Messe Frankfurt and Window Fashions magazine are co-sponsoring the Boston Curtain & Drapery Show, March 6 and 7, 1999, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. The exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The East Coast is a prime location for a broad base of window coverings professionals to take advantage of this unique venue. Companies across the nation will be offering window coverings and related products for interior designers, retailers, fabricators, workrooms and more. More than 1,500 visitors are anticipated for the event.
Products to Look For
• Hard and soft window coverings
• Fabrics and textile products
• Decorative accessories
• Workroom supplies and equipment
• Manufacturing equipment
• Wall coverings
• Floor coverings and area rugs
• Merchandising and sales tools
• Computer technology
Keynote Speaker Announced
Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co., New York, will be the Boston Curtain & Drapery Show's keynote speaker and feature the high-end designs he has created for famous clientele. His specialty is the interior design of top hotels and resorts around the world including The Greenbrier Hotels, The Plaza Hotel and the presidential yacht, USS Sequoia.
Varney also is a published author and founder of the Carleton Varney School of Interior Design at the University of Charleston. He owns several retail stores that carry his designs.
Window coverings experts from across the country will direct seminars on:
• Feature trends
• National and international market information
• Installation and workroom techniques
• Business management
By attending any of the CEU-accredited seminars, window coverings professionals will obtain credits to apply toward an associate, specialist and master level of the Window Fashions Certified Professionals[TM] (WFCP) program. Credits are gathered in increments of 10; after each set of 10 credits, attendees are ready to prove their skills in an exam (for specialist and master levels there also is a design project that must be completed). Success at each level of the program allows window coverings professionals to market themselves as a WFCP graduate to their clients and obtain promotional materials that will give them an edge on their competition.
This is just a sneak preview of the special events, attractions and educational opportunities in store for attendees.
For more information about these trade shows call:
Window Fashions magazine
4225 White Bear Pkwy, Ste. 400
St. Paul, MN 55110
200 Galleria Pkwy, N.W., #790
Atlanta, GA 30339