Gifts Today magazine

Atlanta show biggest of summer

AmericasMart produces the largest home and gift tradeshow of the summer

AmericasMart® Atlanta’s 35 trade show categories and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (Tuesday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 15) offer a depth and breadth of trend-making gift and home décor products unmatched by any other domestic tradeshow this summer. The magnitude of product introductions combined with AmericasMart’s industry-leading tradeshow acumen makes the July 2014 Temporary Market (Thursday, July 10 - Monday, July 14) the top wholesale marketplace for the global retail community.

“The excitement for the July Market is palpable,” says Jo Ann Miller Marshall, executive vice president of Tradeshows for AmericasMart. “Our exhibitors are eager to show off new lines and products, and our buyers cannot wait to visit existing vendors and to discover new collections.”

Updates at the July 2014 Market are the debut of Gentlemen’s Boutique, a juried collection showcasing top lifestyle products for men, and the re-launch of the celebrated juried general gift collection as On Trend Gifts.

Gentlemen’s Boutique features an impressive inaugural class with collections from Collard Greens, Bird Dog Bay, Inc., Just Madras, LLC., Smathers and Branson, Josh Bach Limited and more. The innovative assemblage is a result of AmericasMart’s recognition of the increasing demand for men’s personal products across the retail spectrum. The collection is located on Building 3, Floor 4.

The renaming of the On Trend Gifts Collection reflects the next “big thing” in gift items. The globally influenced juried collection of design-driven, contemporary gift items includes unique, interesting, edgy, clever and fun products from CardBoard Safari, Cognitive Surplus, FCTRY, Flight 001, Inc., Freaker USA, Jim Spinx, The MacBeth Collection, Mustard, NPW, Nuop Design, Resource International Inc., Time Concept Inc., Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, Vital Industries and Wild and Wolf Inc. On Trend Gifts is located on Building 3, Floor 5.

Always at the forefront of trending products and the ultimate source for what is fresh and new, the Market’s carefully curated collections allow buyers to source cutting-edge products for discerning customers.

AmericasMart’s signature HD Home collection also offers a fresh group of design-driven lines with many new-to-market collections. The Building 1, Floor 1 collection showcases Chelsea Textiles, Ltd., Design Legacy ATELIER, Dransfield & Ross, Ltd., Emporium Home, Jamie Young Company, Lowcountry Originals, Marshall Clements and NOTRE MONDE.

As consumers are increasingly concerned with the origins of their goods, retailers looking to source artisan items are drawn to the juried Made in America, Global Design, Handmade Design and Handmade Jewelry collections on Building 3, Floor 2. The growing Made in America collection features a wide range of American-made gifts and decor items from lines such as Rewined Candles, Wendell August, Lizzy Js, Second Nature by Hand, The Greenbriar, Odd Balls, Katahdin Mats, Ce Ce Caldwell’s Paints and more. Global Designs, AmericasMarts “people positive” collection, features artisan-quality, handmade crafts from across the world from dZi Inc., Cluturas, Acacia Creations, Pampeana Glass Art and others. The Handmade Design collection incorporates a variety of quality, handmade products by Stresstheseams, Luke Adams Glass, Miss Rose Sister Violet, Vilmain, Glenda Gies, Monahan Papers and more. The Handmade Jewelry collection is highlighted by Metal Monk, Patricia Locke, Grandmother’s Buttons, Heather Haas, Rebel Designs among many others.

The focus on trend-making, design-driven products extends into children’s collections with Apple Park, Aden & Anais, Chewbeads, Zutano, Plenty and Urban Sunday highlighting the Modern Baby & Contemporary Kid juried collection on Building 3, Floor 3 and Bla Bla extending the product category in to the HIGH DESIGN® collection on Building 2 Floor 1.

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