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The Home and Gift Industry Creates LIFELINE to Support Feeding America’s Natural Disaster Relief Efforts

The United States gift and home furnishings industry is responding to the essential needs of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the California wildfires with LIFELINE, a national program to fund food and water provisions organized by Gift For Life and AmericasMart® Atlanta. Contributions will be distributed to people in need through and in association with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.

Gift For Life is the partnership between the gift, home and stationery industries historically committed to raising funds supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education. AmericasMart Atlanta is the global wholesale marketplace serving gift and home furnishings retailers and designers from every U.S. state and more than 70 nations.

LIFELINE will channel monetary donations for the provision of food and water to communities impacted by the recent disasters through Feeding America member food banks. Donors can make tax-deductible credit card and e-check contributions via the secured LIFELINE page on Feeding America website Donations by check and cash will not be accepted.

AmericasMart Atlanta has initiated LIFELINE funding with a $40,000 donation and has issued a challenge to the gift and home furnishings community at large for donations in equal $40,000 increments. The challenge is effective through the 12-week LIFELINE run, which concludes January 12, 2018.

The LIFELINE donations page at the Feeding America website is live now at For more information and to access a LIFELINE Q & A resource guide, email


The winter 2018 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, will take place February 3-7, 2018, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. The Handmade®Global Design section of the HANDMADE Collection will open on Saturday, February 3 and close on Tuesday, February 6, on Level 4 in the River Pavilion. The HOME and LIFESTYLE Collections, as well as the Handmade® Designer Maker and Artisan Resource® sections of the HANDMADE Collection will open on Sunday, February 4 and close on Wednesday, February 7 on Levels 1 and 3. Attendees from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries worldwide are expected.

NY NOW is owned by Emerald Expositions. For more information, visit

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show Announces Dates for 2018 February and August Shows

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show and Denver Apparel & Accessory Market combine twice per year for the region’s premier wholesale buying event. Recognized as the regional leader in lodge and resort souvenirs, Native American jewelry and crafts, home décor, fashion accessories and jewelry, and western products, the Rocky Mountain Gift Show remains a top destination for National Parks, ski resorts, hospitals, museums, airports, zoos, spas and boutiques. Not to mention this event offers the largest showing of imprinted sportswear in the country! The Rocky Mountain Gift Show features 100-plus permanent showrooms and 200-plus temporary exhibitors representing over 2,500 lines of merchandise. Each season offers many new temporary exhibitors with sought-after Cash & Carry and handcrafted products.

Who Attends the Rocky Mountain Gift Show? The show has over 3,000 attendees during the February Market and nearly 2,500 attendees during the August Market. These attendees are comprised of storeowners, retailers and buyers who converge at this show to preview, source and shop.

February 2018 Dates:
Gift Showrooms: February 21-26
Apparel Showrooms: February 23-26
Mart Temps: February 22-26
Expo Temps: February 23-26

August 2018 Dates:
Gift Showrooms: August 22-27
Apparel Showrooms: August 24-27
Temps: August 24-26

More information can be found at

Urban Expositions & Development

Womenswear In Nevada (WWIN)

Attracting apparel retailers from throughout the USA and 29 foreign countries who come to discover its all-category selection, Womenswear In Nevada (WWIN) once again returns to the Rio Hotel & Casino for its February 12-15, 2018, edition. As Las Vegas Fashion Week’s only trade show serving all size women, WWIN will bring 500-plus companies representing 1,500-plus lines together with a full roster of amenities, educational offerings and new features to help retailers gear up for the coming season.

February 2018 Show Highlights
Every Category. Every Price Point

WWIN brings together a tremendous assortment representing every category – and every price point. From petite and tall to missy, plus, contemporary, traditional and accessories, the show provides retailers with a cost-effective, convenient look at the latest introductions and breaking trends.

Extended Hours, Wine and Cheese on Monday, February 12

Buyers are invited to enjoy wine and cheese, shopping and connecting with their vendors in a relaxed, fun atmosphere as show hours are extended until 8 p.m. on opening day, Monday, February 12.

Complimentary Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Refreshments

WWIN provides complimentary breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments to retailers so they can enjoy their day-to-day meals without having to leave the show. All registered buyers will receive their meal tickets when they pick up their admission badges upon arrival.

Tuesday Specials

Tuesday is a great day to save at WWIN! Many exhibitors will be highlighting exclusive offers valid on Tuesday, February 13 only! Retailers will receive a handout at registration outlining the offers, including show specials, shipping/merchandise discounts, booth giveaways/raffles and more.

Workshops at WWIN with Rita Mitchell-Waldoff

New for February, Rita Mitchell-Waldoff, Waldoff Group, friend, devotee and associate of WWIN’s beloved long-term presenter T.J. Reid who retired after the August 2017 edition, takes the reins to continue to bring a handful of idea-packed workshops to the show.

Discounted Travel Rates

Buyers can take advantage of deeply discounted rates at the Rio Hotel. Simply visit the show website or call 888-746-6955 and use code SR2WW8.

WWIN Fast Facts

When: Monday, February 12 – Thursday, February 15, 2018
Where: Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(For more information, call 800-318-2238 or visit

Philadelphia Gift Show and Seattle Gift Show

In an effort to connect even more artisans with retailers seeking one-of-a-kind designs and other unique finds at its regional gift shows, Urban Expositions will launch Artisan Alley at the Winter 2018 Philadelphia Gift Show (January 5-8) and Seattle Gift Show (January 20-23). Joining the popular Makers’ Market handcrafted section at both shows, Artisan Alley will feature curated tabletop display spaces for artisans to showcase and sell works in an array of gift, home and fashion categories.

“Our Makers’ Market handcrafted section has always been a key destination area for retailers. In survey after survey, retailers ask for even more artisan quality crafts, regional specialties and distinctive designs to help differentiate their stores,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president, gift/souvenir, Urban Expositions. “We’re launching Artisan Alley to offer a cost-effective entry point for emerging artists to test the waters at a B2B trade show.”

The new Artisan Alley features at both shows will also be backed by show hospitality events, retailer awards and more.

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