XBIZ Retail Retreat to Bring XBIZ 360° Full Circle, Set for Jan. 9-12

Ariana Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES — XBIZ is pleased to announce the winter edition of XBIZ Retreat, slated as part of the unprecedented XBIZ 360° series of six grand-slam events that will take attendees on a journey into the heart of the industry to decode its future, ignite commerce and spotlight success at the most extravagant awards show in industry history, the 2013 XBIZ Awards, presented by Fleshlight.

For information about this exclusive event, visit retreat.XBIZ360.com.

Taking place Jan. 9-12 in Los Angeles, at an undisclosed venue, the latest edition of XBIZ Retreat will follow the format of its summer debut — combining luxury and one-on-one private meetings during an all-inclusive, invite-only 3 day event exclusively for leading manufacturers and qualified retail buyers.

“Scheduled to coincide with the unprecedented XBIZ 360° events series and the biggest industry awards show of the year, XBIZ Retreat will once again provide the ultimate setting for commerce among market leaders,” Associate Publisher Sara Sazzman said. “XBIZ Retreat is solely focused on deal-making and networking — whether during the planned daily one-on-one meetings, elegant mixers or high-end dinners.”

According to Sazzman, the Los Angles edition of XBIZ Retreat also will include an engaging tourist element with a special outing planned.

“Our stellar list of confirmed attendees to January’s XBIZ Retreat so far includes top international vendors and qualified buyers from leading distributors and retailers around the world,” Sazzman said. “Thank you to all of the returning XBIZ Retreat participants and a warm welcome to all the new attendees.”

Among the returning participants are LELO’s Donna Faro, Good Vibes’ Coyote Days, as well as Girlfriends Films' Moose and Masque's Michael Guilfoyle.

“After the tremendous success LELO gained from the last XBIZ Retreat, we couldn't help but feel extremely honored to be invited for the 2013 event,” U.S. Sales & Marketing Director Donna Faro said. “With the more intensified agenda, the curriculum will only bring about further opportunities for all LELO brands and our valued distributors and retailers. XBIZ has really taken a hard look at making this event stronger, strategic and immensely beneficial for the attendees. We feel a tremendous partnership with XBIZ and hope to bring added value to this event with LELO as an integral part of the happenings.”

Good Vibes purchasing manager Coyote Days adds, “As an attending buyer I found the XBIZ Retreat to be both productive and enjoyable. This show gave me the chance to have uninterrupted one-on-one meetings where serious business was done.”

Girlfriends Films Vice President Moose said, "The XBIZ Retreat is great for business all the way around. It offers a lot of opportunities to network with the right people and also to come together collectively on issues which affect us all. Girlfriends Films supports the show wholeheartedly and you can count on our participation year after year."  

Masque President and COO Michael Guilfoyle said, “XBIZ has put the perfect sales event together with the XBIZ Retreat. It is an amazing bargain from an ROI standpoint. As a young company, we were able to have significant uninterrupted meeting time with some of the best buyers in the industry and to establish customer relationships with most of them.”

Among the new XBIZ Retreat participating vendors is Icon Brands.

“I’m thrilled to participate in the upcoming XBIZ Retreat,” said Joanie Lee, Icon Brands vice president of sales. “I look forward to meeting valuable partners, to strengthen relationships and build new ones as well.”

FixSation will unveil its second generation model of its couples vibe at XBIZ Retreat.

"We are so excited to officially launch our second generation FixSation Couples Vibe at the upcoming XBIZ Retreat,” FixSation founder Tiffany York said. “We know they will put together yet another well-organized, effective and entertaining event, rich with industry leaders. XBIZ sets the standard for B2B networking and is the perfect platform to showcase FixSation II."

Among the new buyers set to attend XBIZ Retreat is Pink Cherry Wholesale from Canada.

“PinkCherry is delighted to be attending XBIZ 360 2013, as Canada's largest online retailer and North America's fastest growing distributor, we are always looking for new and innovative products to introduce to our wildly loyal customers,” Pink Cherry Wholesale CEO Daniel Freedman said. “It is also always a pleasure spending time with the wonderful people we have met in the industry over the last five years since we started.”

Industry vet Tom Nardone, president of PriveCo., also will be in attendance at XBIZ Retreat.

"I've been in business for 14 years, the first 10 years I struggled to arrange meetings and gather contacts at companies I respected,” Nardone said. Now, they have invited me to be their guest. I'm really looking forward finding ways to work together."

XBIZ Retreat events feature a packed, all-inclusive itinerary anchored by private one-on-one meetings between buyers and vendors, along with plentiful opportunities for networking over meals and special events. While conducting business with fellow market leaders, the select group of XBIZ Retreat participants indulge in high-end hospitality in a posh setting.

For event information, visit retreat.XBIZ360.com.