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A Feel for Texture

A Feel for Texture

By David Gill Texture has become a dominant factor in decorative pillows, as exemplified by the March New York Home Fashions Market. This represents something of a sea change to the category. For many years, color was the key factor that drew consumers to the decorative-pillow sections at retailers. While color is still important, pillowsMore »

Icon Honors to Recognize Excellence at AmericasMart

Icon Honors to Recognize Excellence at AmericasMart

In addition to thousands of new products, Icon Honors: Celebrating Global Innovation is set to premiere this month at AmericasMart’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market. The awards program celebrates extraordinary manufacturing, sales and retail achievement. Icon Honors will recognize innovation, contribution and achievement in the manufacturer, salesMore »

Fazio Takes the Helm at Simmons

Fazio Takes the Helm at Simmons

ATLANTA–Simmons has put Gary Fazio, previously chairman of Mattress Firm, in charge as its chief executive officer. Fazio officially begins his new post today. He is succeeding Steve Fendrich, president and chief operating officer, who is leaving Simmons. The hiring of Fazio is the first major move by Ares Capital Management and the Ontario Teachers’More »

Same-Store Sales Pick Up in June

Same-Store Sales Pick Up in June

NEW YORK–The shift of Memorial Day sales to June and a promising performance for Father’s Day helped make last month a positive one for the nation’s major retail chains. Recovering from lackluster results in May, all of the chains tracked by HFN reported growth in comparable-store sales in June. Leading the way was Macy’s withMore »

FurnitureOrigins Buys Shadow Mountain

FurnitureOrigins Buys Shadow Mountain

STATESVILLE, N.C.–Shadow Mountain, the furniture company known for its rustic-inspired products, has been acquired by FurnitureOrigins. Terms were not disclosed. FurnitureOrigins, which describes itself as a “fully integrated furniture” resource, purchased Zocalo last year and the acquisition of Shadow Mountain, from previous owner First Capital, gives it another unit in the furniture business. Shadow Mountain,More »

Helen of Troy Sets Records for First-Quarter Net, Sales

Helen of Troy Sets Records for First-Quarter Net, Sales

EL PASO, Texas–Helen of Troy broke its previous marks for net income and net sales in its fiscal first quarter. The company’s bottom line totaled $18.4 million, up 26.7 percent from the first quarter of last year, while net sales increased 11.3 percent to $160.2 million. The top-line results included a gain of 10.9 percentMore »

7 W New York Slates Pop-Up Shop Program for Market Week

7 W New York Slates Pop-Up Shop Program for Market Week

NEW YORK–The 7 W New York showroom building will hold the first in a series of seminars titled “Pop-Up Shop 101” during the upcoming Gift & Home Textiles Market Week. The session will be presented by Christina Norsig, founder and chief executive officer of PopUpInsider, an online exchange for retailers looking to conduct temporary pop-upMore »

Lazy Susan USA Opens Showroom in AmericasMart Atlanta

Lazy Susan USA Opens Showroom in AmericasMart Atlanta

NEW YORK–Lazy Susan USA is moving to a new and larger showroom in AmericasMart Atlanta, Building 2 in showroom 919. Lazy Susan will display its full line of decorative home accessories, including its new Fall 2010 collection. The grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 16 at 3 p.m. Lazy Susan will celebrateMore »