LA MART readies for its 60th anniversary

LA Mart sets off their 60th Anniversary year-long celebration with this month’s Winter Market held Thursday, January 18 through Monday January 22, 2018.  Opening its doors in 1958, the LA Mart has progressed from a furniture only mart to a mixed use gift, home, apparel and furniture mart like no other in the Western United States.  “In the early years,” states Frank Joens, Sr. VP, General Manager of the LA Mart, “the building was only run as a furniture mart as gifts and fashion were all shopped in downtown hotels.  Then in the late 1970’s LA Mart opened its first gift showroom and has never looked back!”

LA Mart is excitedly preparing their state of the art 2nd floor trade hall for the brand new TEMPS ON 2, a reboot of the hugely successful temporaries trade show that occurred from the early 2000’s through 2011 until ownership changed hands.  “Reigniting TEMPS ON 2 is super exciting!  We have worked hard to fully curate a temporary show with primarily new exhibitors never seen in Los Angeles before,” states Joens. “We’ve combined a fantastic group of artisans and new lines that will look and feel different than any other temp show out there today.  While we love our wonderful national name brands, for TEMPS ON 2 we concentrated on creating and adding an unique and artist driven look for this show which we believe the buyers will be thrilled to shop!”

In commemoration of their Winter Market – Diamond Anniversary celebration, LA Mart has pulled out all of the stops with a crossover theme of remembering the history of their trade show business intertwined with the business of old Hollywood and branded it all, “CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS!”   This will include a reimagining of the LA Mart as a 1958 movie premiere complete with LA Mart Walk of Fame Stars, vintage Hollywood photo booths, fantasy paparazzi, handprints in the cement of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and much more.  The zenith of the celebration will be held at the end of market day, Friday January 19th, with LA Mart’s Diamond Anniversary Ball.  This gala will include dinner, drinks, music, dancing, paparazzi and a celebrity appearance by a couple of timelessly-famous movie stars.  Everyone is invited to attend!

“This is a huge milestone for LA Mart and we plan to celebrate and party Los Angeles Style with Hollywood flair.” continues Joens.  “Our building has the most amazing long-term showrooms filled with the coolest, most unique resources in the West.  By adding TEMPS ON 2, we are definitely primed and ready to make the LA Mart shopping experience even more spectacular!”