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Kitchenware News September 2019

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Retailers Came to Buy at Las Vegas Market Strong order writing, buzzworthy program- ming and industry-exclusive special events highlighted the recently-concluded Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market. Summer Market pre- sented more than 4,300 furniture, home décor and gift resources – more than 130 of which were new to the campus' permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits. "Buyers at Summer Las Vegas Market were here to buy and exhibitors reported steady order writing," said Bob Maricich, Interna- tional Market Centers' Chief Executive Offi- cer . "Marketgoers attended exclusive industry-leading events and experienced dy- namic, top-notch sourcing offered only at Las Vegas Market this summer." Exhibitors Report Steady Order Writing & Increased Showroom Traffic Las Vegas Market features more than 4 million square feet and 2,000 furniture lines, along with nearly 200 temporary home fur- nishings exhibitors, and more than 1 million square feet of home décor resources on 13 showroom floors and in The Pavilions. Ex- hibitors in the home furnishings category – which featured 40 new, expanding, relocat- ing and renewing showrooms – reported strong summer markets and noted an uptick in order writing as well as notable increases in buyer traffic in showrooms. "Since this is our first Market, we weren't really sure what to expect. But overall, we have been really enthusiastic with the traffic we've gotten," said Kellee Hollenback Ham- mond, Vice President of Sales for Hudson Valley Lighting Group, which made its West Coast debut at Las Vegas Market. "Our showroom has been highly attended this market! It's been so busy and the busi- ness is nonstop – we needed more staff," said Classy Art CEO Gabriel Cohen. "Our traffic was up compared to traffic from last summer market," said Tim Donk, Marketing Director for Legends Furniture. "We've got a lot of momentum, and this mar- ket has kind of carried us through a slower summer." The market's gift category features more than 2,700 resources in permanent show- rooms and temporary exhibits throughout campus. This summer, the gift category ex- panded by more than 105,000 square feet with more than 35 brands opening new and expanded spaces or renewing their commit- ment to IMC for the market. "Traffic felt good, strong, healthy and alive," said Adriana de Mello, CEO of repre- sentative group Keena, who reported a mix of independent retailers and key accounts placing orders at the show. Jim Spinx of the eponymous East Coast line credited Las Vegas Market as offering a great opportunity to meet buyers in the west. Frances North- cutt, who directs sales, marketing, product development and distribution for new show- room Rewined, reported that 90 percent of orders were from new accounts. Las Vegas Market is the leading home fur- nishings and gift market in the western U.S. Las Vegas Market features thousands of fur- niture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2020 Las Vegas Mar- ket runs January 26 - 30, 2020 at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more informa- tion, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com. KN www.kitchenwarenews.com • SEPTEMBER 2019 • KITCHENWARE NEWS & HOUSEWARES REVIEW 3 Picnic at Ascot celebrated the cheese board at this summer's gift shows with an of- fering of a full range of boards with and without ceramic relish dishes for the pickles, the jams, the almonds that a host might want to serve with a lovely wheel of Brie and a few slices of Cheddar. Its CB 20 measures 16 inches by 20 inches and comes with two ceramic relish dishes and a set of four cheese tools. It retails for $75. CB 33 is the same size, but comes with three ceramic relish dishes and a brushed stain- less cheese knife. It retails for $52. They can also be personalized with a 24-48 hour turnaround time, and they're available to ship now. For more information, call 877.676.9266, email sales@picnicatascot.com or visit www.picnicatascot.com. KN Cheese Boards from Picnic at Ascot Mbare's collection of recycled glassware from Ngwenya Glass Company in Swaziland just got enhanced by these unique Crooked Stem Wine Glasses. Two sizes are avail- able: Small holds 13.5 ounces and Large holds 20 ounces. These will provide a quirky and curved alternative to the traditional (and all too common) wine glasses for your table! The Small Glass retails for $24, and the Large for $28. For more information, email Robbie Stewart of Mbare Ltd. at service@mbare.com or call 800.684.5429. KN Crooked Stem Wine Glasses from Swaziland Artist

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