Without further adieu, we present the final post of our Different Mindsets of a Tradeshow Attendee series - the fashionista/shopper. Ahhh, fashion and shopping, two things we could talk about for days. And also two things that Vision Expo West has covered! There's something great about walking through the Frames section of the show floor and seeing all of the promotional graphics for the different designers. It adds a bit of glamor to the industry and we're ALL for that! Shopping on the show is definitely happening in the frames section of the show floor, but that's only the beginning. Vision Expo is also an opportunity for attendees to take advantage of great deals on nearly everything their practice could ever need, from equipment to software. Here are some of our recommendations for the Fashionista or Shopper in you (Both at the show AND in Vegas):
You can check out the Eyewear and Accessories pavilion to get your fill of frame fashion. L'Amy is going to be previewing the newest sunglass and optical offerings from Chloe, Columbia, Theory, and Nina Ricci in their booth, #16043. In addition to their Ray-Ban and their house brands, Vogue and Persol, Luxottica will be in booth #16024 showcasing their licensed brands which include Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany, Tory Burch, and Versace. Marchon will also exhibiting in booth #17107 with great brands like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Coach, dvf, Michael Kors, and Jil Sander.
Now, if you want to prepare yourself before the show, we definitely recommend that you check out the Eyecessorize Blog to get caught up on the trends. They post a ton of great information! You can also head over to the What's New section of 20/20's website to get up-to-date on trends so that you're completely ready!
Okay, if you're shopping, the most important thing you can do is check out the Vision Expo's site and to go the Show Planner. Once you're there (it's on the home page), check out the Show Special section by clicking on the icon that looks like a tag. You can view discounts and rebates that various exhibitors are offering at the show, so check out what's going on with the vendors that you are most interested in. Another thing that you'll want to check in the Show Special section is Free Gifts. You won't just find giveaways like pens and such, there are also a lot of listings for free gift with purchase offers. (If you're shopping, it won't hurt to get someting free.) For example, A&A Optical Company is giving away Quicksilver watches with a minimum purchase, so is Daisy Fuentes eyewear. Be sure to check those out!
If your in the market for a new insurance claim filing solution, be sure to head to the VisionWeb Booth #MS7053 because we're giving attendings $0 enrollment and 2 months free! (See, deals are everywhere!)
Fashionistas and Shoppers in Vegas
It's impossible for us to write a post about Fashion and Shopping in Vegas without providing a few of our own tips for life outside the show. Here are a few of our favorite spots for shopping, bring your credit card and let's do this!
Forum Shops - Caesar's Palace
It should be against the rules to go to Vegas and NOT make at least one lap through the Forum Shops. There are a ton of great high-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Versace - we encourage you to go crazy in these if you were a big winner at blackjack the night before - or just window shop. In addition to the high-end stores, there is also a huge variety of affordable stores for your regular shopping. On top of all that, there's an animatronics show featuring Zeus and lightening and all the theatrics that only Vegas could produce in the middle of a mall. We highly suggest checking it out!
H&M - Three Locations
Thought you had to wait until Vision Expo East to hit up an H&M? Nope! There are three, count 'em THREE, locations of this uber-popular store. (Okay, when we were writing this, we thought there were only 2, but we just learned about the newest one in the Forum Shops!) We LOVE H&M and since we're in Texas, we don't have access to one. You can't shop online at H&M, so make sure you pay a visit to the store while you're in Vegas!
Okay, we already mentioned some of the luxury brands available at the Forum Shops, but there are lot's more. The Fashion Show Mall is home to a great Neiman Marcus store, and we don't have to tell you just how luxury that is. It's located on the strip near TI, you can't miss it. The sister properties Wynn and Encore are also host to major luxury brands like Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Cartier, Oscar de la Renta, and Hermes - so if you're in the market for a Birkin, we suggest you make it over to these properties. (And then head by our booth to show us!!)
The most important thing to note is that a good fashionista/shopper is always looking for more information! Did we miss any of your favorite shopping destinations in Vegas? Do you have something to suggest? Don't keep it to yourself, tell us! Where should we shop in Vegas?