Tabletop & Gifts

Gift Fair Names Two Scholarship Winners

Gift Fair Names Two Scholarship Winners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Montreal-based String Theory and Haptic Lab of Brooklyn, N.Y., have been designated the winners of the Carol Sedestrom Ross “Maker-to-Market” scholarships, awarded by the New York International Gift Fair. The scholarships—named in memory of Ross, the long-time director of craft marketing at Gift Fair owner and manager GLM, who passed away last year—recognizeMore »

Tendence to Focus on Worldwide Trends

Tendence to Focus on Worldwide Trends

Attendees to Tendence, scheduled for Aug. 26 to 30, 2011, in Frankfurt, Germany, will not only see worldwide trends and products in home furnishings, but also new show features, such as the debut of a new Home&Trend Award, as well as special focuses on Austria and Africa. More than a month before the show opened,More »

Yip Threads A Narrative for Burnes

Yip Threads A Narrative for Burnes

By Sharyn Bernard Burnes of Boston unveiled its line of home decor products at the Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta last month. The line, called Burnes Interiors, includes frames, mirrors, candleholders and other items designed by several prominent interior designers—Candice Olson, Vern Yip, Paige Hemmis, Kenneth Brown and Genevieve Gorder. Yip was onMore »

Expanded Gift Opportunities in NY

Expanded Gift Opportunities in NY

Retailers in search of tabletop gifts will have plenty to choose from in expanded and enhanced venues in New York this month. The Tabletop division of the New York International Gift Fair has been refined and reorganized to include a purer concentration of specialty tabletop resources, a new layout of the exhibit hall and anMore »

Upbeat and in A Holiday Mood in Atlanta

Upbeat and in A Holiday Mood in Atlanta

By Sharyn Bernard The mood was decisively upbeat at the recent Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market here as vendors reported increased traffic, more and higher orders and an overall positive and optimistic mood among buyers at the show. On a day-to-day comparable basis, “We’ve had a great opening day, more than double the businessMore »

Unity Marketing: Affluent Consumer Confidence Drops

Unity Marketing

STEVENS, Pa.–Consumer confidence among the country’s wealthiest shoppers dropped significantly in the second quarter, according to Unity Marketing’s recent Luxury Consumption Index.  The index dropped nearly 18 points to 66 points, which stands close to the level attained at the onset of the Great Recession in 2007.  “Consumer confidence among the affluent – the economy’sMore »

Libbey Drives Net Up 61 Percent in Second Quarter

Libbey Drives Net Up 61 Percent in Second Quarter

TOLEDO, Ohio—Lower expenses fueled second-quarter net income for Libbey to a 61 percent increase, to $15.4 million.  The bottom line for the quarter, which ended on June 30, received boosts from the company’s sale of Traex, the food-service products vendor, to Vollrath Co. In addition, selling, general and administrative expenses dropped 38 basis points asMore »

Chicago Market Opens Today

Chicago Market Opens Today

CHICAGO–The Chicago Market begins here today and runs through Aug. 3. The show, which includes Beckman’s Handcrafted Show, offers a strong line-up of programming, vendors and new trends, according to show owner and organizer MMPI, as well as educational presentations. Event highlights include seminars, networking events with industry leaders—including a special presentation by Jan Parr,More »