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Peking Handicraft Debuts Trent Line of Kitchen Textiles

Peking Handicraft Debuts Trent Line of Kitchen Textiles

SAN FRANCISCO–Peking Handicraft has reached an agreement with designer Ellen Crimi-Trent for a licensed line of kitchen textiles. The Trent collection, which was launched during the recent winter markets, includes designs such as ducks in a chef’s hat and whimsical sayings such as “Sugar and Spice” and “Kiss the Cook,” all in bright colors. EachMore »

Gift Fair Attendance Up More than 10 Percent

Gift Fair Attendance Up More than 10 Percent

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Attendance at last week’s New York International Gift Fair rose by more than 10 percent over the total at last year’s winter NYIGF, according to a statement from GLM, the show’s owner and manager. Nearly 35,000 people attended the market, representing all 50 U.S. states and 86 countries, GLM said. Exhibitor numbers wereMore »

Toastess Becomes U.S. Distributor for Cloer

Toastess Becomes U.S. Distributor for Cloer

CHICAGO–Toastess has formed a partnership with the Cloer European brand of small electrics to become its distributor in the U.S. market. Cloer’s current distribution covers Europe, Russia, Asia and Canada (Toastess is the brand’s distributor to the latter country). Along with making its appearance here, it has slated entries later this year in the AustralianMore »

Gift for Life Annual Party Raises Record Funds

Gift for Life Annual Party Raises Record Funds

NEW YORK–Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ leading charitable organization, announced today that its Party for Life event raised more than $150,000.  The 19th Annual event was held last month at the Central Park Boathouse and welcomed more than 350 industry attendees. “We are thrilled with the generosity of the industryMore »

Libbey Posts Income Gain in Q4

Libbey Posts Income Gain in Q4

TOLEDO, Ohio-An increase in business-to-business and foodservice sales helped lift glassmaker Libbey’s net income in the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2010. Libbey reported net income of $2.8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a net loss of $7.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Sales in the quarter were $222.8 million, compared toMore »

Miller Named Home Licensing Director at Biltmore

Miller Named Home Licensing Director at Biltmore

ASHEVILLE, N.C.–Biltmore has appointed Donnette Miller as licensing director for home furnishings. In this role, Miller oversees the Biltmore House’s home-furnishings licensing activities and developing new business within the brand. She reports to Tim Rosebrock, vice president and general manager, and Christy Hodgins, director of marketing. She succeeds Elizabeth Ford, who has moved to BiltmoreMore »

Crown Crafts Net Drops 30 Percent in Third Quarter

Crown Crafts Net Drops 30 Percent in Third Quarter

GONZALES, La.–Higher costs for raw materials, labor, transportation and currency hurt Crown Crafts’ bottom line in its fiscal third quarter, which ended on Dec. 26, 2010. Third-quarter net income fell 30 percent to $775,000, despite a net sales gain of 6.3 percent to $21.9 million. The above-mentioned costs, along with what Crown Crafts described asMore »

Louisville Bedding Partners with La-Z-Boy on Basic Bedding

Louisville Bedding Partners with La-Z-Boy on Basic Bedding

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Louisville Bedding has reached an agreement with La-Z-Boy for a licensed collection of basic bedding, which it will debut at next month’s New York Home Fashions Market. The line includes bed pillows, mattress pads, sheets and comforters. According to a Louisville Bedding statement, pricing and fabrication for the line are similar to other offeringsMore »