Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Excitement, Buyer Enthusiasm and 10,000 Product Lines All Part of the Debut of NY NOW

Presenting NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle! Four new collections, a dynamic new layout and a new show brand debuted August 17-21, at NYC's Javits Center and Pier 94. Celebrating the three-year strategic reorganization are Randi Mohr, sales director HOME; Christian Falkenberg, Show Director, GLM senior vice president; Charles McCurdy, GLM CEO; and Scott Kramer, sales director LIFESTYLE.
After much anticipation, NY NOW, The Market For Home and Lifestyle, opened its doors to reveal its four market collections: Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New. 

The show contained more than 2,800 exhibitors in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Pier 94.

Palpable energy could be felt on the floor, as buyers sought out the latest trends and innovative products to offer their customers. In addition, seminars addressed color and design trends, sustainability, digital marketing and retail strategies. 

Events included the popular Night on Broadway and New York Market on the Town. 
Giftware News was there and here's just a sample of what we saw.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Candleberry Re-releases Lauren Fragrance in Honor of Lauren Bells

Candleberry Candle will be releasing a limited quantity of a previous fragrance, "Lauren," in honor of Lauren Bells. Lauren passed away five years ago at the age of four and a half from a very rare cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DIPG is a fast moving cancer that causes a tumor to develop in the brain stem. Because of its placement, the tumor is inoperable. 

Lauren's aunt, Tina Bells, recently contacted Candleberry looking for the fragrance that was available earlier in the year, but has since been discontinued. She explained that her niece, Lauren, passed away five years ago this September from the aggressive disease, and that her family would very much like to find the fragrance again. 

Because Candleberry had a small amount of wax and scent left over from the first round of production, they have decided to use the remaining materials to create a limited supply of the fragrance, so Lauren will be returning to shelves soon. 

The candle was originally tinted purple, and will remain so in honor of Lauren's favorite color. In addition, the scent will be available only in 26-ounce jars and Candleberry will be donating a portion of the profits from each candle to the American Cancer Society. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Thoughts of Home Were Key at the Last Week's Las Vegas Market

A special report from Giftware News’ columnist Marilyn Nason

Home was the key word for the hundreds of both new exhibitors and introductions presented in the vastly-expanded showroom and temporary booth areas of Gift + Home Building C section at the World Market Center, as well as among the hundreds of existing and new case goods/furniture/furnishings categories in Buildings A and B during the Las Vegas Market July 29-August 2.

Focus on the home highlighted showrooms and temporary booths of many of the displays, as well as in the seek-and-purchase planning of thousands of retailers/designers/decorators attending the semi-annual market, who emphasized this was the direction their customers were headed for both self-purchases and gift choices.

Continuing the momentum evident at both major and regional shows thus far this year was the ongoing importance to consumers of every aspect of their home décor. This is true -- be it a 3,000 square-foot multi-story luxury home; business couple snowbirder's simplistic condo, first-timer apartment or retiree's manufactured house -- not to mention the growing influence of former shipping containers that have taken hold as mini-living space in many communities where basic multi-functional home décor is critical.

Couple the home as the place the entire family (and pets) can enjoy and add outdoor gardening, accessorized outdoor living and leisure decor styling that could be seen throughout, the Las Vegas Market. Companies were promoting these casual lifestyles as ideal for every age and every interest whether in case goods, sleep surfaces, all things needed in kitchen/bed/bath areas, for gift-giving and self-purchases.

Mid to mid-high price points reflected the seriousness of what retailers were choosing in merchandise choices for their store's inventory mix to address the interests of their specific core customer base.

Topping the list of buyer favorites were all types of Christmas ornaments (including family photos making them certain to remain on display year-round); casual practical, work-anywhere-with anything tableware and serveware that still coordinates with the home's preferred colorways; quality carved wooden plaques with whimsical and or inspirational sayings; mirrors in every size and shape and embellished frames; pillows and throws in vibrant colorful patterns to augment sofas, chairs, beds, floor areas. Also popular were all manner of contemporary wall pieces and sculpted pieces to provide instant eye appeal in any room.

Blur-the-Lines has become the underlining home furnishings, accessories theme in everything from chairs, lanterns, candle holders, hanging plaques to side tables, table textiles, tabletop/serveware and even games equally stylish and practical both indoors and outdoors.

Molly Holm, owner of Glory Haus with Angela Riess, vice president of sales

Dan Loughman, Roman Inc. president/ceo in their new showroom

Trish Church Podlasek, DEMDACO's director of marketing

Unicorn Studio Inc. (dba Veronese Design)'s Michael Chang, vice president

Liesli Ludwig, chief executive officer of Anne McGilvray & Co.

At The Royal Standard, Krista Peirce with Cheryl Burns, showroom manager

At Manual Woodworkers & Weavers, Jennifer Newman, new products designer, with Rhonda Smith, trade show coordinator

Dan Leach, owner of Accessories Now

Bob Maricich,, International Market Centers, chief executive officer

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August's Digital Edition of Giftware News Magazine is Now Available

Your August digital issue of Giftware News Magazine is now available.
View it on any mobile or tablet device!

Welcome to the August digital edition of Giftware News Magazine. Please enjoy this issue and all to come. Make sure you view the market calendar at the end of the issue so you do not miss out on any of the Summer trade shows. 
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The GWN digital magazine includes all the same great content as our print edition, but also offers enhanced coverage & articles not found in the print edition of Giftware News.

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This Month's Featured Content:
Market Calendars
Stay abreast of all the upcoming Summer & Fall trade shows.
Completing the Outfit
From sample pieces to ornate designs, consumers express themselves through jewelry.
Stuffed with Love 
These plush toys will find their way into the soft spot of your heart. 
Gourmet Housewares at NY NOW
Creative designs and innovative details present many choices for retailers.
She's Got the Look 
These stylish and unique fashion accessories put an exclamation point on any outfit.
Double Agents
Gifts that multitask are twice as nice.
Traveling in Style
Travel accessories help make trips convenient, stylish and fun.
Just For You
Personalized gifts say you are one of a kind.
Capturing Christmas Joy
Ornaments keep the holiday memories.
Spread the Love
Retail Business By the Book
Dip with Zip
Star Favorite Baby Products
Leaders of the Pack
Feeding Frenzy

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Family Pets Reign at SuperZoo

A special report from Giftware News’ columnist Marilyn Nason

The word family in family pet was clearly the over-riding theme of the annual SuperZoo show held July 23-24 in Las Vegas. The result was a growing interest in both home decor compatibility with all things meant for Fluffy, Fido and Tweetie, as well as strong concern for the practical well-being of the family pet(s) indoors, outdoors, even when traveling.

For gift retailers, the general category of pets has become a significantly major profit category with almost limitless variety of looks, styles, functions and pricepoints options. Recognizing the importance of designing basic items like pet beds, blankets, apparel, toys to complement the pet owner's home decor preferences, exhibitors addressed colors, textures and styling to delight both interior decorators and pet owners everywhere.

Perfect examples were scratch units with lines that were eye-appealing while still functioning properly for the cat and pet beds for dogs and cats with the same emphasis on both eye appeal on easy care.

Even safety car seats reflected optimum pet safety features while also blending with the car's interior. Bike basket for Fluffy holds the cat securely in place, while allowing him/her to enjoy the passing scenery. When not in use, the basket collapses and stores easily.

Cat/dog toothbrushes followed the same color coordinated theme as well. Pet apparel, meant for every imaginable seasonal change, combined durability, easy care with current fashion colors, patterns and embellishments -- from ruffles to embroidery, sequins, ribbons to detachable hoods. Several exhibitors emphasized their apparel comes in several sizes to assure comfortable fit for its wearer.

For gift retailers committing to the growing pet ownership interest nationwide, countless introductions and or expansions of existing lines offered buyers more than ever exciting assortments in the mid-to mid-high price ranges which many retailers surveyed reported work best to assure customers repeat business "to add items for their pet's health and happiness" even if the store has only a small space allocated to the pet products category.

Kurgo’s Skybox Bike basket

PetPDC’s Mix Max puzzle