Confidence, Commerce and Connections at Summer 2022 Atlanta Market

Confident retailers and designers anticipating a strong fourth quarter gathered at Summer Atlanta Market, July 12-18, 2022 to source trendsetting product, exchange ideas and connect with leading brands and company principals. “Business was definitely robust this week at Atlanta Market, as buyers and sellers reconnected – some for the first time since Winter 2020 – at the United States’ largest gift and home decor collection,” noted International Market Centers (IMC) CEO Bob Maricich. “The nation’s buying power came to Atlanta to focus on sourcing must-have product in preparation for the fourth quarter.”   Buyers Get Back to In-Person Sourcing at Atlanta Market For many, the need to nurture vendor relationships and the unmatched concentration of leading gift and home brands drove buyers to Atlanta Market. “Atlanta Market has a big impact on our business — it’s the best market in the country,” said retailer Howard Henschel, CEO and President of Norman’s Hallmark who attended market with a delegation of six buyers sourcing for 68 locations in four states. “We missed it during COVID and in January because of travel problems. We came this summer to see new trends, to negotiate and to speak to the principals of our various vendors – all very important for our business.” Programming including the new GCX: Expo & Education, a joint presentation from GC Buying Group and IMC, also brought buyers out of their stores and back to Atlanta Market for networking, education and informed product discovery. “It was so good to reconnect with vendors and fellow retailers after two-and-a-half years,” said Bob Kratchman, president of Kitchen Kapers with four locations in Pennsylvania. “Special thanks to Janis Johnson and IMC for creating the GCX event. It confirmed for me the necessity of meeting in person.” Buyers used social media to share experiences and encourage others to make the trip to Atlanta Market. Designer Rhonda E. Peterson of Atlanta posted, “If you’re a member of the trade and have not been to AmericasMart (lately), I think it’s time you did. They have made some wonderful changes and updates to make your market experience even more pleasurable and productive.” In total, Atlanta Market attracted attendees from all 50 states, three US territories and 48countries. Some 9% were new to Atlanta Market and 14% returned after a pandemic hiatus. The geographic breakdown of Atlanta Market buyers has returned to more a traditional pattern with international attendance rebounded to pre-pandemic levels and notable growth in attendees from the Midwest, Northeast and Southwest. Connections Drive Commerce Making connections with new buyers and reconnecting with existing customers was top of mind for brands and sales agencies at Atlanta Market. “I certainly met a lot of new people at Atlanta Market...

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Capel Summer Intros Include Wide Range Of Designs & Contructions

Luxurious traditional hand knots, artfully abstract machine mades and a new collection of contemporary rugs made from recycled PET polyester yarns are among the creative new designs that Capel Rugs will be debuting at the summer markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas. Among the highlights is Charise, an upscale, hand knotted traditional collection from India featuring 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 versatile 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 $1,149. “We’re seeing an uptick in demand for better-end goods with a strong value proposition, and Charise fits that niche perfectly,” said Cameron Capel, president — sales and marketing for Capel Rugs. “With its beautiful, shaded colors and timeless themes, Charise provides a step-up look that’s still very affordable.” At the same time that it is strengthening the higher end of its line, Capel Rugs also is bringing out a variety of new designs in the more promotionally priced range. Introductions include Doodles, a collection of machine made modern rugs sporting abstract squiggle designs inspired by the popular art of doodling. Made on Wilton looms in Belgium, the Doodles rugs are made of 90% olefin and 10% viscose. The rugs are available in three colorways — ivory, onyx and raven — and three sizes — 5’3″ x 7’6″, 7’10” x 10’10” and 9’2″ x 12’9″. A 5’3″ x 7’6″ rug may retail for under $449. Also new to the Capel Rugs line this summer is Landis, an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary rugs that are machine made of 100% olefin in Turkey. Cross woven with self-fringe, Landis features eight different designs: Abstract in blue multi and stone multi; Heriz in mica; Isfahan in charcoal and slate blue; Kazak in blue mist, century blue, classic red and champagne blue; Keshan in cerulean blue and crimson/navy; Kirman in ivory, Panel in multi; and Ushak in ivory blue. The rugs are available in a 2’6″ x 8′ runner as well as 3’3″ x 4’10”, 5’1″ x 7’5″, 8′ x 10′ and 9′ x 12′ sizes. A 5’1″ x 7’5″ model may retail for under $249. Mineral, another new machine made collection, features a deep, shag-like 1.5″ pile height. Made in the United States of 100% olefin yarns, the collection includes three organic, nature-influenced designs — Flamestitch, Marble and Wave...

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