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Attendees to the upcoming New York International Gift Fair, to be held August 15th through 20th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, will find new resources in tabletop and housewares along with the show’s historically extensive collection of giftware, collectibles, textiles and more.
This year’s event will see exhibits from more than 39 countries, including the debut of South Korea’s Chungchung Bukdo Trade Group, and the return of the Italian Trade Commission and Spain’s Instituto de Promoción Exterior de Castilla-La Mancha.
“As we have in the past, we continue to offer an assortment that is really well-suited to the independent gourmet specialty store,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM svp. “We cross over so many categories that work well within those stores from specialty food and casual tabletop and serveware to cookbooks and textiles. In addition, the fact that we offer a lot of smaller artisanal and design-driven resources offers independent store owners the opportunity to set themselves apart from their mass competitors.”
She noted that the unique offerings at NYIGF provide independent retailers with products “that have a back story that are ideally suited to the retailers’ ability to convey unique product attributes.
The tabletop and home area of the show will have a number of new and returning resources this year, including several that have been moved to the Tabletop & Housewares areas to simplify the buyers’ show experience. Moving are Annieglass, The French Look, and Annie Modia, from Accent On Design. Also moving are Deborah Rhodes from the At Home area and Grant Dawson, from Handmade. New exhibitors include Julian Meijer, Metal Lace , All U Can Handle, Lipper and Polish Stoneware. Zack USA is returning after a 3-year absence.
This year the largest number of international pavilions will be housed in NYIGF’s General Gift division, with eight contingents showcasing global gift and home merchandise. A sampling of participants includes Ateliers d’Art de France (France), British Jewellery and Giftware Exports (United Kingdom) and Instituto de Promoción Exterior de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). Tabletop & Housewares will showcase products for kitchen table from the Italian Trade
Villeroy & Boch’s La Classica Contura features a design inspired by the domes and rotundas of Europe. The collection boasts strong lines with architectural undertones. It is made from dishwasher and microwave-safe bone porcelain.