2009 Winter Home Textiles Market Week

Expanded resources, extended lines, and a myriad of new products await buyers attending Home Textiles Market Week, Friday, January 23, through Thursday, January 29, 2009, in New York City. The semi-annual market for mid-to-high-end home textiles includes locations at the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF ) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 90, 92 and 94, 230 Fifth Avenue and 7 W New York. Industry-specific events, including dynamic seminars and special events, have been included in the schedule as added value for winter market participants.

In total, the market features over 500 better home textiles suppliers, featuring the newest bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics. Some 200 mid-to-high-end home fashion resources will be positioned in NYIGF's At Home featuring Home Textiles division at the Javits Center. Another 300 companies will be located throughout the showrooms at 230 Fifth Avenue and 7 West, as well as at other NYIGF divisions.

"This market offers an unparalleled breadth and depth of bed, bath, and home linens and accessories, unlike any other U.S. market, " said Penny Sikalis, GLM vice president and home textiles industry veteran. "We make concerted efforts to incorporate the right mix of companies and product lines in response to buyer demand."

In line with this strategy, NYIGF's At Home featuring Home Textiles division has continued to refine, coalesce and expand better home textiles resources at Javits. Several established brands will increase exhibit space at Javits for the winter market, with Sferra expanding its booth space by nearly 75% to accommodate an exciting launch of a new licensed designer. Other companies, such as leading bed linen manufacturers SDH and Zoeppritz, will move into At Home featuring Home Textiles at Javits from Pier 94, as will Patricia Spratt (table linens), Tabula Tua (floor coverings) and Entablature by Dransfield & Ross (table linens).

At 7 W New York, a number of new showrooms and lines have been introduced since the summer 2008 market, including: Carol Nevin & Design South Africa; Cote Bastide; Douleur Nature; Grace Home Fashions; Harman; Home Treasures; Kevin O'Brien Studio; KKP Fine Linens; Light of Mine Designs; Mahogany by Ra Home; Malaika; Orian Rugs; and Serena & Lily;. Several new textile tenants also have recently joined 230 Fifth Avenue. These include AG Casa, Inc.; Carnation Home Fashions, Inc.; Golden Sheets Factory, Inc.; and Microtex.

Educational Seminars
Several educational sessions will be presented during market week, including two offering trend and forecast intelligence in color and home product design. The seminars will cover a wide range of topics pertinent to today's retailer, such as how to source and verify "green" products; and how to thrive as a retailer during challenging economic times.

Two home fashion-focused seminars are scheduled: "Color Pulse 2010, sponsored by IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association); and "Home Trends: What's Now? What's Next?" presented by HomeWorld Business.

The issue of sustainability and its impact on retailers will be addressed in several programs, including "It's Easy Being, Building, Buying & Selling Green, " presented by Metropolis Magazine; "The Color of Money… Adopting Green Business Practices for Higher Profits, " moderated by Interior Design; and "Get Real… Green Verification and Certification, " moderated by Green Retailer and Gift Shop magazines.

Special Events
A series of onsite events and after-hours activities are planned for exhibitors and buyers, enabling them to enjoy some of New York City's best entertainment and attractions during market.

On Saturday, January 24, market participants are invited to visit the newly-opened Museum of Art & Design (MAD) in its new home at 2 Columbus Circle, compliments of NYIGF, 7 West New York, 41 Madison and 230 Fifth Avenue. In addition, MAD admission is free for all buyers and suppliers during Home Textiles Market Week.

On Sunday, January 25, the Gift For Life Stakes Are High Casino will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest sources of funding for HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States.

On Monday, January 26, 7 West will host a "Mardi Gras" event from 5:00–8:00 p.m., to include New Orleans jazz in the lobby, cocktails and on each level of the building, and a contest offering a chance to win an authentic Mardi Gras vacation for two.

On Tuesday, January 27, the highly-anticipated NYIGF "A Night on Broadway" will feature specially-priced tickets to musical BILLY ELLIOT at the Imperial Theater. Tickets, which cost $114.50, are available to market participants at $85 each, with the difference being absorbed by GLM.

Best New Product Awards
On Tuesday, January 27, the winners and finalists of the New York Home Textiles Market Week "Best New Products" Awards will be recognized. Select exhibitors will be recognized for excellence in five categories – Bath, Bed, Dining, Home Accessories and Home Apparel – along with one overall "Best of Market distinction. Winners and finalists are selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors based on innovative design, product solution, aesthetic appeal, creativity and new material or technology.

The winter market will see the return of SustainAbility: design for a better world at NYIGF. The special display, showcasing some 130 environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible products crafted from sustainable, recycled or renewable resources, will be located at the Javits Center throughout the NYHTMW. The winter 2009 display will feature an increased number of 100% organic fabrics and soft goods, according to exhibit curator by Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions.

Promotions and Buyer Amenities
Market participants will have the opportunity to participate in several buyer promotions offered by NYIGF, including a free 30-day trial of, with Zagat ratings and reviews for over 40, 000 locations in NYC and beyond. In addition, Home Textiles Market Week overlaps with New York Restaurant, Week, January 26-30, with more than 200 of the City's most time-honored restaurants and buzz-worthy newcomers, offering three-course, pre-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

At 230 Fifth Avenue, buyers will be treated to complimentary breakfast, beverages, and afternoon snacks in the building's new Antique Café. And free massages provided by Galaxy Day Spa and Nails. Refreshment vouchers, as well as promotional giveaways and free trade magazines, also will be distributed to all buyers at the front lobby registration desk.

Several buyer amenities will be offered at 7 West, including daily access to the Club 7 Lounge, which will offer business services, complimentary coffee and bottled water; and complimentary coffee and lunch for buyers and designers in the 34th Street Café from 12:00-2:00 pm., on January 23, 24, 27, and 28. Additionally, there will be several events happening within the individual showrooms at 7 West, including themed product promotions and receptions offering the opportunity to meet the designers, artists, and artisans.

New York Home Textiles Market Week is produced and promoted cooperatively produced cooperatively by NYIGF, 230 Fifth Avenue, and 7 W New York. The winter 2009 market runs from Friday, January 23, through Thursday, January 29. It opens at 7 W New York on Friday, January 23, at 230 Fifth Av

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