NEW YORK–WWRD, parent company of Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, has appointed Rick Fencel, vice president of sales for independents, special markets & channels within the United States. Previously Fencel served as the chief executive officer for Lladró USA and the vice president of sales at Royal Doulton USA. He is a 25-year veteran of … More »
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The upward surge of the retail economy helped to make last month’s Surtex into a positive experience for exhibitors and attendees, according to a statement from GLM, the show’s owner and manager. The show drew more than 250 exhibiting companies, consisting of artists, designers, licensors and agents from throughout the world. GLM also … More »
NEW YORK–A live auction will take place during the summer social of the New York Home Furnishings and Design Organizations Coalition. Scheduled for July 13 at the Tribeca Rooftop here, the event will provide coalition members a chance to network with each other. The live auction will be hosted by George Oliphant, left, host of … More »
NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, … More »
NEW YORK—Same-store sales for the nation’s major retail chains picked up some—but not much—of the momentum they had lost in April. Leading the pack among the chains tracked by HFN was Costco, whose comparable-store sales rose 5 percent last month year over year, excluding gasoline sales (whose inclusion boosted the increase to 7 percent). TJX … More »
TROY, N.C.–Capel Rugs has appointed John Harrison general manager of the company’s import division, reporting to Tami Watras, director of merchandising. Now responsible for the company’s planning and purchasing strategies as well as inventory control and vendor management, he first joined Capel in 1994 as import purchasing manager.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The New York International Gift Fair has reached an exclusive agreement with WGSN, a style- and trend-forecasting service, which positions the Gift Fair as the sole U.S. home, gift and lifestyle market on the WGSN Advisory Forum. The agreement marks the launch of WGSN-homebuildlife.com, a new trend-forecasting site and product-development tool that will … More »
FRANKFURT, Germany–Scheduled for Aug. 27 to 31, Tendence will offer attendees a range of home furnishings, trends and design in two trade fairs, called Living and Giving. “The Living trade fair caters for the consumers’ new ‘home feeling’ with emotional, exclusive and stylish products, and covers the complete spectrum of products for the home,” said … More »