Direct from Market

  • Annual TOTY Awards Take Center Stage

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    NEW YORK, NY – As toy retailers awaited the opening of the 2017 North American International Toy Fair last Saturday, top toy makers were honored on Friday evening during the 17th annual Toy of the Year Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Hosted by the Toy Industry Association, this year’s event was held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City More

  • CPSC Commissioner Speaks on Toy Safety During TIA Seminar at Toy Fair


    According to Marietta Robinson, commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “U.S. children play with the safest toys in the world.” More

  • ASTRA Offers New Product Exclusives for Member Stores

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    The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has partnered with three member manufacturers—Neat-Oh/Totum, Plan Toys and ThinkFun—to offer 13 product exclusives for ASTRA members. More

  • Trend Spotting at Toy Fair 2017

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    Under an azure blue sky and amidst unseasonably mild temperatures, conditions for this year’s International North American Toy Fair were especially sunny for retailers and vendors alike. More

  • LA Mart’s New Kids Collective Showrooms Opened for Winter 2017 Gift & Home Market

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    The LA Mart, the West Coast’s resource for gift, home, lifestyle, fashion accessories, furniture and design products, added an expansive and exciting ensemble of highly marketable infant and children’s products to its lineup with the debut of the “Kids Collective,” a focused assortment of merchandise never before available at the LA Mart. More

  • LA Mart and Urban Expositions Sponsored “Made In America” Buying Tour

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    The LA Mart, the West Coast’s premier resource for gift, home, holiday, furniture, fashion, design and lifestyle products, and Urban Expositions, long-time producer of the LAMKT show (formerly the California Gift Show), joined forces to present a timely and helpful guided buying tour of highly marketable “Made in America” new products available from exhibitors showing in the California Marketplace Temporaries and showrooms in the LA Mart. More

  • LA Mart 2017 Offered Extensive, Exclusive Collections of Seasonal Products

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    Holiday shopping season 2017 came early in sunny Southern California as local and international buyers got a peek at all the festive new seasonal collections waiting for them at the Winter Gift & Home Market at the LA Mart, February 15-20, 2017. More

  • LA Mart 2017 Market Recap

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    It never rains in L.A., so most Angelenos don’t function well when there’s a storm. However, Frank Joens, general manager/sr. vice president of the LA Mart, does. He greeted retailers attending the LA Mart’s Winter 2017 Gift & Home Market last Friday with a warm hello, an umbrella bag and a hot cup of apple cider. More

  • Trend Spotting at LA Mart 2017

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    Trends reflect lifestyles, so it is no surprise that the LA Mart’s Winter 2017 Market would be replete with innovative products that support an L.A. lifestyle. More

  • Trend Spotting at NY NOW


    What’s trending at NY NOW? Cactus themes, marble in various colors, geometric shapes and products for small celebrations with a “treat yourself” theme. More

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