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Rosemont, Ill. — The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) raised more than $1.7 million during its 17 th annual gala on March 17 at its new home at the Navy Pier in Chicago. More
New York -- Les Toiles Du Soleil, a high-quality fabric and accessories retailer known for its contemporary coastal style, will open a boutique at 78 Park Place in East Hampton. This will be the French fabric maker's first store in the posh vacation enclave. More
White Plains, N.Y. – Three “Only in New York” events – the New York Market’s “Night on Broadway,” free Market Week museum admission, and an industry awards event – are among highlights of this summer’s edition of NY NOW Market for Home + Lifestyle. More
Matthews, N.C. – Family Dollar will close 370 stores, decelerate the pace of store growth and pare pricing on some 1,000 skus as it looks to shore up its value proposition. While it continues to emphasize consumables to drive traffic, the company acknowledged in some locations it has pared back too much space in apparel and home. More
Jacksonville, Fla. – Negatively impacted by the shift of this year’s pre-Easter selling from March to April as well as cooler-than-normal temperatures in many parts of the country early in the month, Stein Mart Inc. reported modest increases in its sales and comps in March. More
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April 3, 2014The fourth quarter? Not so hot for most retailers. January and Febuary? Stinko. And yet, suppliers were remarkably upbeat during the recent New York Home Fashions Market. Apparently enough retailers have been shaken by tepid consumer response to their offerings, not to mention their efforts to fully exploit omnichannel retailing, that they were open to new ideas and new products. Appointment rosters were bursting. In part that was because big retailers send various buying and product development groups back to their key suppliers multiple times. (The size of individual groups from major retailers was said to be substantial — often 20 ...
Home Alone 3
April 3, 2014There used to be a Burger King up the block on Fifth Avenue not too far from the textiles showroom buildings in Midtown Manhattan. It is now a Panera Bread. Maybe it’s an isolated fast food moment, but maybe, just maybe, it’s a pretty good metaphor for the changing of the guard that is becoming increasingly clear, never more so than at the textiles and housewares shows last month. The Millennials are not only the new kids on the block, they are taking over the block when it comes to how various home industries create product, package, market ...
April 1, 2014Last month marked the 30th birthday of the consumer cell phone. In 1984, when the first consumer cell phone was sold, it was used exclusively for conversation and was only in the hands of the very affluent. Who knew back then that today the mobile phone would be one of the most ubiquitous items known to man and that it would rarely be used for conversation, but would be used for text messaging, email, gaming, shopping and web search. If that fact wasn’t impressive enough, in April 2010 iPads first hit the consumer market. In four short years, 195 ...
May 7, 2014 - May 9, 2014
- Hospitality & Design Show
May 14, 2014 - May 16, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
- International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
May 17, 2014 - May 20, 2014
New York, NY