The next phase of Las Vegas Market’s expansion will take place in August at the summer show, at which time gourmet and housewares are set to take up residence on C11.
This article is originally published by Diane Falvey in Gifts & Decorative Accessories
LAS VEGAS, January 23, 2015 - At this January’s Las Vegas Market, the venue continued to expand its gift and tabletop exhibitors as part of a three-phase strategic plan that has moved this market beyond its furniture roots to create a full gift and home resource.
According to Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Center’s president of Gift & Home, growth in the gift and home categories at the Las Vegas Market this January was right on schedule. Floor C1, which includes tabletop and housewares is almost full, Belshaw noted, with new exhibitors such as coffee- and espresso-maker company Jura Inc., and tableware and décor company Lunares on that floor. Jura joined the Las Vegas Market this year with its own showroom and conference center. Lunares introduced new branding—Nima Oberoi Lunares—and collections in its showroom. In addition, Belshaw said that the gift floors featured 85 new showrooms this market with almost 400 new lines, for 200,000 square feet of new exhibitors. The strong aggregation of lines that provide breadth and depth in gifting categories has been instrumental to bringing in the buyer traffic the gift retailers, Belshaw added.
This January, the strategic plans to expand Las Vegas Market is beginning to pay off, it seemed, as bus lines to the Market from hotels were around the block (but moving fast), floors were buzzing with activity and exhibitors noted strong traffic flow. In both theOneCoast and Fine Lines showrooms, located on C8 and C10, respectively, business was brisk. John Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, and Matthew Katzenson, president of Fine Lines, both attributed the increased traffic and business to the expanded breadth of exhibitors at the show.
According to Belshaw, the next phase of Las Vegas Market’s expansion will take place in August at the summer show, at which time gourmet and housewares are set to take up residence on C11, providing an even wider assortment of products for visiting buyers.
Along with new exhibitors, trends such as coastal, lake living and white Christmas were also notably showcased at the Las Vegas Market this January. However, as the gift industry covers many categories and even more products, trends, whether brand-new or updated, are plentiful.
Scented products from soaps and lotions to candles have gained a gentleman’s share of the Vegas Market this year, as tobacco- and whiskey-based combinations provided complex aromas that dialed back on the florals for a more gender-neutral or all-out masculine appeal. Chandler Candle Company debuted at Las Vegas with Tobacco and Fresh Cut Grass scents for its soy candle collection, while Cali Cosmetics debuted its Currency candle collection, which featured masculine scents as well. Mine Design Co. featured Tobacco and Honey as well as Kadota Leather in its new lineup of masculine candle scents, and Paddywax debuted the Gentleman’s Suite, its new masculine candle line. Glint Candles showcased woodland animals and nostalgic designs on its candle collection, which included candles scented with tobacco, leather and sandalwood.
The latest “scent-sation” didn’t stop at candles. UWP Luxe, known for its luxurious soaps and packaging added Cuban Tobacco & Honey, as well as Bourbon and Madagascar Vanilla to its shea butter infused soaps. Duke Cannon, which exhibited in the temporaries, brought along its line of soaps designed only for men, with such catchphrases like “Smells Like Naval Triumph” and “Smells Like Accomplishment.”
For rustic décor, burlap has long been a staple, but this January, the material has shown up in some unique applications, colors and designs, bringing it to trend status beyond the expected. At Primitives by Kathy, signs touted burlap backgrounds with colorful sentiments, while Karma rolled out jewel-tone burlap handbags emblazoned with such motifs as owls and butterflies. At Mud Pie, burlap bows adorned children’s frames and at Evergreen Associates, the material was used for wine totes. Burlap also showed up at Buckhead Betties, on pillows… and shower curtains.
From rough and natural burlap to colorful and delicate, the Las Vegas Market offered swirls of color and an artistic take on florals. New Floral motifs on tableware at Certified International and Boston International, for example, showcased watercolor designs and bold colors. AtDemdaco, new Brave Girl handbags showed graffiti-style designs featuring brightly colored roses, alongside bold jewel-toned florals. Jewelry company Alexa’s Angels played with bright colors and floral motifs as well at Vegas, with a new line of felted wallets with floral designs, part of the company's Wings program, which helps to support women in need overseas by providing them with an outlet for their craft. Vera Bradley, too, a new exhibitor at the Las Vegas Market, showcased that company’s latest floral designs, Marakesh and Pixie Blooms, both brightly colored floral motifs, while Built NY added pops of brightly colored poppies to its lunch totes.
The summer Las Vegas Market, which runs August 2 through August 6, will mark the show’s 10th anniversary.