04 December 2009

Silk floral arrangements

New Growth Designs assembles all of its artificial florals in Greenville, NC.


New Growth Designs introduced a variety of green plants, orchids, flower plants and stems during the 2009 Fall Market at High Point. Among the designs were Lady’s Slipper and Phalaenopsis orchids arranged in new porcelain containers. Dahlia flower stems in jewel tones provide color for the winter months.
Other new selections include small boxwoods and rosemary topiaries, fir and pine wreaths and garlands, mini-Poinsettias, paperwhite narcissus, and amaryllis plants. New Growth Designs assembles all of its artificial florals in Greenville, NC.

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03 December 2009

Fair Trade Federation Offerings Expanded at California Gift Show

from a press release

Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2009)—This January, the California Gift Show and the Fair Trade Federation are joining forces again to offer the largest Fair Trade Pavilion in the industry, January 15-18, 2010. This unique pavilion demonstrates the importance of Fair Trade products in the gift industry. This large selection of products promotes equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creates opportunities to alleviate poverty. Located at the heart of Kentia Hall’s World Style Collection at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Fair Trade Federation Pavilion will offer products from nearly 20 Fair Trade members alongside an extensive collection of ethnographic art, international handicrafts, textiles, home decor, furnishings and fashion apparel and accessories.
The California Gift Show is known for providing a global marketplace and long supporting Fair Trade Organizations, emphasized through its creation of the first designated Fair Trade Federation Pavilion in the Gift Industry. “Within Fair Trade, there are specific criteria which make an organization or a product Fair Trade,” said Carmen K. Iezzi, executive director of the Fair Trade Federation.
“Federation members undergo a rigorous and thorough evaluation process to demonstrate their work in nine Principles, so buyers know that they have Fair Trade at the heart of what they do.” Carmen K. Iezzi will be present at the California Gift Show to give an introduction to Fair Trade and the Federation. Fair Trade offerings will bring a strong sense of community and social consciousness to market. Buyers that shop the Fair Trade exhibitors in the special section have a keen interest in developing a profitable business by supporting global community enterprise. “
As consumers embrace social responsibility and global awareness, it is vital for retailers to include ethically produced merchandise in their stores,” said Pam Williams, divisional manager, World Style at California Gift Show. ”The Fair Trade Federation pavilion provides a place for retailers to find these unique Fair Trade products consumers are requesting.” Fair trade is a system of exchange that seeks to create greater equity and partnership in international trading. Fair Trade is about bringing great products, from clothing, coffee, food, furniture, home décor, and house wares, to jewelry, tea, toys, and personal accessories to the public. It strives to keep prices affordable for consumers while fairly compensating producers. And finally, Fair Trade creates huge impacts on communities. The system helps to pay children’s school fees and health cares costs, meet nutritional needs, empower women and the less fortunate, and alleviate environmental impact. Visit www.fairtradefederation.org and www.californiagiftshow.com for more information.

Eco-friendly furniture, art, gifts


Artist and designer Owen Mortensen founded Phylum Design in order to provide an outlet for his passion for art, design and the environment. The salmon wall
Artist and designer Owen Mortensen founded Phylum Design in order to provide an outlet for his passion for art, design and the environment. Phylum Design is a new element in fine art and design

Phylum Design is a source of art, sculpture and furniture that can contribute LEED points to a residential or commercial building project. Additionally, the company has a corporate gifts program with eco-friendly offerings.
The company states: "Phylum Design artists and designers are chosen not only for the subject matter of their work, but for their commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Our artists use non-toxic materials whenever possible, including water-based paints and natural wood finishes. In addition, the majority of our green artwork, sculpture, and furniture is made from either reclaimed, reused or recycled materials."




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02 December 2009

Throw pillows

Peking Handicraft, Inc.'s new embroidered silk pillow designs by D.L. Rhein feature finely detailed floral interpretations. The colorful palettes of rich colors are suitable for traditional, contemporary, transitional and country décor.
See the company at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Building 1, Suite 10A4.










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01 December 2009

B. Smith Home for Hammary

B. Smith Home collection for Hammary. Coffee table shown at High Point furniture market. Licensing transcultural multicultural furnitureThe B. Smith Home Collection from Hammary consists of occasional, bedroom and dining room collections. According to a press release, the "B. Smith look embodies contemporary design inspired by transcultural influences." She launched the collection at the 2009 autumn High Point furniture market. (Click photo for larger view.)
My new collection for Hammary incorporates global accents that will appeal to a broad range of customers who embrace the unique combination of bold, dramatic lines enhanced by natural and subtle elements," Smith said.




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Gift and Home Trade Association elects officers

from a press release

Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), the industry's non-profit professional trade association, confirmed its 2010 Board of Directors during the 7th Annual GHTA Conference, held November 19-21 in Chandler, Arizona.
The GHTA's executive board is as follows: Doug Cofiell of Ivystone Group, chairman of the board; Beth Lang of Alexa's Angels, Inc., president; Marc Rice of Fox Premier Sales, vice president; Julie Dix of Taggies, Inc., treasurer; and Sharon White of DMW Associates, secretary.
Additionally, the GHTA has added several new members to its 2010 board, each of whom bring a wealth of talent and experience to the organization: Frederic Contino of Midwest-CBK, Todd Litzman of Brandwise, Inc., David Moses of Lazy Susan, and Dennis Nemcek of DNA.
Continuing their board terms are Ed Butler of The Butler Group, Inc., Kelly Gunn of SnapRetail, Cathy Scholin of Cathy & Co., Inc., and Adam Schrier of Whereoware. All GHTA board members are chosen using a nomination and interview process. The members of the GHTA then vote to confirm each member at the annual GHTA conference.
"This new board will continue to bring new energy to this organization," said Beth Lang, the current GHTA president. "We look forward to the year ahead, and to the new and exciting initiatives that will be planned and implemented."

To learn more about the Gift and Home Trade Association, please call 877.600.4872 or visit http://www.giftandhome.org/. About the Gift and Home Trade Association:GHTA is the gift and home industry's non-profit professional trade association formed to help vendors, sales agencies and industry affiliates work together to improve relationships. GHTA's mission is to lead and transform the gift and home industry to ensure its long-term health and viability. GHTA has four major initiatives: to educate sales professionals; to understand and educate the industry on opportunities for technological efficiencies; to support and cultivate the industry's independent retailers; and to understand and educate the industry on showroom/trade show costs, statistics, schedules, opportunities and preferences. GHTA can be reached by email at info@giftandhome.org. or more information on the GIFT AND HOME Trade Association visit http://www.giftandhome.org/.

30 November 2009

Two's Co. donates $20k to children's hospital

from a press release

Elmsford, NY- November 30, 2009- Two's Company, a successful, highly respected leader in the gift and home accessory industry is pleased to announce a donation of over $20,000 to the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. This donation is a result of proceeds from our successful charity warehouse sale last month. Tom Gottlieb, President of Two's Company remarked, "We are thrilled to be able to make this donation and that it will be used to support the children of our community. It is our distinct honor to help the hospital take another step toward achieving their mission."

We are pleased to announce that Two's Company will be opening their warehouse one last time for 2009. This weekend we will open our doors located at 275 Clearbrook Road in Elmsford, for Holiday shopping to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Friday, December 4th (10-6), Saturday, December 5th (10-4) and Sunday, December 6th (10-4), Two's Company will have selected merchandise available for up to 90% off of their retail prices with 50% of proceeds benefitting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundations effort to fund research, raise awareness and save lives.

As in 1969, Two's Company remains a Westchester County family business dedicated not only to innovation and creativity in the wholesale gift and home decor industry but also in our community. For more information, visit us at www.twoscompany.com

Biltmore license: tapestry

Biltmore's licensing division shows a collection of new home decor products at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January 2010. Gift & Home Today . manual woodworkers and weavers. http://www.biltmore.com/Bring_Home/
This wallhanging from Manual Woodworkers & Weavers depicts clearing morning mist over thick vines draped along a pergola found in Biltmore's gardens. It measures 70 inches tall and 50 inces wide.
See more Biltmore-licensed items on Gift & Home Today. See posts from Nov. 26 to 29.



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29 November 2009

Biltmore license: garden urn

  Biltmore's licensing division shows a collection of new home decor products at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January 2010. Gift & Home Today The ornate hand-carving on the limestone exterior of Biltmore House inspired this decorative pedestal urn for outdoor living areas. It measures 27 inches tall and 30 inches wide on a 15.5-inch base. The manufacturer is Unique Stone. Search the blog for other items licensed by Biltmore.



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