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.