August 24, 2012

35,000 Attend New York International Gift Fair 2012 – NYIGF

On August 18- 22nd and over 35,000 attendees swarmed into the mighty halls of the  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Piers and the North Hall to attend the largest show of its type. This year was one of change for the attendees and the 2,800 exhibitors at the show.

The Gift Fair has gone through a three-year strategic reorganization with integration of the move of Handmade® Global Design to the newly renovated Galleria and Baby & Child to Hall 1D, with continued refinements of existing categories and the return of The Gourmet Housewares Show®. You can see this years changes to the show and the new locations on their website.

These Focus Forward 2013 changes were designed to strengthen the Fair’s position as the defining marketplace for fashion-forward, design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources.

What this all means is that this show has grown, bigger and bigger each year and they have consistently tried to improve the buyers experience when attending the show. By reorganizing the way the show lays out and bringing categories of products together in their own separate areas, they have now made it easier for buyers to find the products they are looking for without having to walk through the entire network of halls at the show.

With so much new territory we decided not to visit the passenger Ship Terminals 92 and 94 and in its place wanted to visit the New York’s Newest area first.  With so much ground to cover and only two days earmarked for the show, we decided to spend more time planning our assignment.  I spent hours, days before the show,  going through all the categories we thought would be of interest to our readers.  Then I visited those companies websites and made my list of those I wanted to see.

Some companies were then contacted in emails to arrange for a visit and a potential on camera video interview.  Because we are constantly trying to bring the latest in technology to our articles, we have moved from simple slide shows of exhibits or video clips to a more concentrated effort to pick select companies or products that we felt would IMPress our readers.  Now this is not an easy task, but as most media outlets will do, we wanted to show you a few unique products you can expect to see in the stores or on the internet in the near future…so New York’s Newest was our first stop.

New York’s Newest showcases 200 exhibitors from 17 countries and is new to the NYIGF.  This section showcases all categories and featuring fresh innovative lines and products. New York’s Newest, was moved  from Pier 92 to Hall 1E in the Javits Center and makes it more affordable  for young start up or first time exhibitors to be part of this show.  Click here to learn more about New York’s Newest.

 Our Gift Show Video

Our Video Spotlights These  Companies and Products


How they got their name…

The first Trollbead was created in Denmark in 1976. It all started with a simple troll head design with 6 different faces. The bead was unique and was  was created by  Søren Silversmith.

The design enabled the wearer to thread the bead on a leather cord and the bead could be turned to reveal the different faces.  It was sold from his father Svend’s jewelry shop in central Copenhagen. From that humble beginning, Trollbeads has grown to a multi-million dollar international company that sells their products in over 50 countries. It has an extensive collection of beautiful hand made gold, silver, pearl and glass beads. Each glass bead is created by hand by one of Trollbeads artisans.

With over 60 designers, their collection of beads and jewelry is extensive and beautiful.  Many clients have become avid collectors and add beads to their bracelets to commemorate events in their lives.

We have the privilege of interviewing Michael Belleveau the president and CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of the company. You will hear Mr. Belleveau discuss and demonstrate how the glass beads are made, one at a time.  Visit their site…


FlowerPower Vase

Is currently an internet based company that is now moving into the mainstream retail area.  They have created an innovative flower pot that caught our eye as we scanned through the hundreds of new exhibitors that would be at the show.  The design is so simple one might think, but it is Powerful too.  Imagine having a petite flower pot that would fit into the drink holder in your vehicle and would hold a bouquet of fresh cut flowers.

Have you ever try to transport a vase of flowers in your car without spilling water?  We have and we always spilled water. Their unique design was to create a vase that contains spikes in the bottom that grab the stems of the flowers or other items you can put in the pot.  This makes it easier to arrange your bouquet or novelty items in the pot and you only need a quarter of an inch of water in it during transit.  Check them out on their website and see all the great ways you can use their vase and how easy it is to make impressive gifts for the friends and family.  We loved it and Sharon Lesk their president, presented us with one in a very cool velour pouch with gold trim. Visit their site now…


Cat Studios

Hand Embroidered Pillow From Diamond Jubilee Collection

We have featured this company in a number of our past reviews because we simply love what they do and they always seem to surprise us each year with something new.  Not only do they add new designs each year, like this years Diamond Jubilee collection,  but also new products.

Right now you can see their wonderful geographical designs on their pillows, dish towels, drinking glasses, mugs and plates, satin fringed pillows, travel art tees, beach towels, totes and aprons. They also began a program to help a non-profit society in remote Southern India that supports indigent women.  They import wonderful hand woven cotton and jute bags and other products and they are making a difference.

For the sake of this article/review, I decided not to rehash all the stuff I had written in previous reviews, although the copy above is a rehash.  Instead of telling you all about the attendance and the wonderful products which were just overwhelming and impossible to cover in this short space, I decided to do it in pictures and video.

Unlike past show reviews, I put a lot of information in this video. You will see actual web addresses on the products we liked best at the show.  I also included the persons name or names we spoke to or are in the photos.  Finally, I decided to visit their web sites, grab some screen shots of their home pages and products and weave that into the presentation. Visit their site now…


Tanya Moss

Tanya Moss is a designer and manufacturer of silver, gold  jewelry and accessories, including scarfs, belts, bags and other items.  She has ten stores located in Mexico and those that have visited her stores know that her products all contain a butterfly, her signature design.  She believes there is a butterfly in all of us, ready to spread our beautiful wings and fly.

We loved many of the jewelry items and Tanya told us this was her first show in New York because she wants to introduce her designs to the American wholesale market.

Her well made and designed jewelry and accessories can be ordered from her website and she will ship internationally.  The website is both in English and Spanish and you can contact her for pricing both wholesale and retail on their products.  Visit her site now…


Gift For Life

While gathering my thoughts and a much needed rest in the press room of the Gift Show I met Patricia Norins the CEO and publisher of Gift Shop Magazine.  As we talked, she told me about the gift industries efforts to help AID’s and HIV research, eduction and cure by raising money for the gift industries charity the Gift For Life Foundation.

This foundation works in cooperation with DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS . It is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design.

Gift For Life has an annual fund raising event held during the winter Gift Show called  the Party For Life. This year it will be held on January 27th at the Central Park Boathouse and all the who’s who in the gift industry will be there. so be sure to join them and help raise some serious money for this important cause.  For a PDF version of their poster and more information click here.


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Len Rapoport
Len Rapoport
IPA Editor-In-Chief, ID: 1000 • I am an internationally published photographer and the founder of International Press Association. As president and editor-in-chief, my duties at IPA are extensive. For over 40 years I have written articles, had my photos published in millions of publications, record album covers, books, and in the digital media. I was senior marketing and sales executive for major corporations, including my own and as a corporate communications consultant. I have taught photography and formed IPA 20 years ago. I currently work from my home office and continue to actively cover media events in addition to all of my other IPA and IMPress responsibilities.



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