Home Textiles Market Week® Offers Summer 2009 Activities

A full slate of activities, including topical seminars and events unique to New York City, will augment Home Textiles Market Week's resources and enhance the market experience for attending retailers. The semi-annual market for mid-to-high-end home textiles – produced cooperatively by GLM, a dmg world media company, 230 Fifth Avenue and 7 W New York – runs Friday, August 14, through Thursday, August 20, 2009. Home Textiles Market Week opens at 7 W New York on Friday, August 14; and at 230 Fifth Avenue and the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF ) at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 on Saturday, August 15. More than 500 suppliers of luxury home textiles will participate in the Market – the United States' largest collection of better home fashions resources.

"Now more than ever, retailers want to make the most of their investment in market week, " said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. "This summer, they will have access to business-building seminars, exciting 'only in New York' after-hours events and a host of amenities and promotions to enhance the market experience."
(NOTE: A full seminar and event schedule follows.)

Educational Seminars
Retailers can extend the market's value with educational seminars addressing a wide variety of retail issues and opportunities. Topics include color trends, sustainability, social media marketing and best business practices during a slow economy.

One of the program highlights is The Influence of Color, an in-depth exploration of color and its impact on buying trends, hosted by the New York Chapter of The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) on Monday, August 17, from 9:00 – 10:30 am, at NYIGF. During the session, co-presenters Sara Mosley and Fran Sude from Design-Options will discuss color and fashion's key influences as well as other color insights and Deborah Sanders, managing editor of Veranda magazine, will address the use of color in the home.

Special Events
Several only-in-New York after-hours events are planned for market week, including Gifts & Decorative Accessories' 58th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards recognizing excellence in retailing and individual achievement, on Sunday, August 16; 7 West's Hawaiian Luau reception featuring live island music, hula dancers, tropical drinks and a drawing for a Hawaiian Vacation for two on Monday, August 17; and NYIGF's "A Night on Broadway" featuring specially-priced tickets to hit musical West Side Story on Tuesday, August 18. Details and tickets are available at

As an added benefit, market participants are invited to visit The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the foremost museum of modern art in the world throughout the week at no charge, compliments of NYIGF, 7 West New York, 230 Fifth Avenue and 41 Madison.

"Best New Product Awards"
The Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards will return to recognize product excellence in four categories – Bed, Bath, Dining and Home Accessories – as well as one overall "Best of Market" distinction. Winners, selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors, will be announced on Tuesday, August 18, at NYIGF.

NYIGF's SustainAbility: design for a better world program will return this summer with a special display at the Javits Center showcasing some 175 environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible products crafted from sustainable, recycled or renewable resources. This special exhibit will be complemented by two "green"-themed seminars – one featuring environmental entrepreneur, media personality, author and retailer Josh Dorfman, The Lazy Environmentalist, on Monday, August 17, at NYIGF.

Promotions and Buyer Amenities
NYIGF is offering summer 2009 market participants free access to, which searches online Zagat Ratings & Reviews – by cuisine, location or special features such as service, décor or "best buys." A free 30-day trial is available through August 31, 2009, at with promotion code: NYGF9.

Retailers visiting NYIGF's At Home at Pier 94 can win free tickets to the New York Mets' inaugural season at Citi Field in the NYIGF "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!" promotion. Two retailers will be selected at random to win two free tickets each to the Monday, August 17, New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants game.

Retailers shopping all floors of 7 West on Monday, August 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, can win a Hawaiian Vacation for two (retailing for $2, 500). Cocktails and appetizers will be served on all floors, and live island music, hula dancers and a tropical drink will be featured in the lobby.

Additionally, there will be several events happening within the individual showrooms at 7 West, including themed product promotions and receptions. Several buyer amenities also will be offered, including complimentary lunches for buyers and designers on August 14, 15, 18 and 19, and access to the Club 7 Lounge, which will offer complimentary beverages and business services.

230 Fifth Avenue will be offering all buyers attending New York Home Textiles Market Week complimentary hot or cold beverages, breakfast and afternoon snacks at the new rear lobby Buyer's Lounge with catering provided by the Antique Café. Select 230 Fifth Avenue showrooms will also be hosting events in their individual showrooms for buyers and designers.

Together, the three New York Home Textiles Market Week venues produce a combined market directory listing all participants, provide free inter-venue shuttle transportation between market locations, and offer discounted travel and hotel rates for market participants.

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