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Consumer Confidence Picks Up for Third Straight Month

Consumer Confidence Picks Up for Third Straight Month

NEW YORK–The consumer confidence index posted its third consecutive monthly gain in May, up 5.6 points to finish the month at 63.3. As compiled by The Conference Board, the index benefited from increases in both of its major component indexes. The present-situation index tacked on two points to 30.2, and the expectations index improved toMore »

7 W New York Slates Events for Gift & Home Textiles Market Week

7 W New York Slates Events for Gift & Home Textiles Market Week

NEW YORK–The  7 W New York showroom building has scheduled a number of events for the Gift & Home Textiles Market this coming August. On Aug. 13, the all-day Shop 7 W First on Friday event will welcome buyers with showroom specials, raffles, giveaways and specialty refreshments. From 4 to 6 p.m. on that day,More »

ICFF Attended by Over 20,000 People

ICFF Attended by Over 20,000 People

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair closed last week, and organizer GLM reported that the fair had attracted 22,867 attendees to the event, held at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show fielded a total of 590 exhibitors (up 7 percent over last year) representing designers, manufacturers, and purveyors ofMore »

Williamsburg Debuts Co-Branding Arrangement With Kate McRostie

Williamsburg Debuts Co-Branding Arrangement With Kate McRostie

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.–Williamsburg has launched a co-branding venture with artist Kate McRostie that will include products featuring McRostie’s designs, inspired by the archives at Colonial Williamsburg. Called “The Embroidered Garden,” the first artwork under this partnership will be introduced at the upcoming Licensing International Expo from June 8-10 in Las Vegas. The art has been developedMore »

Dennard Joins Momeni

Dennard Joins Momeni

CARLSTADT, N.J.–Momeni has named Blake Dennard to the newly created position of Southeast regional manager, responsible for managing the sales and sales agents in 10 Southeastern states. Based in Chattanooga, Tenn., Dennard will report to Stephen Hoberman, national accounts manager. Dennard joined Momeni in early 2009 as a sales representative. Prior to joining the company,More »

TeleBrands Launches “American Idol”-Style Inventors’ Competition

TeleBrands Launches “American Idol”-Style Inventors’ Competition

FAIRFIELD, N.J.–TeleBrands has scheduled an Inventors Day competition for housewares and kitchenware for July 13, which will be conducted in the style of the “American Idol” television series. TeleBrands conducts Inventors Days in a variety of categories every two months. Inventors are invited to the company’s headquarters here to present their inventions in five minutesMore »

WithIt Announces 2010 WOW Awards Finalists

WithIt Announces 2010 WOW Awards Finalists

GREENSBORO, N.C.–WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home and furnishings industry, has announced the WOW Awards finalists for 2010. Julie Phillips, vice president of The Phillips Collection, has earned the 2010 Legacy Award. This top honor recognizes the professional achievements of a woman who has made significant lifetime contributions to the home andMore »

Vitamix Blender Named Stevie Awards Finalist

Vitamix Blender Named Stevie Awards Finalist

CLEVELAND–The Vitamix Professional Series 500 Blender has become a finalist for the Stevie Awards. The Professional Series 500 is a finalist in the Stevie American Business Awards program in the New Product or Service of the Year-Consumer Products category. In addition, the blender is eligible for the American Business Awards People’s Choice Award for favoriteMore »