NY Now, one of the largest and most diverse trade shows in the world hosted it's second trade show of the year featuring 2,400 vendors, 25,000 attendees and 400 media outlets. I walked all but three aisles searching for innovative design, trends and amazing products - and found them.
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This four day trade show featured Home, Lifestyle and Handmade collections, each containing several sub collections.
The home collection featured textiles, accents, accessories and furnishings. Price ranges for wholesale varied greatly because (you guessed it) home decor is a HUGE category - everything form handmade imported, authentic Egyptian rugs, furniture, beds accent pieces (giant ferris wheel or model air plane anyone?) to candles, throws, and pillows.
Although there were a few vendors featuring ombre color style, don't expect to see a lot of home accents in this out-dated trend in 2017. That being said, one of the vendors I spoke to said their ombre accent throw pillows are consistently a top seller (image below from Kevin O'Brien Studio). Additionally, I've been seeing more and more interior paint for accent and statement wall color.
Accent on design, the sub-collection that focused on innovations in design and function featured designers from the UK, US, Japan, Korea, France, Italy and more. Exhibitors offered old ideas in new textures and patterns, new ideas in bold product innovation and everything in between.
The lifestyle collection included baby + child, gift, personal accessories and personal care + wellness. If you wanted candles, this was the place to bee (pun intended). Soy and beeswax candles are still growing in popularity as are recycled containers - especially wine and beer bottles. The baby and child sub collection includes clothing, games, toys, puzzles and more. Prices ranged from less than $1 to several hundred for baby and child furniture.
Gifts run the gamut in price, target customer and variety of products, as you can imagine. Stationery, tableware, home goods, Judaica, Christmas, puzzles, jewelry. Over 500 vendors displayed their wares in this sub-category, so you can imagine the breath of products!
Personal accessories and personal care + wellness included wearable technology, jewelry, hair accessories, scarves, shawls, some clothing, hats, glasses and watches. Wholesale price ranges
I have to admit, I am drawn to handmade products like some sort of gravitational force is pulling me. I love interacting with the makers, designers, movers and shakers. The Designer Maker sub-collection focuses on US and global based innovative producers. US, UK, Germany and France all had strong representation in these aisles. Designer Maker features delightful art, funky men's accessories, jewelry, scarves, knits, glassworks, dog beds and cat carriers.
Global Handmade sub-collection hosts producers who have distribution points in the US. All the prices are landed (you don't have to pay international shipping/customs fees) making these handmade artisan groups very attractive for retailers looking for an easier way to buy socially conscious, high quality, international goods.
Finally, Artisan Resource are international exporters selling mostly home goods, textiles, and furnishings. Wholesale prices start over $100 and can range up to $3k. Terms vary greatly depending on their distribution capabilities and presence in the US. However, for those looking for unique items with interesting stories, the market will reward the risk takers.