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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 »

Blog: Dallas Lighting Market Illuminates

Blog: Dallas Lighting Market Illuminates

DALLAS–Early American looks, use of real and faux wood and wavy textured glass and, of course, more LED products are among the introductions at the Dallas International Lighting Market, which opened yesterday. ELK Lighting debuted the first fixtures for its HGTV line, which previously had only portables. Now the line offers 72 lamps and 80More »

Blog: Lots of Tabletop Intros in Atlanta

Blog: Lots of Tabletop Intros in Atlanta

At the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market last week, Godinger showcased a wide variety of Philip Whitney frames, from Italian woods to various metals, under a newly branded division … Godinger’s Avi Glatt, senior managing director, sales and development, is working to integrate both Godinger’s various brands and its many product categories forMore »

Atlanta Market Blog: Bold Colors Everywhere

Atlanta Market Blog: Bold Colors Everywhere

It’s all about color at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, going on now through Sunday. Companies introduced designs falling into one of two groups: the vivid brights or softer hues. “I’ve been in the business for 22 years, and I’ve never seen a fuller spectrum of colors,” and across all price points, said LarryMore »