Tabletop & Gifts

Net Income Up for Lifetime

Net Income Up for Lifetime

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.–Lifetime Brands reported increases in its year-end and fourth-quarter results for 2009, while net sales saw decreases for both periods. For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, net income was $5 million, up from a negative $36.8 million the prior year. Net income for the year also saw an increase, reported asMore »

Casual Tabletop Strengthens Its Core at Housewares Show

Casual Tabletop Strengthens  Its Core at Housewares Show

By Allison Zisko Buoyed by a strong start to the year and a perceived improvement in consumer mood, tabletop vendors are heading enthusiastically to the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago this month. Mindful of the economy, vendors remain focused on offering value, “better products at an affordable price” as one manufacturer called it,More »

Libbey’s Gotthart Skeldon Dies

Libbey’s Gotthart Skeldon Dies

NEW YORK–Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon, a 22-year veteran at Libbey, passed away from breast cancer yesterday, the company announced. She was 47 years old and had battled the disease for years. She had held numerous titles over the years at Libbey. Most recently, she was the national retail sales manager. Known as the “Princess of Glass,”More »

Ambiente Report: Bright Future in Frankfurt

Ambiente Report: Bright Future in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, Germany–The Ambiente trade fair, which wraps up today here, made one thing clear: tabletop and housewares companies have made significant investment in the business and are positive about future prospects. That was evident in both the number of product introductions here and in the stands themselves as companies constructed new booths that were bright,More »

Reed & Barton Acquires Lunt Silversmiths

Reed & Barton Acquires Lunt Silversmiths

TAUNTON, Mass.–Reed & Barton, marketers of fine tableware and giftware, announced yesterday the acquisition of Lunt Silversmiths following its Chapter 11 filing in December. Established in 1902, Lunt’s product range includes sterling and stainless steel flatware, holloware and giftware. The price of the acquisition was not made public. A Reed & Barton spokesperson said noneMore »

Ambiente Opens Today

Ambiente Opens Today

FRANKFURT, Germany–Ambiente opened here today with more than 4,500 exhibitors from 93 countries showing their latest offerings at what organizers Messe Frankfurt call “the world’s biggest consumer-goods fair.” Some American attendees may have been delayed getting to the show, as numerous flights were disrupted by winter storms on the East Coast earlier this week. KeyMore »

Report: WWRD to Make Olympic Items

Report: WWRD to Make Olympic Items

NEW YORK–WWRD Holdings Limited, owners of Wedgwood, Waterford Crystal and Royal Doulton brands, will make licensed products for the 2012 London Olympic Games, according to a report from the Design Week Web site. The report said that WWRD will produce ceramic and crystal items, including limited edition pieces. The Olympic items will be available atMore »

GLM to Reorganize New York International Gift Fair

GLM to Reorganize New York International Gift Fair

NEW YORK–“Focus Forward NYIGF 2013,” a strategic reorganization of the New York International Gift Fair, comprising a series of considered changes to product categories and layout, was announced yesterday by show organizer GLM. Beginning in 2010, and culminating at the summer 2013 event, temporary and permanent NYIGF floor plan changes will align with planned constructionMore »