Gifts Today magazine

Global gift trends launch at Atlanta 2017

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, now in its 60th year, presents new and expanded showrooms across all gift merchandise categories, including tabletop

The global leader in gift product, AmericasMart® Atlanta, sets the 2017 market year in motion when the first and most important buying event in the gift industry opens on January 10, 2017.

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® (showrooms January 10-17, temporaries, January 12-16) now in its 60th year, presents new and expanded showrooms across all gift merchandise categories – General and Specialty Gift, Gourmet & Housewares, Tabletop and Gift, Home Accents and Gifts and The Gardens®.

New-to-Atlanta exhibitors debuting at the January 2017 Market include 3 Marthas, ASMYCA Home Arts, Avanti Press, Inc., Bovi Home, Border Concepts, Crow Canyon, Eangee, Georgia Forge, Formation Brands, Hi-Line Gift, JanMichael's, Lakegirl, Madison Bay, Mary Square, PARC Packaging, Prima Design USA, Primeware, Promaster, Rojemac, SCS Direct, Spiker, Steven Cooper Metalsmith, Think Pray Gift, Trans Ocean/ zappo bz, Under Stella’s Umbrella, Vivere, Wild Rumpus Room, and William Randall Publishing. Lines expanding their footprints in AmericasMart Building 2 include CBK, CWI Gifts, Dynasty Gallery, Enchante, Enchanted Moments, Harman, Lloyd Flanders, Lotus International, Napa Home & Garden, Road Runners LLC, Simply Southern, VIP International, West of the Wind and Fiesta which debuts its newest color exclusively at AmericasMart.  

“The 15th floor is the perfect, vibrant location to showcase our manufacturer partners. This is a spectacular move for the Road Runners team. We are honored to be located on a floor near so many other beautiful showrooms,” says Richard Gilbert, agency principal. Road Runner’s newly designed showroom features nearly 9,500 square feet of premium giftware and lifestyle products and allows the group to accommodate a growing sales team while offering customers enhanced amenities, more personalised service and an overall better shopping experience according to RaeLee Reimold Walton, southeast sales manager.

AmericasMart’s Building 2 Gift collection is organised as:

General and Specialty Gift: Building 2, Floors 6, 7, 14-18
Gourmet and Housewares: Building 2, Floor 8
Tabletop and Gift: Building 2, Floors 8 and 9
Home Accents and Gifts: Building 2, Floors 10-13
The Gardens®: Building 2, Floors 9 & 10

“With its unmatched depth and breadth of product, AmericasMart’s Gift collection showcases every aspect of the gift community from collectibles, home accents, stationery and accessories to outdoor living, holiday, tabletop, gourmet foods and housewares, and Made in America,” says Mary Sullivan, senior vice president of Leasing for AmericasMart Buildings 2 and 3. “This unmatched representation of trendsetting gift product in its global debut makes  AmericasMart the most important and influential gift marketplace in the world.” 

International brands tapping into AmericasMart’s global leadership include Nordic home and interior design line Bloomingville, which exclusively launches its new holiday collection with Ivystone at the January 2017 Market. 

“Just a year ago, we were presenting Bloomingville to the American market for the first time. With great joy, we report that over the past year we’ve received an outstanding response to the brand and couldn’t be more excited to begin a new year with double the SKU count than was launched last January,” says Eugene Wang chief operating officer of Regent Holding Company. “In addition to launching new products for spring/summer 2017, we are introducing Bloomingville’s holiday collections to the United States for the very first time, beginning at AmericasMart.”

Other international brands using AmericasMart to showcase their collections to the world include English lines Royal Doulton and Wolf; French lines Lampe Berger and Baccarat; and Pottery Avenue of Poland, Waterford Wedgwood of Ireland, Abbiamo Tutto of Italy and OneWorld Collection of Australia, whose only permanent American showroom is at AmericasMart. 

AmericasMart’s domestically manufactured product collection also continues to grow with two new Made in America exhibitors – Spunky Fluff and Borealis Press – taking showrooms adjacent to the permanent Made in America product destination. 

Celebrity chef Paula Deen turns to AmericasMart to showcase her brand’s expansion into home accents with the launch of her new line with Young’s Inc., premiering in January at the Market. Deen showcases her culinary skills with a special presentation in the Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen on Friday, January 13 followed by a meet and greet in the Young’s showroom. 

“AmericasMart is the number one place to launch new product. It is the premier Gift Market,” says Phani Parlapalli, Young’s Inc. chief operating officer. “There is no other place we would consider launching a product of this magnitude.”

Thought leaders and tastemakers from across the gift spectrum join Deen with must-see programming at the January Market. Annette Joseph, author of “Picture Perfect Parties” presents “The Ultimate Party Pantry and Food Styling Workshop” on Wednesday, January 11. 

Programming on Thursday, January 12 includes Joseph returning with “A Workshop in Styling and Social Media” and “Home for the Holidays: Setting the Trends in Tabletop and Seasonal Décor,” a designer panel with Julia Reed, Bonnie Mackay and Steve McKenzie; “Floor Planning Guide: Your Merchandising Questions Answered” with Mercedes Gonzales of Global Purchasing Group; and “Not Your Mother’s Wedding: Capturing the Millennial Bridal Market” featuring uber-stylish and popular Brooklyn-based wedding planner, designer and podcaster, Jove Meyer sharing event planning tips and trends, and dishing on all things wedding-ish with special guest, Los Angeles-based event planner Jesi Haack. 

On Friday, January 13, Diane Sulg, executive director of CRAFT presents “Jump-Start Your Sales Success With ‘Made in America’,” followed by designer Nathan Turner shooting and live streaming his popular new Design Network “Snack Chat” series with food and lifestyle expert Reed.

Esteemed author and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland discusses disruptive entrepreneurship and building billion-dollar brands in a conversation sponsored by A&B Home with Jenny Heinzen York, editor-in-chief of “Home Accents Today” on Saturday, January 14 followed by “Gifting 101: Cashing in on Gifting Trends With Personal Care Products” featuring Patti Biro of the Day Spa Association.

The Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen also celebrates Atlanta’s culinary culture with a series of interactive demonstrations curated by “Atlanta Magazine” throughout the Market. 

For more information about The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market in January 2017 including events and exhibitors, visit www.AmericasMart.com/January



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