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Even the Super Bowl and simultaneous shows happening across several cities (Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles) didn't do much to dampen the enthusiasm-or attendance numbers-at this year's California Gift Show. A DJ spinning upbeat ambient music on turntables welcomed new arrivals, along with a diverse array of exhibitors in the LA Convention Center's Kentia and South Halls. More
LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Market opened on a Sunday for the first time in its eight-and-a-half year history and did not disappoint. Buyers lined up at registration, and those eager to get an early start on their shopping were even clustered at showroom doors before they opened. More
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From touring a retail store or playing a round of golf to attending cocktail parties with casual industry peers or learning more about the changing marketplace, professionals who took time to attend the third annual Casual Living Conference found time to squeeze in some fun. Change: The New Status Quo was the theme for the event, held Feb. 19-21 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
February 10, 2014Every year for Valentine's Day, my dad bought me a heart-shaped box of chocolates. While my candy box only held 3 or 4 candy treats, I savored each one as though it was a precious gem...and couldn't wait for the day I would graduate to the deluxe-sized box that my mom received. We were never too big on jewelry (too flashy) or flowers (they look pretty, but don't last very long) in our house, so candy was king. As I got older, I noticed how many girls favored charm bracelets, diamond studs other jewelry, but that ...
January 15, 2014Just because the holidays are over, doesn't mean gift-giving is finished. The birthday party scene is in full swing, and both my girls are receiving more invites than I can keep track of. While I've always love kids' birthdays, I'm admittedly finding it more challenging to buy for the older crowds. (I used to struggle with what to buy for high school age and up, but these days, even gifts for tweens leave me scratching my head.) Because we're a big fan of gifts that get the kids away from screens and back into the land ...
October 23, 2013Designers are taking advantage of cheaper 3D printers in the name of fashion. Leaps in advancement in technology are always exciting, and the new prevalence of 3D printers is stretching the creativity of architects, designers, and fashionistas worldwide.3D printing has come a long way since its inception in the 80's. Once solely the tool of engineers at large corporations that could afford their massive price tags, 3D printers have begun to move into smaller firms—and homes—around the world. Empowered with new technology, a generation of designers is marketing a new kind of fashion, made on demand ...