AmericasMart Fall Design Week Seminars Focus On Trends & Forecasts

Designers and retailers gathering in Atlanta for AmericasMart’s® third annual Fall Design Week featuring Gift and Home, September 24 – 28, 2018, will discover select trend-driven showrooms plus educational seminars, networking opportunities and more—all orchestrated to help advance their businesses and brands. The 2018 lineup brings gift and home together to give buyers another opportunity to explore products and trends introduced over the summer with merchandise showcased in AmericasMart’s Open Year Round showrooms plus more than 100 additional showrooms across the home, gift, holiday and rug collections. Celebrity designer Vern Yip headlines three days of top educational programming presented by tastemakers and thought leaders from across the design, lifestyle, legal and publishing realms. “Fall Design Week is an important extension of our daily design business at AmericasMart for local and regional interior designers,” says Jenny Heinzen York, vice president of Home for AmericasMart. “On the retail side, as store sales are tracking up for the year and a robust holiday selling season lies ahead, retailers across categories are encouraged use this week to make last-minute additions to their store floors.” The Market also caters to buyers in the event planning, film, staging, architecture, landscaping, and hospitality industries. Fall Design Week’s signature educational programming—presented Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27—prepares buyers and designers for the upcoming season. All Fall Design Week seminars garner a 0.1 CEU credit. Interior designers Rhonda Peterson, Patricia McLean and Howard Wiggins share their tips, tricks and traditions for celebrating the season in style in a breakfast seminar “Designing & Entertaining for the Holidays” moderated by Elizabeth Ralls, editor-in-chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles on Tuesday, September 25. Yip shares his journey on breaking into television (and how he really works with those tiny budgets!), advice on building a sustainable interior design practice and his own inspirational design philosophy in a lunch and learn later that day. Attorney Angie Avard Turner starts the day on Wednesday, September 26 with “A Legal Crash Course for Creatives: What You Need to Know to Run & Protect Your Business” breakfast seminar, followed by a lunch and learn featuring Lauren Kay, deputy editor for The Knot, sharing highlights from The Knot’s Annual Trend Report. The Fall Design Week programming continues Thursday, September 27, starting with breakfast and Christopher Grubb explaining how today’s industry professionals should build mutually beneficial long-term relationships to implement an unforgettable design experience for the client in “Designers, Contractors, & Architects: Creating Relationships & Partnerships for Referrals & Business Success.” Later over lunch, highly successful designers and business women Sandra Funk, Shayla Copas and Lisa Mende discuss their journeys to interior design, including what to expect...

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IMC-AmericasMart Merger Finalized

International Market Centers (“IMC”) announced the completion of the acquisition of AmericasMart Atlanta. The merger of the two best-in-class B2B showroom operators creates the world’s largest permanent mart for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The combined corporate entity, which will operate under the name “International Market Centers,” now owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of permanent showroom space in Las Vegas (NV), High Point (NC), and Atlanta (GA). The individual Markets and their respective venues will continue to operate under their existing names and branding. “With this transaction complete, we have begun the process of bringing together best practices, technology, and personnel from both organizations,” said Robert Maricich, Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers. “Between now and year-end, we will diligently be working on the strategic blueprint for the next phase of our shared growth and value creation.” IMC has contracted with leading consultancy, Bain & Company to work through the integration and blueprint process. Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (Blackstone; NYSE: BX) acquired International Market Centers in 2017 in partnership with Fireside Investments. “We are excited to be part of the next stage of growth for IMC and AmericasMart,” said Tyler Henritze, Senior Managing Director and Head of US Real Estate Acquisitions at Blackstone. “This investment further demonstrates our long-term commitment to IMC’s B2B business platform for the home, gift and now apparel industries.” In addition to this most recent investment, IMC recently announced plans to construct a new 300,000 sf tradeshow and EXPO center on its World Market Center campus in Las Vegas, built a new 20,000 sq. ft. showroom building in downtown High Point, acquired an existing showroom building in High Point, and launched a new digital platform to support its existing market business and drive year-round lead generation for its customers. “Our goal at IMC has always been to provide the most efficient, effective and compelling business platforms to bring buyers and sellers together,” Maricich said. “In every industry we serve, the IMC team is dedicated to creating value and growth opportunities for our partners through world-class customer service, amenities and technology advancements, and we remain steadfast to that...

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AmericasMart Announces ICON Honorees

The ninth-annual ICON HONORS celebrated global innovation as top achievers and superior achievements were recognized on the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. Staged at AmericasMart® Atlanta on July 12, ICON HONORS guests celebrated the achievements of the best of the best in the home and gift industry.  Honors were conferred upon those in the industry doing truly extraordinary things in pursuit of their dreams – those who achieve success through ingenuity, integrity, creativity, energy and hard work. Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers all were eligible to pursue ICON HONORS recognition in a broad field of 16 distinct categories of competition.  Honorees were selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product development. Here are the ICON HONORS 2018 Honorees: The 2018 Innovation Honors Product Innovations Coleen Christian Burke First Ladies Collection By Fitz and Floyd The 2018 Innovation Honors Product Innovations Picnic Time Family of Brands The 2018 Contribution Honors Industry Influence Franz Collection Inc. The 2018 Branding Honors Branding/Identity Alabama Sawyer The 2018 Branding Honors Branding/Identity Museum Store Association ICON HONORS 2018 The Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence April Cornell ICON HONORS 2018 The AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor Bobbie Gottlieb Tom Gottlieb Two’s Company ICON HONORS is the signature event of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®.  It is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life.  Please visit www.ICONHONORS.com for information about ICON...

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Top Exhibitors Join AmericasMart July 2018 Market Lineup

The 2018 wholesale trading season kicks into high gear with The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Showrooms: July 10-16, 2018; Temporaries: July 11-15, 2018) and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market (July 11-15, 2018) as buyers explore growing merchandise collections and a wide variety of new and newly expanded showrooms. The latest permanent exhibitor additions and expansions at AmericasMart include: New: Specializing in customized solutions for healthcare, hospitality, senior living and corporate office environments, Joel Robinson & Associates takes a permanent showroom on Building 1, Floor 5. Relocation: Elico relocates its collection of wall décor and framed art on Building 2, Floor 11. New: Mastour Galleries Inc opens a new showroom in Building 1, Floor 5 featuring its unique antiques Oriental & European rugs as well as recreated decorative Oriental & European rugs. Expansion: Founded in 2000, Catstudio is a unique design company expanding its showroom of on Building 1, Floor 9. Relocation: Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal relocates its collection of furniture, accessories, art and textiles designed by Dallas based interior designer Kelly O’Neal to Building 1, Floor 9. New: With a new showroom on Building 1, Floor 5, Stover Sales & Associates, Inc, specializes in the sales and marketing of upscale decorative plumbing and door/cabinet hardware products. New: Showcasing its collection on Building 1, Floor 5, Summer Classics Commercial Sales offers a unique product mix of timeless luxury outdoor furniture. Expansion: Sugarboo & Co. expands its collection of uplifting art prints, charming home goods and whimsical paper products on Building 1, Floor 9. Relocation: Homeview Designs, a manufacturer and importer of quality home décor, gift, decorative lawn and garden, and seasonal products, relocates to Building 2, Floor 12. New: Abigails opens a new showroom on Building 1, Floor 15 showcasing its design of unique tabletop and decorative accessories. Relocation: Importer of upscale farmhouse home décor, PD Home and Garden relocates to Building 2, Floor 12. New: Antique Curiosities provides vintage styled framed artwork in a new showroom on Building 1, Floor 11. Expansion: Elegant Furniture & Lighting has rapidly transcended into one of the premier and expands is product to Building 1, Floor 12. Relocation: Making modern interior design available for everyone, Eightmood relocates its product to Building 2, Floor 12. New: Bovi, LLC offers Portugal’s finest bedding made from 100 percent long staple-combed cotton on Building 1, Floor 15. Expansion: Frank Thomas Gallery grows its collection of art decor on Building 1, Floor 14. New: Graccioza, LLC opens a new showroom on Building 1, Floor 15 specializing in Portugal’s finest bath towels and rugs. Relocation: Recently moved to Building 1, Floor 3, F.J. Kashanian...

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AmericasMart And Museum Store Association Team For Upcoming Marke

The Museum Store Association and AmericasMart® will bring to the non-profit retail community an unmatched wholesale buying experience with The Museum Collective, the all-new curated merchandise collection making its debut at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® July 10—16, 2018.  Custom-designed to serve the refined merchandising requirements of museum stores, zoos, aquariums, catalogues, online sellers and other specialty retail enterprises, The Museum Collective will present a curated selection of quality gifts, décor, collectibles and private label products under a new strategic Museum Store Association-AmericasMart partnership. “The Museum Collective achieves our long-standing vision for a selective product presentation staged amid the larger merchandise resources of a global marketplace,” notes Susan Tudor, Museum Store Association first vice president and manager of Visitor Services and store buyer for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla. “The Museum Collective’s July debut opens the door to a new Market experience of incredible depth and promise,” Tudor adds. Located in Building 2, Floor 3, The Museum Collective venue is strategically positioned alongside gift showrooms and temporaries in Building 2, with connecting bridges to AmericasMart’s vast Building 1 home collections—including the juried ANTIQUES collection on Floor 2—and the juried Boutique collection featuring jewelry and fashion accessories in Building 3, Floor 4. The venue serves as a junction point for buyers shopping all categories across the AmericasMart campus. “With The Museum Collective we are able to deliver an efficient buying experience designed to help the nonprofit retail sector soar,” notes JoAnn Miller Marshall, AmericasMart executive vice president of Tradeshows.  “This addition to our curated product resources will enrich the Market experience in ways we cannot begin to imagine,” adds Miller Marshall. The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market runs Tuesday, July 10 – Monday, July 16, 2018 (temporaries Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15). The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® is Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15, 2018. For more information,...

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