Schedule For Final Week Of High Point Virtual Market Announced

For the second week in a row, International Market Centers’ (IMC) High Point Virtual Market allowed thousands to experience inspired programming, product discovery and a sense of community. The final week of Virtual Market runs May 26 – May 29, at www.imchighpointmarket.com. “We’ve seen record levels of engagement on IMC’s website as well as strong and consistent use of Catalog Connexion as a sourcing alternative during the first two weeks of the High Point Virtual Market Experience,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “As we head into the week three, we look forward to continued participation in our final slate of digital programming and offerings.” Virtual Showhouse has Successful High Point Debut Week two featured the launch of IMC’s first-ever Virtual Showhouse, a project in which six well-known designers used 46 IMC exhibitor products to “build” their ideal rooms. The Virtual Showhouse comes to life during a week three webinar titled “Virtual Showhouse – Build the Room Designer Discussion,” 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. During the hour-long presentation, designers Libby Landgon of Libby Langdon Interiors; Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates; and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, will detail the ideas and inspirations behind their respective living room, library/home office and dining room selections. To learn more about the project and to see the designers’ finished rooms, visit http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/virtual-showhouse. Catalog Connexion Sees Spike in Week Two Use of IMC’s Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable catalog library, continued to increase in week two, with more new vendor catalogs being loaded on the site and more leads generated. By the end of week two, 53,866 visitors had viewed 281,070 catalog pages. IMC exhibitor Sagebrook Home has seen immediate results with Catalog Connexion, citing tangible increases in buyer interest thanks to the new tool. “We are seeing a significant uptake in leads due to joining IMC’s Catalog Connexion,” said Serena Martin, marketing director for Sagebrook Home. “Additionally, our web traffic has increased, new trade account applications have nearly doubled and we’re receiving more phone calls from buyers who have found our digital catalogs via Catalog Connexion.” Week Three Offerings The final week of High Point Virtual Market will present three webinars and a slew of exciting programs, including the continuation of IMC’s popular Instagram Takeover. Instagram Takeover went online with 15 leading designers and tastemakers taking over the DesignOnHPMkt Instagram account to share their favorite IMC exhibitor products and trends. To learn more about the program and the designers, visit https://www.instagram.com/designonhpmkt/. A complete schedule follows, and information and registration for these free sessions is available online at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/webinars-and-events/. Recordings of the sessions are available at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/previous-webinars. Monday,...

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IMC Announces Seminar & Event Schedule For Virtual Market

International Market Centers (IMC) announced today an exclusive lineup of seminars and events and new product discovery opportunities for its “IMC High Point Virtual Market,” a three-week-long digital event running from May 11 through May 29 on IMC’s High Point Market website. Presented as webinars, the topics feature the trend forecasting and design inspiration which are hallmarks of IMC’s High Point Market programming plus timely information for planning for recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. The online event also will feature product discovery – including the debut of a new Catalog Connexion sourcing tool powered by IMC_di, IMC’s digital innovations division. “While disappointed that current conditions related to COVID-19 will not permit us to host a physical Spring Market, IMC is proud to offer our High Point Market customers the next best thing: a robust roster of inspiring programming and a new and innovative way to discover new product, all presented online,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “As we all navigate these unprecedented times, we hope that this online version of the market experience will encourage our community to continue to connect, engage and explore as we look toward the future and until we can gather again.” Brand-New Product Discovery Tool Offers Access to Hundreds of Thousands of Resources  The High Point Virtual Market experience will include product sourcing and discovery opportunities from nearly 400 catalogs through IMC_di’s Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable library of 40,000+ catalog pages. This simple, fast, visual and product-driven system allows suppliers to leverage their existing catalog assets and enables buyers to source across brands by keyword. In addition to visual search refinements capabilities, the system also provides buyers with one-click sales inquiries and generates leads for suppliers. The comprehensive Catalog Connexion is a collection of catalogs that represents every product category shown at High Point Market. As an added service to retailers and designers, following its debut during IMC’s High Point Virtual Market, Catalog Connexion will remain live and useable throughout the year. Virtual Market Activities  Additionally, the IMC High Point Virtual Market will present other programming and product discovery tools through original and third-party content, including IMC’s Market Preview, Market Snapshot program and featured TrendWatch products, an exhibitor product showcase, trade publication previews, an Instagram Takeover with industry influencers and a Virtual Showhouse. The virtual market will be promoted to tens of thousands of retailers and designers who have attended High Point Market in the past. The IMC High Point Virtual Market is available online at www.imchighpointmarket.com beginning May 11.  For more information on how to register for these free sessions, go to http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/high-point-virtual-market-lineup/. Schedule of Events (All times are Eastern Standard Time)  Monday, May 11  Welcome...

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High Point TrendWatch Goes Online

International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that its signature TrendWatch program – typically presented live at the Spring 2020 High Point Market – will now be presented as a series of free, half-hour CEU-accredited webinars on April 29, May 13 and May 27. The series will preview the three Spring 2020 TrendWatch trends – MEADOW, AVIARY and PENTHOUSE – through a live online presentation and “flip-books” showcasing products reflective of each theme. “In a time of social distancing, IMC is finding new ways to present relevant and compelling content to our buyers and suppliers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “This virtual showcase of colors, patterns and motifs that will influence future sales and consumer preferences will help our customers stay informed on product trends and position for business recovery.” Below is a brief description of each trend as well as its respective webinar date and time. To register for the webinar, please visit: http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/trendwatch MEADOW – April 29 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) Small-scale florals, warm neutrals and hand-crafted embellishments thrive in TrendWatch’s 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. AVIARY – May 13 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) TrendWatch’s color and pattern presentation for Spring 2020 celebrates avian motifs and patterns inspired by nature’s most colorful creatures. Artful abstracts that recall the works of modern masters nestle with feathery themes and designs. Greens, blues and incoming reds are hue headliners. PENTHOUSE – May 27 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) The decade opens with renewed interest in neutrals, especially luxurious interpretations that emphasize finishing and form, so sparkle and shine meet sophisticated curation in TrendWatch’s PENTHOUSE. TrendWatch is curated by 24-year magazine editor and home furnishings trends forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. “TrendWatch opens the decade with trends that highlight new hues, patterns and inspirations, and also builds on themes from past seasons,” explains Smith Vincenti. “MEADOW, for example, draws on incoming cottage-inspired florals and warm and cool hues, while at the same time serving as a blueprint for refreshing Hygge interiors. AVIARY is rooted in established tropical moods and maximalist tendencies, but it serves up fresh patterns that allow the designer and consumer to bring bold colors into interiors. Lastly, PENTHOUSE explores big city living with right-sized furnishings that emphasize form, as much as material and color.” As an added benefit, a free digital “flip-book” highlighting each trend...

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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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Capel Reports Strong Results At High Point Market

Two new stylish additions to Capel Rugs’ popular WILLIAMSBURG at Home® line drew an enthusiastic response at the October 19-23 High Point Market, as did a variety of other fashionable new designs introduced by the company. Fresh colors and lush textures were the key elements in the spotlight in the Capel showroom this market as retailers and designers shopped actively for new rugs to spice up their floors. The company’s showroom traffic held steady with last year’s October event — a welcome development in this era, when fewer retailers appear to be attending market — and orders were up versus 2018, thanks to the creative assortment of trend-setting rugs that Capel introduced at the show. “We had a great market,” said Cameron Capel, president – sales and marketing for Capel Rugs. “All of our new rugs were well received, and we generated a lot of new placements with both existing and new customers.” Helping to spark activity was a special “Buy more, save more,” promotion, in which Capel Rugs offered discounts of 10% to 20%, depending on the number of rugs purchased. The promotion stirred a wave of new placements for both new and existing designs, according to Capel. Generating particularly strong results for Capel this market were two new designs added to the WILLIAMSBURG at Home®  line — Arcadia and Goa Garden. Arcadia, an oversized floral rendering of a timeless 18th-century design from the archives of Colonial Williamsburg, is a hand tufted wool design in three colorways. “This design really pops off the floor,” said Capel. “The space-dyed yarns, together with a sheered high-low texture, create a three-dimensional effect in which it appears that the floral patterns of Arcadia are floating on top of the rug.” Designers shopping the market especially liked the sage colorway, which combines an up-and-coming green tone with a rich cream background for a very on-trend look. Also doing well for Capel Rugs this market was Goa Garden. This hand-loomed construction with double-back treatment features hints of arabesques and paisley shapes, echoing designs on textiles exported by the British East India Company to England, and from there to British colonies, during the 18th century. Constructed of 60% viscose and 40% wool with a high-low pile texture, Goa Garden is available in three colorways. “Goa Garden exemplifies the ‘Trend Meets Tradition’ approach of the WILLIAMSBURG at Home® line,” Capel said. “We took a very traditional, intricate paisley motif from the Williamsburg archives, and expanded the proportions so that the design became much more abstract and transitional. The design feels very current and timely while also paying homage to a classic look from the...

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