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NYIGF to reorganize for 2013 events

New York – The New York International Gift Fair is dubbing its upcoming strategic reorganization plan "Focus Forward NYIGF 2013," which will comprise a series of changes to product categories and layout to the event.

Announced today by the NYIGF’s organizer, GLM, these changes will be implemented over the next three years and are intended to position the Fair as “the defining marketplace for fashion-forward and design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources… The changes are engineered to expand resources, spotlight new product and innovation to best advantage and create cross-marketing opportunities.”

This transformation will result in the creation of four comprehensive market collections -- NYIGF Home, NYIGF Lifestyle, NYIGF Handmade and NYIGF New! -- each with defined and carefully-edited product categories.

NYIGF Home will encompass home furnishings, home textiles, decorative accessories, tabletop, gourmet housewares and Accent on Design®. NYIGF Handmade will include designer-maker and global resources. NYIGF Lifestyle will present personal care and wellness, gift and stationery, fashion accessories and Baby + Child – the latter a new juried category set to launch this summer. And finally, NYIGF New! will feature “New York's Newest,” GLM said.

"By improving category adjacencies, refining existing offerings and introducing new in-demand product categories, NYIGF will offer comprehensive and trend-forward product collections for home, lifestyle, and gift in a clear, navigable and energized layout,” said Dorothy Belshaw, director of the NYIGF and svp of GLM.

The NYIGF summer 2013 floor plan is available online at

Beginning this year and through NYIGF’s summer 2013 event, temporary and permanent Fair floor plan changes will align with planned construction and renovation of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where the NYIGF has been held since 1986. Planned improvements to the center include the installation of a new green roof, construction of the new Javits Center North to extend the building to 40th Street, and major renovations to building systems, skylights and roof.

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