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Housewares for the Holidays Previewed in New York

Shun launches new blade shape, Le Creuset adds Hibiscus hue
Posted on November 11, 2015 by HFN Staff

ShunKiritsukeShun’s new blade shape
NEW YORK-Several housewares vendors provided a sneak peek at the newest products they will launch in January and beyond at a media event here last night.

Shun introduced a new blade shape that will be applied to five of its existing lines. The shape, called Kiritsuke, is known as the master chef’s knife in Japan. It tapers at a roughly 35 to 40 degree angle at the tip and is designed for all the tasks for which one would use a chef’s knife.

Reliable Corp. highlighted the Senza 200DS dual ironing station, with a two-in-one design that allows the iron to work on garments on an ironing board while attached to its station, or to be detached from the station for use on draperies and hanging garments. It is made with a ceramic-coated soleplate that enhances glide on all kinds of fabric, and a vertical steam option for non-ironing board use.

PackItCoactionThe PackIt Picnic tote
PackIt is appealing to the outdoor crowd with new can coolers in 9-can and 18-can sizes. It also introducing a picnic tote that is shaped like a day bag and can fit four bottles in a front compartment and also has separate sections for napkins and utensils. A new wine bag lays flat in the freezer for pre-chilling and has a rolltop closure.

Casabella is rolling out several bakeware items in pastel shades, including rolling mats, rolling pin spacer rings, silicone cupcake molds and a new cookie dough tray, which enables one to freeze raw dough in an ice cube-like tray for later use. Casabella will be in-stock with all of these new products when the International Home + Housewares Show takes place in March. Casabella has added a new color, blue, to its Premium Waterblock Gloves line, which debuted in red earlier this year.

LeCreusetCoactionLe Creuset’s new Hibiscus color and egg crate
Le Creuset previewed its expansion in products and a new color: pink. Called Hibiscus, the new hue will launch Feb. 1. “It’s part of a color story,” said Jarrod Daughtry, senior sales and trade marketing manager at Le Creuset—a nod to midcentury modernism with the mixing and blending of colors. The company will also add a six-egg egg crate to its line. In addition, its stainless-steel cookware collection is adding six items, with another six to come in February, including what Daughtry called a European fry pan, with deep side walls that are not flared, for more cooking surface.

Silpat has brought its professional baking molds to the consumer side, with the debut of four baking molds, including muffins, as well as three for such breads as baguettes and hamburger buns. It also has a new macaron making kit, which includes an USB drive with step-by-step recipes.