Tabletop & Gifts

IHMRS Accepting Gold Key Award Entries

IHMRS Accepting Gold Key Award Entries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show is accepting entries for the 31st annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. The awards will be presented in eight categories: best hotel design, guest room, lobby/reception area, lounge/bar, restaurants/casual dining, restaurants/fine dining, spa and suite. Entries must be submitted by July 1, andMore »

Luxury Market Prospects Mixed in Second Quarter

Luxury Market Prospects Mixed in Second Quarter

STEVENS, Pa.–While a key indicator of luxury spending has gained ground in the second quarter, spending on luxury products has continued to lag since the beginning of this year, according to the latest luxury consumption index survey from Unity Marketing. The luxury consumption index in the second quarter picked up 6.7 points to reach 82.8,More »

Umbra Founders Inducted into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends

Umbra Founders Inducted into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends

TORONTO-Les Mandelbaum and Paul Rowan, the two founders of Umbra, have been inducted into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends. The two men founded the company, a resource for casual home furnishings, more than 30 years ago. A statement from the Marketing Hall of Legends cited Mandelbaum and Rowan as “great entrepreneurs who have created enduring,More »

GHTA to Offer Webinar on China May 6

GHTA to Offer Webinar on China May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-A state-of-the-state discussion about China and the implications for the industry will be the topic of the Gift & Home Trade Association’s second First Friday webinar, to take place Friday, May 6, at noon. Facilitated by Rick Contino, Midwest CBK; George Kacic, Ganz; and David Moses, Next Step Strategies, the webinar will coverMore »

Houseware Fair Opens in Hong Kong

Houseware Fair Opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG–The Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the Hong Kong International Home Textiles Fair opened earlier today, and will both continue through April 23. Both shows are taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. One key focus at both fairs is environmentally friendly products. The Houseware Fair includes a new Green LivingMore »

Candle Trends Presented at Industry Conference

Candle Trends Presented at Industry Conference

LAS VEGAS–Leading candle manufacturers gathered here recently for an annual meeting and trade show, where they discussed some of the industry’s most pressing issues, including Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and upcoming candle labeling regulations, the FTC Green Guides, ASTM candle fire-safety standards, the ingredient disclosure movement, and the anti-dumping duty on candles fromMore »

Yamazaki Names Basanta President

Yamazaki Names Basanta President

NEW YORK–Yamazaki Tableware has appointed Raymond I. Basanta president, effective June 1. He succeeds Kazuhiro (Kasey) Yawata, who has served as Yamazaki president since its offices opened in 1981. Basanta has worked for Yamazaki since 1994 as vice president for marketing and product development. A well-known figure in the international tabletop industry for more thanMore »

New York Tabletop Show: A Gardener’s Paradise

New York Tabletop Show: A Gardener’s Paradise

NEW YORK–The New York Tabletop Show wrapped up last week, a reportedly satisfying and successful event marked by a slew of new licensed programs and a trend direction that moved straight through the greenhouse door. In general, vendors seemed pleased with the market and many remarked on “good meetings” and “back to back appointments” thatMore »