NEW YORK–Laurie Burns, Forty One Madison’s senior vice president and director, said the turnout for the New York International Gift Fair was strong for the gift building.
Burns reported that the building’s vendors had meetings with retailers including Williams-Sonoma, Between the Sheets, L V Harkness, High Museum of Art, The Plaid Giraffe and Steelz, to name a few. In addition, there was an impressive representation from the United Kingdom, as well as from Central and South America, she said.
“Forty One Madison proudly houses a concentration of superb resources which are an attraction for New York Gift Show buyers,” Burns said. “And, last week, we saw that many of the manufacturers tailored appealing sales programs that really speak to the current needs of the specialty retailers. So, there was some cautiously optimistic order-writing going on that gives promise to the upcoming holiday sales season.”
Burns credited the robust retailer visitations, in part, to GLM’s Dorothy Belshaw and her NYIGF team. “They really pulled out all the stops in producing a show that had the best sources and offered buyers new, imaginative business-building initiatives that benefited all of us who are show participants.”