Direct from Market: New York
Bessie Nestoras Knoblauch -- Gifts & Dec, February 4, 2013
The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is in the midst of transition, one that will shape the future of the East Coast market for years to come. As of this August, NYIGF will become NY NOW, the Market for Home and Lifestyle. The New York market will also reorganize all exhibitors into complementary divisions and sub sections to better serve buyers, and construction will be complete in time for this August's summer show.
At the recent winter market, which took place, January 26-30, it was still business as usual as the Jacob K. Javits Center flooded with buyers from all over through all levels, looking for something new.
RabLabs is expanding its product offerings to include lamps. There are two styles available-an agate and an amethyst. The company also added Lucite trays to its 2013 collection. The trays feature chrome handles and have agate in the center.
Known for its fun and quirky gifts, The Sarut Group continues to intrigue with a new scented bag line. Clutches, cosmetic totes and more in the shape, and scent, of chocolate bars and macarons. Also new is a collection of figures made from recycled flip flops. They come in various animals, including a rhinoceros and an elephant.
Juliska is getting into baking. The company offered a breakfast/baking collection
Jonathan Adler introduced a new bath and body collection called Be Body. The line includes gift sets of body wash and body lotion, hand wash and hand lotion, and soap on a rope. Scents include Fig, Grapefruite and Tomato.
Newcomer Deborah Shavlik of Studio DKS exhibited at the New York
And from Ohio comes Little Korboose by April Nemeth. The design and illustration shop creates screen-printed T-shirts for kids, pillow pals, and melamine plates, bowls and trays and more featuring fund and playful images such as bunnies, cats, bicycles and robots.
Around the World
There was no shortage of international vendors at the NYIGF. Bone
Black + Blum
Belgian company Tamawa offers a collection of decorative objects and jewelry made from the same material as billiard balls. The line includes watches, coat racks, table lamps, salt and pepper mills and more. The designs are young and modern in bright fashion-forward colors.
The Pokket Mixer allows one to be a dj at home. Simply connect two audio devices to the Pokket Mixer, connect that to a sound system, and mix your beats. Made in Berlin, the Pokket Mixer does not need batteries or electrical power.
From Saint-Tropez comes Marinette. The French lifestyle company made its debut at the NYIGF and offers everything for the home-from tabletop to textiles to clothing to decorative accents in various themes, including light and airy
The Male Factor
Men's gifts is a growing category. More and more manufacturers are adding a men's line, and there are more male-specific companies in the marketplace. Kalencom introduced Parsons Gray a new bag line for men. The pieces are made from wax canvas and trimmed with leather. The collection was designed by Amy Butler's husband. Butler also has a collection for the company.
Würkin Stiffs introduced a new collection of RFID wallets.
Flowers for Mom
In the bath and body category, some new additions made big noise. MOSAIQ an artsy, decorative line of candles and diffusers fashioned with white, frosted glass vessels gained some of the most attention-and even picked up the Best of Show Extracts award. Each box is designed in a colorful collage of florals and opens up for gift givers to write
Soap and Paper Factory
More flowers were in the jewelry department. Calamarie brought something new to the New York market:
Abhana also introduced its British collection of perfumes, including a new fragranced jewelry line, featuring necklaces and bracelets that hold mini scent buds. Designer Carsten Jorgensten is stepping into more "jewels" and scent as well with Serene House. Diamonds is a white scent pod shaped like a chocolate bar from which a piece can be broken off and placed on a decorative dish. For scent, essential oil scents can be dropped on each "diamond" for hours of fragrance in home. Rosy Rings also shared with Gifts and Decorative Accessories that it will be launching its Peacock Parfumerie line this summer, a collection of jewelry that holds scented buds. The company also had its new Wax Sachets hanging from a tree like
Travel-based items were also sprinkled throughout the show. In addition to its new Belle Farm gourmet food collection, featuring, honeys, jams and nuts, Rosanna added more to its Voyage collection for the jetsetters, including new travel bags in portico designs, large decorative travel wallets big enough to hold a passport, luggage tags and more. Pinch showcased its emergency travel kit of all the grooming essentials complete in flashy little pouches. The Allasis collection by Chesapeake Bay Candle also made sure to add travel tin versions of all its scents for people on the move, while Serene House also added a travel compact and car and computer scent plug ins for fragrances on the go.
dispenser. Manuel Ferreiro had a booth full of buyers gazing at his handmade bronze sculptures. Each takes Ferreiro up to six weeks to create, with no two pieces alike-including his glasses, bicycle and more. He has more than 50 designs in his collection and ships directly from Mexico.
Vintage looks continue to be popular. Marc Vidal through The Sarut Group is a French line of vintage toys and games.
Aladdin's Mason jar tumblers are double insulated and dishwasher safe, they're the perfect addition to a backyard barbecue. The company's recycled glass tumblers also have a vintage diner look to them, and the
More antique and vintage looks were spotted at Jamie Young. The designer offered a selection of French antique hat molds, as well as a new cut glass collection of lamps with a retro feel.
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