08 May 2009

In the news: Social media for retailers

S.H.O.P. (Start Helping Our Planet) totes from Calypso Studios are re-usable polyester shopping bags.Retailers: Do you use social media to reach your customers? Calypso Studios does. This Richmond, Va.-based wholesaler and retailer uses Twitter and Facebook to promote its tote bags, and clay, glass and shell jewelry. In last month's Earth Day promotion, the company gave away $10,000 worth of its new S.H.O.P. (Start Helping Our Planet) totes. Shoppers had to register on the Calypso website during a three-week period from April 1 to 22. Calypso supported the promotion heavily with regular Twitter tweets and it posted photos from the event on its Facebook page.
The stylish, re-usable bags are made of polyester. They measure 17 inches by 19 inches and collapse into an 8-inch by 6-inch carrying case.

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Stella. Stella star

Elias Roedan, a graphic designer from the Dominican Republic, debuted his collection of Faces Wall Tiles for The Phillips Collection.Elias Roedan, a graphic designer from the Dominican Republic, debuted his collection of Faces Wall Tiles at The Phillips Collection showroom in High Point, N.C., last month. The tiles, measuring 8 inches by 8 inches, are hand-painted and feature Elias’ muse; Stella. Did you notice that her lips are hearts? (Click image for a larger view.)
The ceramic Doodle Vases come in three styles, and each measures 21 inches tall. They have a glossy sheen and are reminiscent of urban graffiti.

07 May 2009

First look at Rowe's new tables

Rowe furniture introduced upholstered accent tables at the april 2009 high point furniture market.Rowe Fine Furniture introduced custom upholstered end tables, cocktail tables and consoles at the High Point market last week. (Shown is the Iris cocktail table.)
The Parson-style tables may be fully upholstered in either one fabric or two, with the second used on the top inset. Each table has a 3/8” piece of tempered glass to lie flush on top. They are available in both the Rowe and Robin Bruce collections. The tables will hit stores in August.

06 May 2009

Products for birthday celebrations

Mud Pie has a new line of birthday-themed entertaining and gift items.
At the upcoming summer gift markets, Mud Pie will introduce a new collection of birthday-themed entertaining and gift items featuring polka dot and cupcake designs. They come in shades of pink, green, blue and brown. Each gift item features a unique embellishment, including ribbon bows and metallic icon party hats.

05 May 2009

French-theme tea towel

Torchons et Bouchons is a small French company making 100% cotton tea towels. I have a soft spot in my heart for things French. Torchons et Bouchons is a small French company making 100% cotton tea towels, aprons and placemats with prints of famous Grands Crus labels, varietal vineyards maps, cheese maps and traditional French regional specialties such as choucroute and Camembert.
This new tea towel, called "J'en ai mange" (I ate that), shows images of traditional French fare, including oysters, snails, frog legs, foie gras, cassoulet and croissants. In the works is "I drank that!" about French drinks. The images are printed on the towels with food-safe, water-based inks. Torchons et Bouchons is represented in the United States by Arceau Marketing.

04 May 2009

New candles

David Oreck Candle from the Fragant Passage Candle Co. was shown at the High Point funiture market in April 2009.
David Oreck, the vacuum cleaner guy, also owns a company that makes home fragrance products. Fragrant Passage Candle Co. introduced its Spring collection at the April 2009 High Point furniture market. The company will also exhibit at the Atlanta gift show this summer.
The scents include strawberry pie, watermelon and orange marmalade. Gem Lights candles are poured into hand-blown glass containers. The company says the product has a clean burn and a "longer burn time than paraffin."
The line also includes the Pine Cone collection, the Blue Pegasus Everyday Value Line, the Blue Pegasus Wedding Line and the Orchestra collection.
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