Trend Spotting at AmericasMart
  • Hills Imports Inc. and Park’s Company ATL
    Sunflowers A-Blooming
    Nothing says “good vibes” and “happiness” like a beautiful bunch of sunflowers—bright and buoyant. The little ones will be excited to welcome autumn with Sunflower Head Scarecrows, featuring country chic straw, autumn leaves and plush smiling faces. Hills Imports Inc. and Park’s Company. 215.529.4600.
  • Regency Intl. ATL
    Sunflowers A-Blooming
    Sunflowers bring warmth and happiness to the home, whether they are in the form of a wreath, wall décor or a simple bouquet. Regency International. 800.782.7810.
  • Wilton Armetale ATL
    Sunflowers A-Blooming
    The Sunflower Collection by Wilton Armetale features sophisticated silver trays of different sizes and shapes, adding graceful depth to the tabletop. Wilton Armetale. 516.683.6000
  • Vickerman ATL
    When Life Gives You Lemons
    Make Lemonade! Vickerman welcomed market goers with a beautiful display of lemons and colorful rosebuds and other florals combined with other greenery, cascading down the sides of a vertical mirror—elegance at its best. Vickerman. 800.847.8606.
  • Impressive ATL
    When Life Gives You Lemons
    Greenery adorned with lemons make for exhilarating candle holders, bringing a touch of citrus to any fragrance. Impressive Enterprises, Inc. 800.817.7388.
  • Mangiacotti ATL
    Fresh lemons in an elegant jar or sprinkled throughout a citrus-themed display make for a colorful statement in retail stores. Mangiacotti. 508.226.6900.
  • Willow Group ATL
    Rustic Holidays
    Christmas and holiday shops are draped in burlap, faux hides and furs and natural woods and stone for a rustic-chic holiday season. Celebrate the holiday with this “cheer” sign made of wood and accessorize it with Christmas colors like red and green for a rustic spin on a traditional holiday. Willow Group. 800.724.7300.
  • Mud Pie ATL
    Rustic Holidays
    This vignette of mixed metals features “let there be joy” and “holiday cheer” tea towels and twine-wrapped trinket dishes. Mud Pie. 800.998.1633.
  • Melrose ATL 2
    Rustic Holidays
    Santa sports winter white and silver accented with elegant magnolias and frosted pinecones for a classy-chic Christmas. Melrose. 800.282.2144.
  • shiraleah
    A Lengthy Story
    As a bold alternative to the delicate studs trend, long dangling earrings are the perfect accessory for off-the-shoulder fashions shown in apparel collections for Spring/Summer 2018. Known for being a trend-forward line, Shiraleah boasts true "shoulder-dusters" in the jewelry division. Shiraleah. 866-503-9765
  • Spartina ATL
    A Lengthy Story
    Available in wires and post versions, Spartina 449’s take on the long drop earrings includes beading in oval and teardrop shapes. Spartina 449. 843.681.8860
  • Lotus ATL
    A Lengthy Story
    Lightweight and long, the Lotus Jewelry Studio dangle earrings make a statement with a subtle simplicity. Lotus Jewelry Studio. 410.814.9833
  • Melrose ATL
    Tactile Elements 
    Dimensional features add visual interest to decorative accessories and home accents. This year’s textural trends seem to be designed to encourage customers to touch the merchandise. Irregular edges and rough surfaces stand out in the Urban Geometry collection from Melrose International. Melrose. 800.282.2144.
  • MidwestCBK ATL
    Tactile Elements
    Playful trims and deep-piled embroidery are front and center in the decorative pillow choices from Midwest CBK.  Midwest CBK. 800.394.4225
  • Bloomingville ATL
    Tactile Elements
    The contrast of mixing smooth with rough textures and hard with soft materials are extremely effective in attracting attention to product displays. Bloomingville. 888.852.2887
  • Boston Intl. ATL
    Subtle Celebrations
    Traditionally, holidays are associated with distinct color combinations. Many vendors are offering alternative options in color palettes that tend to be softer in intensity thus more versatile with a longer retail shelf life. Muted color choices allow for earlier introductions and also broaden the cross-merchandising display options. Boston International. 800.637.5061
  • Bloomingville ATL 2
    Subtle Celebrations
    Bloomingville offers a versatile collection of Merry Christmas tabletop items and serveware, but the grouping includes non-specific pieces that give a nod to the season, yet stand alone. The creamy base color and robins-egg blue are in harmony with the subtle color palettes trending in their everyday line, too. Bloomingville. 888.852.2887
  • Burton ATL
    Subtle Celebrations
    Bunnies have a broad appeal and when merchandised in less colorful settings, they are not necessarily associated with spring or Easter. However, neutral options can be displayed with baskets and plastic eggs to take on a holiday feel, yet they may remain for sale into the summer and fall seasons, as well. Burton+Burton. 800.241.2094
  • Up with paper watercolor
    Paint by Watercolors
    There’s something peaceful and joyful about the soft, bleeding strokes in a watercolor painting, which is why we were thrilled to see so many watercolor prints on both packaging and products alike. This beautiful card by Up With Paper features a 3D flower accented with purple watercolor. Up With Paper. 800.852.7677.
  • Fig & Bella scarf
    Paint by Watercolors
    Watercolors aren’t just for the canvas; the soft colors are bleeding onto apparel too, like on this scarf by Fig & Bella. Fig & Bella. 845.857.6551.
  • Mangiacotti packaging
    Paint by Watercolors
    Michele Mangiacotti’s new packaging for her shea butter soaps, soy candles and Kitchen Sink sets were actually inspired by watercolor paintings created through an art program she funds for her employees with disabilities. Mangiacotti. 508.226.6900.
  • Boss business cards
    Celebrating Her Strength
    Women have long-since been in the workplace—we’re rocking it, actually, and that isn’t a new concept. But this season, more and more gifts are celebrating her strength and congratulating her move to the top. Mary Square’s Girl Boss business card holder is just one example of must-have office supplies for her. Mary Square

  • My Empire mug
    Celebrating Her Strength
    Women are focusing more on their careers and killing it in the workplace; let her flaunt it with a My Empire Ceramic Mug by Mary Square. Mary Square.
  • She Persisted book
    Celebrating Her Strength
    Penguin Random House is starting the trend early with a children’s book: She Persisted, written by Chelsea Clinton. Penguin Random House.
  • Nica Life
    Celebrating Her Strength
    Some companies are going beyond their product line for the trend. The Nica Life Project, for example, was founded to create jobs and opportunities for female artisans in Nicaragua. To create its beaded necklaces and bracelets, the company works with artisan groups as well as the girls of UPNicaraguan, an organization that works to empower at-risk girls to reach their dreams. The Nica Life Project.
  • Top It Off boots
    Double Duty
    Every shopper likes a good deal, especially younger consumers who want to feel like their getting the most bang for their buck. That’s why our eyes were drawn to these gifts that give not one—but two smiles. Swap top inserts on these waterproof boots by Top It Off to make one pair of boots look like two…or three…or four! Top It Off Accessories. 617.323.2605.
  • Flower paper
    Double Duty
    These aren’t just necklaces, they’re blooms waiting to happen. The paper backing by Lotus Jewelry Studio is made of flower paper, with embedded seeds, so it can be planted rather than tossed. Lotus Jewelry Studio. 410.814.9833.
 
Soft watercolors, bright citrus and traditional rustic holiday are among the trends spotted by Gifts and Decorative Accessories' editors during AmericasMart Atlanta July 11-14. Sunflowers and lemons brighten, pastel watercolors soften, rustic textures and colors evoke nostalgia, and a plethora of products celebrate and empower "her." Check out these trends for the latest in product design this season.
 
Posted: July 19, 2017