Dorothy Belshaw, GLM's senior vice president and director of the gift fair, said incorporating home textiles into the gift fair has been a "win-win.
Buyers who used to shop both markets have found it to be a more efficient buying opportunity.When textiles came under the gift fair, we could present a serious critical mass of resources under one roof."
The gift fair is evolving into the summer's supershow for home furnishings, with home textiles joining furniture, lighting, wall art, floor covering, botanical, housewares and tabletop resources."We haven't seen any measurable impact on the show from the economy or other factors," Belshaw
..."The gift moniker may be a deterrent to some home furnishings retailers, but our At Home division is, in fact, larger than some other events for home," said Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president at GLM.She
said the show has the "best high-end mix" among competitors.
has made a commitment to expand and refine our home offerings.As part of this, and as NYIGF is a sold-out event, we carefully edit our home collection to allow the show to ebb and flow with industry trends, and NYIGF is a leader in terms of product trend, design, quality and innovation," she
Likewise, the New York Gift Fair's rate of attrition is consistent with the past two or three shows, according to Belshaw
, who is expecting a sold-out show this August.
"In general, we are seeing more resilience at the higher-end versus middle market among exhibitors who are canceling or downsizing," Belshaw
Newcomers to the section include Kim Seybert, Alex Marshall, Eigen Arts and Atticus, among others, creating "a really strong mix of better and more design-oriented companies" all in one place, Belshaw
Exhibitors, too, will benefit from being in the same neighborhood of vendors that appeal to similar types of buyers, according to Belshaw
The housewares industry is kept less busy with trade shows in the back half of the year, but some shows are placing more emphasis on the housewares category to round out their assortments.
Though it's not seen by all as a show for the housewares industry, the New York International Gift Fair has actually included the category for more than a decade."What's new in recent years is we have called it out in our promotional materials," said Belshaw of GLM.
The show is an opportunity to shop for housewares in the second half of the year, she