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New York International Gift Fair

A few weekends ago in the midst of moving and planning my wedding I took a break to walk the breezy aisles of the Javits Center for the New York International Gift Fair.  It was my first time at NYIGF and the amount of booths were overwhelming.   I gravitated toward well designed booths and innovative products which I am happy to share below!  It was a fun day exploring the immense talent hidden in the booths.

Above: The Bodega Bag.  Being a native New Yorker, I think the idea of a hip accessory for a plastic bag (quite often from a bodega) is brilliant.  Not only is the chain easily toted along in your purse, but it prompts folks to re-use the plastic bag.  Simple, chic and green.

Below: Some of you may have already seen my tweet about Hand in Hand, which is super stylish line of soaps and bath crystals with a mission.  For every bar of soap sold a bar is donated to communities that are affected by poor water quality which in term cause disease.   Love them, love their mission.  Anthropologie agrees.

Above:  Another company on a mission, Material Good – whose Little Shirley vases stole my heart before the show, did not disappoint in person.  The fact that 10% of their profit goes to organizations which support cancer research, just makes each vase a little piece of perfection.

Below: While I strolled the Handmade Global Design area of the show, Mushmina‘s accessories struck a cord.  Their bags, jewelry, pillows and scarves were beautifully designed and unique.  Mushmina notably creates employment opportunities for women and men in developing countries with their product line.

Above: Geografia is making globes hip again with their line of paper globes.  Packaged flat they allow the recipient to literally put the world together.  Many of the products boast cute ‘core’ graphics and I especially like the globes you can personalize with white board pens.  Genius!

Below: Perhaps it’s my love for wine or the fact that my wedding will be in wine country, but whatever the reason I fell in love with Rewined.  This Charleston area company re-purposes wine bottles from local restaurants and creates soy based “wine scented” candles.  Simply smart on the recycling side and super stylish on the design side with packaging that would make anyone fall in love!  I might just need these for my wedding favors!All images (c) Little Maison.  Please do not use without permission.

 


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Little Shirley

I am extremely excited about attending my first New York International Gift Fair this weekend!  My inbox has been flooded with press releases and invites to view new product lines but one stood out the most; Little Shirley vases made by Material Good.  Not only are these petite vases stylish but the company donates 10% of the sales to cancer research in honor of the founder’s Grandmother, Shirley.  Also, they are only $20!

I was so drawn into Material Good’s mission and product that I began to imagine what lovely wedding favors these would make for my guests.  Enjoy the fabulous pictures below and I promise to report back after the show!

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Stationery Designers To Watch

Above: The lovely couple from Wednesday, Jessica & Garett Mayfield, brightened my Sunday with their genuine charm and meticulous design skills. There is something to be said about a clean and simple layout in both printed work and a booth. Just perfect!

Below: April May (yes, that’s her real name) from Everything Little Miss was as bubbly and sweet as her designs. Her eco-friendly paper goods were filled with color and I just adore the inspiration behind her rabbit calendar. See below.

Below: Filled with sophisticated Southern charm, Belle & Union makes tea towels with a retro butter pattern oh-so-very cool. Meg displayed her goods with such detailed perfection it was hard to walk away. Check out her ‘cows come home’ card & friend. Love it!

Below: Ashley Austin from Fine Day Press displayed a variety of prints from dreamy watercolor florals to fab mod designs. A vibrant color palette was a constant throughout her line. I love that she’s a local New Yorker too!

Did you miss my Top Ten from the National Stationery Show

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Paper Power: National Stationery Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the amount of beautifully crafted paper goods at the National Stationery Show can be mind boggling, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and connected with vendors from Brooklyn, New York to Port Townsend, Washington. I will be featuring some of the lovely folks I met soon, however, I wanted to start off with my Top Ten picks from the show.

As I reviewed my photographs I realized I was mostly taken with goods other than crafty cards. Don’t get me wrong, there were spectacular paper goods showcased at the show, yet, I was drawn to the vendors who offered diversity in their line of products. To become a ‘one stop shop’ for retailers, I’d imagine this is the natural progression.

In no particular order, below are my Top Ten Picks from the 2012 National Stationery Show. More to follow!

Above: Old School Stationers made me smile with their brightly colored card packs, kitschy motifs and super sweet tote bags. This family-owned letterpress studio from Portland, Oregon is one to watch!

Below: I love vintage (as you know) and I found a new favorite in My Mother’s Buttons. Every product is made from authentic vintage buttons and the initial buttons below were once used for horse bridles. How did I not know something so beautiful existed? Just spectacular.

Above: Maybe it’s the wine lover in me or the fact I’ve always wanted glass doorknobs in my home, either way, these wine bottle stoppers by Knobstoppers are tres chic!

Below: Kata Golda was a “must see” booth based on the press kit alone (more on that later). Her hand dyed felt goods for every occasion give you an instant feeling of home. The stuffed companions below are simply perfection.

Above: Aesthetic Movement represents a multitude of crafty wares and The Frausto & Co. Spy Deck of cards was a favorite. Each card shares tidbits that one would need to survive a James Bond lifestyle. I also admired their Garden Deck which shared growing instructions for fruits and vegetables.

Below: Lea from Leafcutter Designs was one of my favorite vendors. Not only was she super sweet but her curious creations are small bits of perfection. The Recipe Dice below are perfect for the foodie in your life!

Above: What can I say about The White Cabinet that would thoroughly explain my love for everything in this booth. The 1950’s & 1960’s fashion illustrations by Hilda Glasgow make my heart skip a beat. Her daughter Liz transformed the vintage images into greeting cards, stamps and uber-stylish gift wrap which would delight any design enthusiast. In fact, Liz just was just awarded the best Eco-Chic Product at the National Stationery Show for her new soy ink based gift wrap!

Below: I adore lavender and as you know, I love anything French! I fell in love with the romantic product line by Estelle Billot who showcased these hand silk screened lavender sachets in a multitude of dreamy fabrics. I say, Oui, s’il-vous-plaît.

Above: Sticky notes never get old for me. The Leaf-it notes by b.b. begonia are so detailed and delicate, they should be displayed as wall art.

Below: A local vendor favorite, The Great Lakes Goods, had such a fun variety of goods yet, A Tiny Celebration (below) stood out from the crowd. Literally an instant party in a bag, it is the perfect item to slip into a greeting card for friends of all ages. Everyone needs some sparkle in their life!

Don’t forget to check back for more reviews and coverage from the National Stationery Show!


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