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Practical and Pretty Products from Janey Lynn’s Designs

By Lorrie Baumann

Janey Lynn’s Designs started as a gift from Jane Shekleton’s grandmother – a pair of potholders that she’d cut from a disused chenille bathrobe. “I happened to use one for a dishcloth, and the absorbency and the texture were fabulous,” Shekleton says while we are together in her permanent booth at the Las Vegas Market, where she is displaying a whole range of practical products for the home, and especially the kitchen, that have all flowed from her grandmother’s thrifty ways.

ShaggieThe Shaggie, the first of the products, is a dishcloth modeled on that very first inspiration, first offered in five colors in 2008 and now offered in 24, was followed by The Shrubbie, a utility cloth with a Shaggie on one side and a nylon scrubber on the other side that finds uses for everything from scrubbing potatoes for baking to taking the cooked-on crusts off non-stick pots and pans. They’re both machine washable with similar colors and dryable on a cool setting. “Based on the performance, our customers asked for the kitchen towel,” Shekleton says. “Almost 200 skus later, we can make your store Shaggie-delicious with a practical purpose that has a purpose. Once customers get their first one, they come back to the store for more. The reorders are phenomenal.”

At this year’s International Home + Housewares Show, Janey Lynn’s Designs will be offering even more Shaggie colors, including King Salmon, Choco Latte, Spicy Spearmint, Cracked Pepper and Lavender Dream, as well as new striped sets of one Shaggie and one Shrubbie in fun colors: Tropical Splash, Miss Sunshine, Melon Mania, Sandcastle, Anchors Away, and Bermuda Blast. “They’re fun,” Shekleton says.

The Berry Best Veggie Sack is a cloth sack that’s dampened to store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. Made of 70 percent bamboo, the Berry Best Veggie Sack slows the ripening and spoilage of any fresh produce, even delicate strawberries and mushrooms, and reduces waste. “All you do is dampen the bag, throw the produce in and put it in the crisper and you’re done,” Shekleton says.

dust mop coverShe’ll also have Mop-EZ in her booth, a dust mop cover that fits the Swiffer handles as well as others. “You don’t have to know the name of your duster because one size fits most,” Shekleton says. Mop-EZ is made of a 50 percent acrylic/50 percent polyester blend and can be used either wet or dry. “I’ll chase any vacuum cleaner around. It’s amazing what that picks up that the vacuum cleaner has missed,” Shekleton says.

Shaggie BaggieShaggie Baggies are lined pouches that go inside the purse or the travel bag to carry all those little items – jewelry, make-up, pens, etc. – that would otherwise just be scrambled in the depths of the bag. “A little purse for your big purse,” Shekleton says. The Shaggie Baggie comes in three colors: Limealicious, Orange Marmalade and Yum Yum Bubble Gum, and it’s hand-washable 100 percent cotton.

Brand new for the International Home + Housewares Show, Janey Lynn’s Designs will also be exhibiting Himalayan Salt Stones that are part of the brand’s spa line. Packaged in a gift box, they’re all natural and go into the bath water to enhance the experience. “Let the relaxation begin,” Shekleton says.

Find Janey Lynn’s Designs in booth # S3758 during the International Home + Housewares Show.

A World of Creativity at Las Vegas Market

Dorothy Belshaw, President Gift+Home Décor, International Market Centers, has been working overtime since she joined the organization upon her departure from the company that produced the NY NOW trade show to improve the selection of gourmet housewares and giftware that’s offered in the Las Vegas Market’s showrooms. Over the last year or so, we’ve seen those efforts come to fruition with expansive displays in the temporary booths in the Pavilions, a collection of exhibit spaces across the courtyard from the three main buildings that house the Market’s permanent showrooms as well as Building C, the permanent home of many gourmet housewares, tabletop and giftware collections. This year’s Winter Market offered an impressive array of hot new products.

CASOFrieling launched the CASO German Design VC300 Vacuum Food Sealer, which the company is positioning as the premium quality choice for fresh food storage and sous vide cooking. The system provides an airtight seal every time, and a double sealing bar with electronic temperature control ensures the seal’s durability. The vacuum pump offers both power and precision, and the unit offers a vacuum roll storage box that eliminates clutter and simplifies use, while a snap-out bag cutter makes it easy to customize bag size. The unit retails for $199.99.

PrintFrieling is also offering the CASO Air Fryer, a sleek countertop appliance that uses high volume hot air circulation technology to fry food with little or no added oil. The Air Fryer features digital touch controls with six presets for popular fresh and frozen comfort foods and a large LED display. Temperature is adjustable from 140 to 400 degrees F, and there’s a 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff. The removable parts are all dishwasher safe, and the stainless steel interior wipes clean. The unit retails for $199.95.
Capresso frotherCapresso showed off its froth MAX Automatic Milk Frother, which offers patented frothing technology that delivers maximum milk froth at the touch of a button. There are three temperature settings and a large capacity – 8 ounces for frothing or 12 ounces for heating without frothing. The machine comes with two frothing disks and one heating disk and retails for $59.99.

The Capresso 8-Cup Perk features durable stainless steel construction with a glass view-through lid. It can brew four to eight cups of coffee in less than a minute per cup and has an automatic keep-warm function. The drip-free pouring spout and detachable power cord simplify serving, and it’s countertop-friendly, with a heat-resistant base that’s safe for any surface. It retails for $59.99.
Kuhn Rikon_Easy Cut

The Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut operates with a pull mechanism that rotates the blades in the four-cup container to slice and grate cabbage, potato, carrots or cheese. This energy-efficient design is safe and incredibly fast, and the high-quality stainless steel blades on the cutting discs stay super sharp. The Easy Cut retails for $80.

The Kuhn Rikon Wine & Champagne Bottle Sealer is dependable enough to allow the wine bottle to be stored on its side. The sealer is made of stainless steel with an expandable silicone gasket that keeps flavor in and air out. It’s 1.5 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high and retails for $10.

PeugeotPeugeot’s Tahiti Duo Mills are now available in a fresh new color palette inspired by the seasonal colors of nature. Each set features gracefully curved 6-inch pepper and salt mills made from beech wood in France. Each set includes one mill with its mechanism optimized for pepper and one for salt. These mechanisms are highly efficient and fully adjustable, offering a consistent high-output grind. At $65 per set, they come in Spring (green and yellow), Summer (blue hues), Autumn (two shades of orange) and Winter (chestnut browns with red undertones). See them along with the Peugeot Whisky Set and Peugeot’s Mahe Mill, which features Peugeot’s iconic spice-specific mechanism in a simple design that has no shaft, which allows more room inside for a greater quantity of peppercorns or sea salt.

RSVP Old BensonRSVP International, Inc. offers its Old Benson Bottle Butler. Available in chrome and brass finishes, this is a remake of a 1930s classic inspired by Rollin Kirby’s political cartoons of Senator Andrew Volstead, father of the Volstead Act that ushered in Prohibition. The RSVP Old Benson Bottle Butler is 6-1/2 inches tall and features a corkscrew and bottle opener that will provide a humorous focal point in gin joints, speakeasies, bars, kitchens and homes. Zinc alloy construction provides strength and resistance to corrosion, and it’s dishwasher safe. The Old Benson Bottle Butler retails for $16.95.

pils01Endurance® Pilsner Glass from RSVP is made of dishwasher-safe 18/8 stainless steel with satin exterior and mirror interior and has a 16-ounce capacity. It retails for $19.95. For further information about the RSVP products visit www.rsvp-intl.com or email Krista Jenkins at kristaj@rsvp-intl.com.

lodgesMenus and Music was at the Winter Las Vegas Market with “Dining at Great American Lodges,” a cookbook with recipes from legendary lodges, national parks lore and wilderness art along with a music CD that blends bluegrass, country, western swing and jazz inspired by traditional American songs. Perfect for those who like to dance around the kitchen while stirring the stew and enjoying a nip of the cooking wine, “Dining at Great American Lodges” comes gift-boxed. For more information, visit www.menusandmusic.

Abbiamo TuttoAbbiamo Tutto brought new patterns in its ceramic glasses and coaster set collections, which now include 11 patterns. The glasses are 6.75 inches tall, and the coasters also act as lids. They’re designed by Donna Marie Territo, founder of Abbiamo Tutto, and made in Italy.

Reversible Veggie PeelerWidgeteer’s Rotating Vegetable Peeler is a smart peeler that adapts to the user’s preferred method of peeling and converts from a vertical position to a horizontal position with a simple sliding motion. Its stainless steel swing blade provides quick and effortless peeling for any kind of vegetable, and a built-in extractor removes potato eyes with ease. Comfortable to use, it’s also dishwasher safe. It retails for $12.99. For more information, visit www.widgeteerinc.com.

catstudio towelcatstudio offers original designs featured on embroidered pillows, dish towels and drinking glasses. [Image: catstudio tumblers] The original Geography Collection by catstudio is comprised of all 50 states and an ever-expanding list of cities, international and favorite vacation destinations. The new, licensed Collegiate collection features a growing number of university campuses. In all, there are more than 200 designs.
The pillows retail for $158 to $228, the dish towels for $20 and the glasses for $14.75 to $16.25. You can find the company at www.catstudiosales.com.

The collections from B by Brandie include dinnerware and stainless steel flatware in designs that combine elegance with drama and the innovative Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass pictured here. [Image: BbyBrandie] Each of the items exemplifies luxury presentation and a host who dares to stand out in a crowd. The five-piece flatware place settings retail for $84, the Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass retails for $64 and prices vary for the dinnerware items. Visit wholesale@bbybrandie.com for further information.

DEMDACObyDesign Toasting Bottle Socks from DEMDACO protect and insulate wine bottles. They’re made with double knit construction and turn a bottle of wine into an inspired gift. They retail for $9. Also look for the Uncorked & Unwind wooden wine lanterns that elevate the wine gift bag by doubling as lighted home decor and wine gift packaging. See more at DEMDACO.com. [Image: Demdaco]

WellnessMats’ new Studio Collection challenges preconceptions about the “anti-fatigue mat” with striking scalloped and semi-circle shapes in stunning designs and a myriad of colors. WellnessMats are inherently antimicrobial, easy to clean and stain resistant, so Studio is ideal for the kitchen, especially for a smaller kitchen, but these mats will also work in any other room in the home. See them at www.wellnessmats.com.

Park DesignsFarmhouse Inspired Flour Sack Dishtowels from Park Designs are made of 100 percent cotton. These flour sack fabric dish towels feature designs that pair nicely with the trend for farmhouse-style living. There’s a Duck, Rooster, Pig and a Cow, each themed with the lyric from a nursery song. They each measure 19 inches by 28 inches and retail for $8. Visit www.parkdesigns.net.

Vestiges offers a kitchen towel collection featuring geographical designs created in collaboration with students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These 100 percent cotton pique towels are printed with environment-friendly inks for high quality products that can help you add local flavor to your product assortment. Get more information by emailing mary@vestigesinc.com.

The Bloom Apron, designed by Bonnie Christine, from Peking Handicraft Inc. is hand printed on 100 percent cotton and features dart detail on the front. It measures 28 inches by 32 inches and retails for $29. The Bloom Kitchen Towel, also designed by Bonnie Christine, carries out the cheerful spring floral theme and features crochet trim. The suggested retail price for the towel is $10. Email sales@pkhc.com.

MOP-EZ from Janey Lynn’s Designs

The MOP-EZ, a universal mop head cover from Janey Lynn’s Designsjaneylynns, is designed to solve a common problem – trying to find a replacement mop head that fits. This frustration is what led Janey Lynn’s Designs to create the first mop head that fits most sizes.

The MOP-EZ is a polyester and acrylic durable mop-head cover that stretches to fit up to 18 inches. It can be used wet or dry to clean up what the others leave behind and is the perfect tool for wood, tile or laminate floors. The MOP-EZ picks up dirt, dust, pet hair and more and is eco-friendly. Simply machine wash and use over and again.

Suggested retail price: $14.99

Jessie Steele Unveils Reinvigorated Brand Identity

JESSIE STEELE has announced an expanded product line and fresh, new collections of its aprons, kitchen accents, totes, and other signature accessories. This brand reinvigoration comes on the heels of efforts to curb widespread counterfeiting of the brand both in the United States and overseas.

“As our brand became more internationally recognizable, so did the gray market for our products,” said Jessie Steele founder and CEO Helena Steele. “We became an international brand at the start of a tectonic shift in world commerce. Lower quality imitations began flooding the marketplace, especially online, which hurt our loyal boutique vendors and eroded sales, diluting our brand. Protecting our reputation for high quality home goods and accessories, by protecting our brand assets and trademarks on a global scale has been an ongoing learning experience.”

While Steele has recently partnered with Cyber Investigations Services to help eliminate current counterfeit product listings online, she took more creative measures to breathe life into the brand with inspired new collections of both classic products and new expansions. The collections feature a fun, whimsical take on iconic time-honored designs from the 20th century, envisioned through Steele’s modern eye. The new patterns and styles highlight the brand’s unique blend of elegant modernity and festive celebration of the joys of family, home, and entertaining.

The Honest Company Joins Organic Trade Association

The Honest Company, a healthy lifestyle brand, has been named a member of the Organic Trade Association, which now represents more than 8,500 organic businesses across 50 states.

The Organic Trade Association is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA member companies qualify by offering certified organic products or support services that serve the organic industry business.

“Our mission at Honest is to provide families with effective, safe, and responsibly made products that promote healthy lifestyles and give them an option worthy of their confidence. We’re honored to join the Organic Trade Association, an important partner aligned in a mutual goal of bringing greater awareness around the benefits of certified organic products,” said Brian Lee, The Honest Company CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re dedicated to OTA’s mission of promoting and protecting the growing organic sector and look forward to working with them and their incredible network to make our growing portfolio of certified organic products more accessible to consumers.”

Founded in 2012, the mission-driven company provides more than 100 products across a wide range of consumer categories, including baby, personal care, home care, and vitamins and supplements. Currently, The Honest Company offers over a dozen organic products that strictly comply with either the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards and are labeled with the USDA Organic Seal in accordance with the National Organic Program or are made with Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) materials.

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