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  • All That Glitters

    Textural patterns, gold finishes and modern takes on classic styles. Check, check and check. Flatware suppliers reported these as among the key trends in their category. More

  • Bespoke on the Beach

    The forecast calls for a little luxury at water’s edge with beach towels translated in creamy textures, tactile weights, and fashionable motifs. More

  • Keeping a Lid On It

    First the bad news: Keeping a home organized is a major stress trigger, according to a Huffington Post survey last year. Now the good news: consumers are increasingly eager for storage systems to corral their possessions and bring order to chaos. It’s especially good news for sellers and makers of storage products, a $4.9 billion category, predominantly sold through discount and specialty stores. More

  • Bullish on Bedding

    Fashion bedding producers headed to High Point Market feel positive about the year ahead and expect increased opportunities both during and beyond the show. More

  • From the Inside Out

    Some doormats look deliberate and purposeful. Commonly made of heavyduty rubber and/or coir, they are all about underfoot cleaning and water wicking. More

  • The Big Picture

    Twice a year, Homebuildlife publishes its macro trend stories based on global interiors research. In addition to the trend research, the stories are backed up by original, downloadable designs published on the site. More

  • Mind the Generation Gap

    Last year Men’s Wearhouse decided its longtime spokesman — and company founder and chairman — George Zimmer, 64, no longer appealed to Millennials. Analysts speculated that the company felt it needed a younger and fresher face. Zimmer was ousted and Baby Boomers everywhere winced. More

  • A Custom Fit

    Christy Adcock half-jokingly says she began her career at the age of 12 as “the first stock boy” in her dad’s linens shop — Ray’s Bed, Bath, Window & Accessories in Ridgeland, Miss. More

  • Flying High

    For Christopher Sun and Karin Sun, the husband-and-wife duo behind online bedding retailer Crane & Canopy, the decision to pursue a vertical business model, a rather unusual strategy for a small online home goods retailer, was the only strategy that made sense to them. More

  • JCPenney Resets Home

    JCPenney launched its newly reset home department in mid-March with a two-week advertised sale that marked the continued tradition of promotional pricing and familiar store brands. Now it is up to consumers to notice and to buy. More

  • Walmart Folds Its Canopy

    WalMart has sharpened its focused merchandising philosophy in the home department, which was one of the highlights in a mixed bag for the retailer’s end-of-year results. More

Blogs

  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 22, 2014

    Store Shaming

    The dumpy aisles. The glaring out-of-stocks. The merchandising trolleys abandoned along the racetrack. Each is a hallmark of a nascent online genre I call store shaming. A few weeks ago, TheStreet.com posted a story titled “24 Pictures From a Walmart That Make Sears Look Classy ” – the result of a visit to a Walmart in Southern Los Angeles. Where shelves weren’t half empty (or worse) they were heaped with a jumble of merchandise that appeared as though it had put in place via dump truck. The Sears mention in the Walmart headline served as a tip of the cap ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    April 22, 2014

    Dollar Sense

    Don’t take the recent news that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores as the death knell either for that individual retailer or the dollar store concept in general. It’s not that simple. It never is. First off, a retailer closing bad store locations is not exactly earth-shattering news. Walmart closes stores. Macy’s closes stores. Even Bed Bath & Beyond closes stores. Those 370 units, by the way, represent less than five percent of the company’s overall 8,100-store count. Lost in the headline about the Family Dollar closings was the fact that it was also planning to ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 3, 2014

    Market notes

    The 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 ...

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Heimtex Videos

Lenzing video from Heimtextil

Join H&TT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they report from the 2014 Heimtextil show in Frankfurt. See the videos. Sponsored by Lenzing.

NY Home Fashions Market

NY Home Fashions Market Day 2

Join HTT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they report from the 2014 New York Home Fashions Market. See the videos. Videos are sponsored by Lenzing.