WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 6, 2020… Signs of economic recovery were abundant at the winter 2013 edition of the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), January 26-30, with exhibitors noting strong order writing from retailers of every type. The Fair presented a total of 2,800+ exhibiting companies, including 400 newcomers to the market, in 524,000 net square feet at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. Winter market attendance of 33,000 included retailers from all 50 states and 90+ countries, with Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia representing the largest sources of international visitors.
“The buyer demographics at this show told a story of economic upswing,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Small retailers are demonstrating renewed optimism, and buyers are traveling greater distances specifically to shop the New York market.”
Several exhibitors noted that this winter’s market was the most successful in recent years, based largely on this buyer enthusiasm. According to Tabletop & Housewares exhibitor Rosanna Bowles of Rosanna, “It felt like the old days. There was a renewed sense of energy and excitement, and buyers were ready to write orders right away.”
Both the quality and quantity of buyers made an impact on suppliers. “This was the best show I’ve done in seven years,” said Handmade® Designer Maker exhibitor Tracey Tanner. “It was a good mix of reorders and new orders, from both large and small shops. I also feel very lucky to have done so well with higher price point items.”
At Home featuring Home Textiles exhibitor Meg Woodhouse of Matouk, added, “We have had a great show this year. We have had healthy traffic, a lot of commotion in the booth – be it press or new customers – and we have opened many new accounts. It has been a very well rounded and productive show.”
Beyond exhibits, market highlights included two new projects resulting from NYIGF collaborations. A new joint initiative between NYIGF and CRAFT (Craft Retailers’ Association For Tomorrow) – the Handmade in USA Project – resulted in the creation of qualifying criteria and at-market identification signage for products handmade in the U.S. Additionally, a new partnership with Red Clay, a collaborative product design studio, resulted in the “NYIGF Design Project: Red Clay Concept Showcase” to create a new NYIGF branded tote, as well as a new design for the Accent on Design® award, for the summer 2013 market.
Additionally, this was the first winter market following location changes for three divisions – Baby & Child, New York’s Newest, and Handmade® Global Design – at the Javits Center; and for the new the Artisan Resource™ tradeshow for U.S.-based volume importers, which debuted in Summer 2012 and ran concurrently on Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 92. “We were delighted to see so many new companies while exhibiting in the winter show,” said Handmade Global Design exhibitor Lori Perri of Shupaca.com. “We saw a myriad of buyers, from large corporations to small boutiques. It was a fantastic show and we are excited for its future.”
A full four-day schedule of educational and social programming supplemented market activities, with more than 50 educational sessions, industry social events, product awards and feature displays. The seminar series, sponsored by industry publications and associations, addressed design and color trends, importing and sustainability, social media, digital marketing and retail strategies. Industry events included the 2013 Housewares Design Awards Gala & Ceremony, Gift For Life’s 21st Annual Party for Life fundraiser and NYIGF’s “Night on Broadway” featuring Disney’s NEWSIES.
Market activities also included recognition for exceptional and innovative product design, as selected by leading editors, in NYIGF’s Baby & Child and EX·TRACTS divisions, as well as in At Home featuring Home Textiles division as part of Home Textiles Market Week. Superlative product design was also recognized with the Accent on Design Awards and the Accent on Design Bloggers’ Choice Awards, chosen by representatives of leading design blogs. Within NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® exhibit, the Eco Choice Awards rewarded the most innovative and environmentally responsible products. Additionally, the New York Metro chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) identified their “Best of the Best” suppliers in seven categories. Award winners are detailed online at http://nyigf.com/TheShow/AwardsPromotionsDisplays.aspx.
During the winter market, a preview of the reorganization and rebranding of the market was announced. Beginning in August 2013, a new exhibit floor layout will position the show’s 2,800+ exhibitors into four comprehensive broad market collections: Home, Lifestyle, Handmade®, and New!. The show also will adopt a dynamic new brand: NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle.
NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle will run Saturday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.