Debuting at The LA Mart during the Los Angeles Gift + Home Market, Conscious Biz LA will bring together over 100 LA-based eco-friendly, vegan, solar-powered, recycled, up-cycled, carbon neutral and other conscious businesses to uplift the thousands of buyers that pour into downtown LA to stock the nations retail shelves with gifts, housewares and more each January. Conscious Biz LA provides the only responsible-product marketplace, providing buyers and purveyors with unmatched networking, purchasing and sales opportunities.
At Conscious Biz LA participants become an integral part of this one-of-a-kind exchange. Manufacturers are given a stage to truly stand out as up-and-coming, progressive, and uniquely “green,” providing wares in home decor, accents, beauty and spa, gourmet, toys, jewelry, fashion accessories, and more. Buyers connect with revolutionary Gift + Home products, bolstering their own inventories with cutting-edge sustainable merchandise.
Conscious Biz LA serves the ever-growing green consumer population in a beautiful, convenient, highly-accessible setting, and helps to reinforce the upward trajectory of eco-friendly production and consumption, stemming from its hub in Southern California. Due to 2016 being the debut for Conscious Biz LA, booth spaces start at an extremely sustainable price of only $500, to encourage startups, independent artisans and non-profits to exhibit their wares.
The event grants buyers, designers, and showrooms all-access passes to previously-inaccessible merchandise and product lines. By providing an outlet for unique companies, Conscious Biz LA is not only suited to local buyers who support their local markets and producers, but also calls to national and international buyers to bolster their offerings with specialty products.
As Conscious Biz LA’s show dates are aligned with not only the LA Mart’s Winter Market, but also the LA Gift & Home Market at the California Market Center, and LAMKT at the nearby LA Convention Center, it brings together and enhances an entire buyer, designer, and purveyor community here in Los Angeles. To encourage buyers to attend all three locations shuttle buses will be provided.
Conscious Biz LA shares its facilities with the LA Mart, which contains the West Coast’s most comprehensive collection of fine regional and national showrooms available to the trade and consumer buying communities 5 days a week. Encompassing 500,000 square feet of gift, home, furniture, and lifestyle lines, the LA Mart Gift + Home + Design Center features thousands of premium product lines, from custom manufactured to nationally branded merchandise, represented in the building’s permanent showrooms.
Local, regional, national and international buyers from top retailers including Ace Hardware, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdales, Bristol Farms, Crate & Barrel, CVS, Forever 21, Fred Segal, Home Depot, Kitson, Marshalls, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Ross, TJ Maxx, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and many more are expected to attend.
The location for Conscious Biz LA is the Magic Box @ The REEF, a large 2nd floor event space that occupies 60,000 square feet, and will host approximately 100-150 booth spaces. Exhibitors will occupy beautiful hardwall booth spaces throughout the exhibit floor.
The event space will take eco-friendly practices and aesthetics into consideration for its own build-out, constructing a special environment that truly represents this sentiment and reflects it onto attendees on behalf of all participating organizations, and the fair itself. The space intentionally shifts away from a traditional stiff, sterile trade-show environment, and instead creates a light, lively, modern space that mimics the positive practices and energy of its exhibitors and products. As the theme of Conscious Biz LA focuses on earth-friendly businesses, the event floor will be alive with color, plants, and a layout that encourages a natural flow for visitors and an easy experience of the space. Attendees will meander through aisles of products and vendors they have never had access to until now.
There is a clear understanding that current market trends are indeed shifting to have a more environmental focus. The “Go Green” revolution is undeniable; many of the largest companies today are switching to greener practices to keep up with the times. As a result, more and more designers, buyers, and store owners are continuing to gravitate toward providing products that resonate with an ever-increasing conscious community. The products which will be made directly available at Conscious Biz LA are relevant to those individuals and to provide a niche of products that is in increasing demand worldwide.
Recent studies show that nearly four in 10 American now say they are dedicated to buying green products and services (ie either “almost always” or “regularly” buy green products), which equates to nearly 93 million Americans. Though this is a notable increase since 2012, consumers also refuse to be inconvenienced by green, still closely valuing accessibility, affordability, and quality. A core purpose of Conscious Biz LA is to serve the ever-growing green consumer population in a beautiful, convenient, highly-accessible setting, and to help to reinforce the upward trajectory of green production and consumption. Indeed while attendees on January 29 and 30 will be limited to the trade, the public is invited to attend on Sunday January 31 to peruse and acquire the beautiful, green, sustainable, conscious wares that will only be available at Conscious Biz LA.