Tabletop & Gifts

Steuben, Century-Old Crystal Manufacturer, to Stop Production

Steuben, Century-Old Crystal Manufacturer, to Stop Production

CORNING, N.Y.—Effective Nov. 29, Steuben, LLC, will close its plant here and its store at the Corning Museum of Glass. An affiliate of Schottenstein Stores Corp., Steuben was founded in 1903. “The difficult economy, declining sales and high expenses continue to have negative impact on the company’s profitability,” said Mark Samitt, president of Steuben, LLC,More »

Meyer to Debut Deen and Ray Tabletop at Market

Meyer to Debut Deen and Ray Tabletop at Market

VALLEJO, Calif.—Following a launch at the 2011 International Home and Housewares Show, Meyer will debut more than 25 new Rachael Ray and Paula Deen dinnerware and serveware collections at next month’s New York Tabletop Market, scheduled for Oct. 25-28. The new casual tabletop collections, which include 10 holiday patterns, will be showcased at Meyer’s first-everMore »

Artistic License

Artistic License

By Allison Zisko The hand of the artisan was evident everywhere you looked at last month’s New York International Gift Fair. Some of the most compelling tabletop introductions at the Fair were handcrafted either at home or abroad by artists interested in tweaking conventional designs, playing with the juxtaposition of materials or making a statementMore »

Leaders of the Pack

Leaders of the Pack

By Allison Zisko There’s money to be made by selling beverageware in bulk upstairs. Despite a decline in overall beverageware sales last year, pack sales—meaning multiple pieces of the same shape packaged in a box—were up 4 percent, and they were led by a sales increase in the upper end segment, according to statistics fromMore »

Cru-sing

Cru-sing

By Allison Zisko Sheer will and determination have earned tabletop newcomer Darbie Angell a high-profile spot at retail, a situation many big-time brands would covet. Angell is the founder and president of Cru Dinnerware, a three-year-old company based in Georgetown, Texas, whose upscale-yet-affordable products are sold at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Dillard’s, amongMore »

Vintage Santa Stars In New Gibson Line

Vintage Santa Stars In New Gibson Line

A hale and hearty Santa Claus, age 80, graces one of Gibson’s newest holiday assortments.  The company has expanded its licensed Coca-Cola collection to include an open stock assortment of dinnerware and serveware featuring illustrations of Santa Claus that first appeared in Coca-Cola advertising 80 years ago. The collection includes melacore plates, serving bowls andMore »

Saint-Louis Draws from Tradition with New Beer Line

Saint-Louis Draws from Tradition with New Beer Line

Luxury French crystal maker Saint-Louis is tapping the popularity of beer varietals with a new line of beer glasses inspired by the cristallerie’s beer services that were popular 200 years ago. Les Confidents (The Confidents), the second introduction in the company’s Chaud/Froid line, is a collection of six beer glass patterns developed in partnership withMore »