Gifts Today magazine

Sold-out IHA brims with innovation

The just-concluded 2014 International Home + Housewares Show is garnering rave reviews from buyers and sellers

The International Home + Housewares Show, which took places from March 15-18, at McCormick Place in Chicago, was sold-out with 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries and recorded an increase in total buyer attendance. The increase included significant growth from outside the United States.

"The Show kicked off with very high attendance on Saturday that continued through the close of the Show on Tuesday," said Phil Brandl, president/CEO of the not-for-profit International Housewares Association, which owns and operates the Show.

"The Show’s Saturday morning opening is a proven success and once again received high praise from our Retailer Advisory Councils as well as from exhibitors," Brandl continued. "The 435 new exhibitors and the more than 10,000 new products on display drew much attention from buyers and media alike."

Media attendance included a significant increase in bloggers, coverage by The New York Times, NBC’s Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, home-focused YouTube channels and several Chicago TV stations. Other major publications included Better Homes and Gardens, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, House Beautiful, El Paso Times, Fine Cooking, Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Good Housekeeping, InStyle and The Nest. The Show will generate in excess of 300 million consumer impressions through broadcast, print and Internet coverage.

The 2015 International Home + Housewares Show will be held March 7-10 at McCormick Place, Chicago USA. 2015 attendee registration and additional Show information are available at


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