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Sharper Image Moves into India with Bradford Licensing Agreement

Sharper Image Moves into India with Bradford Licensing Agreement

NEW YORK–The Sharper Image has reached an agreement with Bradford Licensing India in which the latter will represent the brand in India. The deal puts Sharper Image-branded consumer electronics, personal-care products, health-and-wellness products, home and small kitchen appliances, air purifiers and luggage and travel accessories into the Indian market. Sharper Image was launched in thatMore »

Midwest-CBK to Host Artist Appearances at Atlanta Market

Midwest-CBK to Host Artist Appearances at Atlanta Market

CANNON FALLS, Minn.–Midwest-CBK is hosting a series of four artist appearances during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market, including Emmy award-winner Cristina Saralegui. Saralegui and the other three artists—Julie Ueland, Suzy Toronto and Wendy Addison—will be in the Midwest-CBK showroom to meet retailers, sign autographs, and talk about the inspiration behind their newMore »

Online Spending Up 13 Percent During 2010 Holiday Season

Online Spending Up 13 Percent During 2010 Holiday Season

RESTON, Va.–Online spending for the Nov. 1-Dec. 26 holiday period totaled $30.8 billion, an increase of 13 percent over the same period in 2009, according to comScore, the web-spending research company. This included a 17 percent jump in online holiday spending registered in the final week of that period. Gian Fulgoni, comScore’s chairman, said theMore »

Helen of Troy Completes Kaz Acquisition

Helen of Troy Completes Kaz Acquisition

EL PASO, Texas–Helen of Troy has closed its $260 million purchase of Kaz, thus marking the personal-care products giant’s entry into the health-care and home-environment sectors. The deal moves Kaz’s lineup of vaporizers, humidifiers, thermometers, blood-pressure monitors, hot/cold health-care therapy products, air purifiers, heaters, fans, dehumidifiers and lawn-and-garden products under the Helen of Troy umbrella.More »

Midwest-CBK to Launch Suzy Toronto Holiday Line

Midwest-CBK to Launch Suzy Toronto Holiday Line

CANNON FALLS, Minn.–Midwest-CBK is partnering with artist and author Suzy Toronto to introduce the first Suzy Toronto Holiday collection, which will debut during the January markets in Midwest-CBK showrooms. Toronto’s new and giftable holiday collection includes her signature inspiring, uplifting and colorful designs with text and messages that evoke holiday humor. The new holiday line,More »

Chicago Market Forms Alliance with South African Consulate

Chicago Market Forms Alliance with South African Consulate

CHICAGO–The Chicago Market: Living and Giving is partnering with the consulate of South Africa to feature handmade products by artisans from that nation. Included among the categories represented are hand-blown glass, wood carvings, wire and bead products, basket weaving, jewelry and clothing accessories, among others. The section will be located in booths 8-9100 and 8-9111More »

Mark Feldstein Celebrates 25 Years

Mark Feldstein Celebrates 25 Years

TOLEDO, Ohio–2011 marks 25 years of success for Mark Feldstein & Associates (MFA), a product development company and importer of giftware, housewares and electronics. “We have been successfully developing and delivering innovative and unrivaled products to our loyal customers for 25 years,” said Mark Feldstein, president.  “With the ever-changing buying trends in today’s market, we areMore »