IMC_di Announces New Hires

Signaling its commitment to digital growth, IMC_di, the new digital innovation division of International Market Centers (IMC), announces more than a dozen recent hires including new staff for development, implementation, marketing and customer success. “IMC is not slowing down. We are accelerating our investment in digital,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer for IMC. “With COVID-19 causing postponement of our March and April markets in Atlanta and High Point, we are taking aggressive steps to digitally connect buyers and sellers – wherever and whenever they need to meet to do business.” “We are in exponential growth mode even during a time of global business disruption,” said IMC_di President Eric Dean. “This first wave of new hires – just two months after our launch – puts experienced professionals into key positions and increases our depth of skills across the entire organization.” IMC_di welcomes Marisa Garcia as Senior Director of Customer Success, with responsibility for building and managing a team that delivers a world class customer experience for both sellers and buyers. Garcia brings 10 years of retail engagement and e-commerce strategy experience to her role, most recently working with Scout & Molly’s, a fashion retailer with 50 locations in 19 states, and JOOR, a wholesale platform and data exchange connecting 8,600 fashion, beauty and home brands with 200,000 retailers across 144 countries. Andrew Meeks joins IMC_di as Director of Marketing, with responsibility for developing a strategic vision and marketing plan for the company’s software platforms. Meeks brings 20 years of tactical and strategic marketing experience for a diverse range of regional and national companies including information and medical technology, legal, heavy industrial and telecommunications. Most recently, as Marketing Director of Marketing Help Atlanta, he packaged his marketing and design skill set into a retained services model for regional B2C and B2B companies. In addition to full-time staff, IMC_di has retained retailer Mary S. Moore, owner of the Atlanta-based Cook’s Warehouse stores, as a consultant. In this role, Moore will provide executive-level direction and strategic visioning with a specific focus on the retailer experience. With 25+ years retail experience, Moore understands and appreciates the relationship between markets, vendors, sales representatives and retailers. She also has been in e-commerce for more than 13 years and developed an app allowing people to find foods based on diets, allergies and cuisine preferences. Another nine staff will support IMC_di’s programming, development and customer support needs. Working from IMC_di’s office in Juno Beach, FL, newly staffed positions include Back End Developer, Front End Developer, Application Developer, Enterprise Architect, Product Manager, Project Management Office Lead, Tech Lead and Quality Engineer. New hires in IMC_di’s Chantilly, VA, office...

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Capel Reports Strong Response To Traditional Designs At Vegas

Capel Rugs enjoyed an especially busy Winter Las Vegas Market as a number of large retail chains and major independents actively shopped the line for fresh looks to spice up their floors. Alongside these retailers was the contingent of smaller merchants and independent designers that regularly visit the rug source’s popular showroom in the World Market Center’s Building A. “Our traffic was even with last winter’s Vegas market, but the level of activity seemed much busier and the amount of orders placed was ahead of 2019!” said Cameron Capel, president – sales and marketing for Capel Rugs. “Business has generally been good for retailers in the West and other regions, and there’s a lot of optimism about the prospects for growth in 2020. As a result, retailers are hungry for dynamic new designs and strong values that can generate excitement and attract shoppers.” Leading the way for Capel Rugs this market was Charise, an upscale, hand knotted traditional collection from India that features classic motifs updated for today’s lifestyles. The 100% wool rugs are available in eight patterns and color ways: Isfahan in sand, Kazak in blue multi, Keshan in champagne, Mahal in dark chocolate, Peshawar in slate ruby, Tabriz in fog blue, Ushak in scarlet and Ziegler in terra cotta. The elegant collection comes in 3’ x 5’, 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’ and 9’ x 12’ sizes. A 5’ x 8’ rug may retail for under $1,199. “Everyone loved the Charise collection,” Capel said. “It’s a well-priced, hand knotted design with a range of timeless designs that fits in easily with a variety of different décor.” Also doing well at the Jan. 26-30 Las Vegas Market were seven new styles added to the popular Avanti collection. A hand tufted, all-wool design from India, Avanti’s new patterns include Eleanor, in ice blue; Kazak, in slate terra; Keshan, in red/navy; Medallion, in ivory/denim; Oushak, in natural/multi; Panel in greystone; and Wyman, in ink. This collection, which features a loop pile construction, is available in 3’6” x 5’6”, 5’x 8’, 8’ x 10’, 9’ x 12’ and 10’ x 14’ sizes, as well as a 2’6” x 8’ runner. A 5’ x 8’ rug may retail for under $339. “The new patterns we’ve added this season take the collection in a slightly more traditional direction but with very on-trend, up-to-date colors,” Capel said. “The new Avanti designs offer a high level of quality at a great price, and they are set to begin shipping next month.” Also placing well at market was Bayview, a contemporary, made in the U.S. braided collection expanded with two new colorways — metal and...

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IMC Announces Directional Themes For April High Point TrendWatch

IMC’s TrendWatch will feature three directional themes – MEADOW, PENTHOUSE and AVIARY – at Spring 2020 High Point Market, running April 25 – April 29, 2020. The signature program illustrates leading home furnishings trends through an opening day seminar, three curated vignettes, a product tour and an at-Market publication. TrendWatch is curated by 24-year magazine editor and home furnishings forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. The trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence from the interiors, fashion and consumer product arenas. “This season’s three TrendWatch themes showcase top home furnishings trends at the start of the new year and a new decade,” explains Smith Vincenti. “In PENTHOUSE, neutrals dominate, while texture, finishing and form create intrigue; AVIARY aligns abstract patterns with bird motifs and patterns for a look that’s both airy and sophisticated; and MEADOW charms with an Insta-worthy landscape dotted with warm neutrals and quaint patterns.” The three trends identified for Spring 2020 TrendWatch are: MEADOW Small-scale florals, warm neutrals, and hand-crafted embellishments thrive in MEADOW, a serene space that evokes prairieland dotted with wildflowers. The mood is quaint and romantic yet travels effortlessly to a metropolitan landscape. In MEADOW, we connect with nature — and the picturesque posts we upload seem to validate our effort. Product selections will include furnishings in all categories, including fabric and leather upholstery, as well as accent furniture in warm neutrals, whipstitch detailing, charming fabrics, small-scale florals, embroidery, natural finishes, hair-on hide and faux sheepskin. PENTHOUSE The decade opens with renewed interest in neutrals, especially luxurious interpretations that emphasize finishing and form. Sparkle and shine meet sophisticated curation in TrendWatch’s PENTHOUSE. Merchandise selections will include furnishings in all product categories, especially designs that showcase warm and cool metallic finishes; pearlescent effects; intriguing and tactile textures, including upper-end woven designs; and sculptural, artful forms. There is a special category focus on lighting, accent furniture, dining tables and chairs, laptop desks, and console and nesting tables. AVIARY TrendWatch’s color and pattern presentation for Spring 2020 celebrates avian motifs and patterns inspired by nature’s most colorful creatures. In this open, airy space, artful abstracts that recall the works of modern masters nestle with feathery motifs and patterns. Greens, blues and incoming reds are hue headliners. Products include furnishings in all product categories – especially cases and upholstery in light and white finishes, as well as accents featuring avian motifs, artful abstracts, feather and feather-like patterns, cane, iridescent finish treatments and color complements. “IMC’s proprietary TrendWatch program is important for furniture and home décor buyers and suppliers looking to identify trends that positively impact sales and shape consumer preferences,” said Dorothy Belshaw,...

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ORIA Elects New Officers

The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) held their annual meeting hosted by the World Market Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 28th and elected the following Slate of Officers: President, Kami Navid (Jaunty) Vice President, Hari Tummala (KAS) Secretary,  Michael Riley, (Karastan / Mohawk Home) Treasurer,  Behrooz Hakimian (Woven Concepts) The ORIA has been a powerful voice and advocate for the rug industry in the United States since 1958. With the leadership of the newly elected ORIA Officers and Executive Board, the organization is committed to promoting the best interests of The Oriental/AREA Rug Trade in the United States and in countries that produce their beautiful floor coverings. “On behalf of the Association, I would like to express my thanks to Ramin Kalaty, the immediate Past President and his fellow Officers for their leadership and continued generosity in time and energy,” said ORIA Executive Director Lucille Laufer. “I look forward to working closely with newly elected ORIA President Kami Navid and his Officers and Executive Board to bring the Association forward in what promises to be another challenging – but very productive year.”   Photo Credits: Jim K. Decker for The WMC, Las...

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Nourison Unveils New Custom Rug Program At Surfaces

Nourison is unveiling Craftworks™ by Nourison, a new broadloom and custom rug program launching at The International Surface Event, January 28th – 30th in Las Vegas. Craftworks™ by Nourison will include hand-crafted styles made of fine raw materials, with machine-serged, hand-sewn or coordinating wide binding finishing options. This program features broadloom that is 2’ to 3’ wider than standard broadloom, 15’ wide rolls, large custom rugs up to 15’ wide, and minimized seams in wall-to-wall broadloom. “The success we have experienced in recent years in our hand-crafted broadloom category really inspired us launch Craftworks™ as a targeted sub-brand within Nourison.  The Craftworks™ brand, product line, and display offer a focused message that speaks to the value of unique artisanal constructions, fashion-forward styling, and flexible custom opportunities,” said Gerard O’Keefe, vice president of sales. Nourison will introduce a selection of textured, hand-loomed and on-trend collections in wool blends including Island, Highlands, Radiant Stripe and Ravishing Stripe. Island is a series of decorative yet affordable flatweave carpetsfeaturing four designs – Island Wave, Island Striae,Island Grid and Island Stripe.  Wherever Sisal is a hand-woven, indoor/outdoor collection with a natural, chunky sisal look. It is both fashionable and practical, made of UV Stabilized Polypropylene, with a coordinating outdoor 3” binding for beautifully finished rugs. Popular collections Starlight, Grand Parterre and Terrain are launching new styles and colors. Best-selling Starlight is adding a gorgeous modern Frenetic pattern in several colors. It is woven in fine New Zealand Wool and Luxcelle Plus™, with the hand-washing process adding to the soft feel, luminous appearance and overall performance. Nourison’s Nourtex division will be introducing Tidal and Pacific Stripe, a new addition to the Pacific Collection. Tidal introduces flowing, modern abstract Ebbtide and Tidal Surge designs in textured high/low pile for a visually stunning collection. The machine tufted Pacific ­­Stripe showcases a herringbone/stripe combination with a sophisticated tip-sheared surface. Hagaman new introductions include the Halo, Vintage Mod and Elements. Halo introduces two fun and fashionable patterns, Halo Safari and Halo Stripe, densely tufted in New Zealand Wool with a special high luster nylon for a luminous appearance. Each design has 12 coordinating colorways, including soft pastels. Nourison’s website also launched new functionality to support the Fifty to Infinity custom sized rug program. The website now allows customers to shop hundreds of styles and easily place their custom sized rug orders online at www.nourison.com/custom. Nourison, located at Booth 5833 at Surfaces, includes new products from Nourison, Nourtex and Hagaman...

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Vegas Market Announces People’s Choice Winners

Cross-category products from five Las Vegas Market exhibitors – Braid & Wood Design Studio, BrüMate, Lynn & Liana, Sunset West and Twin Star Home – are the inaugural People’s Choice winners in IMC’s new Market Snapshot program. The winners were selected from 48 finalist products via online voting in the weeks leading up to the Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market, which runs through Jan. 30, 2020. “New product discovery is at the heart of IMC’s markets,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “Through this cross-market initiative in Las Vegas, High Point and Atlanta, we are honoring and celebrating the truly outstanding products that have most resonated with buyers as they seek the new products that will help them grow their businesses.” Winter 2020 winning products are: Furniture: Grigio Armless Club Chair by Sunset West. Sunset West reimagines one of the most iconic silhouettes of the last century. Rendered in a powder-coated aluminum frame and wrapped with premium, all-weather olefin rope in an open weave, the gray tones in the chair reflect the origins of the grape founded by “The Gray Monk” in northern Italy. (B-162) Home décor: 10-Inch Plant Hanger by Braid & Wood Design Studio. The product is a modern and minimal, three-dimensional potted plant hanger made with brass plated rings, an oiled and sealed soft maple wood base and natural cotton cording. (Pavilions at Las Vegas Market – P1- 1013) Home accent: Hamilton™ TV Stand with PanoGlow™ Electric Fireplace by Twin Star Home. With a balance of traditional and farmhouse design, the product offers the beauty of a PanoGlow fireplace which provides three-sided views of the patent-pending 3D Flame® effect. It also offers the innovation of patented Safer Plug® fire prevention technology, and Illumitouch™ seamless, embedded control panel for a digital display that appears and fades with a light touch. (A-1016) There was a tie in the gift category and the two winners were named: Gift: Carrara Collection by BrüMate. The Carrara Collection is a range of drinkware in a marble pattern that features the innovative Bevguard technology, which guarantees ice-cold drinks without metallic aftertaste. The Wine Travel Set features one Winesulator and two 14-ounce Uncork’d insulated XL wine tumblers that will keep wine at the right temperature for over 24 hours. The Hopsulator Slim keeps 12-ounce slim cans icy cold. The Champagne Flute is double the size of a traditional champagne flute and features a drink-through, flip-top lid that will keep drinks cold and carbonated up to five times longer. The MargTini gift set one cocktail shaker and two MargTini glasses that keep cocktails ice-cold while on the go. (Next Rep showroom –...

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