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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.

Las Vegas Market Offers Fashion-Forward Home Decor

Las Vegas Market’s temporary gift and home décor exhibits are expected to hit an all-time high this summer, with more than 500 exhibitors showing in The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market, July 31-August 4, 2016. The Market’s highest-ever rate of early renewals, combined with rapid addition of new companies, has resulted in gains across all five temporary gift and home décor categories – HOME, DESIGN, HANDMADE, GIFT and DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace.   

“The unparalleled rate of gift and home décor temporary renewals, combined with robust early leasing activity, signals Market strength and customer satisfaction. As Las Vegas Market exhibitor return on investment steadily increases, more and more new companies are seeking access to our large, and growing, retail audience from western states,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, the Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever before.”

Other Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market highlights include the addition of some 40 new tenants in the gift, housewares and home décor categories as well as 50 new furniture companies; concentration of new boutique home décor resources on C5; a rebranding of c-ONE as a dynamic cross-category showcase of directional tableware, gift and home décor resources; continued resource growth in the C10 Lifestyle Collection; the targeted expansion of C11 as the industry’s newest destination for gift-oriented housewares, gourmet products, specialty food and tabletop items; continued expansion in casual and outdoor products on C12 and C13; presentation of the top 15 bedding manufacturers; and sold out home furnishings temporaries on B2.

Park Designs is bringing its Champlain Placements, part of a sophisticated take on traditional plaids with touches of the deep woods. The 100 percent cotton placement measures 13 inches by 19 inches and retails for $3.50. Also from Park Designs is the Campbell Coverlet Table Square in Black. This design was inspired by a woven coverlet sample created by the weavers in the historic trades program operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The 100 percent cotton table square measures 36 inches square and retails for $19.

Design Imports celebrates the holidays with its Christmas Plaid Apron, part of its Christmas at the Cabin collection. The 100 percent cotton apron retails for $24.99. From its Vintage Christmas collection, Joyeux Noel Printed Table Textiles are also 100 percent cotton and they’re reversible as well. The Joyeux Noel Placemat retails for $8.99 and the matching Table Runner retails for $24.99. See them at the Design Imports showroom on the 11th floor of Building C.

Next Step Reps Weathered Woods barrel tableNext Step Reps is bringing the Hammered Copper Finish Kitchen Collection and Weathered Woods Collection from Apropo to its showroom for the Summer Market. The Hammered Copper Finish Jumbo Salt & Pepper Shakers with Handles are 4 inches high and retail for $20 to $25. The 18-inch tall Weathered Wood Barrel Table retails for $130 to $150. See them in the Next Step Reps showroom in Building C.

Original drinkware by catstudio features more than 200 designs that are amazingly rendered using organic ink colors plus silver and gold on a 15-ounce frosted tumbler. The highly collectible tumblers feature all 50 states, cities, vacation destinations, international and, now, college campuses. They’re dishwasher safe and retail for $14.75 each. See them in the catstudio showroom on the fifth floor of Building C.

Stemless Cheers Wine Glasses from Vital Industries, LLC feature 20 karat gold decoration on a mirror finish glass for swirling a favorite Merlot or sipping Chardonnay. Each retails for $15.50 and presents well as a gift for almost any occasion. See them in the Vital Industries booth in Pavilion 1 or visit www.vitalindustries.com.

Circa Asia bowl cropCirca Asia will be showing The Metal Collection and its Mango Wood Collection. The 11-inch by 5-inch Large Metal V Bowl from The Metal Collection is available in red, gold, blue, green and orange and retails for $89. Matching salad servers and individual-size bowls are sold separately.

The Aquos Champagne Bucket celebrates the many forms of water in sand cast aluminum and enamel. Hand crafted from a unique alloy developed by Lunares, each piece is sand cast and highly polished giving it a sensuous quality and unique luster. Extremely friendly in use, the metal does not chip, peel, crack, break or tarnish, and it’s food safe. The Aquos Champagne Bucket retails for $299. See it and other items from the Aquos Collection in Lunares Home’s showroom on the first floor of Building C.

DEMDACO Bottle stoppersDEMDACO is bringing products that consumers will enjoy during their casual entertaining, including decorative and functional cutting boards from the byDesign Serving Collection. Multi-functional pieces feature bamboo and glass cutting surfaces; removable tempered glass inserts double as charming serving trays. Artful designs and decorative word art turn practical products into trendy home décor accessories. The 9-inch by 12-inch glass cutting board/serving tray nests into a 10-inch by 15.5-inch bamboo cutting board, and the set retails for $36 each. Fashionable bottle stoppers and openers from the by Design Toasting Collection celebrate the cocktail hour. Humorous word art and excellent price point make products great hostess and girlfriend gifts. Quality resin construction looks like sophisticated ceramic material. Bottle stoppers and openers retail for $15 each.

When the occasion is more formal, the Lagoon Pedestal Serving Bowls from AESTHETIC CONTENT are suited for service in any room in the home. Crafted from earthenware ceramic and sustainable cork, they can be used together to form a bold centerpiece or separately as planters, servers or dessert stands. The cork is easily removed so the ceramic pieces can go in either the microwave oven or dishwasher. The high/narrow bowl retails for $60, and the low/wide bowl retails for $70.

The Croisé Toulouse Table set from Wolff consists of eight silverplate serving pieces: soup tureen with cover, vegetable dish with cover, gravy boat with plate, plates in two sizes, oval dishes in two sizes and a fish dish.

OLIVIA RIEGEL item GL2015 with ornaments cropThe GL2015 Gold Windsor Candy Dish from OLIVIA RIEGEL was inspired by estate jewelry. Its gold finished cast pewter base is encrusted with hundreds of hand-set clear Swarovski® crystals. The bowl is glass with a white hand-enameled stem. The limited edition, mouth-blown holiday glass ornaments shown in the image here were made in Poland and are sold separately.

Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market runs July 31-August 4. The Pavilions and DISCOVERIES run Sunday, July 31, through Wednesday, August 3, 2016 with staggered show hours on all four days: Sunday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, August 3, from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. The Pavilions and DISCOVERIES are closed on Thursday, August 4.

ChefWorks: Culinary-Quality Aprons Now for Home Cooks

Chef Works, Inc., which makes culinary apparel is launching a new retail sales program aimed at expanding its reach within the non-professional culinary marketplace. That’s a little bit of code indicating that the company is now looking to outfit home cooks with the same quality aprons that professional chefs wear in restaurant kitchens, where the apron is certainly about keeping the occasional kitchen mess from ruining the civilian attire beneath, but it’s also about making a style statement.

Visit ChefWorks in booth #S147.

Of particular focus in the new program is the introduction of the company’s high quality aprons to the barbecue community, providing a level of durability and style that has previously been missing among backyard cooks. “When it comes to outdoor cooking, we all strive to have the very best, whether it’s a high-end grill, premium meats, or the very latest tech gadget. But despite all of the amazing products offered to grillers, they have always had to make due with sub-par aprons — ones that are not designed to stand up to the rigors of live fire cooking and that are about as stylish as a hospital smock. By offering grillers the same high-end quality and stylish designs that professional cooks expect from Chef Works, we are prepared to take the backyard by storm,” said Dale Gross, Co- Founder of Chef Works.

While best known as a leading culinary apparel supplier within the restaurant and hospitality business, Chef Works has seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of its products among home cooks, most notably within its fashion-forward Urban Apron line. Building on this trend, the company is currently working with various retailers to bring select SKUs to store shelves nationwide, beginning with several of its most popular aprons.

“Through the rollout of our consumer-based retail program, our goal is to make these quality tested designs more accessible for individuals who are tired of kitchen wear that simply doesn’t stand up to heavy use and multiple washes. From the retailers’ standpoint, we have developed a turn-key program that offers freestanding point-of-purchase displays that require zero additional peg space and are an eye-catching way to promote sell through of the product,” continued Gross.

About Chef Works

Chef Works, Inc. is a worldwide culinary apparel manufacturing and distribution solution for the culinary, hotel, restaurant and food service industries. Offering cost-effective and efficient alternatives for companies of all sizes, Chef Works is the leader in uniform supply management, brand continuity, online ordering, on-site embroidery, personalized reporting, budget coordination and uniform design and distribution. Chef Works successfully manufactures and distributes culinary apparel in over 60 countries. They remain resolute in their mission to provide the best-quality products at the most competitive prices, focusing all of their efforts to ensure complete satisfaction and meet, or exceed, expectations for high-quality, well-designed, comfortable uniforms alongside superior customer service. For more information, visit www.chefworks.com.

Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards Winners Announced

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The Shaggie Apron by Janey Lynn’s Designs, Inc. won the award for Best Kitchen Textile

Dallas Market Center announced the winners of the sixth annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards at an awards ceremony and cocktail reception held at The Culinary Stage, World Trade Center 1st floor during the Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market.

The Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry who exhibit in Dallas. The winners are:

Best Beverage: Hot Ruby, Hot Ruby Inc.

Best Condiment: Black Rosemary Sauce, The Jelly Queens

Best Fruit Confit: Mango Chutney, Willie’s Blue Ribbon Relish

Best Snack: Garlic Parmesan Beer Bread Mix, Molly & Drew The Beer Bread Company

Best Soup or Chili: Dede’s Cajus Cuisine Jambalaya Starter Sauce, Dede’s Cajun Cuisine

Best Sweet: Crumbzz Crumb Cakes, Crumbzz

Best Cookware or Bakeware: Crackin’ Eggs, Funtastic America, Inc.

Best Kitchen Gadget: CF Color Blast Slusy Maker, Funtastic America, Inc.

Best Kitchen Textile: Shaggie Apron, Janey Lynn’s Designs, Inc.

Best Tabletop: Casserole Carriers, Janey Lynn’s Designs Inc.

Judging was based on originality, taste and packaging, as well as innovation, visual appeal and practicality. The judges were: Anthony Van Camp, executive chef at SĒR Steak and Spirits, renowned for his culinary precision and innovative dishes, Tony Curtis-Wellings, co-owner of Faraday’s Kitchen Store, a unique retail experience designed around feeding the passion for cooking, and Joe Baker, chef and owner of Joe the Baker, a family-run business offering delectable pastries and catering services.

Best Baby & Child Products Recognized at NY NOW

Five companies have received Baby + Child Best New Product Awards at NY NOW, with Lucy Darling receiving the “Best of Market” award for its Nursery Closet Organizers.

In addition to the “Best of Market” distinction, additional Baby + Child Best New Product Awards winners were honored for excellence in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites selected products which exemplified innovation, design and style.

The summer 2014 winners and finalists are:

BEST OF MARKET:
Lucy Company (Scottsdale, Arizona) for its Nursery Closet Organizers, which give parents the ability to section clothing by age and size, starting with new-born and ending at 2T, keeping nursery closets neat, stylish and functional.

TOY:
Winner: nhocchi (New York, New York) for its Pop up House Fort, which is portable, packable, easy to set up and hangable for easy storage. The toy is handmade and hand embroidered with 100 percent cotton.
Finalist: Odette Williams Design Inc (New York, New York) for its Kids Apron Set.
Finalist: HABA® USA (Skaneateles, New York) for its Mini Monsters Stacking Game.

DÉCOR:
Winner: PlanToys® (Union City, California) for its Table + Chair, which has a sleek bent wood design with two compartments for storage, sturdy support and a desk top that toddlers can draw on with chalk. The set includes a table and one chair.
Finalist: Cloud B® (Gardena, California) for its Cosmic UFO.
Finalist: EFL Sales Co. representing Albetta, Fiona Walker England and Merino Kids (Brooklyn, New York) for its Fiona Walker England Wool Felt Animal Heads.

GEAR:
Winner: Innobaby LLC (Barrington, Illinois) for its Teethin’ Smart EZ Grip Fruit Teethers, which help babies soothe swollen gums. The flexible petal design base reaches all parts of the mouth for a thorough and gentle gum massage, with a unique shape and texture that stimulates the sensory nerves for improved oral development and speech. It has ventilated breathing holes, is non-toxic and is available in grape, strawberry, and citrus designs.
Finalist: nini and pumpkin LLC (Los Gatos, California) for its Moon Cocoon.
Finalist: raplapla (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) for its Night Owl.

APPAREL:
Winner: Magicforest, LTD (Portsmouth, New Hampture) for its Hat & Mitten Gift Box Set, for infants from birth to six months. Made of soft, luxurious French fabrics, the hat has mouse or kitty ears with accent colors for either boys or girls, and Velcro under the chin. The mittens, which have a face on one hand and a paw on the other, are sewn together with a string to be hidden inside the coat.
Finalist: Bunnies By The Bay® (Anacortes, Washington) for its Hoppy Hood Sweater.
Finalist: aden + anais® (Brooklyn, New York) for its Pure Merino Muslin Swaddle.

“Our judges were impressed with the range of new products presented by Baby + Child exhibitors,” said Melissa Engongoro, Baby + Child Sales Manager. “The winners’ and finalists’ products all were designed with innovation, utility and style in mind.”

The Best New Product Award judges were: Jennifer Bringle of Kids Today; Joanna Dreifus of MyMomShops.com; Jamie Cohen of Giftmama.com; Nanci Gregg of Baby & Children’s Product News; Samantha Ujvary of Giftware News / Baby & Kids; Lynda M. Johnson of KidStyleSource.com; Audrey Kingo of Earnshaw’s; Nancy Lombardi of Toys & Family Entertainment; Bessie Nestoras of Playthings; Serena Norr of Momtrends.com; Caryn Salomon of Kidsworld Magazine; and Leesa Valentino of TheGiggleGuide.com.

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