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Blog: Odds Are on New at Vegas

Safavieh

LAS VEGAS-The Las Vegas Summer Market expansion of exhibitors and showrooms, particularly in the gift category, resulted in a noticeably busier opening day yesterday compared to last year’s July market. The common areas of Building C, where many of the new showrooms are located, were especially packed with attendees. As expected, the show has brought,More »

Blog: The Well-Laid Table

TableSwoon

Natalie Engelhardt is a former L’Oreal marketing executive who has hit upon a consumer need that more seasoned home furnishings executives—despite all their talk about addressing consumer lifestyles—have missed. Engelhardt is the founder of TableSwoon, a brand-new company that sells table-setting kits. A table-setting kit contains all the accessory pieces consumers need to set aMore »

The Aftermath of DOMA: Sales Boon, HR Burden?

Kristi A. Davidson

The day before I sat down to write this month’s column, the U.S. Supreme Court announced two highly anticipated and hotly debated decisions: Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. In Hollingsworth, the Supreme Court declined to decide whether to reverse the California courts’ rulings that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because its proponents lackedMore »

Thanks, Chantal

David Gill

Last week, HFN posted the story of Chantal’s new Memory collection. It’s a line of kitchenware specifically geared toward people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with tea kettles, tea pots, mugs, bakeware, canisters and other items designed to help Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. The kitchenware is colored in purple, which has become the official colorMore »

JCP, RB, NYC

Duke_Ratliff

There were two notable home store openings in New York last month, offering an exercise in comparison and contrast for the home business. J.C. Penney finally opened its much-discussed new home shop in Manhattan, featuring exclusive shops from Michael Graves, Bodum, Pantone, Jonathan Adler and Martha Stewart. (Terence Conran’s Design by Conran shop was notMore »

Counterfeiting: Not a Victimless Crime

Kristi A. Davidson

Have you ever walked down the street and done a double-take because you’ve seen your product being sold under someone else’s name? This problem is not limited to street carts or the underground network lining Canal Street in New York City. We have assisted clients stunned by “reputable” companies copying their design and distributing knock-offsMore »

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

NEW YORK-More than 40 new and established housewares vendors showed off their newest wares for the holidays at a media event hosted by the International Housewares Association here. Among the offerings: Baby Brezza spotlighted Formula Pro, an appliance that prepares formula bottles for babies. The Formula Pro measures and mixes water and powdered formula toMore »

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

Over the last couple of months, these columns have addressed the dos and don’ts of celebrity endorsements.  But what about the celebrity who doesn’t want just to endorse your brand but to create new products under the celebrity’s own brand?  While the financial details of the arrangement may be forefront on your mind, many otherMore »