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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 »

Blog: Something to Crow About

Bonjour Rooster

CHICAGO-Roosters are rising in the pecking order as a tabletop motif. The feisty fowls never really go away as they’re a kitchen staple, but at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago this week, roosters made their presence known (as roosters are wont to do) in several dinnerware presentations including those at Certified International,More »

Blog: Housewares Show to Leave Lasting Impression

HswShow_TTUEpicurious

CHICAGO-The International Home + Housewares Show, which wraps up today, continues to attract attendees with newness around every corner. This week’s show marks the unofficial launch of Blueair’s Pro XL, a high-performance air purifier with a sleek design and particle and gas sensors….Nespresso’s VertuoLine coffeemaker is the brand’s first coffee machine that produces coffee forMore »

Blog: Chicago, Chicago, It’s a Housewares Town

Starfrit

CHICAGO—It’s the third day of the International Home & Housewares Show, and it’s packed with celebrity chef appearances, educational seminars and, of course, thousands of product introductions. Among the show highlights thus far, Bodum is celebrating its 70th anniversary at the show with new colors–pink, yellow, green and blue–on a variety of products, including theMore »

Love American (Consumer) Style

Duke_Ratliff

Divorce rates, along with consumer debt, are on the rise in the United States—thank goodness. While divorce and consumer debt are troubling from a social and moral view, they serve as indicators of a positive outlook for the home business. After plunging to a 40-year low at the end of the recession in 2009, divorceMore »

Mitigating Risks in Reductions-In-Force

Brian Rauch

By Brian S. Rauch Reductions-in-force have, unfortunately, become a growing trend in the retail sector. As detailed in last month’s issue of HFN, both Macy’s and J.C. Penney recently announced the elimination of 2,000 or more jobs. Even though they are typically done to improve profitability, reductions-in-force can be costly in terms of declines inMore »

Blog: Ambiente Takes the Cake

Nicolette Naumann and her team present a cake to Hutschenreuther

FRANKFURT, Germany–Ambiente show owner Messe Frankfurt celebrated longtime anniversaries of several exhibitors with a sweet surprise during the fair, which took place last month. To mark special anniversaries, Nicolette Naumann, vice president Ambiente, and her team presented representatives of 10 companies with unique cakes, whose designs were inspired by the product lines and corporate brandsMore »