Author Archives: Allison Zisko

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Blog: Japanese Knife Masters Show Off Their Skills

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Cutlery aficionados are in for a real treat this week. Three Japanese master craftsmen from Kikuichi Knives, which is known for its history of making Samurai swords, will be demonstrating how they make kitchen knives—from the raw iron to the finished blade—at specialty retailers across the country. One of the craftsmen, Akimasa Oe, will engraveMore »

Last updated: September 15, 2014

Heritage Home Appoints Shine

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MONTREAL–Tim Shine has joined Heritage Home Fashions as executive vice president of sales for the United States—a new position for the company. Shine will be responsible for all sales and distribution of Heritage Home Fashions brands and licenses. He has worked at WestPoint Home, along with Oneida and EB Brands, and will be based inMore »

Last updated: September 5, 2014

Sourcing in São Paulo: The Brazilian Buyer Project

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By Allison Zisko Over the course of two days in early May, 51 Brazilian housewares manufacturers descended on a hotel conference room in São Paulo, Brazil, lugging suitcases filled with plastic and glass and metal goods, armed with the optimism of traveling salesmen. They set their sights on 12 international buying companies from seven countries,More »

Last updated: July 1, 2014

Amer to Debut More Than a Dozen Collections in High Point

Amer Rugs

ATLANTA–Area rug house Amer will present 14 new collections at High Point Market next week. Among the collections making their official debut are the pure silk Halcyon collection, the wool and silk Dazzle collection, plus a dozen others in handtufted and handwoven constructions. Amer shows in Showplace, suite 3415. “We have over 100 new rugsMore »

Last updated: March 28, 2014

Bringing Out the Brands In Frankfurt

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By Allison Zisko Last month’s Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, Germany, provided a platform for tabletop companies to engage in brand building. There were brand introductions, brand extensions and brand re-inventions from many well-known players in the industry. In the brand-new category there was Nude, a division of Turkish glass company Pasabahce, which offers contemporary, design-orientedMore »

Last updated: March 17, 2014

Blog: HFN at Ambiente

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FRANKFURT, Germany­—Ambiente opened its doors here this morning, and Messe Frankfurt officials are expecting a good show. Board Member Detlef Braun, noting the current economic climate in Germany as positive, said, “The auguries for a successful fair are very good.” The wide expanse of new tabletop product is evident throughout the show. Portmeirion is introducingMore »

Last updated: February 12, 2014

Blog: Nikko Steps Onto the World Stage

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Japanese tabletop maker Nikko will make its debut at its own stand at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt this week. In past years the company has been a small part of a Japanese government pavilion at the fair, so this is a big step forward. It follows on the heels of the company’s Maison &More »

Last updated: February 5, 2014

Tabletop | Artistic Endeavors in NY | Feb 2014

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The hand of the artist is evident in the product line up at this month’s NY Now. Whether executed in brightly enameled aluminum; neutral-toned ceramic; or phosphorescent or luminescent glass, many giftware introductions at this show truly represent each individual artist’s unique point of view.    —Allison Zisko CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE

Last updated: January 28, 2014