Have I got some bright new shinies for you from earlier this week!
With a new name and a new broader range of products, from home furnishings to bedding, tabletop and beyond, textiles to fashion apparel and accessories, the New York International Gift Fair – now known simply as NY Now – teased retailers (and me!) with gifts gone wild.
My top highlights would be the textiles. I went gaga over alpaca rugs-slash-blankets from Bolivia, vintage Kantha quilts from India, fold-up wool and wooden stools from Colombia. Then there were the to-die-for pillows, curtains and badges from our All-American buddy Stephanie over at Coral & Tusk (some of her pillows have their own little stuffed creatures that reside in 3-D in the print, i.e., the fox inside the teepee, below who – squeal! – is beyond all cuteness), the unearthed-looking fine jewelry from Polly Wales (biggest girl crush yet to date!), the tasseled earrings or pom-pommed bracelets at Takara, the plaid or polka dotted totes and pillows at Proud Mary (a fellow Southerner from Charleston, no less).
Oh, and of course there were the Panama hats, the khadi cloths, the Indian blankets, the indigo, the ikat, the cashmeres, the cottons. Okay. The textiles in particular might have been my most favorite part of the show, which stretched from the Javits to Pier 94. Great representation of artisanal creativity imported from a wide source of countries – Bolivia, Colombia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mexico, Mali, India – whose wares were absolutely inspirational must-haves. Shop away, my people!