There are many amazing ways to experience High Point Market, and striking that fine mix between work – finding new sources, gathering CEUs, and shopping for clients – and play has never been easier. In fact, HPMKT goes out of its way to engage knowledgeable, extremely well-connected, and interesting industry experts and uber creatives to show you a good and productive time in High Point. From a day's worth of introductions to the full Monte customized for you, here are three options for getting through Market with an ensemble cast.
THE VIP HPMKT EXPERIENCE
Friday April 13th - Wednesday April 18th.
Soft Design Lab’s Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel, les grandes dames of High Point Market touring, have perfected the art of accessing the largest home furnishings event in the world, putting down a virtual red carpet and whisking attendees to a week of inspiration, information, insights and new friendships. The exclusive VIP tour, in partnership with High Point Market Authority, kicks off on Market eve and runs the duration. All details are planned out in order to maximize learning and discovery and minimize stress. Limited to 25 designers (mostly first-timers), The #HPMKT VIP Experience Tour includes five nights, double occupancy at the posh Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, private lunches and special receptions all day long, dedicated shuttle transportation to and from HP, unique educational opportunities, PR/press opportunities, a farewell dinner at the Green Valley Grill and more.
Tour Package: $1765. Full details and sign up info here.
Virgins and Veterans Tour
Sunday April 15 - Monday April 16
“High Point can be a daunting trip and there’s an art to doing it right,” says Kim Radovich, 16-year Market veteran and ASID NY Metro President Elect, who now adds “Tour Guide Extraordinaire” to her resume. Joined by ASID NY Metro President Bjorn Bjornsson, representing the virgins, this tour includes daily breakfasts and lunches at various showrooms plus a requisite flurry of happy hours. Showroom visits include Universal, Vanguard, Kravet, Samad, Theodore Alexander, Bernhart, Wesley Hall, Old Biscayne, Jaipur Living, Lexington, Artistica, and Christopher Guy with exclusive invites to industry events.
Free to ASID members; $50/day for non-ASID members. For more info, go here.
Jane Platina Phipps High Point Market Insider’s Tour
Saturday, April 14th, 8:30 - 6
Specially designed for first time attendees and those who might not have attended in the last few years, Jana Platina Phipps aka The Trim Queen is excited to escort a posse of 10 around Market on opening day, making introductions to her favorite sources in upholstery and casegoods, and acquainting guests with the overall lay of the land (best refueling and party spots) and market operations (how to get around efficiently). While it is not required that you wear some interesting embellishment to go on this tour, it will please Jana immensely and could be the inspiration for one of her famous Market blogs or videos. Oh, and you’ll leave with a cheat sheet. This is a tour with fringe benefits!
Free to qualified buyers. Details here.
Of course there are more tours offered throughout market. More Insider Tours (Jeanne Chung of Cozy Stylish Chic is doing 2), Suite Spot Tours given by designers (Robin Baron and Shayla Copas among others), and Style Spotter Tours which take off after the Tuesday morning breakfast. Go to HPMKT to peruse more.