October 10, 2013 Volume 7, Number 41

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Largest Wholesale Trade Show of American-Made Products Moves to Nation’s Capitol

The American Made Show, formerly known as The Buyers Market of American Craft, is relocating indefinitely in 2015 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The trade show, presented by The Buyers Market, will take place Friday, January 16– Monday, January 19, 2015.

The nation’s capital provides the perfect backdrop to spotlight and celebrate American-made products by artisans from around the country. The move will not only heighten the pride of domestically produced goods, it will benefit both exhibitors and buyers. Exhibitors will save on lower booth fees and exhibiting costs and will also be able to reach a wider audience. With the new centralized location, many buyers who were unable to attend in past years, will be able to take part. Additionally, attendees will have access to, affordable public transit, exciting dining and nightlife, and the all-new Marriott Marquis directly connected to the Convention Center.

The show will feature the same quality American-made products and artists, but will also introduce additional new product lines from hundred of new artists. Buyers can find products ranging anywhere from home and garden, to jewelry and fashion, to metals and glass, and even gourmet cooking. The show's new home and name will be more inclusive and welcoming to those buyers seeking American-made merchandise to accommodate the growing consumer interest in Made-in-the-USA.

“This is more like a homecoming than a move, in our mind,” said Show Director Rebecca Rosen Mercado. “The convention center will be transformed into a bustling marketplace filled with the finest American-made crafts just blocks from national monuments and museums that house some of the most exquisite American-made products produced centuries ago.”

For more than 30 years, artists and retailers have looked to the Buyers Market of American Crafts as their definitive source for authentic American-made merchandise.

For more information, visit americanmadeshow.com.

International Market Centers Offers High Point Buyers A Mobile Productivity Solution

International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) has teamed up with B2B commerce solutions provider 1Track (1Track.com) to develop an innovative mobile app to assist buyers in organizing and sharing product images taken at High Point Market. Available through a free download at IMCHighPointMarket.com/app, 1Track offers a powerful mobile tool for both exhibitors and buyers.

For buyers, the app provides the capability to: Easily capture product photos, automatically associate with exhibitor name, and tag them with comments; Organize product photos into custom folders based on themes, such as individual showrooms, product types or price point ranges; Share product images and information with team members during or after market using social media, email or text; Discover interesting products through a "trend stream" that displays the product interest across all attendees at Market.

"IMC is committed to giving attendees to our facilities the best possible experience at market," said Scott Eckman, chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer for IMC. "Some buyers literally take thousands of photos of products at market. Organizing these photos, recalling which showroom the product was in, or recalling details on the product are all very difficult for someone who did not use a tool to organize and tag their images at the time the photograph was taken. This new app enables buyers to capture images and information about products they like, easily organize them, and share them.

The 1Track app also exposes buyers to products they may be unaware of both before and during market.

For example, before market, buyers can view new product images included in the High Point Market Preview Guides and tag and save details for use in planning showroom visits. During market, buyers will have access to special "trending" screens that highlight hot products, styles and trends worth noting that they otherwise might have missed-information that also can be easily saved for future reference.

Along with its benefits for buyers, 1Track also offers a valuable tool for exhibitors. Participating is easy, since IMC automatically lists each exhibitor in the app so that buyers can associate product photos they take with specific companies. To obtain even more value, IMC customers can provide 1Track with electronic copies of their catalogs for incorporation in the app's database, so buyers will automatically get more information about a product when taking a photo of the product and the entering the SKU number in the 1Track app.

"Integration is free and easy," said Eckman. "Exhibitors are in control, since they decide which products, and how much detail, they want to share, but the more information a buyer has, the more likely they will be to purchase."

1Track is available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices and accessible from any browser on a Mac or PCs. To download the app, users should search the Apple AppStore or Google Play for "1Track for High Point." User support is available at support@1Track.com.

The app also has a Web interface so that users can manage content from their desktops.

In addition to 1Track, the High Point Market continues to offer a separate mobile app designed to provide attendees with essential show information like maps, show schedules, event details and exhibitor listings. Find it in the AppStore by searching HPMKT.

The Fall High Point Market is October 19-24. For more information about IHFC and links to all exhibiting company web sites, visit imchighpointmarket.com.

Sapphire Blue To Color California Market Center Gift & Home Market

According to every poll, blue is America’s favorite color and it has been one of central colors in the fashion and home palette for more than the past few seasons. A rhapsody in blue products await buyers at CMC’s Gift & Home Market, October 13-16.

From CMC’s Gift & Home Trends expert, Debra Gold, a sample of what will be available.

1) A contemporary collection of home accessories from Nutcracker Designs creates a cool, coordinated statement for indoor/outdoor living. | Rosalie & Friends Inc, Suite B1298

2) Nothing lights up holiday style like the dramatic combination of sapphire and sequins! Find this body-conscious cobalt mini-dress at Showroom Five 21. | Showroom Five 21, Suite B530

3) On-trend polka dots and wavy stripes brighten these cobalt Christmas ornaments. | Melrose International, Suite C1200

4) Abstract art showcases a symphony of sapphire in this boldly dramatic original design rendered on canvas. | Maxwell Dickson, Suite C919

5) Dazzling blue, fringe and studs make up a trifecta of trends in this hip world-style handbag from Raj Imports. | Mindy Lubell Showroom, Suite A1081

6) Sapphire-bottled scented candles and other fragrance products by Aspen Bay Candles help create a serene environment for stressed-out consumers. | CMA, Suite C1300

7) What could be more beautiful than a garland of soaring sapphire butterflies? Watch these enchanting creatures come alive. | World Buyers, Suite C1201

8) Fresh-picked hibiscus flowers glow on this intricately dimensional, hand-crafted sapphire blue porcelain pitcher, done by the masters at the Franz Collection | Bridgeport Gallery, Suite C1211

9) A dazzling blue “Woof, Woof” smock, done in coated cotton with velcro side closings, is just the thing for little artists and crafters, byTwo Lumps of Sugar | Rosalie & Friends Inc, Suite B1298

10) Sapphire necklaces & earrings from Geranium Jewelry provide the fashionable finishing touch to any outfit! | CMA, Suite C1300

11) Unique, electric blue, table-sized Christmas trees and decorative lights from Vickerman’s Trees & Lights make a striking seasonal statement! | Dale Dominick Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251

12) A duo of excited elephants frolic across a sapphire field in this delightful, color-splashed applique pillow by Creative Co-op! | CMA, Suite C1300

13) Dress up your travel with these chic and sophisticated vintage-inspired luggage tags from Ars Antigua | Ars Antigua / Drexler Collection, Suite C1285

14) Cocktail hour has never been so refreshingly fashionable than with this ensemble of cobalt “on the rocks” glasses and drink shaker by Impulse. | Bridgeport Gallery, Suite C1211

Kameleon Jewelry’s “Fall Harvest”

Kameleon Jewelry has released a Fall-themed package to their customers, keeping on trend with the Pantone Colors for Fall 2013. This package provides Kameleon retailers with an easy ordering solution to make sure they have the color choices that their fashionable customers will be looking for. Upcoming Kameleon releases for 2014 and will follow Fashion Trends expected for Spring and Summer 2014. Consumers can now be sure that their jewelry choices will be work both on and off the runway! For more information and to view the company’s Fall Harvest visit JewelPop Inc.’s Blog “Pop Culture” jewelpopinc.wordpress.com.

Kameleon Jewelry began as an ‘idea’ in the spring of 2005. Since then Kameleon has grown to over 1000 stores in four countries and thousands of happy customers. Kameleon is busy preparing many exciting new product lines to release in the months and years ahead so you will always be ready to answer that eternal customer question – “What’s new?”

For more information on Kameleon Jewelry or JewelPop Inc.’s other Exceptional Jewelry Brands or to order a catalog visit jewelpop.com,


Source Globally At Mega Show in Hong Kong Later This Month

This coming autumn’s sourcing season in Asia will again be centered on MEGA SHOW PART 1, October 20-23 2013 and MEGA SHOW PART 2, October 27-29 2013. The two shows annually take place at the downtown Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

These two important trade shows are the main buying/selling platforms for gifts, housewares, toys, premiums and stationery in Hong Kong in the annual autumn buying season, and must-attend events in the Southern China sourcing circuit.

Over 4200 worldwide suppliers from 32 countries will be presenting new ranges and products to importers, distributors, wholesalers and trade buyers from over 130 countries. This time there is an increase in new European and other international companies exhibiting at the shows, looking to connect with Asian customers, now recognized as an expanding market for worldwide products.

Over 57,000 buyers were in Hong Kong, the most international city in Asia, to attend the shows in 2012, with the increase of buying power from emerging markets reflecting the current outlook for the trading at shows this coming October.

The clearly-defined product sectors that have been part of the shows for the past three years have been further enhanced to ensure working during the show days is more effective for both buyers and sellers. Further sections have been highlighted: GLASSWARE TRENDS, presenting the newest innovations in all forms from glassware from Asia and international based companies in MEGA SHOW PART 1. ASIAN HOME TEXTILES AND OUTDOOR LIVING is the showcase for all forms of home and domestic textiles and outdoor living ranges from South Asia and China in MEGA SHOW PART 2, and ASIAN STATIONERY, presenting the very best of pen, paper and print along with school and office products and supplies, will expand on the growing number of suppliers in MEGA SHOW PART 2 now participating in Hong Kong, on the back of the timing of the third session of Canton Fair.

MEGA SHOW PART 1 will present 7 major products sectors, GIFTS, HOUSEWARES AND HOME DÉCOR, CHRISTMAS, FESTIVE AND SEASONAL, TOYS AND GAMES plus BABY AND CHILD, GLASSWARE TRENDS, GIFTWRAP AND PACKAGING, along with the international suppliers, including group pavilions from CHINA, KOREA, INDIA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, THE PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM, presenting a diverse selection of GIFTS AND HOMEWARES.

MEGA SHOW PART 2 will present 4 major products sectors, GIFTS, HOME TEXTILES AND HOUSEWARES, ASIAN STATIONERY, AND HOME DÉCOR AND OUTDOOR LIVING with suppliers from Belgium, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, The Philippines and Taiwan.

MEGA SHOW PART 1 AND 2 are proven major buying and selling platforms, bringing together the key global sourcing players in one place - Hong Kong, at one time - every October, and presenting the broadest and most comprehensive selection of diverse and well-priced products, designed and produced in Asia and sold world-wide. For more information, visit mega-show.com.

ART Vendors Offer Great Deals at the High Point Market

ART, the creative home furnishings network, announces the vendors participating in the organization’s ART Card Program during the upcoming October High Point Market. The organization is sponsoring a vendor competition during October market. The vendor showroom that signs up the most new retail members during market will win a table at the 25th ARTS Awards in January.

Retailers are eligible for the market discounts with their membership with ART, the association. Retail membership dues are $250/ year and is open to home furnishings retailers and interior design studios. The retailer member receives a personalized ART Card, which is presented to participating vendors when placing an order at market in order to receive exclusive specials. Savings realized by the retail member often exceed the yearly membership dues cost at just one market.

ART will co-sponsor several events during market which are open to members, guests and the home accents industry.

• Saturday, October 19 - 4 to 9 pm - Host: Phillips Collection – IHFC C-202 – Phillips Collection Industry Mixer - Come one, come all! Phillips Collection and our industry partners invite you to our Industry Mixer. A perfect opportunity to make new friends and to network with coworkers, friends and customers. There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres so make sure you stop by. Sure to be a fun time! Co-sponsors, IMC, WithIt, ASFD, YHFP, SFC and ART

• Sunday, October 20 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm - Host: ART & IMAX - IHFC W-446 - ART U40 High Point Social Event - IMAX will host the next social for the ART Under 40 group for member companies and their guests. Join us and share your ideas for market survival (that we can publish) and bring a picture of yourself on your phone in your favorite Halloween costume. We’ll post your photo on the ART Facebook page and the photo that gets the most likes will win 2 tickets to the 25th ARTS Awards Gala in January. (value $250). Cocktails and snacks will be served

• Monday, October 21 - 3:30 pm - Host: ART & CODARUS-Peacock Alley - IHFC H-223 - Seminar Short - Common Threads That Bind All Businesses: Surviving adversity through optimism, innovation and hard work –with Mary Ella Gabler Come and meet Mary Ella Gabler, founder of Peacock Alley and hear Mary Ella’s inspiring story and 40 years of building the luxury brand. Gabler’s new book, Uncommon Thread: A Woman, A Brand, A Legacy: the Founding of Peacock Alley Fine Linens launched in September 2013. There will be a book signing following the short presentation.

For more information on the ART Card, or to join ART, visit accessoriesresourceteam.org or call 704/376-4278.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The braZing is an ingenious decorative bra strap cover for any size or width strap in hundreds of pretty ribbon fabrics. They affix over bra straps with a off the shoulder sweater, tank, strapless dress and they make their own fashion statement. Each pair is studded with a sparkly pink Swarovski crystal to commemorate breast cancer awareness and a portion of proceeds benefit the Pink-Link Breast Cancer Support Network.

For more information, visit thebrazing.com.

Kurt Adler Inc, Clare Brett Smith, Norman Glassberg to be Honored as Life Award Recipients at Gift for Life’s 22nd Annual Party

Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' charitable organization, has announced hat two industry leading organizations and individuals, Kurt Adler Inc, Clare Brett Smith, and Norman Glassberg will be honored during Gift for Life’s 22nd Annual Party for Life, taking place Monday, February 4, 2014 in New York City.

The Kurt S. Adler, Inc. company is being honored with Gift for Life's Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. Founded by Kurt S. Adler in 1946, the company has been a leading importer of holiday decorations for more than 60 years. Its well-known lines include Steinbach and Hollywood Nutcrackers, Noble Gems and Polonaise blown-glass ornaments, Fabriché Santas, Snowfall lights and many more. With headquarters in New York City and showrooms around the country, Canada and Hong Kong, the business continues today to be run by Kurt Adler’s children – Howard, Clifford and Karen. A one-stop source for all holiday needs, Kurt Adler and the Santa’s World brand showcase talented designers and iconic licenses with products from some 200 factories in 15 countries.

“As a family business we have long recognized the need to help support community service and education programs,” said Cliff Adler, Kurt Adler Inc. co-president. “We appreciate the recognition from Gift for Life and their continuing efforts across the U.S.”

Clare Brett Smith, president emerita of Aid to Artisans, is receiving Gift for Life's Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award. Smith was a craft importer for 15 years before joining the nonprofit Aid to Artisans, where she served as president for more than 20 years and helped to create economic opportunities for low-income artisan groups around the world. Believing in "trade not aid" – she brought Honduran cornhusk flower makers to Williams Sonoma's Pottery Barn in the 1980s; Peruvian ceramics to Jonathan Adler in the ’90s; and then items such as Salvadoran hammocks, Macedonian rugs, Haitian metal angels and more to homes in the U.S. and Europe. Today, as an independent crafts professional based in Farmington, CT, Smith continues to be active in the industry – working with programs such as the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, hosted by the Aspen Institute; and the HAND/EYE Fund and magazine.

“Economic opportunities go hand in hand with health care and education. These are the building blocks of successful communities around the world, which Gift for Life clearly recognizes,” said Clare Brett Smith. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of craftspeople and the larger creative business community.”

Norman Glassberg, founder of Trade Associates Group Ltd (tag), is being honored posthumously with the Trailblazer Award, which in future years will be called the Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award. Glassberg founded tag as a sales representative firm in the Chicago Merchandise Mart in 1975, and today tag is recognized as one of the leading designers and distributors of quality giftware, tabletop, home décor items, furniture and seasonal accessories. In addition to his business accomplishments, Glassberg was a noted philanthropist, who served dozens of local and national organizations, foundations, and public service groups. And he blazed an important trail in design and manufacturing standards that are responsible, sustainable and earth-friendly, through utilization of recycled and renewable materials.

The company also practices ethical, fair trade policies and prioritizes manufacturing resources that preserve cultural traditions, encourage hand crafts, and provide a living wage to craftspeople and artisans. The company also practices ethical, fair trade policies and prioritizes manufacturing resources that preserve cultural traditions, encourage hand crafts, and provide a living wage to craftspeople and artisans.

“Norman was a true visionary and a best friend,” said Barbara Turf, former CEO of Crate & Barrel, in a statement issued by tag following his death. “His business timing was always impeccable. His work ethic was enviably consistent. Norman’s innovation and brilliance commanded employee and industry respect. He will be deeply missed.”

“The Adler organization, Clare Brett Smith, and Norman Glassberg represent visionary, passionate leadership within our industries,” said Stu Teller, chair of the Gift for Life board. “Their boundless energy to meet the needs of the industry has been matched by a generous spirit.”

Make plans now to attend Gift for Life’s 22nd Annual Party for Life, benefiting DIFFA, on Monday, February 4, 2014, at The Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships ranging from $500 through $25,000 are available.

For details, contact Steven Williams at swilliams@diffa.org, 212/727-3100.

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October 2013

  • 13-15, Galveston Island, TX, Galveston Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, galvestongiftshow.com
  • 15-18, New York, NY, The New York Tabletop Market, 41madison.com
  • 15-18, Las Vegas, NV, The 11th Annual All Baby & Child Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, theabcshow.com
  • 16, Columbus, OH, The Heritage Market Cash & Carry Wholesale Show, heritagemarkets.com
  • 20-22, Panama City Beach, FL, Gulf Coast Gift Show, panamacitygiftshow.com
  • 20-23, Hong Kong, China, MEGA SHOW, PART 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, mega-show.com
  • 25-27, Portland, OR, Portland Christmas Cash & Carry Gift Show, urban-expo.com
  • 25-27, Seattle, WA, Seattle Christmas Cash & Carry Gift Show, urban-expo.com
  • 27-29, Hong Kong, China, MEGA SHOW, PART 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, mega-show.com
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