Handmade Category Expands At Vegas Market

Mirroring the industry’s overall interest in handmade products, Las Vegas Market announced an increase in handmade gift and home décor resources, craft-focused programming and artisan industry partnerships for the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market, July 30-August 3, 2017. “Las Vegas has experienced substantial and steady increases in handcrafted exhibitors, with a record 320 artisan resources confirmed for the Summer Market. At the same time, we have noted a double-digit gain in buyers identifying handmade as a category of product interest, so there is a commensurate level of increased buying activity.” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is uniquely positioned as the premiere portal to Western distribution for global craft resources.” A record 320 handmade gift and home décor resources – from across the United States and around the world and representing all media and product categories – will be featured at the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market in both permanent showrooms and in temporary exhibits in The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. A concentration of 75 artisans will be presented in the HANDMADE category in Pavilion 1, including first time Las Vegas Market exhibitors Abrazo Style; Amano Trading; Applepear Handcrafted Jewelry; Aroara Industries; Broken Top Candle Company; EllaJude; Grandmother’s Buttons; Korbata; LUA Company; Lumily; and World Treasure Trading. The Market also welcomes back former exhibitors Blue Hill by Hand; KOZAKH; and Lumia Designs. Artisan collectives also will be featured in other campus locations. An Artisanal LA (ALA) pop-up showcase, in Pavilion 1, will highlight 35+ Los Angeles based makers and crafters. The American Made Collective (a showroom on C11) will feature 19 American artisan exhibitors in a 3,636-square-foot showroom. Participants include Carole’s Candles; Cynthia Webb Designs; Designer Stone Inc.; Dock 6 Pottery; Erin Smith Art; Heart the Moment; Jacob’s Musical Chimes; Juniper Tree Supplies; Michal Golan Jewelry; Michael Michaud Designs; Prairie Dance; Printed Canvas; Samantha Grace Designs; Sabbath-Day Woods; Sea Stones; Spooner Creek & Macone Clay; Sue Rosengard Jewelry Design; TreeStump WoodCrafts; and WATCHCRAFT. Beyond these groupings, there are hundreds of other handmade and artisan resources presented across the Las Vegas Market campus – from American-made furniture and hand-tufted rugs from around the world in Buildings A and B to handmade vintage jewelry and accessories in Pavilion 2. A full listing of domestic and international handcrafted resources is available through the online Exhibitor Directory at www.lasvegasmarket.com/handmade. In an expansion of its partnership with CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow) ,Las Vegas Market will present two artisan-focused seminars this Summer. “America Gets Crafty!” will address how...

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Vegas Markets Expands Home Offerings

Las Vegas Market announced that another 13 leading home décor resources will debut new and expanded showrooms at the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market, July 30-August 3, 2017, as part of the continuing growth and enhanced participation of better home décor brands at the Market. “Las Vegas Market continues to experience increased demand from better home décor suppliers for both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibition space,” said Scott Eckman, president of furniture and home décor leasing and chief strategy officer, International Market Centers. “No other U.S. market offers retailers and designers such a breadth and depth of better home décor alongside a full range of complementary furniture and gift products.” Gabby, an Alabama-based manufacturer of transitional furniture, case goods, custom upholstery and lighting products, returns to Las Vegas after a one market hiatus in a 13,500 square foot showroom on C13 shared with sister brand Summer Classics, manufacturer of luxury casual/outdoor furniture. According to Bew White, CEO of Gabriella White, LLC, parent company of both Summer Classics and Gabby, “Summer Classics had a record-setting Las Vegas market in January, and Gabby’s return to Las Vegas this July provides a distinct opportunity for exposure to new distribution on the West Coast. Putting both brands together supports our growth initiatives by leveraging the existing cross-over between each brand’s customer base, and allowing our sales representatives to support both brands effectively.” Four additional first-time Las Vegas Market home décor vendors will open new showrooms at Summer Market: Chesterfield Leather, a Philadelphia-based supplier of cowhide, leather, sheepskin, luxury and exotic floor coverings in a 1,637-square-foot location on C5; Cozy Nomad, a Los Angeles-based supplier of one-of-a-kind throws, pillows and furniture, in a 482- square-foot showroom on C5; Eastern Accents, a Chicago-based designer and manufacturer of luxury bedding in a 2,697-square-foot showroom on A1 they were previously represented in; and Hugo Park, a Delaware-based global importer of quality furniture, home accents and accessories, in a 1,256-square-foot space on C4. Another nine high-profile home décor firms are expanding or relocating showrooms for Summer Market, including: Adesso Inc., a supplier of contemporary lighting, furniture and home décor, with a 5,444-square-foot space on A4; Diamond Star Glass, manufacturer of quality floral and gift glassware products, with a 5,561-square-foot location on A4; Norwalk Furniture, a custom upholstery manufacturer, with a 7,621-square-foot space on A2; Saro Trading, a diversified home accessory company specializing in coordinating linens, with a 4,670-square- foot showroom on C4; Seasonal Living, an importer of indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories, with a 1,878-square-foot location on C4; Steven Shell, specializing in custom handcrafted furniture from Indonesia, relocating to a 6,376-square-foot showroom on C4; Palecek, a manufacturer...

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AmericasMart Atlanta Gearing Up For July Gift Show

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® is the essential buying opportunity of the summer for discerning gift retailers from across the nation and the world as its showcase of must-have, trendsetting merchandise is augmented by first-to-Market programming and educational opportunities. Buyers enjoy a comprehensive Marketplace featuring industry-leading collections in specialty categories including General and Specialty Gift, Gourmet & Housewares, Tabletop & Gift, Home Accents and The Gardens® July 11–18, 2017, complemented by corresponding temporary categories July 13–17. “This July Market is any incredible opportunity to see the AmericasMart® Atlanta Gift collection at its very best,” says Mary Sullivan, senior vice president of Leasing. “Exhibitors are looking at new and exciting ways to showcase product, new lines are joining the collection and our AmericasMart LIVE programming presents business building information in a forum unlike anywhere else. It is really a can’t-miss Market experience.” Across the collection, new and existing exhibitors are taking advantage of AmericasMart’s unmatched depth and breadth of product to explore new ways to reach buyers. Both Godinger Group and Michael Aram expand to showcase new-to-Atlanta collections for the July Market. Godinger showcases Phillip Whitney in its additional space on Floor 8, while Michael Aram showcases Marigold Artisans on Floor 9. Meissenburg Designs relocates to Floor 7 for proximity to the popular Made in America product destination. Appelman Schauben expands its AmericasMart footprint with an additional 5,000 square feet of trend-driven lifestyle product on Floor 11. The new collection features The Beach Glass, Flint, Meri Meri, Stanley Products, Studio Oh, Time Concepts and Toss Designs, strategically showcased near other lines represented by Appelman Schauben: Harmon, TAG and Imax. “When I found out that there was room for Appelman Schauben to expand onto Floor 11, I wanted to take advantage of it,” says Peter Schauben. “The new space increases our ability to bring more new and exciting companies and products to our retail partners.” Schauben plans to continue growing his presence on Floor 11 as he adds mores home décor lines to the collection. “AmericasMart is one of the largest and growing markets in the country, and we feel that we bring the best of design, lines and visual presentation to the Market.” Additional updates to the collection include new showrooms Auratic, Inc., Baggallini, Blue Sky Clayworks, Christian Art Gifts, Contrast LLC/Kingmax Product Inc., Cose Nuove, DNS Designs, Dock 6 Pottery, J.T. Rose, Molly & Drew, Olivia Riegel, Progressive International, Red Carpet Studios, Serene House, Inc, Thousand Oaks Barrel Company and Viabella. Expansions includeCheerful Giver/Keepers of the Light, Cheesecloth and Buttermilk, Crestview Collection, CTW Home Collection, Continental Art Center, Inc., Daniel Richards, David’s Concrete Innovations, DaySpring, Enchante...

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Vegas Market Adds Artexpo To Winter 2018 Events

Las Vegas Market announced that a new partnership with Redwood Media Group (RMG) will bring the highly successful Artexpo brand to Las Vegas beginning in Winter 2018. The first semiannual Artexpo Contemporary Las Vegas will showcase more than 100 suppliers of fine art, sculpture, wall art, prints, and one-of-a-kind creations within the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. “With the addition of fine art resources, Las Vegas Market once again demonstrates a strong commitment to synergistic industry expansion that will appeal to our rapidly growing base of interior designers, architects, hospitality executives, and upscale retailers,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “With the addition of Artexpo Contemporary Las Vegas, Las Vegas Market becomes the only major U.S. furniture, gift, and home décor venue to present a fine art component.” The alliance with Las Vegas Market garners valuable exposure for Redwood Media Group’s Artexpo franchise, giving art suppliers access to the market’s well-established audience of home furnishings retailers, hospitality buyers, and interior designers. “We see tremendous benefits from linking the Artexpo brand with Las Vegas Market,” said Eric Smith, president and CEO of Redwood Media Group and founder of Artexpo. “At RMG, we pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our business partners and exhibitors, and we’re passionate about helping artists, gallery owners, publishers, and framers succeed. In today’s changing marketplace, it takes a combination of talent, drive, networking, and marketing to thrive, and bringing artists and industry professionals together is what we do best. This new collaboration with Las Vegas Market will be instrumental to our mission of connecting top fine art galleries and publishers with buyers, collectors, and dealers who love their work.” Artexpo Contemporary Las Vegas will be housed in a defined showcase within Pavilion 2, featuring 100+ exhibitors of fine art, wall art, sculpture, prints and one-of-a-kind artwork. The Artexpo Contemporary also will host a public preview for local art collectors on Saturday, January 27, followed by four trade-only days (Sunday, January 28, through Wednesday, January 31) consistent with the regular schedule for the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. Artexpo Contemporary Las Vegas also will include a separate schedule of events and original educational programming for exhibitors and attendees designed specifically to focus on the needs and interests of the fine art sector. Details are available online at: http://artexpolasvegas.com/. “The new relationship with RMG and the debut of Artexpo Contemporary Las Vegas fit in well with Las Vegas Market’s focused and strategic growth goals,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of gift leasing & chief marketing officer, International Market Centers. “The introduction of fine art is expected not only to further bolster attendance among interior...

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Vegas Market To Host Fundraiser In July

Las Vegas Market announced that it will host its 7th annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift For Life, the sole national charitable organization for the gift, stationery and home décor industries, on Monday, July 31, 2017, during the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market, July 30-August 3, 2017. Tickets for the event, which include special entertainment, a Las Vegas-themed silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, cost $25 each, or $100 for five. “Since 2000, Las Vegas Market’s annual “Up on the Roof” events have raised some $70,000 for Gift for Life and we are proud that these funds have helped DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) to fund HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, education and advocacy,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “As the fastest growing gift and home décor market in the U.S. and the leading furniture marketplace in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is whole-heartedly committed to bringing the industry together for this purpose.” Held annually at the Summer Market, this fun and festive event brings 300+ industry representatives together to eat, drink, dance, network and raise funds for the industry’s charity. This year’s event boasts a spectacular selection of Las Vegas-themed silent auction items, including tickets to see celebrity magicians Penn & Teller, hotel giveaways, dinners, spa packages, show tickets and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Party-goers will enjoy a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, the silent auction and entertainment by award-winning singer/songwriter Chadwick Johnson, known for his soulful, unique interpretations of popular songs, as well as his original compositions. The 2017 will be held on Monday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the WorldView Ballroom on the 16th Floor of Building B. Tickets, which cost $25 each, may be purchased online at https://upontheroof.splashthat.com/, and at specially-designated kiosks on site in the Grand Plaza, C10 and in the Pavilions during Las Vegas Market. Las Vegas Market is offering an exclusive ticket incentive this year: purchasers receive a fifth ticket free with every four tickets purchased (five tickets for $100). All funds raised—through ticket sales and silent auction—will benefit Gift for Life and its beneficiary DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.) Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market runs July 30-August 3, 2017. For more information, visit...

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Impressive Staging Planned For AmericasMart LIVE

When Nate Berkus, Erik Qualman and other headliners step into the AmericasMart LIVE spotlights in July, they will command the attention of tens of thousands of Market attendees plus a global digital audience from a custom-built studio and stage unique in the U.S. and international home and gift trade show industry. Beginning July 11, AmericasMart’s iconic Building 3 atrium and the AmericasMart LIVE mainstage become the center of the home and gift galaxy and the nexus of business information, thought leadership and trend-maker insights via an expansive video screen showing live and pre-recorded content from around The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® (Showrooms: July 11-18, 2017; Temporaries: July 13-17). The mainstage—both the backdrop for Market speakers and the LIVE interview studio site—will employ 80 feet of high-impact screens to showcase the energy and dynamism of the Market with continuous live programming fed from across all three AmericasMart buildings, plus pre- recorded content captured in product centers and trade show halls, and at satellite events staged across the campus. Furnishings on the mainstage reflect “The Great Reset,” key trends for the lifestyle and interiors industry for Autumn/Winter 17/18 as forecasted by international trend authority WGSN. Meanwhile, in the interview studio, tastemakers and thought leaders from design, retail, manufacturing and media will discuss trends and Market happenings for AmericasMart LIVE audiences. “AmericasMart LIVE goes well beyond what others have done—or can do—in terms of concept or staging,” says Douglas Broward, AmericasMart executive vice president of Branding. “We’re not just capturing the Market experience, but creating a unique convergence of the best that technology and live action can provide: thrilling, shareable moments that can’t be repeated or replicated anywhere else. It’s a spectacle designed to inspire.” Operating within the AmericasMart LIVE staging is a full-service production center, creating content and sharing Market stories in real-time throughout the campus. For more information about AmericasMart LIVE and the July Market, visit...

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