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Summer 2021 Atlanta Market Beats Expectations

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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 posted on Instagram, “I think this was our most successful week at Atlanta Market yet! So fun to see our reps and brands that we haven’t seen in a while. We wrote about 75 orders… I cannot wait for all of the new to start trickling into (or pouring might be more accurate) the store… This holiday season is going to be [on] fire!” Brands Find the Right Buyers at Atlanta Market Atlanta Market’s exhibitors felt the impact of buyers getting back to business with a surge in order writing resulting in many record shows. Buyers sourced from 8,000+ lines showing gift, gourmet, home décor, juvenile, lifestyle, personal care, stationery,...

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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 full. For more information about travel and parking, visitAtlantaMarket.com/Attend/Travel. Atlanta Market’s buyers’ lounges return, with sponsorship by Juniper, IMC’s new fully integrated omnichannel B2B e-commerce platform launching in 2021. Buyers can use the lounges, located in Building 1, Floor 6 and Building 2, Floor 8, for meetings, networking and taking a break from market. In the lounges, buyers can learn more about the Juniper platform, pre-register for the JuniperMarket and pick up branded swag items. Adding to the market excitement are expanded pedestrian spaces and a new outdoor art exhibit planned for the iconic Peachtree Street in front of Building 1. The expanded pedestrian space extends the sidewalk for three...

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Nourison Opens Showroom For High Point Pre-Market

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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

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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

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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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Feizy To Present Dynamic New Collections At Vegas Market

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Feizy Rugs will feature highly anticipated new introductions at the upcoming Las Vegas Market. With a focus on color, texture, and durability, clients will be able to peruse over 25 vignettes of new rugs as well as Feizy’s’s current lineup of products. Clients will be able to partake in an interactive “Instagrammable” vignette with a nod to the company’s Persian roots with the Marabel Collection. With the look of a vintage heirloom and a touch of unexpected color, the Marabel brings new life to an old craft. A modern-day representation of time-honored patterns, this collection’s ornamental motifs are softly distressed across a low pile and given an antique finish. Feizy focused on expanding their Everyday Essentials lineup with 3 new collections that spotlight easy to style pieces that fit a multitude of spaces and design languages. The highly anticipated Conroe Collection is a series of luxurious hand-knotted striations commingling  to create a work of modern art. An artful spin on the classic stripe, the Mackay Collection is an active solid that creates movement within a room. Architecturally inspired, the Maddox Collection’scontemporary style shines with its crosshatch pattern that stretches across a space-dyed background to create linear design. As the demand for more eco-friendly and multi-function products rise, Feizy is launching 3 new collections to their Easy Care program, where the rugs are able to be styled indoors or out. Inspired by the tranquil earth and water tones of Italy, the Naples Collection evokes comfort and serenity with its understated substantial flat-woven pile and color palette. The Nolan Collection’s striking aesthetic combines rich colors, distinct geometric tribal patterns and distressed cross hatching to capture the essence of a vintage Kazak rug. Bringing renewed life to an old craft, the Wendover Collection introduces eco-friendly P-E-T yarns to the hand-knotted construction. The result — timeless Oushak designs, beautifully suited for both indoors and out. By popular demand, Feizy  is making additions to some of their best-selling collections. The Belfort Collection has four new additions in classic color palettes. Traditional Oushak designs come to life in the two new pure wool additions to the Carrington Collection, which uses the age-old techniques of natural hand dying. A best-selling Fine collection, Breel, has three new additions. On-trend yet timeless, the Breel Collection has a textural fashion sensibility in a luminous raw-silk shag construction Strong colors paired with bold, contemporary designs appear in new Lifestyles and Fine Collections. The hand-tufted Amira Collection interprets nature’s beauty in colorful wool  that commands attention in any space. Its painterly designs create movement and fluidity in bold, yet refined colors. Influenced by the avant-garde cubism art movement, the Salina Collection is full of artistic flair. Its abstract designs take form in soft, geometric shapes, juxtaposed with deeply saturated hues for an abstract color-block effect. Hand-knotted in luxurious silk and wool by skilled artisans, these modern works of art bring a sense of elegance and sophistication to any décor. Lastly, Feizy will offer a “sneak peek” at  the Langford Collection. This handwoven grouping features  incredibly soft viscose detailed with intricate designs that have been distressed for a beautifully worn, vintage look. The raised high-low pile and  meticulous detail within its tone-on-tone hues give the collection a unique sense of depth. In addition to these new Las Vegas Introductions, Feizy’s  High Point...

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Nourison Focuses On Persian And Abstract For Vegas Market Intros

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Nourison will be focusing on Persian and abstract designs for Las Vegas Market, April 11-15th, including the launch of four new area rug collections, Odessa, Parisa, Luna and Karisma. The hand-knotted Odessa collection blends vintage Persian rug designs with subtly space-dyed colors. Parisa, loom-woven of 100% New Zealand Wool, offers a variety of intricate, colorful patterns ranging from traditional Persian to French Country to Moroccan. Karisma captures the beauty of traditional Persian floral design in rich, saturated colors. The traditional designs feature stylized flowers, palmettes, medallions and classic ornate borders. The hand-knotted, 100% wool Luna collection features sleek and sophisticated abstract patterns. One of the newest designs added to the colorful and abstract Prismatic collection is PRS20 Grey/Lilac Multicolor. The design hints at floral motifs and natural forms, in a beautifully balanced and painterly rug in a palette of grey, purple, gold, beige, blue, and yellow. Mina Victory Home Accents will be launching new velvety soft Sofia Collection pillows and Luminance pillows with shimmering faux pearls and beaded tassels. Customers are encouraged to make an appointment in advance at  https://www.nourison.com/vegas-market-spring-2021-schedule-form, or stop by at their earliest convenience. Nourison will continue to take safety precautions against the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging guests to social distance and wear...

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IMC April Market Insights To Explore Health & Wellness Trends In Home Furnishings

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With signs pointing to increased consumer interest in and spending for all things health and wellness in 2021, International Market Centers (IMC) presents a one-hour panel discussion “2021 – The Year of Wellness: Healthy Home Products & Trends That Can Drive Sales” as its April 7, 2021 Market Insights webinar. “Many industry experts think health and wellness will be a significant influence in the home furnishings and gift industries for years to come,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and customer officer. “The relevant trend information in this webinar is a perfect primer for retailers and designers attending IMC’s upcoming markets in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas.” “2021 – The Year of Wellness: Healthy Home Products & Trends that Can Drive Sales” explores opportunities for retailers and designers in wellness, and the products that help consumers achieve a sense of well-being. Presented in partnership with Gifts & Decorative Accessories, the panel discussion features Patti Biro, spa, personal product and wellness brand consultant; Angela Harris, CEO and principal of design and visual merchandising firm TRIO, Inc.; designer Lisa Kahn, founder and creator of the “Finding Sanctuary” wellness network; and Allan Share, president of Spa Industry Association. Lenise Willis, Gifts & Decorative Accessories editor in chief is the panel moderator. The webinar is Wednesday, April 7 at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT.  Attendees will earn 1.0 CEU credit. IMC’s “Market Insights” webinars present high-level conversations about issues that are currently impacting business and allows buyers and suppliers to prepare for market throughout the year. With timely, exclusive and actionable content, the series is an extension of the programming presented by Atlanta Market, IMC High Point Market and Las Vegas Market. The next Market Insights session is “Back to Business: Attracting Buyers to In-person Visits” on May 12. IMC’s upcoming markets are Las Vegas Market (April 11-15, 2021), Spring Cash & Carry at AmericasMart Atlanta (May 4-6, 2021), High Point Market (June 5-9, 2021) and Atlanta Market (July 13-19, 2021). The Open Year Round showroom resources are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AmericasMart and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Las Vegas Design Center. Buyers also can source and shop – anytime and everywhere – via JuniperMarket, a new digital marketplace powered by IMC, which launches in summer...

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Nourison’s New Peanuts Collection To Debut At NY Market

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Nourison is introducing new Peanuts products, colorful area rug designs, and digital print accent rug collections for New York Home Fashions Market. During the upcoming virtual New York Home Fashions Market, March 22-25, 2021, Nourison will showcase new introductions with customers through digital presentations and virtual market appointments. The new Nourison showroom at Suite 1305, 230 Fifth Avenue will remain closed until conditions improve. One of the core Peanuts launches is a playful, interactive racetrack rug (PNT11 CH020) that sparks creativity and imagination. Perfect for a playroom or bedroom, this rug allows kids to engage in a fun race theme with Snoopy and the gang. Peanuts is also launching new coordinating pillows, accent rugs and doormats including space, welcome, spring/summer, harvest and Americana themes as well as holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Nourison’s area rug launches include Allur, Elation and Whimsical. Allur includes contemporary florals, Persian-inspired medallions, and tribal patterns in bright jewel tones with boho appeal. Elation features classic patterns in color rich palettes with vintage style. Whimsicle has an eclectic mix of tribal inspired, geometric and classic floral motifs with a distressed finish. Aloha, Nourison’s best-selling indoor/outdoor collection, introduces floral, diamond and coastal designs in colorful and neutral colors. Existing digital print accent rug collections including Cuisine, Meadow, Caravan, and Cisco have all launched additional accent rug designs that are machine washable with a non-skid backing in 100% polyester. Mina Victory Home Accents is spotlighting soft, cozy home accents including sherpa fleece throw blankets, faux rabbit fur and velvet flower-shaped throw pillows. Blush is a key color, along with ivory, blues and...

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Loloi Launches Winter 2021 Virtual Market

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Premium textile leader Loloi has launched its Winter 2021 Virtual Market for customers to explore the company’s newest introductions in an interactive, online format. The Virtual Market offers an easy-to-view, visual presentation for those unable to attend the Dallas or Las Vegas Markets in person or visit the Loloi showroom. Available on Loloi’s website at https://www.loloirugs.com/collections/virtual-market and running throughout the spring, the landing page features a complete video presentation of Loloi’s line up of Winter 2021 new introductions, including 11 new rug collections from the Loloi and Loloi II brands. According to Cyrus Loloi, Principal, all the new introductions are linked from the landing page for ease of reference and for more information on each design. Besides the video presentation, customers can shop all the new collections and schedule a personalized virtual tour. “Our Virtual Market last fall was a big hit and we wanted to offer it again for the winter markets,” said Loloi. “This format gives buyers the option to watch a showroom video presentation safely and online on their own time, or they may request a tour in real-time, led by a Loloi sales representative. Either way, it’s a convenient format for viewing the latest collections until we can all safely get back together in...

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