Summer 2021 Atlanta Market Beats Expectations

Atlanta Market confirmed its place as the top Summer 2021 buying destination for the national retail and design industry with better than projected attendance and reports of record-breaking shows across its home and gift collections at the closing of its seven-day run, July 13-19, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta. “Atlanta Market was exactly what buyers and sellers needed right now,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “The buzz about market quickly traveled through the industry, and the brands and buyers who did not attend were really feeling like they missed out. We’re confident that their need to be a part of Atlanta Market will accelerate the growth of the Winter Market in 2022.” Pent-up demand for inventory led to aggressive buying by retailers and designers. Upticks in Key Account attendance – with nearly 100 top retailers including Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works/White Barn, Bealls, Belk, Buc-ees, Cracker Barrel, Dillard’s, Francesca’s, Food 52, Hallmark Cards, Hamricks, Hobby Lobby, The Home Depot, Joann Stores, Macy’s, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Nordstrom, Old Time Pottery, Paper Source, Plow & Hearth, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sharper Image, Swoozies, Tuesday Morning, Urban Outfitters, Von Maur and more – also sparked high-volume orders. Buyers from all market verticals – Gift, Home Décor and Apparel – were well represented with growth in all three categories over the Winter 2021 staging. Attendees hailed from all 50 states, with notable growth from the Midwest and continued recovery of international traffic with buyers from some 36 countries. Overall, the Summer 2021 Atlanta Market well outpaced the Winter 2021 staging, growing by nearly 55% in attendance and ultimately beating IMC’s pre-market projections with more than 85% of the Summer 2019 turnout. Buyers Choose Atlanta Market to Get to Business Many retailers and designers chose Atlanta Market as their first market after a pandemic hiatus or as their first market ever. “Coming back to the Atlanta Mart has felt like a homecoming,” said Jorge Gonzalez, buyer and general merchandising manager for Draeger’s HOME & Market with four stores in California. “The safety measures and the graciousness of the Atlanta Market staff has left me with a smile on my face an incredible hope for the future of our business and brick and mortar stores!” “This is our very first market as buyers and it’s been a great experience!” said Madison Clayborn, founder of new online retailer Clayborn Collection. “We found a lot of what we were looking for to start our company by coming to Atlanta Market. We’ll definitely be coming back in the future.” Tammy Lopez and Maddie Morden of Personify Shop in Duluth, GA...

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Adding to the excitement surrounding the summer Atlanta Market, International Market Centers (IMC) announced the much anticipated return of in-person events and celebrations with a schedule of industry parties, culinary demonstrations and expanded amenities set for the July 13-19, 2021 staging at AmericasMart Atlanta. “With market attendance and activity returning to more ‘normal’ conditions, we are delighted to resume the live education, networking and industry celebrations that are a hallmark of the market experience,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president, chief marketing and customer officer. “We will celebrate industry reconnection in Atlanta Market style with an opening night party, daily networking events and the relaunch of our one-of-a-kind Demonstration Kitchen. We also will introduce a new series of free buyer amenities to address current market transportation needs.” Kick-Off Party and Demonstration Kitchen Reopening The Market Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, July 14 offers a long-awaited opportunity for the industry to gather again. Open to all market attendees, the Kick-Off party will feature entertainment and complimentary light bites and drinks beginning at 3 p.m. in the Building 3, Floor 2 atrium. The celebration continues Thursday through Saturday with free daily happy hours from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the atrium. Atlanta Market’s popular Demonstration Kitchen in Building 2, Floor 8 reopens with a live demonstration and book signing by tastemaker and author Danny Seo, publisher and co- principal of Rue magazine and editor-in-chief of Naturally Danny Seo who will prepare a new dessert recipe from his Naturally Delicious Desserts cookbook on Thursday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Also playing in the Demonstration Kitchen are a series of videos featuring all-star Atlanta chef, restaurateur and “Top Chef” fan favorite Kevin Gillespie preparing his char sui pork dish and a classic mai tai cocktail. Additional in-person experiences include at-market installations featuring a tribute to the 2021 Greeting Card Association LOUIE Award finalists in Building 2, Floor 2; a vignette of Market Snapshot finalists in Building 1, Floor 1; and instagrammable moments throughout Buildings 1, 2 and 3. A Welcoming Experience from the Market and the City A new free shuttle to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and expanded free buyer parking make it easier for attendees to come to-and-from market. The airport shuttle leaves AmericasMart from the new bus terminal at Building 1 every hour on the hour from 1 – 7 p.m., July 14-17. Free buyer parking is available close to the AmericasMart campus in the Peachtree Center Garage (0.2 miles from Building 1 at 161 Peachtree Center Ave.) and American Cancer Society Building (connected by bridge to Building 3 at 112 Baker St NW) July 13-19 on a first-come first served basis until...

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Nourison Partners With HGTV Star Curtis

Nourison announces a new partnership with Nicole Curtis, designer and HGTV star of Rehab Addict Rescue and Rehab Addict. The Nicole Curtis lifestyle collection will include vintage-inspired Persian designs, timeless textures and prints throughout all categories of accent rugs, area rugs, decorative pillows, and more. These products will reflect today’s sensibility in the home, which is an extension of Nicole’s success with her show. “From the beginning, Nicole’s passion for restoring old homes and for what she believes in made this venture for our brands a seamless partnership. Bringing the strengths of both teams together, we created a lifestyle program that reflects her DNA, while creating quality products at key retail price points that consumers will respond to. The area rug, accent rug, and decorative pillow programs have been designed to layer and work effortlessly. We are excited for what the future holds and to share it with everyone late Fall 2021,” said Steven Peykar, co-CEO at Nourison.“As someone who has been in home design and renovation for over twenty years, I am excited to fulfill a life-long dream of creating my own home collection. Nourison is the perfect partner to help launch my new brand, that is an extensive range of home décor, including rugs and accent pillows. Their collaborative design process and attention to craftsmanship is guaranteed to deliver a beautiful collection that my fans will appreciate,” said Nicole...

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Nourison Opens Showroom For High Point Pre-Market

Nourison will be opening their showroom at IHFC-IH101 for High Point Pre-Market, April 25-27, 2021. The Nourison showroom will also be open during High Point Market, June 5-9, 2021. High Point Pre-Market allows Nourison to cater to customers in a more intimate setting. Nourison had first participated in High Point Pre-Market in September 2020, resulting in a successful customer experience. Local dealers and large chains are expected to attend and new attendees are always welcome. “We are excited to be participating in High Point Pre-Market and will have our showroom open and staffed. While we really look forward to the excitement and crowd interaction of High Point Market, we found the pre-market gives us an opportunity to spend some real quality time with key dealers. This year, with the industry’s supply chain challenged, Nourison will be showcasing new product, but will also be emphasizing the inventory strength of our core running line collections as well,” said Gerard O’Keefe, vice president of sales. Pre-Market attendees can enter the Nourison showroom through the main entrance by the lobby. Customers can schedule an appointment for pre-market at https://www.nourison.com/high-point-premarket-2021-make-an-appointment. Nourison will continue to take safety precautions against the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging showroom guests to social distance and wear...

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Loloi Expands Presence At AmericasMart Atlanta

Loloi announced it is opening two new showrooms at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, ahead of the annual Atlanta Market this summer. Loloi’s main showroom in Building 1 of AmericasMart was relocated from the 4th floor to the Lobby Level (rooms I-L-1 and I-L-2), and opened earlier this year. The second showroom, also in Building 1, is located on the 13th floor, room 13-C-1, and will open May 1 to showcase Loloi’s Wall Art collections and one-of-a-kind pillows and rugs. According to Cyrus Loloi, Principal, the new showroom space and relocation will increase visibility of the brand during the Atlanta Market while offering a better overall experience for visitors. “We wanted to prioritize ease of navigation while encouraging discoverability in our new spaces,” said Loloi. “Each space offers a simplified and relaxed atmosphere to browse and shop our rugs, pillows and wall art, including collections from all of our major brand partners. We’re excited about this move and we invite everyone to drop by.” The showrooms will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no ribbon-cutting ceremonies or opening events...

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Feizy’s New Thom Filicia Line To Debut At High Point

Feizy Rugs is partnering with powerhouse interior and product designer, tastemaker and television personality Thom Filicia on a new line of rugs slated to debut at High Point Market; June 5-9, 2021. “I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with Feizy Rugs and excited to share our inaugural collection, launching this June at High Point Market,” Mr. Filicia shared.  “It’s an honor to be working with such a well-respected family-owned company with over 45 years of experience and a proven track record of excellence within the rug industry.” Debut pieces will focus heavily on texture and feature timeless neutral palettes with pops of color throughout. The initial Thom Filicia Home Collection for Feizy will represent a variety of constructions at an accessible price-point, and planning is already underway to expand the Thom Filicia product offering to Feizy’s Fine Collection as well. “Great design tells a story of where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going,” the designer explained, “and the Thom Filicia Home Collection for Feizy will strive to do just that by offering a stylish collection that has a distinctively timely yet timeless perspective– where refined mixes with raw, industrial plays against the organic, and color, material and texture are used in thoughtful ways to create a collection with a classic, tailored and sophisticated point of view.” For their part, Feizy was extremely selective when vetting potential partners.  With over 45 years in the industry, the company’s commitment to enduring yet on-trend design and quality craftsmanship demanded a design partner of the highest caliber. “When we decided to pursue a licensing partner, Thom and his team were at the top of our list,” explained Justin Yeck, Feizy’s Vice President of Omnichannel Sales, Marketing and Product Development and Design. “It was an absolute no-brainer.  His approach to design and the respect he has earned within the design community made him a natural fit.  We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership, marrying our rug expertise with his sophisticated point of view to ultimately create beautiful pieces that are sure to resonate with designers and consumers...

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