Tabletop & Gifts

Umbra and Pratt Award Three Student Designers

Umbra and Pratt Award Three Student Designers

NEW YORK–The laser-cut Clutch Clip won top prize for student Jeff Rubio in the seventh annual Umbra | Pratt Design Competition, which took place recently during the Pratt Show, a juried show of the work of graduating seniors. Rubio received $500 and a $500 Umbra gift certificate for first place. Second place — and $350More »

Pollack Named to Head Merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Pollack Named to Head Merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

NEW YORK–Patsy Pollack has been promoted to senior executive vice president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, responsible for all of the company’s merchandising initiatives. Pollack reports directly to Lisa Gersh, who has been appointed president and chief operating officer. An MSLO statement said Gersh will be responsible for all of the company’s day-to-day operations whenMore »

Kohl’s Renews, Expands Partnership with Bobby Flay

Kohl’s Renews, Expands Partnership with Bobby Flay

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–Kohl’s will renew its exclusive Bobby Flay partnership of home and grill products under a long-term license agreement with Bobby Flay, the department store said today. The current merchandise assortment will expand to include more product offerings, which will be available in Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com beginning February 2012. The renewal ofMore »

GHTA Sets June “First Friday” Webinar

GHTA Sets June “First Friday” Webinar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–The Gift & Home Trade Association will hold its next “First Friday” webinar on June 3 at noon. The topic will be “Collaborate for Sales: Selling to Consumer Series.” It will feature Gail Markert, founder of Markert Group Consulting, which works on products and processes for gift and home retailers and manufacturers; andMore »

Lifetime Hires Social Media Specialist

Lifetime Hires Social Media Specialist

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.-Lifetime Brands has added a social media specialist and videographer to its marketing communications team to strengthen its social media and video production capabilities. Martine Cauthen, social media specialist, reports to Brian Schlef, marketing director. As part of its commitment to social media, Lifetime is launching a series of videos linked to QuickMore »

OneCoast Joins World Market Center Las Vegas

OneCoast Joins World Market Center Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS–World Market Center Las Vegas announced a new partnership with sales and marketing company OneCoast, who will begin exhibiting at Summer 2011 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market. The Atlanta-based company is one of the largest wholesale providers of gift, home, fashion accessories and collegiate products to retailers throughout the United States. Its new showroom,More »

Esther (Erna) Jay of The Jay Companies Dies

Esther (Erna) Jay of The Jay Companies Dies

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–Esther (Erna) Jay, founder and matriarch of The Jay Companies, passed away May 15. She was 91. Jay was born May 11, 1920, in Sanok, Poland. She escaped the invading Nazis in 1939 by fleeing east, but fell into the hands of the Russian Army. At the age of 19, Jay was forced toMore »

Espinosa Tapped as President of Aid to Artisans

Espinosa Tapped as President of Aid to Artisans

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.–Aid to Artisans, an international non-profit organization, has appointed Alfredo Espinosa as president. Beginning his position today, he succeeds David O’Connor, who was president from 2005 to 2010. Formerly the senior director for global business development at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Espinosa has served as CEO of theMore »