NY Now Begins Today

Pier 94NEW YORK–NY Now is making its winter market debut today.

The show begins at Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 today and opens at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center tomorrow, offering thousands of new and unique products. It runs through Feb. 6.

Market highlights include a full slate of educational programming and after-hours events. Among program highlights are two-forecasting sessions, presented by Tom Mirabile, contributing editor for Pantone View and senior vice president, global trend and design for Lifetime Brands. On Feb. 2, “Home + Lifestyle Forecast: Styles + Trends for 2014 + Beyond,” will preview styles and colors that will drive home and lifestyle spending through 2014 and beyond; and on Feb. 3, “Consumer Preference Forecast: Myths & Realities About Today’s Shoppers,” will explore key consumer trends and insights into consumer spending habits, loyalty, concerns and aspirations driving spending; and components of today’s value equation. Details and registration are available online at www.nynow.com/programs.

Best New Product Awards will be given in two lifestyle categories: Baby+Child and Personal Care+Wellness; and two home categories: Gourmet Housewares and Home Textiles. Popular voting, from Feb. 1 through 5, on RedClayDesign.com/nynow, will determine the winners.

The gift industry will also gather for the annual Party for Life, benefiting DIFFA, at The Boathouse in Central Park on Monday evening. This year, the event will recognize three individuals/organizations for their contributions the industry: Clare Brett Smith, president emerita of Aid to Artisans, is receiving Gift for Life’s Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award; Norman Glassberg, founder of Trade Associates Group Ltd (tag), is being honored posthumously with Gift For Life’s Trailblazer Award; and The Kurt S. Adler Inc. company is being honored with Gift for Life’s Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, a special auction, featuring one-of-a-kind home decor items, will be held in connection with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award.