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A Home Run at New York’s Winter Market!

The winter 2013 edition of the New York International Gift Fair wrapped up last week, and by all accounts - strong order-writing, more re-orders, positive feedback from retailer and exhibitors - market week was a home run! Notable trends emerged among the ample design-driven home resources to suit all tastes: mixed materials, “pretty” tech, nautical and tropical themes, Chinoiserie and new sustainable materials.

Giftware News was there. Here’s a sample of what we saw. And then read on for further exciting news about the summer show.

Artist Dlynn Roll says the inspiration for her “You Silly Bird & Friends Collection comes from people in her life. Here she is posed by Olivia the hedgehog (center bottom row) inspired by her granddaughter

Pulvermarcher Designs displays Pastel & Glittery Accessories

Rich, red lacquered pieces from J. Fleet Designs, Ltd.

Owl-themed candle holders from Chesapeake Bay

In New York Newest, Snowmee offers a clever way to present a gift card

Janna Ugone Designs are Made in America

This Summer NYIGF Becomes NY NOW

Beginning this summer, the New York International Gift Fair becomes “NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle!” Four refined product collections - and a new, synergistic show floor layout - will create a marketplace in line with how retailers are shopping today.

With 400+ product categories, NY NOW will be the country’s premier marketplace for fashion-forward, design-driven home and lifestyle resources. It will take place August 17-21, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94.

NY NOW’s 2,800+ exhibitors will be re-positioned into four broad market collections -- Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New.

We spoke with GLM’s Chairman and CEO Charles G. McCurdy at the show about the upcoming changes for the summer.

“I’m so proud of Christian Falkenberg (NYIGF show director) and all his past and present associates who worked on this. They took a lemon, liability of the construction going on at Javits, and made lemonade - they used it as an opportunity to reorganize the show,” he said.

“I see the show as a global resource for home and lifestyle. We are proud of our participation in the gift show circuit. We want, however, to bring international buyers to the show to see the breadth and quality of the merchandise we have to offer.”

“I am so excited to see the summer show. It promises to offer buyers more convenience and the layout will provide opportunities to discover many new resources.”

High Energy & Strong Attendance in Dallas Signal Success

Dallas Market Center has announced that its recent Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, held January 16-22, had high energy and strong attendance with the largest number of new buyers in attendance since 2008, the biggest Dallas Temp Show in 10 years, and a successful launch of the Total Housewares & Gourmet Market. In addition, buyers experienced the convenience of the increased Wi-Fi on campus and the user-friendly, updated Dallas Market App.

“Dozens of new showrooms, coupled with a significant growth in our temporaries throughout the campus, delivered one of our strongest markets on record,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “It was a great way to start 2013. Retailers showed up in large numbers early and there was definitely a buzz through the final day of Market.” The Market showed significant double-digit increases in attendance from the Midwest, as well as increases from the West, Mid-America, Southeast and Northeast. Buyers attended from all 50 states and 54 countries and participated in more than 100 special events, hospitalities and seminars. Hundreds of buyers joined keynote speaker John Gidding – designer, architect and host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” as he shared examples and secrets to boosting curb appeal using decorative accessories.

The Market, held in conjunction with the Dallas Temp Show, Dallas International Lighting Market and Dallas Holiday & Home Expo, debuted more than 60 new companies and 25 expanded showrooms with fresh products throughout the 5-million-square-foot campus. The Dallas Temp Show soared with the debut of Boutique2Go, Luxury Home FINDS and the newly renamed Vintage Fashion & Gift, as well as a range of 250 new companies across 21 categories.

January marked the launch of the Total Housewares & Gourmet Market featuring an array of new exhibitors, premier lines and 10 celebrity chef appearances at The Culinary Stage including renowned Australian Chef, author and TV personality Curtis Stone. Housewares Hotspot ran daily in the Trade Mart and featured product demonstrations from a variety of resources within the building. The Marketplace has grown its housewares and gourmet marketplace by more than 25 percent over the past year, and the launch continues to strengthen product offerings and further establishes Dallas as one of the top gourmet products destinations.

Energy, Enthusiasm High at Winter Las Vegas Market

Winter Las Vegas Market 2013 enthusiastically soared through opening day during the first ‘total home’ market of the year, held January 28-February 1. With the energetic crowds came a home furnishings fervor, as the Winter Las Vegas Market, including Gift+Home, featured more than 1,800 exhibiting companies across 5 million square feet of space in three buildings, including more than 200 new-to-market resources and exhibiting lines. More than 70 of those exhibitors hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies throughout the week.

The 2013 Las Vegas Market welcomed 200 new brands in permanent showrooms and temporary booths spanning every category of total home. Newcomers included: 27 permanent furniture tenants; five powerhouse designer brands in the Las Vegas Design Center; 38 permanent Gift+Home tenants; along with 30 furniture temporaries located on the sold-out floor of B2; and 107 Gift+Home temporaries located on C4 and C5.

Registration and attendance was set to outpace the previous Winter Market, which was at its highest in three years. Pre-registration coming into market week was stronger than in recent years, and by the close of the first day Las Vegas Market, buyer attendance was up 7 percent while designer attendance rose more than 4 percent over last year.

Before doors even opened Monday morning, attendees were already abuzz from the previous night’s event, the WOW Awards. Presented by WithIt (Women’s Leadership Development Network), the event honored women who have made an impact in the growth and future of the home and furnishings industries. Honorees included Kathy Ireland (Kathy Ireland Worldwide, Legacy Award); Peggy Traub (Adesso, Inc., Founders Award); Kim Knopf (Innovative Mattress Solutions, Leadership Award), Cheminne Taylor-Smith (High Point Market Authority, Education Award); Ron Wright, Greg Wright and Don Wright (Wright Global Graphic Solutions, Mentoring Award) and Kiersten Hathcock (Mod Mom Furniture, Future Leader Award).

Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, was thrilled by the optimism he witnessed time and again throughout opening day, in particular, the tens of thousands of new products, the high attendance numbers and the widespread order writing. He said that this is the best market he’s seen since he began working here in 2008, adding that World Market Center saw 190 building permits to construct or improve showrooms in time for Winter Market. “Optimism is incredible, buyers are buying and the buildings are full. It’s out of the park,” he said.

Giftware News was there. Here’s a sample of what we saw.

Building A

Michael Aram Display

Pantone Display

Grasslands Road showroom

Terrarium by Couronne

Wisconsin Collegiate Jewelry by Seasons

Cottage Garden Gives Back to Their Community

Keeping to the Cottage Garden Christmas tradition, the CG family adopted two families with school age children in the Bainbridge area to help during the Christmas season. “This all started about eight years ago when the staff was trying to think of a gift to give me,” explained Mark Timm, Cottage Garden’s President. “The idea was then born to give a gift on my behalf to a needy family. I was more touched by this than any company gift I had ever been given.”

This past Christmas, CG family raised $610.00 to buy Christmas gifts for three children that would otherwise not have any gifts waiting under the tree. “Cottage Garden cares about our community; we live here, our kids go to school here, and there are families that are not as fortunate as we are,” says Timm. The money came from CG family members donating money and time for this great cause.

When I saw the amount of items they were able to buy for the money raised I was in shock,” said Timm. “They made deals with local retailers and totally filled the back end of a truck with coats, gloves, hats, and lots of great toys. It was the highlight of our Christmas party.”

The auction was such a success that they plan to have another one next year that is bigger and better, so more children in the community can benefit. For additional information about Cottage Garden Collections, call 877/210-3456 or visit cgcollections.com.

GMG Publishing Corp. Acquired by the McEvoy Group

The McEvoy Group LLC, a San Francisco–based media company whose book properties include Chronicle Books, Princeton Architectural Press, and becker&mayer!, has announced that it has acquired GMG Publishing Corp, a New York–based international publisher of fine art stationery and paper gifts, from its owner and founder, Gerald Galison.

Founded in 1979, GMG Publishing Corp is comprised of Galison Publishing, known for their well-designed and manufactured paper products, including boxed notecards, stationery, journals, and other gift products; Mudpuppy Press, creators of award-winning toys and gifts, educational puzzles, and games; Galison Holiday, a division that offers holiday greeting cards; and Galison Custom, with its range of proprietary gift and stationery products for companies, non-profits, and retailers.

“I have sincere appreciation for the management approach of the McEvoy Group, and Chronicle Books is a great company that has inspired my team for many years,” says Gerald Galison who will continue as Publisher and President. “It’s an exciting time for both Galison and the McEvoy Group.”

“We’re excited to welcome Galison to our family of companies,” says McEvoy Group founder and CEO, Nion McEvoy. “We believe that, together, Galison and Chronicle will be the category leader in the paper goods market both in the U.S. and around the world.”

Jack Jensen, McEvoy Group President adds, “Jerry Galison has created a wonderful company and the McEvoy Group is fortunate to be joining forces with the highly talented Galison / Mudpuppy team, which will remain at the current New York headquarters.”

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