| Aug 12, 2013 |
The “new” NY NOW opens next week
Boh staff
By Staff

NY NOW, formerly the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), opens next week August 17 to 21 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 with 2,800 exhibitors showcasing 100,000 lines in four categories: Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New!

Artisan Resource is back this year in a new location (Pier 94) with extended show hours, and features artisanal craft producers from around the globe. The “show within a show” connects US-based importers with international producers and exporters. Exhibitors have experience in meeting export demands and are selected by their commitment to design innovation, cultural preservation, social enterprise and sustainability.

Another popular exhibition, “Open House,” features more than 100 home and lifestyle products that are most representative of four key 2013-2014 design trends—Monochromatic, Neo-Traditional, Vintage with a Twist and Well Cultured.

As an extension of the physical display at NY NOW, select products from participants will be sold online at One Kings Lane for three days during NY NOW, with proceeds benefitting Gift For Life, the home, gift and stationery industries’ sole charity partner.

The Emerging Designer Maker Platform in the NY NOW HANDMADE Collection will provide the opportunity for three young design companies to participate in their first wholesale market; and two design collectives—JOIN Design Seattle and The American Design Club—will showcase more than 30 independent designers within Accent on Design.

Exhibitiors and buyers at the 2012 NYIGF

New developments have also been announced in two “green” initiatives produced by NY NOW, to recognize exemplary eco-friendly and socially-responsible products. Six products in the summer 2013 SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit have achieved NY NOW’s highest “Degrees of SustainAbility” status. Additionally, online balloting, with 30 products vying for top honors in three categories, opened on July 15 for the semi-annual Eco Choice Awards.

More than 40 educational seminars, author appearances, book-signings, and product innovation awards will take place over the five days of the show. Seminars will cover everything from social media strategies to color theory presentations and trend discussions. Attendees are invited to start each day with a “Fresh Start Breakfast” and attend happy hours throughout the afternoon.

New this year are three unique “Only In New York” experiences—specially priced tickets to the Tony-Award winning musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, a guided walking-tour of the High Line Park and free admission to the Museum of the City of New York.

Four exclusive collection sectors debuting at the 2013 fair

Key exhibitors across the categories include Ameico, Jonathan Adler, black + blum, Cisco Brothers, John Robshaw Textiles & Home, Matouk, Michael Aram, Vagabond House, Aid to Artisans, Thibaut, and Hudson Beach Glass.

Exhibitors new to the show this year include: Bronte by Moon, Classic Concepts, Evitavonni, Faribault Mills, Frette, Henry Handwork, Kiska Textiles, Linum AB, LUK + K LLC, Makie, PillowHeaven Ltd, Sara Bengur Shop, Shanghai Autex Company Limited, Silk Story LLC, Simple Things Ltd., Vestiges and Zyle Heirloom.

A full schedule of programming and events can be found here.

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