Social Occasion Collection Expands to Building 3, Floor 14

Atlanta Apparel expands its dominance of the social occasion industry with a stellar list of new lines joining the collection, along with established WORLD OF PROM headliners expanding their Market footprints in the new Floor 14 buying destination, opening at the August 2017 Market.

With a trend studio showcasing must-have looks for prom, pageant and quinceañera and a fully furnished resource center, Floor 14 connects buyers with the trends they need to know now in a comprehensive style not available anywhere else in the industry.

The Floor 14 expansion is the next chapter in AmericasMart’s growth and dominance in the social occasion community. The expansion follows the addition of the Floor12 social occasion collection and the launch of VOW | New World of Bridal in 2012; the 2013 debut of The Collective, a permanent temporary collection that has become a trend incubator; and the addition of a spring VOW Market in 2016.

“The inaugural Floor 14 social occasion collection is simply spectacular,” says Mary Sullivan, senior vice president of Leasing. “Inspiration, style and celebration radiate through the floor. It is truly a social occasion fashion destination.”

Lines taking permanent space in the new collection include:

  • New:  Lotus Threads shows tops, cocktail dresses and gowns with stunning hand-sewn beaded detailed embellishments.
  • Relocation:  Jovani is a premiere designer of prom, evening and wedding dresses created with luxurious fabrics and details.
  • New:  Cachet presents social occasion wear dedicated to making women look spectacular during life’s most memorable moments.
  • Relocation:  Knowing that today’s woman is dynamic both in fashion and life, Mac Duggal designs gowns that touch the very essence of the woman who wears them.
  • New:  Ava Presley presents gowns that are perfect for standing out in the crowd at prom.
  • Relocation:  ASHLEYlauren is a fashion line that is young, beautiful and red-carpet ready, consisting of evening, cocktail, mother of the bride, bridal, prom, homecoming and pageant dresses.
  • New:  Your Party Shoes showcases shoe collections for prom, pageant, weddings or any special occasion.
  • Relocation:  Primavera Couture presents delightfully feminine and utterly alluring dresses and gowns.
  • New:  Merrily presents trend-driven mother-of-the-bride gowns.  
  • Relocation:  Distinguishable by superior cuts, exquisite detailing and remarkable design, Gemy Maalouf gowns feature the designer’s easy-to-wear signature while perfectly capturing classic glamour through intricate detailing. With the same feminine and luxurious spirit, Beside Couture by Gemy presents Maalouf’s design and style through an accessible line.
  • New:  Justin Alexander is one of America’s and Europe’s most successful producers of wedding fashions.

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo joins the collection in September at the VOW | New World of Bridal Market showcasing elegant designs that combine classic artistry and refinement.

“AmericasMart Atlanta is the premier Market in the world for showcasing gowns,” says Jovani Vice President, Director and CFO Abraham Maslavi. “We are so successful in there that we need to expand our space to showcase more looks and continue to grow the line. AmericasMart supports us in this vision and has given us the platform to grow.”

“Mac Duggal is so excited to unveil our awe-inspiring Spring 2018 collections in our new state of the art, timelessly modern showroom on the 14th floor,” says owner and designer Mac Duggal. “We have always found WORLD OF PROM at AmericasMart to be a successful, strong, diverse market with savvy buyers from all over the world. It is always a pleasure working with the WORLD OF PROM buyers who are educated, fashion conscious, on-trend retailers who understand the complexities of the women’s social occasion industry.”

Complementing the permanent showrooms is an international collection of temporary exhibitors including Ragazza Fashion (Mexico), Fidda (Turkey), Dulce Celia (India), Yana La Page (Turkey), Jadore Evening (Canada), Mascara Pour La Femme (United Kingdom) plus an expanded presentation for SIFA Menswear.

 Looks from the Floor 14 collection are showcased in a dedicated fashion show on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:15 p.m. Buyers are invited to toast the new showrooms at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. before the runway show.

WORLD OF PROM takes places Tuesday, August 1 – Saturday, August 5 with temporaries Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4, 2017. Visit AmericasMart.com/WORLDOFPROM for more information.

Pork Souvlaki with Cucumber Salad

Chef Kevin Gillespie transported us to Greece with his Pork Souvlaki demonstration. Make this dish for your friends and family with this recipe.

PORK SOUVLAKI 
WITH CUCUMBER SALAD
By Chef Kevin Gillespie

In 2011, Valerie and I honeymooned in Greece. The best meal we had was also the least expensive. We found this little hole-in-the-wall that had a wood-burning grill, a hand-cranked rotisserie, two hot-plate heating elements, and only four tables. It was run by one guy who began our pork souvlaki by walking next door to the butcher shop to
procure a pork loin. He threaded the pork on skewers and grilled it over wood. That pork souvlaki was hands-down the best thing we ate in Greece. This recipe pays homage to that preparation by combining a traditional Greek pork souvlaki with the American penchant for gyros, which is grilled meat wrapped in puffy pita bread. It makes
a satisfying sandwich. If you can find goat’s milk yogurt, that will give the cucumber salad a little more tang and creaminess. But plain old cow’s milk Greek yogurt works fine too.

1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed
lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
12 ounces boneless, tail end
pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 Kirby/pickling cucumber,
peeled and diced, about ¾ cup
¼ cup grape tomatoes,
quartered
1 small red bell pepper, ribs and
seeds removed, finely diced,
about ¼ cup
1 jalapeño pepper, ribs and
seeds removed, finely diced
4 pieces Greek-style flatbread or
pocketless pita
1 tablespoon minced red onion
¼ cup Greek yogurt

Mix the oregano, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the
lemon juice, and the garlic in a zip-top bag and smush the bag together
with your hands to combine. Add the pork and toss in the marinade, making
sure all the pieces are covered. Squeeze out the air, zip the top shut, and
marinate at room temperature for at least 2 hours.

Mix the cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño, and onion together with
1 teaspoon of the salt. Set aside while the meat marinates.
Heat a grill pan over high heat or an outdoor grill to medium-high. Skewer
the pork onto 4 skewers and put on the grill. Grill until charred on one
side, about 2 minutes, then flip, grilling until all sides are charred; the other
sides will take a little longer, about 3 minutes per side. The meat should
be somewhat firm and have an internal temperature of about 145°F when
done. If you have room on the grill, grill the flatbread to soften it as you cook
the pork; otherwise, when the pork is done, set aside to rest, tented with
aluminum foil, and grill the flatbread just until you have nice charred grill
marks on both sides.

Just before serving, stir the yogurt, the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice,
and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt into the cucumber mixture and toss to
combine.

Slide the meat from the skewers onto the flatbread and dress with the
salad. Serve immediately.

GOOD TO KNOW
If you’re using an indoor grill pan, crank it on high heat for the best sear marks. On an outdoor grill, medium-high heat works best.

Get more of Chef Gillespie’s recipes by visiting http://www.chefkevingillespie.com/

Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño

Loved Chef Gerry Klaskala’s presentation in the Demonstration Kitchen at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market? Make his Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño at home with this recipe.

Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño
by Chef Gerry Klaskala

AVOCADO SOUP

  • 4 avocados
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 qt. coconut water
  • Salt to taste

Combine the above in a Vita-Prep Blender, puree until smooth. Place in a non-reactive container and keep chilled.

CITRUS MARINATED CRAB

  • 1/4 lb. lump crab
  • Zest of half each, lime, lemon and orange
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Season to taste with salt

Combine the above in a non-reactive bowl, gently mix. Keep chilled.

PICKLED JALAPEÑOS

  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

In an All-Clad sauce pan cook over medium heat for five minutes, remove to a non-active container and chill.

1/4 cup creme fraiche

Serve avocado soup in pre-chilled bowls. Top with creme fraiche, citrus marinated crab and pickled jalapeños.

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Prefer to have Chef Klaskala make this for you? Visit Aria at 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information visit http://www.aria-atl.com/ or call (404) 233-7673.

Learn from more Atlanta chefs at presentations throghout the Market in the Demonstration Kitchen on Building 2, Floor 8.

Catching Up with Stan Topol

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Award-winning Atlanta-based designer Stan Topol is a fixture at AmericasMart Altlanta, whether he’s scouring Market for new finds or creating a Market Vignette.

Topol once again put his timeless style on display for us in the vignette installation in the Building 1 Lobby, so we asked him to reflect on the foundations of his creative impulse and how he builds a space from scratch.

AmericasMart: Your mantra is “Timeless Design.” How do you begin to create “Timeless Design” in an empty room? Is it one particular item that begins to set things in motion?

Stan Topol: When I see an empty room, I really don’t think about “timeless” or any other design feature. I look at my client and see how they will use this room that we create. It’s more about them, and how I can lead them into a comfortable situation that they are proud of today and will be for the next decade or longer.

AM: There are so many different ways to approach color, as many people seek out unique accents or bold feature walls. Are there certain timeless colors that you feel work in nearly every setting?

577_estroff  /  stan topol _paper cityST: My approach to color is quite simple. I look at my client, check their wardrobe and build our color palette from that. In fact, one day I will tell you a story about Joseph Braswell (the former head of Parsons Interior Design) and his gracious explanation of a Dining Room he did for a lady once who lived on Park Avenue.

AM: Is there a classic structure to building around the key furniture piece in a room? How nontraditional should one go? Can you abandon the settee or bedroom chair for something else? Or even swap the coffee table in a larger living room for, say, several end tables?

ST: A great furniture plan or layout should be able to be translated into either a traditional furnishing plan, a contemporary one or a transitional one. When I taught school, I insisted that a plan has to allow a lady to walk through her room without bumping a chair or a table. How you treat a room is really up to a decorator and their client… That’s why we personally hand draw each person’s room. A plan doesn’t determine the style or the trends that may be current. Remember: Current trends are just that.

AM: When it comes to acquiring art for a client’s space, does their taste dictate the selection, or do you let your vision of the room guide you?

ST: ART. Now we are into my world. I am quite serious about this subject. Our background is art history, and I am proud of that. Knowing the various periods of fine art from the earliest days to the 20th century is vital as one directs or suggests a direction to their client. In fact, one of my favorite moments was with a client in New York City looking for fine art. He saw me wandering away from the presentation and found me almost shaking from delight when I saw a certain painting. He told the dealer he would take that piece before I even rejoined the group. A Franz Kline painting can still do this to me…as can a few others.

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Painting by Jules Olitski

AM: When you’ve completed a room, what about it usually expresses timelessness to you?

ST: Regarding the term “timeless”: Marvelous interiors can and do last a lifetime. The trendy moments we see come and go, but quality, comfort, and simple styles never go out of style because having style means you don’t have to be “stylish.”

AM: Of course, we always like to have our experts impart a bit of their wisdom to the new shoppers at AmericasMart. What key thought should they contemplate as they begin their experience here at the Market?

ST: AmericasMart offers to me and every other decorator or designer a world of choices. You could fly to NYC and go through three or four buildings to find everything that they have in Atlanta in one location.  Come on… Is that really a choice, or do you just want to have dinner at Cipriani’s?

Take a moment during as you enter or exit Market this week to appreciate Stan Topol’s timeless design on display in the Building 1 Lobby. And if you run into him during Market before we do, make sure you ask about that Joseph Braswell story. And while you’re at it, extend an invitation to Cipriani for a drink and discussion of the latest Whitney exhibit during a future visit to New York. Just for kicks.

As a teenager, the Mississippi-born Topol took flight to New York where he became assistant to legendary interior decorator Billy Baldwin. After returning to Atlanta to open his eponymous firm, Topol went on to Chair the Interior Design program at the Art Institute of Atlanta as well. His client list stacks as high as the number of design magazines that have featured his work and includes the Lutgert Companies in Naples, FL, the St. Regis Hotel, and a longstanding relationship with Atlanta’s most famous European export, Sir Elton John.

Stan Topol and Associates is based in Atlanta, GA. For more information visit www.StanTopol.com or call (404) 885-9889. 

Top 6 Things You Need to Know for the July 2017 Market

Even the savviest AmericasMart Market veterans will find something new this year at July Market. Here’s a quick roundup of the changes you need to know about.

Parking and Getting Around

AmericasMart LIVE

Can’t-miss keynotes from Nate Berkus Erik Qualman and Sarah Jessica Parker, and on-scene reporting from Brian Patrick Flynn, Jenny Heinzen York and Patti Carpenter are part of the debut of AmericasMart LIVE programming – including demos, thought leader presentations, and spotlights of product, retailers, showrooms and trends – to be broadcast across the AmericasMart campus and on our digital and social networks.

Uber Pickup

Uber pickups are from ONE location this Market: Building 3 on Baker St.

New Dining Options

Building 3’s Food Court has moved to new locations throughout the building:

Floor 1

  • Market Café
  • Market Café Grab-N-Go
  • Market Coffee

Floor 2

  • Big Kahuna
  • Cash Bar Beer, Wine, Cocktails, & Snacks

Floor 3

  • Coffee/Wine Bar
  • Shane’s Rib Shack

Floor 4

  • Chicken Salad Chick

Floor 5

  • Chick-fil-A

Floor 7

  • Jersey Mike’s Subs

Floor 11

  • Chick-fil-A

See all of the locations here, https://www.americasmart.com/dining-guide

Time for Temps

Here’s a quick overview of the Temporary product collections. DÉCOR | Light and Lifestyles is joined by Home Accents & Home Furnishings on Building 1, Floor 8. Tabletop & Entertaining has expanded on Building 2, Floor 2. Holiday, Halloween, Floral & Baskets and Cash & Carry Jewelry have reorganized on Building 3, Floor 1.

Remember, ANTIQUES on Building 1, Floor 2 opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 and closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 16.

The Great Reset Vignette Exhibition

2018 will be a year of monumental shifts set to impact design, retail and industry practices. Seven digital influencers create vignettes inspired by WGSN’s Autumn & Winter 2017/2018 trend report using AmericasMart products. See the Gallery on Building 1, Floor 14.

And a Bonus Seventh Tip

It’s not new information, but remember Friday 14 and Saturday 15 are “Shop Late Til 8” nights, so push dinner back a little bit and schedule a few more showroom visits.

 

Naturally Beautiful

How a love of antiques transforms lifestyle design
By Brooke & Steve Giannetti

Portrait of mid 40's caucasian male-female couple in stone archway looking into dining area of home.

Antiques tell a story, and we believe every home should have its own narrative that embraces history and collections from the past.

We’re known for our “Patina Style” which is our design philosophy based on our belief in the beauty of worn natural finishes. Patina style was born from the combination of Steve’s passion for industrial and architectural antiques and my love of Belgian linens and delicate antiques. In our own homes and the ones we designed for our clients, we found these pieces allowed us to live in beautiful spaces without worrying about each nick or imperfection.

Why do we love designing with antiques? Every antique brings its own personal story to a room. Each worn edge, every mellowed piece of brass is the result of daily experiences the antique has with the people who live with it. When I walk into a room that’s decorated with antiques, I feel their personalities fill the space. Unlike new furniture, each antique is unique. No two pieces have the exact same wear or signs of age. Using antiques ensures that each space is unlike any other, and the combination allows the singular personality of the homeowner to shine through.

Ageless Treasures

When we go on buying trips, we look for pieces with specific characteristics rather than provenance. During our search for antiques, we look for those natural materials that age wonderfully over time… a chesterfield sofa that is still upholstered in the original aged leather, an unfinished wood farm table whose top is dented from the many family meals, copper pots so tarnished that you can almost smell the minestrone soup simmering in it many years ago.

We work with clients of all ages, and we find millennials have been brought up in a time of mass production, yet they are becoming more aware of craftsmanship and the value of pieces with authenticity. Even some of the modern houses Steve designs that are full of contemporary art are always enhanced by antiques.

Artistic Serenity 

Overall, we strive to create serene spaces. This desire is behind our love of antique Swedish pieces. Their pale painted finishes in neutral grays and blues provide a calm color palette to our life. Swedish antiques also have a combination of rustic and refined detailing that allows us to design spaces that are both elegant and comfortable.

We also find ourselves drawn to furniture pieces that embrace the artists and craftspeople who made or used them… the sketch made before the drawing, the wood hat molds from a millinery, or the draper’s table from a cloth merchant. These utilitarian objects add another layer to the story of a room.

Accessible Design 

As a designing couple (Steve as architect, Brooke as designer), we transformed our Los Angeles office into a retail space, which gave us the opportunity to create a store that mixed the antiques we love with our custom furniture. We began to design our own upholstered pieces specifically to complement well-designed antiques. We’re always drawn to furniture pieces that have classical proportions; we use the same classical proportions and human scale.

We cover our pieces using only natural materials that only get better with use. Our linen slipcovers get softer and more comfortable. Our leathers get more comfortable and more complex as time goes by, and our velvets are more beautiful with every crush. It’s part of the beauty of treasured, worn objects.

Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding the firm in 1994, he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. Steve is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut and Nashville. Brooke Giannetti runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the Authors of the books Patina Style (2011), and Patina Farm (2016). The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, C Magazine, and Good Housekeeping, as well as several other publications. Together they own the store Giannetti Home, located in Los Angeles, Calif., which also functions as their studio. They live on Patina Farm with their three children, mini goats, dogs, Sicilian donkeys, chickens, and Hector, the house bunny.

Find ANTIQUES at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market July 13-16, 2017.

Here We Grow

Expanded categories and new Floorplans for Temps in July

With so many distinct product collections, the Temporaries at AmericasMart are always evolving to better meet the needs of buyers and effectively reflect the marketplace. Here’s a glimpse of what to look for.

REVAMPING HOLIDAY AND IMMEDIATE

David Smith of David Christopher’s Collection appreciates being a part of Americasmart because, he says it seems to be the place more retailers from North America are attending. He sees customers from California to New York and Canada to the Caribbean. His Temporary exhibit is part of the newly reconfigured Holiday, Floral, Baskets and Cash & Carry sections in Building 3, Floor 1, which was executed to improve flow of traffic and ease of shopping.

Alex Carol Jewelry, also a part of this section, has been in business for more than 30 years and looks forward to seeing returning customers and welcoming new buyers from all over the world at Americasmart. 

What should buyers expect in the newly reconfigured areas? “Many of the exhibitors remain the same and the ease of shopping for both holiday and floral products with a flow into our immediate delivery area for quick jewelry and accessory needs have not changed, but the floor plan will facilitate smoother shopping,” says Mary Ellen Jackson, executive director of Tradeshows at Americasmart.

Rick McCormack with M & M Jewelry is excited about the reconfiguration. “I am sure the new layout will increase traffic and certainly make it easier for buyers to navigate the floor,” he says.

SPREADING FUN AND FRIVOLITY

Lexie Robinson with Wild & Wolf also is excited to be part of the growing On Trend Gifts section. While Americasmart has a General Gifts Temporary collection, this area was created as a curated stand-alone to house what Laura Dadisman, director of Sales at Americasmart labels “modern, quirky, all funky and just fun” gifts.

The On Trend gifts section, housed in Building 3, Floor 5, has been growing by leaps and bounds, and over 40 percent, Dadisman estimates, are international vendors. All are on top of trends and bring fun and clean lines to buyers, she adds. Sam Herrbach, director of Wholesale— North America for Australia-based Sunnylife says the section “exposes us to new buyers, creates brand awareness, and gives us the opportunity for face time with our existing customers.”

The section hosts fun happy hours and “really cool giveaways,” Dadisman says, as extra incentives for buyers. “We do temporary tattoo bars—all complimentary for buyers. They’re only going to get the whole experience of AmericasMart by shopping this collection.”

SETTING THE TABLE FOR GROWTH

Seeing that tabletop and entertaining was moving into higher-end territory, the expanding section is on a floor above High Design in Building 2, Floor 2, sharing buyers. “It’s more aligned to it name now,” says Amy Schlick James, executive director at Americasmart. The section has a lot of neat, colorful and design-driven products for entertaining and tabletop, James says, adding that Americasmart works hard on grouping products together in a very category-specific fashion so buyers can shop with ease.

Jennifer Williams of Sobremesa by Greenheart, a tabletop vendor says she loves being a part of Americasmart temporaries because the Chicago-based company can garner a wider audience at Americasmart.

“Americasmart has built a strong reputation as being the premier destination for buyers in the gift and homeware industry,” says Eric Damer with Merritt International, a tabletop vendor that will be introducing fresh melamine and acrylic lines along with new stylized lacquer trays with gold leaf highlights for the summer market.

Vendors are gearing up with show specials and a whole host of incentives so expect continued excitement as the temporaries evolve.

For more information: Alex Carol Jewelry, alexcaroljewelry.com; Art by Amy, artbyamy.com; David Christopher’s Collection, davidchristopherscollection.com; M & M Jewelry, mm-jewelers.com; Merritt International, merrittusa.com; Sobremesa by Greenheart, greenheartshop.org; Wild and Wolf, wildandwolf.com; and Sunnylife, sunnylife.com.

Images courtesy of Art by Amy, David Christopher’s Collection (Butler Studio), Merritt International, Sobremesa by Greenheart and Sunnylife.