04 July 2009

Soy-blend candles

Moon Struck candles from Bridgewater International, 877-843-2743 877-THE BRIDGE Moon Struck is Bridgewater International's new line of clean-burning, natural soy-blend wax candles. The company offers candles in tea light, votive, pillar and jar sizes. Reed diffusers are also available. Bridgewater introduced these at the Dallas gift show, and will show them again in Atlanta this month and in New York next month.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product for you.

03 July 2009

A new website for textiles

Housewarps.com, founded by Marcia Adams, launched a website offering interior designers and consumers hand-woven textiles for the home. The online store carries products made by more than 20 artisan weavers from all over the United States.
"The weavers who consign their pieces to us work out of their own home or studio," Adams said. “Some of the weavers raise the animals from which the fiber is harvested, and some spin and dye their own yarn."

Baby gifts

Sue Berk Designs introduced a new line of wooden frames and ceramic crosses at the Dallas gift market. The frames feature on-trend colors in lead-free paints and 3-D add-ons, such as hearts and crosses.

Sue Berk Designs of Dallas offers new wood photo frames and ceramic crosses.
The crosses feature zebra, giraffe or leopard print and feature one-word sentiments such as Faith, Hope or Love. The Coco Collection crosses come in pink/brown or blue/brown polka dots.


Retailers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order these products for you.

02 July 2009

Fancy stationery


At last month's gift show in Dallas, Suzie Q's Papeteries introduced a "Timeless Traditions" line of Victorian-era gift, note and holiday cards. The company also offers calling and business cards. The cards above are blank inside.

Retailers: Call 979-378-2600 for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product.

01 July 2009

Crabtree & Evelyn restructures

Statement from the Crabtree & Evelyn website:

Crabtree & Evelyn, Ltd. (the "Company") announced today that it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Other members of the Crabtree & Evelyn Group (including affiliates in Canada, the European Union, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia) have not filed for protection.
The Company will pursue a plan of reorganization to capitalize on opportunities for future growth and profitability, including evaluation of its real estate portfolio, strengthening brand strategies and restructuring of its financial obligations.
Day-to-day operations and business will continue to operate through the Company’s wholesale, e-commerce (www.crabtree-evelyn.com) and retail channels. The Company also intends to honor customer gift cards, returns and its loyalty program.

Tote bag give-away for retailers

Calypso Studios will be giving away its S.H.O.P. tote bags at the 2009 summer gift markets.Calypso Studios is giving away approximately 2,000 S.H.O.P. totes at participating gift shows this summer. The S.H.O.P. totes (Start Helping Our Planet) are re-usable.
See the company at gift shows in Atlanta (Southern Link), Chicago (DNA), Los Angeles (Newcombs), Philadelphia (booth 1100 and 1102), New York (booth 1415 and 1417) and Las Vegas (at the Magic show and the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Show).
The company is introducing new styles for fall and Christmas. The company also creates and makes natural jewelry (from clay, glass and shell).
Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product for you.

New textiles website

from a press release:
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 30, 2009 -- Housewarps.com, LLC is proud to announce the launch of its website, offering hand-woven textiles for the home. Founded by Marcia Adams, the online store introduces products made by artisan weavers from all over the United States. Both decorators and consumers will have access to exclusive textiles made in a variety of styles to add to every room in the house.
Textiles perform many important functions in our homes and offices: Rugs and mats protect our floors and fine furniture; curtains provide privacy; blankets keep us warm; towels dry our hands and bodies; tapestries decorate our walls; and we use cloth to add color and texture to our environment. Housewarps.com represents the unique work of over 20 weavers who have all created their own individual answers to our textile needs.
"The weavers who consign their pieces to us work out of their own home or studio," says Marcia Adams, creator of Housewarps.com. "They have established their own style using traditional weave structures or their own distinctive designs, and manufacture the cloth on hand-operated looms. Some of the weavers raise the animals from which the fiber is harvested, and some spin and dye their own yarn. Each weaver has his/her own life story, but their common thread is a fascination with weaving and a commitment to quality craftsmanship."

30 June 2009

Capel opens showroom in L.A.

Capel Rugs will be available through the Rosenberg Group in the L.A. Mart Design Center, Los Angeles
from a press release:
"This month, Capel Rugs will unveil its newest showroom location in Los Angeles at Filbert & Fig, located in the L.A. Mart Design Center. Featuring 16,000 square feet of floor space, Filbert & Fig specializes in fine furnishings and accessories in traditional, transitional and contemporary styles and will showcase Capel as an exclusive resource for fine floor coverings.

"Capel Rugs will be offered through the Rosenberg Group, the accessories division of Filbert & Fig. The showroom will display over 200 8' x 10' rugs and sample sizes in a wide variety of style and construction categories. Buyers will have the opportunity to order from Capel's complete program of over 10,000 rugs.

"Capel is a perfect fit with our diverse and high-quality home furnishings," said Scott Rosenberg, owner of the Rosenberg Group. "We're thrilled to offer our customers Capel's wide selection of exceptional rugs and look forward to a long and successful partnership."

"The Filbert & Fig showroom in the L.A. Mart Design Center is located at 1933 South Broadway, Suite 1046 (10th floor) in Los Angeles and is open to the trade Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm."

Positive thinking

Alexa's Angels, Windsor, Colo., designed the Positivity bracelet
Alexa's Angels, Windsor, Colo., designed the Positivity bracelet to help residents of that community deal with the one-year anniversary of a tornado that ripped through their town. In May, company founder Beth Lang mailed more than 2,500 sets to friends, family and customers with a letter asking the receiver to keep one and pass the others on. Then the company gave away more bracelets in exchange for a non-perishable food donation to benefit a local food pantry.

"Positivity can be contagious. It fuels optimism, hope and feelings of strength and these are things we can all use and share," Lang says.


Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums and to see other jewelry designs. Find the company at gift shows in Atlanta, Dallas, New York and Las Vegas.


Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer to order this product.

29 June 2009

Present Time merges Euro, US operations

Present Time bv, the 'House of Brands' based in the Netherlands known for creating and distributing lifestyle accessories and gifts in Europe and around the world, has merged its activities with Present Time Inc., its U.S. distributor located in Austin, Texas. "Joining forces would lead to synergies and better customer service in the U.S.," said Dries Bogels, ceo of the Dutch company. Sjoerd Brink, founder and CEO of Present Time Inc, said the merger "brings incredible opportunities, especially with all the new brands and products we will be able to add our current portfolio."

Fashionable clipboards


BlueDogz Design has introduced new styles to its line of recycled wood, painted clipboards. The products come in 32 styles and three sizes-4 inches by 4 inches; 6 inches by 9 inches (sold with a pencil on a ribbon, two notepads with matching pattern covers, white perforated paper and two magnets on the back); and a letter-size 9 inches by 12 inches (sold with a pencil on a ribbon and pattern painted on both the front and the back of the clipboards).
Designs include florals, polka dots, Damasks, houndstooth and chandeliers. The clipboards can be monogrammed or personalized.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product for you.
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