Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giftware News' May GGD Digital Issue is Now Available

May Digital Issue 

May Features:
Personal Style: These gifts go beyond the simple monogram. 
Homespun and Fun: It's all about country prim and proper. 
Making the Grade: Dorm decorating that would make any parent proud. 
Living the American Dream: We highlight made-in-America gifts that fit every room. 
The Great Record Revival: A spotlight on chart-topping gifts inspired by music. 
Cheers: Top-shelf barware to complete any home bar. 
It's a Wrap: From wrapping paper to cards, these items are the complete package. 
The Modern Man Cave: How to create the perfect grownup treehouse. 
The Art of Pop: An ode to the PopArt era. 
Black(out) and Orange: Halloween gifts that will send your sales soaring. 
Colorful Kitchen: Add a splash of color with products that enhance every kitchen.
Plus Much More!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

eWeekly Newsletter - Special Edition from signature mix Marketplace

Live From the signature mix marketplace!

We're on the air (web) this morning live from the signature mix marketplace to bring you the first market update with trends and highlights from the show.

Through just one thoughtfully designed product in the stationery industry, a buyer's thought process alters from what can this purchase do for me, to whom in my life will this purchase most affect? These are tangible, savable, aesthetically admirable pieces on the cutting edge of design that have the gifting power of communication. In a detached era of emails and texting, the stationery and greeting card industry is thriving, and you can look no further than the signature mix marketplace for proof.
The booths of stylized typography and whimsical creatures letterpressed to greeting cards were packed. And buyers were reeled in by bespoke desktop items. These pieces are taking a cue from interior décor and elevating the home office to a place of comfort and productivity. The renaissance born from Pinterest and Etsy has inspired buyers to take a step back from the modern commercialism and carefully select paper goods and products with a homemade feel. Furthermore, personalized and design-it-yourself items were aspects of the first day of the stationery show that did not go unnoticed, and this arts and crafts movement is even seen at a micro and macro level.

This is our exclusive list of trends and highlights seen at Day 1 of the signature mix marketplace:

Southern Hospitality
Seeping into the gifting industry is this showing of Southern roots. This printing of graciousness and warmth through Southern phrasing was particularly prominent stamped on greeting cards and frameable prints. From an emphasis on Southern food and drink, to the appreciation of land south of the Mason Dixon line, Dixie had quite the showing at this market. Names To Remember: Belle & Union, Water Knot, Southern Food Design Barn, Stephanie Creekmur.

Despite living in the age of technology—or maybe because of this—buyers were flocking towards the DIY packs of products that provide consumers with the tools, templates, stickers or cutouts they need to visit their creative side. Names To Remember: Sn@p, Anna Griffin, Emily McDowell

Party Packs 
In the perfectly staged, beautifully filtered world of Instagram, the pressure is on for hosts and hostesses everywhere to throw an impeccably trendy and decorated shindig. These on-the-go party packs were everywhere this season. From pop-up food trucks to ready-to-set-up candy stations, these are party go-tos. Names To Remember: Talking Tables, Party Partners, Gartner Studio, Rock Scissor Paper.

All That Glitters Is Gold 
Gold accents are here to stay. From glittered banners and gold foil-wrapped notebooks to gilded pencils, all that glitters is gold. Names To Remember: Theresa Collins, Sugar Paper LA, Ecolo, Kate Spade New York for Lifeguard Press.

Home is Where The Heart Is
Exhibitors were making a hometown statement this year with travel-themed accessories. Decorate the office with mapped prints or show your birthplace love with cards and stationery that define geographical bias. Names To Remember: Matrick and Eve, Everything Little Miss, Belle & Union, Rock Scissor Paper

Doggy Day Care
Pet-lovers rejoice! Dog breed stationery, décor accents and greeting cards are getting dressed up, literally. These doggy-themed products are putting on the ritz, and buyers were especially favorable. Names to Remember: Lydia & Pugs, Oh Deer .com, River Dog Prints.

Follow Your Arrow
The Native American motif has made its way from home décor to stationery and gifting products, and its beautifully linear design was showcased in booths across the show. Names To Remember: Fletcher and Fox, Three Potato Four, Pleased to Meet

Thursday, May 15, 2014

LOUIE Exhibit to Showcase Winners and Finalists of the GCA'S 26th Annual LOUIE Awards

The finalists and winning cards of the Greeting Card Association's 26th Annual LOUIE Awards will be showcased at a special LOUIE Exhibit in the Crystal Palace Lobby of the Javits Center in NYC during the National Stationery Show/signature mix marketplace, taking place May 18-21.

For the fourth consecutive year, GCA Associate Member Universal Presentation Concepts (UPC) has generously designed and produced a fabulous display showcasing the artistry and creativity of the GCA's prestigious LOUIE Awards competition. This year's winners will be revealed at the LOUIE gala on Sunday night, May 18, at Espace. The deadline for LOUIE tickets has been extended to this Friday, May 9; to purchase tickets, go to

An exciting new extension of the LOUIE Exhibit this year is the GCA Lounge, which will be located adjacent to the LOUIE Exhibit and be available to all GCA members and prospective members. This special area, created and sponsored by UPC, is a great place to sit and network while at the show. And, in keeping with this year's LOUIE theme, "Eye Candy: The Best Cards of the Year," there will be candy there.

Also located at the LOUIE Exhibit will be a GCA information desk staffed by GCA members who can answer questions about the many benefits of joining the Association and share why they value their GCA membership. For more information on the GCA and its many activities at the upcoming National Stationery Show, please visit

Special thanks also go to the 26th Annual LOUIE Award sponsors: Platinum Sponsors - American Greetings; Hallmark. Gold Sponsors - Designer Greetings, Inc.; Infinity Foils, Inc.; Jast Company; National Stationery Show/Emerald Expositions; Universal Engraving, Inc. Silver Sponsors - Avanti Press, Inc.; Neenah Paper. Category Champions - Bobst North America, Inc. The GCA also extends its gratitude to Universal Presentation Concepts for the generous contribution of the outstanding LOUIE Exhibit at the National Stationery Show/signature mix marketplace.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

2014 NY Tabletop Show Introductions and Events

The ambiance at the show was lovely, with decorations in the lobby by Flower Magazine and several beautiful introductions by Lenox, Kate Spade and Vera Wang.
Several events and receptions took place over the four day period. The Vera Wang Wedgwood Home Collection cocktail party was well-attended and Vera Wang herself even stopped by.