Manila FAME wrapped up on Saturday night. Lots of positive reviews from everyone! I know a few people who did their shopping and ordered furniture and jewelry. Heard from some exhibitors who said that the bottom line was better than last year’s. Yay!
I was curious about how the designers and exhibitors perceived the “open to the public” idea. Manila FAME used to be a trade show reserved only for buyers and trade partners. Got mixed reviews. One said it was good because they were prepared to sell in a small retail booth anyway. The other one said, “We were literally harassed by some non-trade buyers. Distracted from possibly serious buyers… Some asked even why they can’t get items right away… And compared it to the American women’s bazaar. Non trade should only be allowed on the last day.”
I think in the end, it’s all GOOD!
Here are some other highlights from the first day.
The Garden Pavilion was designed and curated by Ito Kish. He also worked with the exhibitors and gave tips on visual merchandising. The pieces here are a mix from many designers/exhibitors. (Sorry, I don’t have captions for all because of the mix plus I wasn’t taking notes.)