International Market Centers has announced an agreement to acquire Shoppe Object, a design-focused home and lifestyle tradeshow and its Shoppe Online B2B e-commerce platform. Shoppe Object co-founder Jesse James will join IMC as Vice President and Show Director, reporting to Executive Vice President, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Dorothy Belshaw. Co-founders of Shoppe Object, Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk, will remain involved in a consulting capacity.
“Jesse, Deirdre and Minya have built an incredibly strong and compelling market quickly and authentically, and this acquisition is an exciting new partnership for us all,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “Shoppe Object will have the ability to grow the reach of its impeccably curated and artfully presented physical and digital platform with our investment; and IMC will have a new opportunity for regional expansion in the Northeast as well as a pipeline to bring new design-driven and socially-conscious brands, makers and voices to our physical and digital markets.”
The closing will take place after the conclusion of the February 2022 edition of Shoppe Object, according to Maricich.
Celebrating and Upholding the Shoppe Object Brand
IMC plans to maintain the autonomy of Shoppe Object with the existing team handling sales, marketing, and management under James’ direction. Working closely with James, IMC will expand the existing semiannual show in New York City and explore regional extensions in established IMC venues and other major cities by combining creative vision, exhibitor feedback and business needs.
“This partnership makes strategic sense because IMC recognizes the significant value in Shoppe Object’s core origins,” said James. “Shoppe Object embodies a community spirit and was born out of a need for change. IMC appreciates Shoppe Object for that and is committed to maintaining our brand integrity, disciplined curation and forward vision.”
Shoppe Object was launched in 2018 by James, founder of the creative consultancy and sales agency Aesthetic Movement, in collaboration with Maloney and Quirk, co-founders of Capsule, an international tradeshow for independent ready-to-wear labels launched in 2007 and sold in 2013. Following an enthusiastic response from buyers and brands alike, Shoppe Object grew exponentially from the 100 home and lifestyle brands of its inaugural event to its current annual mix of 500+seminal design brands and emerging makers. The physical market is held in New York City each February and August.
In 2020, Shoppe Object extended into the digital realm with the launch of online marketplace Shoppe Online. The B2B platform enables buyers to preview, browse and buy from Shoppe Object exhibitors year-round and integrates with at-market buyer profiles to facilitate lead management, order writing and post-show follow up.
New Opportunities to Promote Inclusion Across IMC Markets
The acquisition of Shoppe Object and appointment of James is another strategic step in IMC’s plan to emphasize the value of curated content, support values-based commerce and bring new perspectives to its community of brands.
In addition to his focus on the strategic growth and expansion of Shoppe Object, James will work closely with recent hire Vanessa Bruce, IMC’s Vice President of Social Impact, to identify and showcase values-based resources both at IMC’s physical markets as well as on the newly launched JuniperMarket B2B ecommerce platform powered by IMC. His efforts will focus on growth through the development and promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion among buyers and sellers.
Maricich added “Jesse has been a long-time customer and partner of IMC and we’re excited to welcome his discerning eye and cultural ethos to our team as we explore the impact opportunities of our markets.”
Shoppe Object closes today, February 7, 2022, at 6PM at Pier 36 (299 South Street) in New York City. The next edition will be held August 13-15, 2022. For information and registration, visit www.shoppeobject.com.
About Shoppe Object: Shoppe Object is New York’s semiannual, independent home and gift show. With a curated roster of visionary brands and makers presented in an elevated setting, Shoppe Object is the ultimate resource for premier merchants and influential editors. Born of a vanguard spirit to celebrate and service the progressive retail and design community, Shoppe Object is a gathering of fellowship, an expression of ideas, and a physical manifestation of a shared ethos — dedication to, and reverence for the good, the beautiful, the inspired, the innovative, and the well-made. Shoppe Object debuted to the trade in August 2018 and was founded by Jesse James of Aesthetic Movement, and Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk, partners in Bast & Bell and co-founders of the apparel tradeshow Capsule that was acquired by Reed exhibitions in 2013. Over a glass of wine on the Lower East Side, they imagined a scenario that combined their first-hand knowledge of the evolving home and gift market with their tradeshow expertise, and Shoppe Object was born. @shoppeobject
About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. For more information, visit www.imcenters.com.