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Blog: A Celebration of Design and Innovation

Blog: A Celebration of Design and Innovation

Welcome to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, featuring more than 2,100 exhibitors from five continents and over 60,000 housewares professionals from 100 countries. The housewares industry, which drove sales and margin increases for many retailers last year, will present tens of thousands of new products from seasoned exhibitors. The show is also aMore »

Blog: Come Together

Blog: Come Together

The home textiles industry is looking ahead to the March showroom market, not long after the month of January, which the industry could be forgiven for calling the Month from Hell. January is the month of one trade show after another. First there is Atlanta, then Dallas, then the Gift Fair in New York. AndMore »

Blog: SodaStream, Super Bowl Winner

Blog: SodaStream, Super Bowl Winner

The Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl champions last night, but appliance-maker SodaStream was also a winner during the nation’s most-watched sporting event. More than 100 million viewers saw SodaStream make its pitch for using its appliance to create fizzy drinks at home. The company maintained that using its product is environmentally friendly, sparing landfillsMore »

Blog: Strength in Numbers in Vegas

Blog: Strength in Numbers in Vegas

The World Market Center confirmed what most attendees were saying at the Las Vegas Market during the second day of the show yesterday: Attendance was up compared to last year’s show. WMC reported that buyer attendance grew 7 percent while designer attendance rose more than 4 percent over last year, as vendors and retailers rampMore »

Blog: Vendors Successfully Stretch their Expertise at N.Y. Gift Show

Blog: Vendors Successfully Stretch their Expertise at N.Y. Gift Show

Vendors, buoyed by a positive attitude among attendees, put their best foot forward at the New York International Gift Fair, which wraps up today at 2PM. There were well-thought-out introductions and category extensions from longtime players, as well as impressive launches from relative newcomers. “This has been an unbelievably fantastic show,” said Orlando Gencarelli ofMore »

Blog: More New at Las Vegas Market

Blog: More New at Las Vegas Market

The winter version of the Las Vegas Market opened yesterday with new World Market Center showrooms and exhibitors along with product introductions in nearly every home furnishings category. Stanley Furniture debuted its first WMC showrooms with eclectic vignettes instead of suites. Showrooms are divided into four “houses,” each representing a unique lifestyle: coastal, traditional, contemporary andMore »

Blog: A Mustache Moment

Blog: A Mustache Moment

I have no idea why mustaches are so popular or how they came to be trendy but there’s no denying that mustaches are IN. I’m talking about images of mustaches on products, not actual facial hair. At first we at HFN were skeptical about how mustaches, which we saw on novelty items, could possibly translateMore »

The Monkey-in-the-Middle Blues

The Monkey-in-the-Middle Blues

Remember the children’s game “monkey in the middle”? It was a blast for the kids throwing the ball, but it was not so much fun for the kid in the middle as he ran back and forth struggling to grab control. Early reports of the recent holiday sales period reminded me of this playground favorite.More »