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High Point Blog: Bring on the Shoppers

Sauder

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Retailers and vendors at High Point Market—which ends tomorrow—spoke of pent-up demand from consumers who curtailed their shopping habits during the unusually harsh winter that affected much of the nation. With the start of spring, some theorized the previously repressed shoppers will be ready to spend as the weather improves. With that inMore »

Blog: Early Spring in High Point

AF Lighting Candice Olson

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Cool, rainy weather did not damper yesterday’s High Point Market as showrooms were busy and introductions and events were plentiful. AF Lighting debuted Candice Olson Loft, a line that offers Olson’s designs at a lower price point than the company’s signature line with the designer. The new line “still has her point ofMore »

No Stone Unturned

Duke_Ratliff

By Duke Ratliff Returning from the recent International Home & Housewares Show, I had one word on my mind. The word? “Halloween.” As usual, the Housewares Show was a much-anticipated, well-oiled machine offering up a treasure trove of items from companies big and small. Retailers looking for anything from cookware to men’s shavers and cleaningMore »

Blog: Color, Natural Materials Headline High Point Market

Bob Mackie Kas

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Now in its fourth day, High Point Market continues to see several themes within the area rug category. Introductions using metallics or shine were seen, as well as ones incorporating natural or recycled materials or handcrafted looks. Color remains a strong focus, and many introductions have vibrant hues. Orian’s Overdyed line included severalMore »

Blog: Rug Highlights from High Point

Orian Soft Touch

HIGH POINT, N.C.–High Point Market got underway this past weekend, and introductions in the rug category included new licenses as well as expanded ones, and focuses on metallics, handcrafted looks and recycled and natural materials. Jute and leather are two hot materials in the rug arena, and at Loloi, the Edge collection combines both forMore »

Blog: Tuesday Textures

The Torrential ensemble from WestPoint Home’s Amy Sia collection

NEW YORK-Here is a short list of some of the product launches seen during the second official day of the New York Home Fashions Market: Pendleton Woolen Mills is presenting its Ecowise collection, which consists of biodegradable and washable blankets and throws. Also new is the Fifth Ave. brand of brushed merino throws … ThisMore »

Blog: Monday Textures

Croscill Sabine

NEW YORK-Yesterday’s opening of the New York Home Fashions Market produced some notable new products and events. Here is a quick sampling: The Northwest debuted its Wildlandia brand of juvenile bedding, which includes an embedded augmented-reality application. This can be downloaded onto a tablet, an iPhone or an Android device, and contains games that canMore »