Tabletop & Gifts

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 »

NPD Group Report: Outdoor Entertaining Presents Opportunities

NPD Group Report: Outdoor Entertaining Presents Opportunities

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.–More than 75 percent of home entertainers prefer the more laid back approach and spacious feeling they get from entertaining in the great outdoors, according to the NPD Group report “Outdoor Entertaining Trends 2010: Consumers Bring the Indoors Out.” The report said that the top outdoor entertainment items currently owned by consumers crossMore »

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 »