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Crazy for JCP

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Remember Crazy Eddie? Back in the ’80s, the New York-based consumer electronics chain was known for its loudmouthed spokesperson, presumably Crazy Eddie himself. In ubiquitous television and radio ads, Eddie would proclaim at the top of his lungs that his prices were “insaaaaaaane!” J.C. Penney, suffering from a long hangover of too much Ron Johnson,More »

Blog: Madison’s April in NY

Blog: Madison’s April in NY

Program your DVR for the The Katie Show on May 1. That’s when Madison’s April in New York, one of Cru’s most inspirational dinnerware designs, will be featured on a segment with Sandra Lee and Vanna White. The pattern was designed by a talented young girl named Madison who envisioned New York in bloom inMore »

Blog: Tabletop Vendors Go for Gold in New York

Blog: Tabletop Vendors Go for Gold in New York

Gold is the metal of choice among tabletop vendors presenting their wares at market this week. Yellow gold, often with a matte finish, decorates goods in all categories, from dinnerware to glassware to flatware. Lacey designs, Scandinavian influences and the color combinations of black and white and blue and white also dominated showroom displays. PrimaMore »

Blog: Three Cheers for Barware

Blog: Three Cheers for Barware

Did you know that the shallow champagne coupe was created by Marie Antoinette so that she could finish her drink without tipping her head back? I learned that bit of cocktail trivia in “Cool Cocktails: Entertaining with Fun Glassware” by Robert Zollweg, Libbey’s creative director. As the tabletop industry gears up for the New YorkMore »

Blog: 295’s New and Smiling Face

Blog: 295’s New and Smiling Face

One of the happiest discoveries I made during last month’s New York Home Fashions Market was when I visited 295 Fifth Ave., the long-time textiles showroom building. Over the past two years, hallways have been repainted, marble cleaned and polished, lights replaced and directory signs replaced. A state-of-the-art security system was installed. Work has alsoMore »

Pondering Millennials

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Call them a marketer’s dream—or nightmare—the consumer segment dubbed “millennials” (consumers aged 18-34) is starting to make its presence felt in the home furnishings industry. Attention-getting products targeting millennials have been seen at every trade show this year. These items are usually inventive, colorful or unusual in some way—perfectly reflecting the quirky, hard-to-pigeonhole millennials. LastMore »