NYIGF appoints two new advisory board members
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, August 12, 2011
New York - The New York International Gift Fair has tapped two industry veterans - Thompson Lange of Homescapes Carmel and David Gooding of Juliska - to be part of its seven-member advisory board.
The appointments are effective with the fair's summer 2011 market this month.
"Thompson and David are dynamic personalities with diverse backgrounds and businesses," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. "We welcome their unique viewpoints about the industry and NYIGF's positioning."
Lange is the co-owner and buyer for Homescapes Carmel, one of his two home furnishings and garden stores offering indoor and outdoor furnishings with an emphasis on imported merchandise. The company's Carmel-on-the-Sea, Calif.-based location has recently undergone expansion and renovation, earning it LEED Gold certification. Lange is also a contributing writer and retail advisory board member for several local and national magazines as well as a frequent lecturer and panelist for retail industry events.
Gooding is the founder of Juliska, a manufacturer and retailer of fine tabletop products, including glassware, ceramics, flatware, linens and lighting which reflect European heritage. A native of England, he and his designer wife, Capucine, launched Juliska in 2001, and opened a flagship store in Stamford, Conn., in 2004.
Aside from Lange and Gooding, NYIGF's current advisory board members are:
-Enrico Bressan of Artecnica Inc. in Los Angeles;
-John Gilvey of Hudson Beach Glass in Poughguag, NY;
-Walter Lowry of TableArt in Los Angeles;
-Sallie Stutz of the Brooklyn Museum Shop in Brooklyn, NY;
-Dawn Sweitzer of Notre Monde in Columbus, Ohio;
Comprised of both attendees and exhibitors, NYIGF's board meets semi-annually with show management to offer strategic feedback related to the gift and home market in general and about the fair in particular. The next scheduled advisory board meeting is scheduled for August 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here during the fair.
The upcoming NYIGF runs from August 13 through 18 at two New York City sites - the Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.
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