Tabletop & Gifts

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 »

Lynns Concepts Names New President

Lynns Concepts Names New President

LOS ANGELES–Tabletop and cookware company Lynns Concepts has named Michael Byrne to the newly created position of president. Byrne will work with Lynns’ partners overseas and will be the principle driver of all Lynns’ North American operations, according to a statement from the company. Byrne will also be the principal driver for the company’s newMore »

Bespoke Global Debuts Website for Home Furnishings

Bespoke Global Debuts Website for Home Furnishings

NEW YORK–Bespoke Global, an online marketplace for internationally sourced, bespoke (customized) home furnishings, has opened for business. The new site, created by Bespoke Global’s founder and CEO, Gwen Carlton, will offer a marketplace for these products and a platform that will enable designers of bespoke furnishings to communicate directly with consumers. Located at bespokeglobal.com, theMore »

Housewares Show to Open One Day Early in 2012

Housewares Show to Open One Day Early in 2012

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Next year’s International Home + Housewares Show will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The additional day has been tacked on “to allow exhibitors to schedule ample time for appointments with key retailer partners in a more relaxed and unhurried atmosphere,” said Phil Brandl, president of the International Housewares Association, the show’sMore »

Surtex Opens in Conjunction with ICFF, Stationery Show

Surtex Opens in Conjunction with ICFF, Stationery Show

NEW YORK–Marking its 25th anniversary, Surtex has opened alongside its usual companion shows, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the National Stationery Show. This year’s Surtex has about 300 exhibitors that are presenting the artwork of some 1,000 designers and artists. Some 70 percent of the artists and designers in the show are fromMore »