Tabletop & Gifts

Manila F.A.M.E. Gains Strength Through Unification

Manila F.A.M.E. Gains Strength Through Unification

With the backing of the Philippine government, the twice yearly Manila F.A.M.E. show is promising a bigger and better exhibition marked by a unified vendor base. The furniture and fashion accessories categories will rejoin the housewares, gift and home decor contingent to showcase the best of Philippine design Oct. 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center,More »

Increased Watt-age

Increased Watt-age

By Allison Zisko Winning a James Beard Award is a fabulous honor on its own; having it lead to increased traffic in your tabletop store is the sweetest icing on the cake. Sam Watts, president and CEO of Milwaukee specialty store George Watts & Son, which includes the award-winning Tea Shop, is enjoying the attentionMore »

Tabletop Awards of Excellence

Tabletop Awards of Excellence

GIFTWARE: Michael WainwrightA meeting with a representative from the U.S. Capitol in February led to the creation of Michael Wainwright’s U.S. Capitol Collection in April, a fabulous rendering of the U.S. Capitol dome in white porcelain and 24-karat gold. Wainwright said he typically sketches three-dimensionally in clay, and the idea to have the interior andMore »

Dartington Makes Another Play for U.S. Market

Dartington Makes Another Play for U.S. Market

By Allison Zisko Dartington Crystal, the 40-year-old English-made crystal brand, will re-enter the U.S. market this summer with official launches at gift shows in Atlanta and Dallas. A concisely edited assortment of lead-free as well as lead crystal and glass barware, stemware and giftware will be available via a U.S. warehouse, said Orlando Gencarelli, nationalMore »

New York Gift Fair Refines, Reorganizes Tabletop Division

New York Gift Fair Refines, Reorganizes Tabletop Division

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The Tabletop division of the New York International Gift Fair has been refined and reorganized for this summer’s edition of the show at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, said show owner and manager GLM. Enhancements for the division include a purer concentration of specialty tabletop resources, a new layout of theMore »

Designer Vern Yip to Appear at Atlanta Gift Show

Designer Vern Yip to Appear at Atlanta Gift Show

ATLANTA-Award-winning architectural and interior designer Vern Yip will appear at AmericasMart’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market to introduce Burnes Interiors, a new home decor collection from Burnes of Boston.           The July 16 event begins with a meet-and-greet from 12 noon to 1 p.m., hosted by Burnes of Boston and AmericasMart. Yip will makeMore »

Mikasa Launches Branding Video

Mikasa Launches Branding Video

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Mikasa has launched a branding video entitled “Making Life Memorable” targeted to brides and grooms registering for tabletop items. The video will be used for bridal and training events, online selling sites and web-based outreach including distribution on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Heather Schall, senior vice president marketing communications, said, “Our brandingMore »

NY Gift Fair Adjusts Product “Neighborhoods”

NY Gift Fair Adjusts Product “Neighborhoods”

NEW YORK–The General Gift division at the summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair will increase its offerings for buyers with changes to two product “neighborhoods”. The new On Trend neighborhood will debut a collection of trend-driven, fashion-forward resources across a range of product categories and the existing Stationery & Publishing neighborhood will expand toMore »