular lifestyle blog coco+kelley, named one of 50 Best Design Blogs by the London Times; Julia Buckingham Edelmann, an interior designer with two Chicago showrooms and one of the renowned Material Girls bloggers; and Stacy Naquin, a Louisiana-based interior designer known for her unique combination of modern glamour, timeless design and current trends. Sponsored by the High Point Market Authority and IMC. Breakfast and seminar are free of charge. Reservations are required. Email

Pure Home and International Market Centers Present: Turning the Table on Showrooming
Noon-1 p.m.

Every 50 years, retail goes through a major change. Showrooming is a shopping practice that shows how customers' buying habits have forever changed. Showrooming is here to stay - it's time retailers change to keep up with customers. Join Barry Abraham, a sales and marketing strategist and entrepreneur, as he shares his vision of how retailers can embrace Showrooming and win in the process. Sponsored by IMC and Pure Home. Reservations not required. Complimentary boxed lunch provided.

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