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Touch and feel new trends in golf and lifestyle apparel as well as demo new equipment at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas this August

The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas lives up to its name, providing a valuable experience that stretches far beyond walking aisles of exhibits. In three days, PGA Professionals, apparel buyers and golf industry professionals experience the latest in golf and lifestyle apparel as well as cutting edge equipment, training aids and technology. The show is a unique opportunity for attendees to touch and test new products to get a real sense of how they’ll perform as well as have time to ask key questions of vendors and plan their purchasing needs in advance.

“The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience has many opportunities for attendees to be spontaneous and act on what they see at the show,” said Marc Simon, event vice president, PGA Golf Shows. “This show provides different ways to interact with designers and R&D professionals making it a really good environment for networking.”

Laura Robinson, director of retail at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina attends PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas to look for trends in fabrics, colors, visual, and retail categories such as lifestyle versus athletic.

“My primary focus for this show is to research new brands and meet with vendors that are not currently a part of our matrix,” she said.

The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience presents popular special events that bring the products to life. Here are three things you won’t want to miss while in Las Vegas this August:

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  • 1. PGA Demo Experience at TOPGOLF

    Don’t just take our word for it. If you want to know how the latest equipment and training aids really perform test them for yourself at the PGA Demo Experience at TOPGOLF Las Vegas. This dynamic environment is conducive to trying out the latest technology in golf so that you can make the purchasing decisions that are right for your facility.

  • 2. LIVE Fashion Show

    End day one at the Live Fashion Show so that you can see how the latest trends in color, fashion, form and function really perform in action. The Live Fashion Show is immediately followed by an industry reception which is the perfect setting to talk about what you’ve just seen, what’s trending at your facility, and more with other PGA Professionals and apparel buyers.

    “If you’ve never attended the fashion show; it’s a good idea,” Becky Schlimm, director of retail at Medinah Country Club in Illinois said. “You see things you might otherwise miss and are exposed to a variety of offerings without having to walk the show.”

  • 3. New Product Showcase

    On the hunt for something new and different to offer your customers? The New Product Showcase is a must-see. You’ll find a curated collection of the year’s freshest products including apparel, accessories, equipment, technology and more. The products in this section are hand selected, and voted by influential PGA Professionals and buyers based on criteria that includes aesthetics, uniqueness, fills customer need and packaging/merchandising support.

    For Schlimm, the opportunity to touch new trends in golf and lifestyle attire and discuss opportunity with new vendors is key. She also says the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience is a good place to find gift items to bring in for holiday sales.

    “When you’re looking at soft goods, catalogs are great but don’t show color or some of the details,” she explained. “I come to touch and feel fabrics, test the stretch and see how they wear.”

    There’s a lot to put your hands on at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas. Register now to take advantage of all of the experiences that await you this August.

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