NYIGF expects a strong winter edition
Retail Editor 1 -- Home Textiles Today, October 12, 2012
White Plains, NY - Reacting to both greater demand from companies seeking access to the New York market as well as subtle shifts to the exhibit floor layout, the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) said it is on track to sell-out its winter 2013 edition, which runs January 26 to 30.
Set to take place at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 & 94, the event will have an estimated 10% increase in numbers of new, handmade and gourmet housewares resources.
The largest growth will be in NYIGF's New York's Newest, a cross-category collection of companies new to the market. This cross-category collection of companies new to NYIGF now will showcase 250 exhibitors in the Javits Center's Hall 1E. New York's Newest relocated from Pier 92 to the Javits Center in August 2012.
The winter edition will also represent the last before NYIGF's "Focus Forward 2013" strategic reorganization debuts in summer 2013 with introduction of four new, comprehensive market collections: Home, Craft, Lifestyle and New.
"We're seeing increased demand for exhibit space at NYIGF - from both first-time participants as well as returning companies seeking larger presence on the exhibit floor," said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. "At the same time, many suppliers in the annual Gourmet Housewares Show at NYIGF are seeking year-round exposure to the thousands of retailers who shop NYIGF."
Demand from both returning participants and new exhibitors is resulting in "sold out" status for NYIGF's At Home division, which presents 300 home furnishings suppliers at Pier 94 and 200 home fashions suppliers at the Javits Center. A sold-out Ex•Tracts will continue to expand the number of natural and organic resources presented by its 100 personal care suppliers.
NYIGF's Handmade Global Design will increase its exhibit space by 5% for the winter 2013 edition. This expansion, which is made possible through completion of renovations to the Javits Center's Level 4 Galleria, will showcase 150 handcrafted global import resources with a focus on good design, traditional craftsmanship, and community building through global artisan workshops.
Artisan Resource - the artisan production-sourcing event for U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers - will more than double in size to 9,000 net square feet of exhibit space at Pier 92. Running concurrently with NYIGF, it is expected to showcase a curated collection of overseas artisan enterprises offering handmade production resources and products, at export terms from country of origin, from more than 20 countries.
NYIGF's other divisions - many of which also are expected to be sold out for winter 2013 - include Baby & Child, General Gift and Studio, as well as the juried Accent on Design and Handmade Designer Maker.
In total, NYIGF presents its 2,800-plus exhibitors in 10 divisions, which are defined either by product category or by design aesthetic.
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