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UPDATE: 2017 ICON Honorees Named, Videos Released

Atlanta's Fox Theatre was abuzz in July for the eighth annual ICON Honors. Videos of the winners have now been released. Relive the night!

Fox Theatre ICON Honors

Excellence and superior achievement in the home and gift industry were recognized July 13 at the eighth annual ICON Honors. Staged at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, an elaborate buffet, the awards presentation and a special musical performance by The Indigo Girls. Now released on Gifts and Decorative Accessories' YouTube channel are video stories celebrating the 2017 award recipients.

“My father, after the second world war, started importing and exporting anything he could get his hands on…pineapples from Hawaii to Germany, porcelain from Germany to the US, and gradually got into these decorative birds and angels he found in Southern Germany," said Clifford Adler, about the beginnings of Kurt S. Adler, a 2017 ICON honoree. "He gave a European feel to Christmas for the first time in the US.” 

Hear more of Kurt S. Adler's story, along with that of the other 2017 ICON honorees, in these special videos. 

The ICON Honors 2017 honorees and video subjects are:

  • Innovation Honors, Product Innovation: Spicher and Company 
  • Branding Honors, Branding/Identity: Bloomingville, Wolf Gourmet, Her Majesty's English Tea Room
  • 2017 AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor: Kurt S. Adler, Inc., Clifford, Howard and Karen Adler
  • The Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence: Chris Rosse, Rosse and Associates

Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers were eligible to pursue recognition in several categories of competition and honorees were selected through extensive adjudication by experts from the worlds of design, manufacturing and product development.

ICON Honors is produced and staged by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media, parent company of Home Accents Today and Gifts and Decorative Accessories, and in affiliation with Gift For Life.






Lenise WillisLenise Willis | Editor-in-Chief

Lenise Willis is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has experience in education reporting, feature writing and content marketing. She enjoys painting, reviewing plays and creating videos and other multimedia. She brings both print and digital skillsets to GDA and is excited to be a part of the gift industry.

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AmericasMart ICON Honorees

ICON videos of honorees

Excellence and superior achievement in the home and gift industry were recognized in July at AmericasMart's eighth annual ICON Honors. Enjoy these video stories celebrating the 2017 award recipients: Spicher and Company, Bloomingville, Wolf Gourmet, Her Majesty's English Tea Room, Kurt S. Adler, Inc., and Chris Rosse, Rosse and Associates. See the videos!


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