14 September 2012

Colonial Candle introduces Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness candle

To support research to find a cure, Colonial Candle, a national leader in premium candles, introduces its first Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness candle, with 10 percent of proceeds donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Available in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Colonial Candle’s Pretty in Pink features a 16-ounce, three-wick candle in soft petal pink poured in the company’s signature oval-shaped glass container bearing a contemporary pink ribbon symbolic of the fight against breast cancer. Colonial Candle’s exclusive Pretty in Pink fragrance features a soft floral blend of gardenia and jasmine topped with fresh greens. Suggested retail price is $25 each.

13 September 2012

New York gift fair was largest since 2009

Press release

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Defying conservative industry expectations, strong retailer attendance at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) – the largest since 2009 – resulted in robust booth traffic and sales activity at the 163rd semi-annual NYIGF, August 18-22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal’s Piers 92 & 94.

The Fair was its largest since August 2009, utilizing a total of 545,000 net square feet of exhibit space across its three New York City venues. Total overall NYIGF attendance of 33,000 represented retailers from all 50 states and 85 countries, with the largest numbers of international visitors hailing from Canada, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Australia and the United Kingdom.

“Expectations for the summer market not only have been met, but also have been exceeded,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “Exhibitors are reporting solid and consistent order writing through the entire show.”

Many exhibitors, wary of soft sales during the summer show season, were pleased with success at NYIGF and optimistic about what this signals for 4th quarter retail. “This was a great show for us on many levels. Traffic was up and it’s apparent the market is coming back. The quality of buyers was also great. They come, they look, they order... they know what they’re doing,” said General Gift exhibitor Sion Benchimol of Prestige Identity.

General Gift exhibitor Randy Erlandson of Knock Knock added, “This show has had a great mix of buyers, with both large and small retailers and domestic and international attendees. Orders are up over last year. There is optimism out there for the holiday season. The days of gloom and doom are definitely behind us.”

Highlights of this summer’s market included the second annual return of the Gourmet Housewares Show® at NYIGF. The sold out division featured 175 companies presenting a refined concentration of both housewares and tabletop suppliers seeking access to the thousands of gift, home and lifestyle buyers attending NYIGF. According to Jesse Tawil of Lifetime Brands, “This was our NYIGF debut and it exceeded our expectations by far. We discovered some great new customers from stores not typical for us, including museum stores and design shops. In addition to this new type of customer, we had a great response from our core kitchen customer.”

Another NYIGF highlight was the launch of the new Emerging Designer Maker Platform in NYIGF’s Handmade® Designer Maker division. This “incubator” showcase introduced four new American artisans, presenting a range of multimedia products, including home décor accessories, kitchen tools, and personal accessories, to the New York market. “Having a presence, even a very small one, at NYIGF gave our business visibility to many people, and we received great orders from museum stores and galleries. It also was good to talk to other designer makers about their manufacturing processes and experience with online sales, marketing and other small business details,” said Lindsey Lee of LeeLABS. “We are looking forward to developing new products for next year and it is our goal to have a full booth and a greater range of products to show.”

GLM’s also launched its new Artisan Resource™, a tradeshow for connecting U.S.-based volume importers with overseas artisanal producers and production resources. The event, which was held concurrently with NYIGF at Passenger Ship Terminal’s Pier 92, featured some 40 exhibitors and attracted more than 4,300 attendees during its three-day run. “There was a need for this type of show,” said Silvia Moreira Asociacion Guatemalteca De Exportadores – Agexport. “We were able to write some small orders that our producers can start to work on as soon as we get back. We also have three big orders that will keep us busy.”

A full schedule of educational and social programming supplemented NYIGF exhibits over four days, with more than 50 activities including educational sessions, industry social events, product awards and feature displays. Educational seminars, sponsored by industry publications and associations, addressed design and color trends, importing and fair trade, sustainability, social media, digital marketing and retail strategies. Industry events included the 61st Annual Retailer Excellence Awards and the NYIGF’s sold-out “Night on Broadway” featuring EVITA.

Two special exhibits – Open House and the NYIGF Bookstore – added extra excitement for exhibitors and attendees alike. Open House previewed coming design, as forecast by editors from Home Accents Today and Home Textiles Today, and supporting colorways as identified by Pantone. One Kings Lane curated a collection of exhibitor products reflective of each of the five trends. The NYIGF Bookstore, sponsored by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing, offered more than 25 cooking and design titles, new launches, best-sellers and top authors. In addition to offering retailers discounts on purchase orders and cash and carry purchases, the bookstore hosted book signings and special seminars with three culinary authors: Alice Medrich (Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts), Shax Riegler (DISH: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates), and Katie Workman (The Mom 100 Cookbook).

Market activities also included recognition for exceptional and innovative product design, as selected by leading editors, in NYIGF’s Baby & Child and EXTRACTS divisions, as well as in At Home featuring Home Textiles division as part of Home Textiles Market Week, and in the Gourmet Housewares Show. Superlative product design was also recognized with the Accent on Design Awards and the Accent on Design Bloggers’ Choice Awards, chosen by representatives of leading design blogs. Within NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® exhibit, the Eco Choice Awards rewarded the most innovative and environmentally responsible products, which for the first time were selected by retailers via an online poll prior to market week. Finally, the New York Metro chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) identified their “Best of the Best” suppliers in seven categories. Award winners are detailed online at http://www.nyigf.com/.

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. The winter 2013 edition will take place Saturday, January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at http://www.nyigf.com/.

12 September 2012

High Point Market adds new fashion award for showroom design competition

As part of this year’s fashion campaign, the High Point Market’s Showroom Design Competition is adding a new Fashion Focus Award to its line-up of honors, including Best of Market and People’s Choice awards.

In its fifth year, the Showroom Design Competition gives High Point Market exhibitors the opportunity to earn industry-wide recognition for outstanding display ideas, and for retailers and designer to get new ideas and inspiration for their stores and clients’ homes. The Best of Market Award is selected by a panel of judges and honors the showroom that best exemplifies creative and compelling display.

The judges for this Market are Newell Turner, editor in chief of House Beautiful; Mark McMenamin, senior editor of Interior Design; and interior designer Tobi Fairley. The judges also will select the winner of the Fashion Focus Award, which will go to the exhibitor who most creatively uses fashion elements in its showroom display.

For both of those awards, exhibitors are invited to upload photos of their showrooms on their exhibitor listing page. For the People’s Choice Award, all marketgoers will be invited to vote for their favorite showroom design via Twitter or text messaging. Judging criteria is left to the discretion of individual Market attendees.

Complete competition details and rules can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/exhibitor-services/showroom-design-competition. The awards will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1. Winning entrants in each category will be presented with a crystal trophy cup for display in their showroom.

11 September 2012

Mixed-media artist Jim Houser designs self-adhesive surface graphics for Blik

Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, has teamed up with self-taught mixed media artist Jim Houser to launch two Pattern Wall Tiles and two wall graphics. The four designs work in harmony and share a muted color palette. Houser was careful to ensure that both the themes (and palette) would blend seamlessly with his paintings from the last five years.

Houser's work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts, the art of children, secrets, radio, codes and code breaking. Houser's installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his psychological states over the course of a particular period of time. As a result, his art forms fascinating patterns and characters.

10 September 2012

Top trends from the Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market

Marisa Marcantonio of EditorTV talks to designers, bloggers and market-goers about the new products, colors, patterns and trends in home furnishings they've discovered at the Summer 2012 Las Vegas furniture and gift market.

09 September 2012

New York gift show seeks young designers, handmade exhibitors

WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 7, 2012. Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for three juried, design-focused New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) divisions (Accent on Design®, Handmade® Designer Maker and Handmade® Global Design) and two special NYIGF incubator showcases (A+™: The Young Designers’ Platform at Accent on Design and Emerging Designer Maker Platform at Handmade® Designer Maker). Applications for the winter 2013 NYIGF, which runs January 26-30, 2013, are now available online at www.nyigf.com.

“Designers and artisans who apply are one step closer to participating in the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “These juried NYIGF divisions are recognized by retailers as a leading source for design innovation and inspiration.”

Accent on Design

Some 200 established and emerging design brands featuring contemporary and innovative lines across all categories comprise Accent on Design, the gift and home industry’s leading resource for design-led merchandise for over 25 years. The Selection Committee’s criteria for acceptance include: original, creative and authentic product design; new and innovative use of materials; products which address and solve problems; consistent and continuous new product creations; a focus on contemporary design (as perceived by the jury); and functionality. Accent on Design applications will be accepted through Monday, October 1, 2012. The online form is available at www.nyigf.com/apply.

A+: The Young Designers’ Platform

Within Accent on Design, A+ introduces the work of emerging designers, selected on the basis of design concept, creativity and originality. A+ provides emerging designers an affordable opportunity to expose their concepts, prototypes and finished products to the wholesale marketplace.

Applications for A+ will be accepted only from design students, recent graduates and young companies in business for one year or less. Designers will be juried by the Accent on Design Selection Committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. A+ applications will be accepted through Friday, November 30, 2012. The online form is available at http://www.nyigf.com/Exhibitors/NYIGFDivisions/ATheYoungDesignersPlatform/AApplication.aspx.


For more than 25 years, Handmade has offered buyers an extensive selection of handcrafted items across such categories as tabletop, ceramics, textiles, home décor, jewelry and apparel. Handmade is presented in two distinct categories: Handmade Designer Maker, which showcases 340 limited-production makers across all categories and media, and Handmade Global Design, which presents a selection of 135 international craft resources with a focus on strong design blended with traditional techniques and quality workmanship. Criteria for acceptance into either category include uniqueness, originality, authenticity, and marketability. Handmade applications will be accepted through Monday, October 1, 2012. The online form is available at www.nyigf.com/apply.

Emerging Designer Maker Platform

Introduced in summer 2012, the new Emerging Designer Maker Platform within Handmade Designer Maker introduces the work of emerging craft designers and makers, selected on the basis of unique and original work, authentic design and quality craftsmanship. As a showcase for fresh new resources, Emerging Designer Maker Platform provides an affordable opportunity for new makers to introduce a selection of their products to the wholesale marketplace.

Applications will be accepted only from designers who have been in business for one year or less. Applicants will be juried by the Handmade Designer Maker Selection Committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. Emerging Designer Maker Platform applications will be accepted through Thursday, November 15, 2012. The online form is available at http://nyigf.com/Exhibitors/NYIGFDivisions/Handmade/EmergingDesignerMakerPlatformApplication.aspx.

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