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, CocoCozy's 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).
Jonathan Adler debuted a fabulous new pillow line,
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!