The last time I was at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City was in 1992. I was sitting for the New York State Bar Exam. Eighteen years later, I returned again to attend the New York International Gift Fair (as a first time retailer). I have to tell you, the Bar exam was a cake walk compared to this experience! I was warned to bring water and wear comfortable shoes…but, each time I was given this sage advice, I privately rolled my eyes…I mean it’s a gift fair for goodness sake, I wasn’t going off to war! Now I get it. Not only were my dehydrated feet killing me, but both my phone and camera batteries gave out, in some sort of weird mutiny. I plan on returning in the Summer, and seeing some of the booths I missed. Like Lazy Susan
new line and Go Home, Ltd
., just to name a few. In the meantime, here are some of the vendors that really wowed me… (before the camera gave out).
a dazzling new lamp and ceramic line,
and a fresh take on bedding! None of which disappointed. This man really knows how to merchandise, market and create great products.
The Stray Dog booth had a fun, Dr. Seuss vibe to it.
By the time I stumbled downstairs, I was ready to crawl into this amazing John Robshaw
display. I got some odd looks from the people working this booth.
Penguin classics inspired journals and products from Wild and Wolf
. The retro book trend continues.
A mini fireplace that can go anywhere, from Brasa
. Portable atmosphere, cool.
My takeaway from the whole experience, (aside from being completely unprepared), is that the bold color trend reigns supreme… as do prints, especially in a tribal, batik, ikat or chevron motif. I did manage to find a lot of really fun and special new items for the store
. I will be sharing these picks in the weeks to come. Off to put my feet back up and drink some more water!