About Chelsea Peabody Bohannon

Strategic Relations and Media Relations Manager at AmericasMart Atlanta. www.AmericasMart.com

Spotting Ready-to-Wear Trends on the Bridal Runway

Bridal styles are driven by trends just like their ready-to-wear counterparts. Similar trends in construction and styling are seen across the fashion spectrum.

See how bridal and social occasion gowns spotted on the VOW | New World of Bridal runway relate to women’s apparel trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 as identified by international trend authority WGSN.

ROUGH RUFFLES
Raw edges give ruffles a little more attitude.

From left to right: Roz La Kelin, Enzoani, Black Label Couture

NUPTIAL NYMPHS
Romantic florals and lace fit for a woodland fairy queen.

From left to right: Forever Unique, Jovani Fashion, Moonlight

SEASONAL COLOR
Taking a cue from fall foliage with red and orange hues, augmented by a little sparkle.

From left to right: Moonlight, Jovani Fashion, Black Label Couture

YOUNG VICTORIA
Black lace, romantic cuts and gothic styling for a new Victorian age.

From left to right: Rina di Montella, Elani Elias, Elani Elias

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND
Crystals, rhinestones, beading, sequins and metallic yarns give a subtle sparkle.

From left to right: Badgley Mischka, Allure Bridesmaids, Calla Blanche

SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN
Monochromatic fabrics in simple cuts with minimal detailing.

From left to right: Alyce Paris & Caplet – Forever Unique, House of Wu, Forever Unique

VOW ǀ New World of Bridal is April 4 – 6. Join us a day early for our Bridal Educational Seminar Series. We’ll kick of at 2 p.m. with Sal Macaluso of eStyleCentral.com discussing “Making the Most of Marketing to Mothers”, followed by Wendy Rivera’s Do You Speaker Bride? at 3 p.m. and finish out at 4 p.m. with Liene Stevens of ThinkSplendid, discussing “The Trophy Kids Get Hitched: How to Sell to Millennial Brides”! Then, ou VOW Experts Panel begins at 5 p.m. and is followed by our Kickoff Reception.

Leadership. Success. Family. For 60 years.

“The six decades linking January 1957 and January 2017 chronicle a business driven toward the future, compelled by innovation and unfailingly committed to the industry we love and lead.” -Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr.

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When The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® opens for business at AmericasMart Atlanta® on January 10, 2017, the global retail and design community will celebrate the 60th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership and management and the latest and largest in a continuing legacy of industry-leading market events.

Founded in 1957, AmericasMart is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug and apparel marketplace, designed to create a unique business environment. “While the nature of the home, rug, gift and apparel industries has evolved with unimaginable speed over those 60 years, our mission sustains the course set by our founding compass: to create markets of necessity powering the growth of the tens of thousands of buyers and sellers choosing to do business here. That was, is and forever will be our passion,” says Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of the AmericasMart marketplace envisioned and founded by his father, John C. Portman, Jr., who continues as chairman and chief executive officer.

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January 1957: Architect-developer John Portman stages his first furniture market in the garage of downtown Atlanta’s Belle Isle Building.

1961: Atlanta Merchandise Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 1) opens as the first unit of the Atlanta Market Center.
23 stories.

1968: Merchandise Mart first expansion opens.

1979: Atlanta Apparel Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 3) opens.

1986: Merchandise Mart second expansion opens.

1988: Atlanta Apparel Mart expansion opens.
15 stories.

1992: Atlanta Gift Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 2) opens.
18 stories built on 5-story parking garage.

1996: Atlanta Market Center rebranded as AMERICASMART ATLANTA to establish the market’s new global trademark.

2009: AmericasMart Building 2 West Wing opens.
10 stories with expansion capacity to 18 stories.

2017: The best is yet to come!

Join us January 10 – 17, 2017 for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® .

Holiday Decorating Tips

For most retailers and designers it’s definitely looking a lot like Christmas. 

How can buyers make the most of seasonal décor? We asked the decorators extraordinaire at Studio M  Executive Vice President and General Manager Tammy Hickel, Senior Director of Product Development Anne Brown and Marketing Coordinator Maura Lodes  for their tips for making the season and the upcoming Market merry and bright. 

What trend are you most excited about for Holiday 2016?

holidaytrends-merrimentartplanters_studiom_rgb Holiday décor for 2016 features lots of black, white and red color schemes and has a classic, homespun feel that we just love. Popular nubby knits, burlap and muslin give a warm, relaxed feel that’s perfect for the holidays. The red-and-white ticking stripe and large-scale buffalo check seen throughout this year’s holiday décor provide a nice pop of pattern. We’re really excited about all of the natural elements like birch, pinecones and antlers that are being woven into holiday décor for 2016. These characteristics can be seen throughout Nordic, woodland and forest themes that are very trendy this winter.

What are your tips for customers decorating their homes?

unexpectedholidaydecor-gypsygarden_studiom_rgbOur advice is to create something unexpected. The holidays are all about that sense of wonderment and joy, and your décor can reflect that. Decorate in unexpected places — put a small Christmas tree in your child’s room, add a fun holiday pillow to the bed in your guest room, or brighten up the space above your kitchen cabinets with Christmas decorations. Think of the areas in your house that you may not always pay attention to, and add a little something there for the holidays.

For outdoor holiday decorating, think of ways to create a welcoming front door statement that reflects your personality and is seasonally relevant. Many people are looking for outdoor décor to accomplish this goal, and that’s a huge reason why we’ve expanded our seasonal flag collections to include Art Planters, Art Poles and other outdoor décor. We encourage people to think beyond just lights and candy canes. There are so many unique ways to decorate — festive Art Planters and a coordinating MatMate at the front door, a holiday terrarium full of colorful mini garden items as a centerpiece — think outside the box!

What are your tips for retailers decorating their stores?

retailertips-gifts-to-go_artpots_studiom_rgbCreative merchandising is key to generating sales. Shoppers can’t resist stopping to “ooh” and “ahh” at a clever display. Welcoming seasonal décor and an attractive display in a window will draw people in, giving them an opportunity to see everything your store has to offer. That doesn’t mean you have to spend big bucks on extra holiday decorations — use as much product as possible to decorate your store. For example, use monogram garden flags to spell out a festive message like “Let it snow” or “Ho Ho Ho.” This way, your store showcases its own merchandise and helps to decorate it at the same time!

Another great way to approach a display is to use your products to tell a color story. Pull everyday red or green products into a Christmas display — they’ll fit right in and feel more like a holiday item when surrounded by seasonal products. Don’t underestimate the power of a little holiday ribbon to turn everyday items into Christmas gifts.

Special Tip: Many plain red and green items can move forward into Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day displays, giving those products a longer life.

holidaytrends-winterpalette_studiom_rgbWe also advise retailers to make shopping as easy as possible for their customers. Create pre-wrapped gifts-to-go for different recipients – mom, dad, friend, hostess, etc. Think about all the unique items you have in your store and turn them into containers to hold additional product. We find that our 6-inch Art Pots are great to fill with holiday gourmet treats or unique personal care items. Not only are gifts-to-go convenient for shoppers, they’re also a great way to increase the average sale for the retailer. Set some by the register or checkout area for those last-minute impulse buys.

Special Tip: Another great way to increase sales and help shoppers find great gifts is to create a “Staff Favorite” or “Item of the Week” that can be promoted and suggested by staff.

What trends do you see emerging for Holiday 2017?

Next year’s holiday trends will be somewhat of a derivative of 2016, but with lots of white-on-white and green-and-white color schemes. Textural elements will prevail and homespun, cozy-cabin themes will expand, but in a cleaner, more refined way — kind of a mid-century-modern-meets-cabin look. We’ll see more woodland animal elements like antlers and snowy owls as the wise, nocturnal birds continue to be a strong trend.

holidaytrends-shoplocalThe shop local movement will continue to have a large influence on trends for 2017. City and state pride will remain a popular theme in both décor and gift items, as communities’ support for independent retailers grows. We don’t want to give too much away, but retailers can expect to see some state-themed products from Studio M at summer markets in 2017!

The farm-to-table movement is picking up steam and the desire to grow food at home is increasing. As more people spend time in their outdoor spaces and learn about gardening, gifts for gardeners will become a big part of the holidays for 2017. These can range from decorative gifts such as mini garden items or a festive Art Planter to functional products like a birdhouse or birdbath.

 What are your Market shopping tips?

newproducts-kaleidoscopemobiles_studiom_rgbOur biggest tip for retailers is to come to market with a Buying Plan. Take stock of all your current inventory and future needs. Then determine your budget by deciding how much product you need to buy to reach your target sales volume for the season. Identify every product category that you need in order to drive business in your store, and then allocate dollars to each area. This will ensure that you are purchasing the right mix of products for your store and save you from buying too much of one category and too little of another. Make sure to hold back some reserve dollars for hot new items or product categories you find at market that weren’t in your plan. Your Buying Plan will be a huge help in figuring out when you’ve purchased enough of each category and make it easy to see what areas still need to be filled in.

Special Tip: Ask vendors if they have any best-seller lists that they can show you. While best sellers do not work in every region or store, they can be a good place to start!

Do some research before market and decide which vendors you’d like to visit. Look through trade publications and the Market Magazine to see what catches your eye and make a list of vendors you can’t miss. Once you have your list, map out a schedule of when to visit each showroom. Don’t forget to leave time to look for new items or to stop by vendors that weren’t on your initial list. When making your schedule, plan to get your essential items first. There will be lots to see and you don’t want to get distracted by too many new products and leave market without ordering the necessities.

Special Tip: Take advantage of showrooms like OneCoast that open early in the morning and close late in the evening. This way, you can visit more vendors per day.

newproducts-cambriaartplanters_studiom_rgbAnother thing many retailers find very helpful is working with their local rep whenever possible. Reps know the product well and are a great source of information. They can tell you what has been selling well in your area and help you make better-informed purchasing decision to help round out your offering. They also may be aware of special incentives being offered on products.

Special Tip: Schedule your showroom visits by floor so you don’t waste any time waiting for the elevator in order to go up and down the building throughout the day.

You’re going to see some amazing merchandising ideas and unique ways to display product as you make your way through the mart. Bring a camera to photograph anything that inspires you or that you may want to replicate in your store. Not every vendor allows photos to be taken, so make sure to ask permission first. At Studio M, we love when retailers take photographs! While flattering, it is one of the biggest reasons we spend so much time planning out and creating our displays, We want retailers to get inspired and take ideas home that will help them be more successful.

We hope these tips ensure that you have a smooth and successful market! Stop by and see Studio M at our main showroom in The Gardens (9-B-84, Bldg. 2) or in the OneCoast showroom on the 18th floor of Building 2.

In addition to our five floors of Holiday and Floral merchandise in Building 1, retailers and designers can also find holiday merchandise in The Gardens®. Shop the collection at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 10 – 17, 2017, and use our Market Plan to create your budget and plan your visit.

Images courtesy of Studio M.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Today, PANTONE announced its Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery.

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings,” according to the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.

At AmericasMart, we’re also seeing Greenery – in home furnishings, home accents, gifts, tabletop and more.

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How can you use Greenery in your designs or store? Check out our trend report “Tropical Escape” in the January 2017 edition of the AmericasMart Magazine, arriving to your stores, homes and offices this month.

Get an inside glimpse into the selection of the PANTONE Color of the Year and learn more about key color trends for 2017 — where they are coming from, why they are happening and where they are headed in the future — from Laurie Pressman, vice president of the PANTONE Color Institute in a presentation “Home 2017: At a Crossroads for Color + Design” on Friday, January 13 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Innovation and Inspiration Drive America’s Leading Rug Market

The celebrated Area Rug collection at AmericasMart showcases all that is new and next at The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) January 11 – 15, 2017 with The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® (showrooms: January 10 – 17, temporaries: January 12 – 16). January 2017 marks the National Oriental Rug Show’s new location alongside high-profile home furnishings temporaries collections.

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Surya

The relocation of the Area Rug temporaries to Building 1, Floor 7 advances our continued integration of Home and Rug product throughout the home décor and home accents collections. Rug retailers are encouraged to shop the home décor collection and home buyers to source trend-setting rug merchandise in the reimagined temporary presentation, January 12 – 16. In addition to the dedicated rug space on Floor 7, rugs also appear in the DÉCOR | Light & Lifestyles, ANTIQUES and HIGH DESIGN temporary collections.

“AmericasMart sets home décor trends from floor to ceiling,” explains Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for the permanent and temporary rug collections. “Our new temporary location lets our valued rug manufacturers showcase their trendsetting product like never before.”

In the permanent collection, leading rug purveyors are using the Market to showcase new trends in design and manufacturing. Highlights include new-to-Market collections from leaders including Surya, Jaipur Living, Amer Rugs, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Karastan, Momeni, Kas, Stylecraft, Kalaty, Safavieh, Harounian Rugs, Devgiri Exports, Couristan, Rizzy Home and Loloi, which launches its ED BY Ellen DeGeneres collection in January. Additional collection updates include a new showroom for Orientalist Home and an expansion for MET Colors.

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Loloi

Building 1, Floor 5 is the Rug Market’s trend hub as Lighting & Decor,” an evolution of Scranton Gillette Communications’ award-winning publication brands “Residential Lighting” and “Home Fashion Forecast,” takes residence in the product destination with its “Lighting & Decor” Lounge. AmericasMart and “Lighting & Decor” will co-host the magazine’s official launch party on Wednesday, January 11, as well as daily events, hospitality and entertainment in the space. Market programming includes a Daily Dialogue seminar series led by Editor-In-Chief Nicole Bowling featuring design tastemakers Editorial Director of “The Trend Curve” Michelle Lamb, business consultant to the home furnishings industry, Shelia Butler, Ruthie Minick and Nicole Bowling of Sherwin-Williams, and Dwayne Clark, lead designer and partner of IDMG Interior Management Group and Clark Gaynor Interiors. Daily happy hours will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a daily social media-driven “Fab Five at Five” trend presentation by Lauren & Linley of LP2 boutique agency.

Leading rug trade association ORRA will present educational events for its members and guests. Additional rug-inspired programming includes Dash & Albert founder Annie Selke in conversation with Bunny Williams of Bunny Williams Home and “The Beachside Bohemian: Creating a Boutique Experience” with designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz who have created a new rug collection for Momeni.

“When we’re designing a room, one of the first things we choose is the rug. Rugs really anchor a room and tie in the room’s entire design, and nothing makes a room feel cozier than a great quality rug,” say Cortney and Robert Novogratz. “When choosing your perfect rug, go bold or go home. The more unique the pattern the more inspired the room will feel. If you’re ordering online, read the reviews. If you’re buying for a kid’s room, buy something that’s transitional – young enough to be fun but edgy enough to carry into the teen and maybe even adult years. We also believe in buying quality when it comes to rugs – with 7 kids, five of whom are boys, we’ve learned that if you buy from a trusted rug company, you’re making an investment.”

Innovation in rug design and production is celebrated at the 2017 America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards set for Friday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, adjacent to the AmericasMart campus. Sponsored by ORIA, this must-attend event for the rug industry features awards in the in the hand-hooked/hand-tufted, hand-knotted, flat weave, machine-made, outdoor rugs, licensee and antique categories as decided by a panel of industry experts. Rugs can be submitted for consideration through December 28, 2016 at https://americasmart.com/pages/amca.html.

All rugs in consideration for the Awards will hang in the Museum of Introductions in Building 1, Floor 4 from Wednesday, January 11 through Saturday, January 14. On Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. buyers are invited to personally view the winning rugs and meet the designers at the Breakfast of Champions.

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Kas

For more information about The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (showrooms: January 11 – 15, temporaries: January 12 – 16) and The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (showrooms: January 10 – 17, temporaries: January 12 – 16), including a full list of events and exhibitors, please visit www.AmericasMart.com/January.

Biggest and Best Gourmet and Tabletop Collection to Date at AmericasMart

AmericasMart® Atlanta advances our long-standing role as the center of global entertaining trends with our January 2017 presentation of the largest-to-date permanent Gourmet Housewares, Gourmet Foods and Tabletop and Entertaining collection at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®. The multi-floor showroom collection showcases more than 800 lines housed in nearly 150,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The collection’s growth is fueled by top lines and designs enhanced by the accessibility and connectivity of tabletop and gourmet product strategically located and aligned to ensure natural shopping synergy. Buyers from both categories can easily source complementary merchandise on contiguous floors, and can access adjacent Building 1 home furnishings offerings, which encourage interior designers and furnishings retailers to explore new categories. This expert design has made AmericasMart the Market of necessity for top tabletop and gourmet manufacturers and specifiers, and yielded a Marketplace of flagship showrooms.
New-to-Atlanta exhibitors Crow Canyon Home, Spiker, SCS Direct, Promaster, Rojemac, Prima Design USA and TMD Holdings join lines including Versace, Wolf Gourmet, Q Squared, WusthofHoliday Fried Pecans, Stonewall Kitchen, Tervis, Baccarat Crystal, Juliska and Spiegelau at the January Market.

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AmericasMart’s permanent showrooms are complemented by the temporary Gourmet Foods, Housewares, Tabletop and Entertaining, and juried Tabletop LUXE and Gourmet LUXE collections. Highlights include Architec Brands, Coast and Cotton and Talisman Designs in Housewares; Ben & Lael, Inc., Britten Couture Home, Gitter Gallery, LLC, Libbey, Inc., Nora Fleming, LLC, Mahogany Home, Le Cluney, Magenta, Sobremesa by Greenheart and French Studio Imports in Tabletop and Entertaining; and Georgia Grown, Cherry Republic, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Louis Sherry Chocolates, Owl’s Brew, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, The Resident Chef, Savannah Bee Company, Verdant Kitchen, Beautiful Briny Sea, and DeBrand Fine Chocolates in Gourmet Foods, plus many, many more.

“From the pantry to the kitchen to the table, the must-have product is all here,” says Kristi Forbes, AmericasMart vice president of Gift Leasing. “Not only do we have the most comprehensive collection of housewares, gourmet and tabletop product, AmericasMart sets the trends and the standards for the industry.”

Exhibitors are reporting a wide range of buyers at the Markets. Chris Rosse of Rosse & Associates, Inc., who has shown at AmericasMart for more than 30 years, reports a mix of buyers including Latin American stores ordering high-end luxury items and younger buyers sourcing better casual product with a focus on organic or handmade craftsmanship.

Buyers are able to find inspiration like never before with a more interactive educational series in the Demonstration Kitchen, sponsored at the January 2017 Market by Fiesta Dinnerware, which launches its new color exclusively at AmericasMart. On tap are an appearance by Paula Deen; designer Nathan Turner shooting and live streaming his popular new Design Network “Snack Chat” series with food and lifestyle expert, Julia Reed; Annette Joseph, author of “Picture Perfect Parties” presenting “The Ultimate Party Pantry & Food Styling Workshop;” and a designer panel discussion “Home for the Holidays: Setting the Trends in Tabletop & Seasonal Décor” with Reed, Joseph, Bonnie Mackay and Steve McKenzie, with more events to come.

“AmericasMart has a fantastic demonstration kitchen, the best of all the markets,” says Jonathan Pearson, chief executive officer of Kitchen 2 Table. “It is the heartbeat of the facility.”

Other events at the January 2017 Market include a fundraising event for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Gourmet Catalog’s Start of the Year Member Conference.

For more information about The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market in January 2017 including events and exhibitors, visit www.AmericasMart.com/January.

“Diamonds of Design” Vignette Exhibition Celebrates 60 Years of Design Inspiration

Presented in Partnership with The Coastal Living, Southern Living
and Sunset Designer Network

In celebration of the diamond anniversary, AmericasMart® Atlanta assembles the most brilliant designers from coast to coast in Atlanta for the latest designer vignette gallery, Diamonds of Design presented in partnership with The Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset Designer Network, whose members epitomize the highest standards of design talent across the three unique brands. Diamonds of Design premieres at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®, January 10 – 17, 2017.

Eight members of The Designer Network will use products sourced from AmericasMart showrooms and temporaries to create vignettes showcasing their favorite eras, decades, design icons or moments in time from the last 60 years. The designers include:

Joni Vanderslice and Shell Neely, J. Banks Design Group
Lauren Liess, Lauren Liess & Co.
Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors
Anna Braund, Anna Braund
Dana Wolter, Dana Wolter Interiors
Meredith Ellis, Meredith Ellis Design
Jenny Wolf, Jenny Wolf Interiors
Betsey Mosby, Betsey Mosby Interiors

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Kristin Alber of FOUND by domestic bliss and presenting sponsor REstyleSOURCE will again participate in the exhibition, creating vignettes in the Floor 1 lobbies of AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2. The exhibition is sponsored by AmericasMart showroom partners: Accent Décor, Castelle, CODARUS, Currey & Company, Jaipur Living, Oly, and Up Country Home.

“For decades, the pages of Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset have featured the best in home design, and today The Designer Network represents the most brilliant designers from coast to coast, highlighting design aesthetics seen across all of our publications,” says Misty Chandler, marketing manager, Homes and Licensing, Time Inc. “We’re thrilled to present the Diamonds of Design Vignette Exhibition with AmericasMart Atlanta, the definitive source of design inspiration and innovation for the last 60 years and decades to come.”

“AmericasMart has been the catalyst for design trends for 60 years,” says Dave Savula, executive vice president, AmericasMart Home, Gift and Apparel Showroom Leasing. “The Diamonds of Design vignette exhibition showcases our leadership and innovation within the design industry by celebrating the past while looking forward to the future.”

The Diamonds of Design Vignette Gallery is located in Building 1, Floor 14, space 14-D-9, with additional vignettes in the lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2. It will be available for viewing throughout Market, and will continue to be on display until June 2017.

For more information about Diamonds of Design, visit www.AmericasMart.com/DiamondsOfDesign and follow #DiamondsOfDesign on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For additional information about January Market programming, visit www.AmericasMart.com/January.