Furniture of America Expands Vegas Showroom

Las Vegas Market announced today that long-term tenant Furniture of America is expanding its showroom space by 250% and planning a major unveiling of the new 70,000-square-foot-location during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. “Las Vegas Market is continuing to attract the top talent in the furniture industry, as leading firms demonstrate their commitment to business expansion with major showroom expansions,” said Ryan Mahoney, Senior Vice President of Furniture Leasing, International Market Centers. “Furniture of America is building upon the tremendous growth the company has achieved through Las Vegas Market over the past few years with its significant expansion on B11. As the leading furniture market in the western United States and the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market, Las Vegas Market is proud to partner with growth-oriented, forward- thinking firms like Furniture of America to fulfill business growth objectives.” Furniture of America Senior VP of Marketing Rocky Young said the new space will allow the U.S-based company to showcase its full line of promotional to mid-priced furniture, including living room, dining room, bedroom, upholstery, bedding, youth and outdoor furniture as well as accent and lighting. “Furniture of America’s business has exploded with high double-digit growth every year and at times, overwhelming product demand,” Young said. “The planned showroom expansion is one of a number of adjustments we have been making to keep up with our ever growing customer needs. This past Summer Market, our Las Vegas showroom had its highest foot traffic ever. With our fast U.S. and international businesses growth, we feel that our new 70,000-square-foot space— more than double our previous 28,000-square-foot location — will allow us to better serve both existing and new customers with a larger and better selection of products and further build upon our long and successful partnership with Las Vegas Market.” The expansion gives Furniture of America one of the largest spaces on the World Market Center Las Vegas campus. The company is planning a gala opening for the new showroom at Winter Market, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Las Vegas Market is the largest furniture market in the western United States, with over 4 million square feet and 2,000+ furniture lines presented on 32 showroom floors, along with nearly 200 temporary exhibitors showcasing home furnishings on B2 and in The Pavilions at LasVegas Market. In addition to key furniture categories, the Las Vegas Market is recognized as THE nation’s bedding market, with the top 14 producers represented, and as a growing resource for casual/outdoor furniture following its 2015 launch of two new, dedicated floors for the category. Key furniture categories presented...

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Creative Co-Op Opens Expanded Showroom In Atlanta

Creative Co-Op is reimagining the showroom buying experience in a spectacular 28,000-square-foot AmericasMart space that will set the bar for new product resources with inspirational presentations, new categories and a dedicated events space for networking, educational programming and celebrating the retail community. Set to open in January 2018, the new showroom on Building 2, Floor 10 is the largest Creative Co-Op showroom nationally and internationally. “AmericasMart and Creative Co-Op are partners in innovation,” says Garry Schermann, senior vice president of Sales. “From inception, we have worked together to create a market experience that is memorable, inspirational and sustaining. What we will achieve in a space literally created to accommodate the Creative Co-Op business model is limited only by our collective imagination,” Schermann adds. “Creative Co-Op is set to push the limits of the Market buying experience,” notes David Savula, AmericasMart executive vice president of Leasing. “We can’t wait to see how far they will go in an imaginatively conceived space that is absolutely unique in the trade mart community,” Savula adds. Creative Co-Op is using the space to launch new lines and expand its product categories. Buyers visiting the showroom will find a new children’s collection and a new clothing line, Embellish, that not only features the celebrated Creative Co-Op attention to detail, but also helps to educate and empower women through the donation of a portion of its proceeds to charity. Buyers will also find improvements like a new point-of-sale scanning software that further supports Creative Co-Op representatives as they work alongside their retail clients in selecting the items that will help them grow their businesses. The addition of the Creative Commons space lets Creative Co-Op take the mood of the showroom into a public space and create a new experience for buyers who will enjoy a relaxing space with skyline views, cocktails and hospitality throughout the week of Market. “Retailers who want to see the next big thing are coming to AmericasMart. They are the specialist in their neighborhood and love what they do,” says Tamra Bryant, senior vice president of Product Development. “Our mission is to present them with unique, well-priced trends showcased in an inspirational space.” The new Creative Co-Op showroom is incorporated into The Gardens on Building 2, Floor 10. It opens at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, January 9-16, 2018. For more about the market, visit...

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Capel’s New Licensed Line Wows At High Point

Capel Rugs’ new line of licensed rugs created in partnership with famed designer Anthony Baratta drew rave reviews from retailers and designers at the Oct. 14-18 High Point Market. “Everyone loved this new line and the spirit it conveys,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. “Because many of the designs have a nautical or resort theme, the line was particularly well received by customers who are located near the coast, but it also did well with retailers in the Midwest and cities like Chicago and Denver.” The new Anthony Baratta line is one of the most comprehensive launches Capel has ever made in terms of the range of constructions and price points that are represented. The line includes two collections of hand tufted designs in wool and viscose; an indoor/outdoor collection of five loop pile designs in olefin; a collection of two easy-care plaid designs a collection of two easy-care plaid designs made of eco-friendly, green product from reconditioned fibers, appropriate for indoor or outdoor use and reversible for twice the life span; two braided collections — one in wool and the other in polypropylene; and an additional braided collection in polypropylene with loop hook centers. All of the designs feature Baratta’s signature mix of Americana-inspired themes in a bold, bright palette. “Retailers loved the clever combinations of materials, colors and textures in these designs that Tony has created,” said Capel. She added that the new line will begin shipping to stores in January of 2018. Baratta was available for a meet-and-greet session with retailers during a kickoff party for the new collection held on Sunday, Oct. 15 in the Capel showroom. The event marked the final toast for Capel Rugs’ 100th anniversary, which the company has been celebrating throughout the...

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Home And Gift Industries Create Disaster Relief Program

The U.S. gift and home furnishings industry is responding to the essential needs of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the California wildfires with LIFELINE, a national program to fund food and water provisions organized by Gift For Life and AmericasMart® Atlanta. Contributions will be distributed to people in need through and in association with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. Gift For Life is the partnership between the gift, home and stationery industries historically committed   to raising funds supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education.   AmericasMart Atlanta is   the global wholesale marketplace serving gift and home furnishings retailers and designers from     every U.S. state and more than 70 nations. LIFELINE will channel monetary donations for the provision of food and water to communities impacted by the recent disasters through Feeding America member food banks. Donors can make tax-deductible credit card and e-check contributions via the secured LIFELINE page on Feeding America website www.feedingamerica.org/giftforlife. Donations by check and cash will not be accepted. All associated with the gift and home furnishings industry—including retailers, retail buying groups, product manufacturers, product designers, sales organizations and service providers—are eligible to participate and encouraged to contribute. AmericasMart Atlanta has initiated LIFELINE funding with a $40,000 donation and has issued a challenge to the gift and home furnishings community at large for donations in equal $40,000 increments. The challenge is effective October 23, 2017 through the 12-week LIFELINE run, which concludes January 12, 2018. “LIFELINE engages the gift and home furnishings industry in a vital outreach mission unprecedented in scope,” notes George Kacic, Gift For Life board chairman and AmericasMart Atlanta executive vice president. “LIFELINE allows us to stay true to Gift For Life’s historical mission – HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education and advocacy – while also focusing the industry’s collective capacity to deliver immediate assistance to those whose lives are affected,” Kacic adds. The LIFELINE donations page at the Feeding America website is live now at www.feedingamerica.org/giftforlife. For more information and to access a LIFELINE Q & A resource guide, email...

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IMC Organizes Hurricane Relief Efforts

International Market Centers announced that it will coordinate product donations and other humanitarian efforts by exhibitors in High Point Market, which runs through Wednesday, and Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. “International Market Centers prides itself on being a ‘global good citizen,’ and we are delighted to mobilize our resources to help communities in need,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer, IMC. “Whether the needs stem from natural disasters like the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, or from tragedies like the recent shootings in Las Vegas, IMC is proud to facilitate logistics for exhibitor product donations, heighten awareness for exhibitor- sponsored initiatives and demonstrate support for communities in crisis.” IMC has set up locations in both High Point and Las Vegas to facilitate product donations for relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. In High Point, product donations can be delivered after October 19 to IHFC Main 905; and in Las Vegas, product donations will be accepted November 1 through January 25 in showroom A416. Donations received at IMC will be transported to impacted areas and distributed through appropriate locally-based assistance organizations. Donations directed to Houston will be shared between Houston Furniture Bank (houstonfurniturebank.org/) and Dwell with Dignity (dwellwithdignity.org). Dwell with Dignity donations are part of an initiative by CODARUS, a leading multi-line furniture, bedding, lighting, art and accessories national sales organization with showrooms in High Point and Las Vegas, to charter a Houston-based Dwell with Dignity chapter that will design and furnish 10 to 15 apartments in the Houston area. IMC is identifying appropriate aid-providing partnership organizations for relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico, and specifics will be announced in the near future. Dwell with Dignity partners with the local design community to create complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. These turnkey homes include apartment-scaled furniture, art, bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. The Houston Furniture Bank is helping 70 families a day as they rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most immediate needs are mattresses (primarily queen and full mattress sets and metal bed frames,) small sofas and loveseats, small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers. Companies wishing to donate directly to the Houston Furniture Bank may contact Oli Mohammed at 832-863-1996, or oli@houstonfurniturebank.org. In addition to this emergency crisis response effort, IMC also has ongoing partnerships with both the American Cancer Society and A Simple Gesture food collection agency. For the last 13 years, volunteers from the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Discovery-Shop-at-Smith-Mountain-Lake/113339045346756) have used High Point Market samples to...

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Loloi Showcases New Ellen DeGeneres Designs At High Point

Loloi has introduced new rug, pillow and throw designs for the ED Ellen DeGeneres collection during the Fall High Point Market. Crafted in styles as unique as Ellen herself, the collection brings a warm and livable aesthetic to any home. These exclusive collections is being showcased through October 18 at the Fall High Point Market in Loloi’s showroom, IHFC Design Center, Space 320 Loloi’s debut of five new designs for ED Ellen DeGeneres include: BREA:  Expertly hand-woven in India of 100% wool, the Brea Collection offers a series of understated neutrals that feel at once fresh and timeless. The naturally multicolored yarn produces a heathered look, making no two pieces alike. Crafted by Loloi for ED Ellen DeGeneres. HAWTHORNE:  Inspired by Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite heirloom rugs, the Hawthorne Collection offers affordable interpretations in this 100% wool series. Hooked by skilled artisans in India, each piece balances traditional motifs in deep, variegated colors that resonate in today’s interiors. Crafted by Loloi for ED Ellen DeGeneres. SOLANO:  Earthy colors, natural texture, and tribal motifs come together in the Solano Collection for ED Ellen DeGeneres. Hand-woven of 100% wool by master artisans, each piece features the remarkable durability inherent in the flat-woven construction. Perfect for entryways, living areas, or any of your most high-trafficked rooms. Crafted by Loloi. NAPA: Traditional mud cloth designs make it to the outdoors in this bold, fun series for ED Ellen DeGeneres. Hooked of 100% polypropylene, the highly stain-resistant yarns are specially treated to withstand UV, mold and mildew damage. Added bonus: Ellen’s personal values—love, kindness, and joy—are words we’ve crafted into the design. Crafted by Loloi. HUNTINGTON:  The sophistication of an indoor rug meets the durability of an outdoor one in Huntington, our first-ever indoor/outdoor rug for ED Ellen DeGeneres. Power-loomed of 100% polypropylene, the yarns are UV, mold, and mildew resistant, making the rugs perfect for an outdoor patio—and equally well-suited for a high-traffic indoor area, too. Crafted by Loloi. For news, decorating guidelines and other updates from Loloi, connect via Facebook (www.facebook.com/loloirugs), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/loloirugs), or the company website,...

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