Sources show wraps at Pier 94

NEW YORK — The second annual Sources show for overseas manufacturers and exporters trying to break into the U.S. market and/or expand their business here officially ends today at Pier 94, Passenger Ship Terminal.

According to Milyovska Tatyana — a designer for Mattis, a Macedonian sheepskin producer of carpets and floor cushions as well as decorative apparel items — the products were all mixed together without much organization. “I think the fair needs to be presented better, but I have been making contacts with new suppliers, buyers and designers who have liked my collections, which is a really good start for us,” said Tatyana. She described the flow of visitors as slower over the weekend and good during Monday and Tuesday.

Meliton Soliz Ortiz, manager of Artesanias Merino from Bolivia, who exports wool floor coverings and blankets to Ohio and Florida, added, “There are opportunities to meet other people here, but there are lots and lots of different products available, which makes it difficult.” Ortiz has attended both annual Sources shows in New York hoping to expand his U.S. business.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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