Double Take: Summer Markets

Retail Editor 9, September 30, 2010

The summer season is over and with hints of fall creeping up, it's time to sit back and relax before fourth quarter comes thundering in. Looking back at the summer markets, it's safe to say they were an overall success. Vendors were pleased with sales and show managers were happy with traffic. After a tough 2009, the 2010 market season closed on a positive note.

And in terms of product, show-goers had plenty of new and interesting trends to add to their merchandise mixes to entice shoppers. Ikat continues to be a popular pattern, as were houndstooth, argyle, paisley and plaid prints. Words and letters were spotted throughout the showrooms and industrial looks were also a strong trend.

Jewelry took notes from the past this market season. Many pieces found inspiration in vintage designs and some vendors used old found objects to create something new and unique; many of the pieces offered are one-of-a-kind because of that. Other fashion trends that were prevalent were shrugs and knitted or fabric flower brooches.

As we all get ready for the fall and winter selling season, Gifts & Decorative Accessories presents some of the more stand out trends from the summer for you to peruse and reflect upon. Perhaps there's something here you might have missed...


Kalalou Ryan Studio


Find inspiration in some of the more interesting displays spotted at the summer markets.

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Just when you thought ikat had its run. This trend still seems to be hanging on as it was spotted around the markets last summer.

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Industrial Chic
This summer we spotted industrial looks throughout the showrooms and booths. Perfect for an urban loft or a man's home, these pieces are not for the dainty.

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Words to Decorate By
In home décor, people have used color and pattern to express themselves. For those who are more expressive, the latest words and letters trend is a great addition.

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Midwest-CBK Tag

Just for Fun
Vendors' sense of fun was evident this summer with many offering light-hearted and fun accessories for the home and for the self.

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Vendors turned to the bandana for spring 2011. Used in the home and in fashion, the print creates a fun, carefree look.

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Planet Savers Pkolino

Green products have become more of a staple now. The products are not only good for the environment, today's collections also boast great design.
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Kidding Around

Kids products that combine high play value and a design sensibility that blends with mom and dad's house are sure winners for specialty shops, who can market themselves as an alternative to cheap plastic imports and their problematic safety records.
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Top It Off The Royal Standard

A Perennial Favorite
Carrie Bradshaw made the flower popular a few years ago. Could it be making a comeback? Albeit a small one?

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Shrug it On
The latest fashion statement seen at the shows this summer was shrugs. These knits are perfect for the cooler months.
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Toss Elements

Patterned for Fall
Get ready for the autumn season with houndstooth, plaid, paisley and argyle prints.

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Fabulous Vintage
Jewelry designers are looking to the past for inspiration this season.

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