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In the Breeze received the Best of Floor Award for Outstanding Visual Display by The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The company now has a permanent showroom at AmericasMart.


In the Breeze has opened a permanent showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta, Ga. The new showroom is located in the West Wing of Building 2 on Floor 7, Suite 767D. The showroom celebrated its grand opening during the Atlanta Gift Show early this year with a ribbon cutting and open house.

George Little Management

Four companies exhibiting in Accent on Design® at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) in February were presented with Accent on Design Awards recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in product or booth design.

“Our judges bring decades of design innovation and experience to the selection process,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “They’ve identified the products and exhibitors which best showcase the incorporation of design in every step of production, from concept to manufacture and from marketing to merchandising.”

Winter 2012 Accent on Design Awards were presented in three categories: Excellence in Product Design, Excellence in Booth Design and Lifetime Achievement. Here are the winners:

Lifetime Achievement: Eva Line, Eva Zeisel for KleinReid, Long Island City, N.Y.

Excellence in Product Design: Karl Zahn for Areaware, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Excellence in Product Design: Sweet Bella, LLC, New York, N.Y.

Excellence in Booth Design: Cameo by Rux, New York, N.Y.

In response to growing demand, GLM will launch a first-of-its-kind artisan production-sourcing event for U.S.-based importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers in August 2012.  Presented semi-annually alongside the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), this new trade event also will offer programming for exhibitors and attendees, including seminars on topics such as importing basics, FOB pricing, customs, warehousing and distribution.

The first semi-annual edition of Artisan Resource will be presented Monday, August 20, through Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center; and the second semi-annual edition will be held Monday, January 28, through Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Passenger Ship Terminal's Pier 92 in New York City.

  Artisan Resource™ will offer a new market to juried overseas artisan enterprises offering handmade production resources and products, at export terms from each country of origin. Artisan Resource exhibitors will be carefully selected for their proven experience in meeting export demands, and by their commitment to design innovation, cultural preservation, social enterprise and sustainability.  Participating exhibitors will hail from countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and West Africa. Some 50 companies are expected to participate in the inaugural show.

“This is an exciting new opportunity to broaden the scope of the New York International Gift Fair by offering a platform to a new segment of the gift and home distribution channel,” said Belshaw. “Artisan Resource will efficiently and affordably facilitate a stronger pipeline of global artisanal craft into mainstream U.S. distribution.”

GLM has announced the promotion of Allison Rober to the position of sales manager for Artisan Resource™. In her role, Rober will be responsible for developing and executing sales strategies for the new show. She reports to Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF show manager.

Urban Expositions

Urban Expositions has announced plans to launch a new gift industry event designed to revitalize the trade show marketplace for retailers throughout southern California and surrounding areas.  Set to debut February 2-5, 2013 in California’s Anaheim Convention Center, The L.A. Gift Show is a new, semi-annual exhibition that will bring the industry’s top brands, trend-setting lines and emerging talents together under one roof, in one convenient, cost-effective showplace.

“We felt the timing and market conditions were right to launch a new show in a new location for Southern California,” explained Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions.  “Over the years the current market environment has become increasingly fragmented and diminished, forcing much of the region’s substantial retail base to look elsewhere for their buying needs.  We plan to build a vibrant show from the ground up that is custom-tailored to the specialized needs of this fashion-forward, trend-driven marketplace.”

Urban Expositions anticipates the first edition of The L.A. Gift Show to open with an exhibitor base representing more than 2,000 domestic and international lines featured in five well-balanced product categories ideally suited to the West Coast retail audience, including Design LA, Gifts & Home, Handcrafted, Cash & Carry and The Market. The Market will accommodate retailers’ immediate needs with a blend of global style and fashion resources available for immediate delivery or order-writing.

The new launch is part of the continued western region growth strategy for Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which purchased the Portland Gift Show and West Coast Cash and Carry Shows from Western Exhibitors earlier this year; the San Francisco International Gift Fair and Seattle Gift Show from dmg world media in 2009, and launched the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show in 2007.

“We have a vested interest in rebuilding the southern California gift market’s brand as a leading trend, product and style resource,” added Miller. “We’ve invested heavily in the Western United States and are committed to the long-term growth of each of our ventures here. From the synergistic opportunities between our events to our service-oriented sales and marketing philosophy, I feel we are well poised to take the leadership role for the southern California marketplace.”

Overseeing and directing the launch of The L.A. Gift Show will be industry veteran Joan Ulrich, who was recently named Vice President of New Business Development for Urban Expositions.  With a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Southern California marketplace in particular, and the gift industry as a whole, Ulrich will call upon her extensive industry experience to guide the new venture.  Before joining Urban, Ulrich was Senior Vice President for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), responsible for building revenues for the company's permanent showroom buildings and trade shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Ulrich will direct a seasoned team of experienced Urban show management and sales executives who currently work on a number of the company’s other Western region events, including Jim Walker, David Gilfoyle, Elisabeth Sherrer and Dirk von Gal. 

In addition to its full-scale sales efforts, Urban will launch an aggressive, targeted buyer marketing campaign designed to blanket the region with messaging about the new event and its opportunities.  Pre-market promotions will be backed up by a full roster of on-site programs and promotions designed to complement and enhance the new show’s extensive product selection, including special trend-forecast presentations and business-building seminars, networking events, show hospitality and entertainment.

Urban Expositions will also tap into the convenient features and money-saving accommodations offered by the state-of-the-art Anaheim Convention Center and the surrounding infrastructure of the popular Anaheim Resort District. The Urban team has already begun working with area hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and parking structures to negotiate deeply discounted rates and other special offers for visiting buyers. 

“We plan to deliver a whole new buying experience to the southern California audience. Anaheim’s easy accessibility and resort atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for this exciting new show,” Ulrich said.

In a continued effort to effectively respond to industry feedback from buyers and exhibitors, Urban Expositions has once again changed the dates for the 2012 edition of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. The show will now run from November 7-10, 2012 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tenn..  The announcement follows news of a date change by Sevierville’s International Gift Exposition of the Smokies (IGES).

“As the new owners of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, it was our intent to work with Sevierville’s IGES owners to reunite the Tennessee marketplace,” Miller said. “When we acquired the show in 2011, we were well aware of the rift that existed between the Gatlinburg and Sevierville events. Our plan was to try to put some closure to that chapter and open the lines of communication between our two organizations. For the first time in the history of both shows, our cooperative efforts included door-to-door shuttle service and the honoring of each other's badges - programs that were very well received by the industry.”

Urban announced a first date change to coincide with the published IGES 2012 opening date immediately following the conclusion of the 2011 edition.  The decision was in direct response to countless requests from buyers and exhibitors asking that the trade show company find a way to open the two shows concurrently.  Previously, the Gatlinburg show opened a day after the Sevierville show. 

IGES management company M & M Gift Shows has since shifted the Sevierville opening by two additional days, a move Urban Expositions cannot mirror due to prior space/event commitments at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show site, the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Urban has been able to move the show up one day, bringing the opening gap back down to one instead of two days between the two shows. 

“Looking forward, we will keep working towards a unified opening date and continue the other cooperative efforts we initiated with M & M Gift  Shows for the 2011 editions,” added Miller. “We are extremely excited about the future growth of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the entire Tennessee marketplace. We want to make sure we're offering the most cost-effective, convenient and comprehensive resource for buyers and exhibitors.”

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