The fall New York Tabletop Market kicked off with new licensing and distribution partnerships.
Highlights on the first day of the market, October 17, included Lenox, which showcased a new geometric tableware line inspired by majolica tiles. The collection, in partnership with architect Luca Andrisani, is called Blue Azzurro.
Lenox also launched a new wood and marble entertaining collection called Platform. The collection creates a coffee and tea story as well as an ice cream story, complete with a new ice cream maker.
Other new partnerships included Libbey Inc., which announced that it is the new U.S. distributor of Viva Scandinavia, adding a tea experience to its drinkware solutions. Gibson’s new distribution partnership with Pasabahce aims to add quality glass SKUs to its Weight Watchers licensed housewares line as well as to its licensed Pioneer Woman line, among other opportunities, according to the company.
The Portmeirion Group expanded its Botanic Garden franchise into glassware, and its independent specialty store brand Wrendale into textiles.
Lifetime Brands launched a new grillware line under the Gourmet Basics brand, expanded its Mikasa Cheers assortment with a cobalt color, and expanded its Pfaltzgraff brand into decorative storage containers. The company also emphasized serveware across its Mikasa brand, as well as showcased the galvanized steel trend in barware as well as galvanized barware.
Tar Hong showcased a new glitter glaze to its melamine assortment, and also showcased cheese boards in the popular material. The company also introduced melamine serveware in a marble look.
Alessi previewed a brand new corporate showroom at Forty One Madison, noting that the location is convenient for retailers to see Alessi and other brands in the same building, as well as to target the hospitality industry. Alessi’s Paolo Cravedi said that flatware will be a big focus for both retail and hospitality audiences at its official showroom and headquarters launch in 2018.