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  • Ellery Launches Ellery Edge Campaign

           NEW YORK-Ellery HomeStyles raised the curtain on its Ellery Edge program—which combines trend research, consumer-centric research and a focus on its customers’ e-commerce initiatives—at this week’s New York Home Fashions Market. The company has organized part of its showroom, at 295 Fifth Ave. here, around the new effort. More

  • G.A. Gertmenian & Sons Debuts Star Wars Line

    G.A. Gertmenian & SonsNEW YORK—G.A. Gertmenian & Sons debuted its Star Wars licensed line of accent and area rugs at the New York Home Fashions Market this week. The next Star Wars movie—”Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens”—is scheduled to be released this fall and “will be Disney’s most marketed release in history,” said Peter Gertmenian, partner, G.A. Gertmenian & Sons. More

  • Mud Pie Hires Manager for Independent Channel

    Betsey EastmanSTONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.-Giftware maker Mud Pie has named Betsey Eastman independent channel sales and marketing manager. In this newly created position, Eastman will oversee the development and training of Mud Pie’s sales support team and customer service representatives. She will also serve as the primary liaison with the OneCoast organization to deliver targeted product training and launch strategies for the Living and Kids divisions. More

  • Quilting and a Little Bling at Textiles Market

    Home Source ConstellationNEW YORK-The New York Home Fashions Market continued into its third official day yesterday with more on tap from the vendors in their showrooms. Creative Bath Products displayed a collection of ceramic bath accessories with marble-like designs, including Modern Angles, Quarry and Marble Chevron ... Among the ensembles on display at Home Source International’s showroom is Constellation. More

  • Accenture: Retailers Not Meeting Consumer Multichannel Expectations

    Accenture logoNEW YORK-U.S. retailers must move quickly to enhance their mobile commerce offerings and improve in-store shopping in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience, according to a new study by management consulting firm Accenture. In a survey of 750 U.S. shoppers, 42 percent of the respondents found it easy to complete a purchase using a mobile device, and 39 percent said the physical store was the aspect most in need of upgrading. More

  • Housewares Vendors Make Harris Poll Top Brands List

    harrispollDyson, Keurig and KitchenAid finished as the top brands in their categories in the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, the polling firm’s annual survey of brands. More

  • La Cafetière: Steeping in Innovation

    lacafetiereboothSince acquiring the La Cafetière brand of tea and coffee accessories one year ago, Lifetime Brands said it is applying its expertise and core competencies to the brand to boost its breadth of its assortment and innovate with new products. More

  • Kacic to Head AmericasMart Atlanta’s Retail Services Operations

    George Kacic George Kacic will join AmericasMart Atlanta as executive vice president responsible for retail services operations. Kacic’s appointment is effective April 1 following his departure from Giftcraft Ltd., the Toronto-based lifestyle home decor and giftware industry company where he has served as president of U.S. operations since 2012. More

  • Baum Signs Deal with Betsey Johnson for Tabletop

    Betsey JohnsonBaum has signed a license agreement with designer Betsy Johnson for a collection of giftware and home decor that will debut during the New York Tabletop Show next month. Two major groupings—Pretty in Florals and Hi Shine—reflect Johnson’s trademark spunkiness. Pretty in Florals is all about hearts and flowers and Johnson’s iconic lipstick smooch, in pink, teal and black with a little leopard thrown in. More

  • Blog: New York Threads

    AlokYesterday at the New York Home Fashions Market produced a number of introductions that, vendors hope, will whet the appetites of the visiting retail buying groups. This week, Protect-A-Bed is spotlighting the Rem-Fit brand, its technology-based line of active lifestyle pillow protectors and sheets. More

  • Las Vegas Market Adds Antiques

    Las Vegas MarketLas Vegas Market has secured three key anchor exhibitors and forged a new partnership with veteran antique fair organizer Arbor Antiques Services, Inc. in preparation for the summer launch of Discoveries – The Antique Vintage Marketplace. This new, immediate-delivery marketplace for antique, vintage and one-of-a-kind resources debuts Aug. 2-5, 2015. More

  • Printed Designs, Expanded Licenses at New York Market

    Apache MillsNew York is abuzz this week with the New York Home Fashions Market, where rug companies have released a slew of new products. The kitchen rug and utility mat categories, showcasing more fashionable looks, are among some of the market’s highlights. Other introductions showcased printed looks or space-dyed yarns for added dimension. More