Things Our Editors Loved at the NY Now Home and Gift Show – by Kate Donovan of








“For InStyle’s Life Etc. editors, the NY Now trade show provides inspiration and products for many of the magazines life and home stories. Thousands of vendors descend upon the city for the event (held twice a year, in both winter and in summer), which offers an array of gorgeous home goods to store buyers, decorators and press.”

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NY NOW — Home, Happy + Here by Kimberly Cihlar of fashion whirled

In fashion whirled’s three-part post about NY NOW, Kimberly Cihlar reports on highlights from Pier 94, the Javits Center and the LIFESTYLE Collection’s Personal Accessories section.

“Call me crazy, but can you believe I came back early from my southern vacation just for the NY NOW Show?! Yep… I got to peruse aisle upon aisle of magical global artisanal, handmade, jewelry and home goods that transported me beyond the world I inhabit in NYC….

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And now we’re getting to my most adored parts of NY NOW, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, the Javits Center, where the Handmade creativeness is out of control….

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The stylin’ life doesn’t get any better than this… Personal Accessories, however, doesn’t seem to fit the bill. Me? I’d rename the section “Amazing Creative Creations, Born of Love, Passion and Talent.”

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fashion whirled picAs a freelance journalist, stylist and video producer, Kimberly Cihlar spins fashion and cultural trends as she sees them for her blog, writing about runway, retail and real people. Over the years, Kimberly’s work — covering fashion power players like former Mayor Bloomberg, designers from Duckie Brown’s Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, Giorgio Armani, Donna… Continue reading






Etsy Wholesale  – Etsy’s juried wholesale marketplace for professional buyers and designers – will make its public launch this August at NY NOW® with 24 featured designers. Etsy launched the platform to support Etsy sellers’ wholesale businesses, and connect retailers with designers on Etsy.

The featured designers will sell their home and lifestyle products in person at the Etsy Wholesale Pavilion, Booth 9000.  Buyers will be able to sign-up for Etsy Wholesale in the Pavilion’s spacious buyers’ lounge.

In addition to the featured designers, more than 90 Etsy Wholesale sellers will be exhibiting independently throughout the show. A full directory of exhibiting designers and their booth numbers will be available at the Pavilion.

Visit Booth 9000 to preview the 24 featured designers. Here’s a sneak peek:










Susan Dwyer of Up in the Air Somewhere incorporates paper, clay, and gold leaf into her collection of decorative objects. Each piece is made without the use of molds, allowing for a strong, sculptural sensibility. She is fascinated by how materials and techniques can turn something simple into a beautiful object.










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Bringing the New to New York

NY NOW opens this weekend; will you be there? If you’re looking for a concentration of the newest resources across product categories, make sure you visit Pier 94. NY NOW’s NEW! Collection showcases 200+ newcomers to the New York market.

New at NY NOW… Preview Pier 94!

Evelyn Knight_Fortuna necklaceFortuna necklace by Evelyn Knight

Etruscan medallions make a dramatic statement on this necklace of 22-karat matte gold over lead-free pewter. It was handmade in San Francisco by Constance Anthon, who named her company after her grandmother.





Girl Of All Work_Sea Reverie Page FlagsSea Reverie page flags by Girl Of All Work

Inspired by summer days in and near the water, these adhesive page flags are the perfect accessory for beach reading. Part of the “Ona” collection, this style includes 375 flags per pack, with 75 of each of the five designs.





Obisugi Design_OBI kids floor 9setsOBI kids floor (9pc)  by Obisugi Design

This extra-large puzzle is made in Japan of Obisugi, a locally-grown cedar with smooth and elastic characteristics. Designedby Katsushi Nagumo, the puzzle can be arranged on the floor or on a table. Dimensions: approximately one meter wide.



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Lakeside Living

Editor’s Note: Lakeside Living is the final of four 2014-15 trends that will be showcased in NY NOW’s “Open House” display, presented in connect with media partners Home & Textiles Today, Home Accents Today and Gifts and Decorative Accessories; and trend and e-commerce partner One Kings Lane.  

If it seems like we all have beach houses on the ocean these past few years – because anything related to the general casual theme of water had shells or fish or other nautical design elements – maybe we’re finally ready for a change of scenery.

That’s because this season the focus is shifting from the house on the shore to the house on the lake. It’s a move that seems long overdue.

What we’re likely to see are the blues and oceanic creature motifs giving way to greens and earth tones as well as more woodsy nature-inspired designs in the products coming out over the next few months.

Mind you, we’re not talking lodge here. Lodge had its day and it was one very long day at that. Some of us were ready for Sasquatch to come down and force us out of the lodge it had become so ubiquitous a design… Continue reading

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