Time to think about stocking up on Valentine’s Day gifts! Here are some of our pick for 2018. Click the links to learn more. Contact your rep or call us to get these items in your store.
- My Saint My Hero – wearable blessings
- Chala – whimsical handbags
- Abdallah Chocolates – truffles and more
- Cottage Garden – keepsake music boxes
- World’s Softest Socks – socks for the entire family
- Anju – artisan jewelry
- FarmHouse Fresh – creamy scrumptiousness for skin
- Lizzy James – wrap bracelets made in the USA
- Vere – everlasting hairbands
Viv & Lou likes to make gift giving extraordinary. They combine excellent service with quality and affordable personalized products for women, men and children and it’s a magic combination! They always strive for perfection. Their selection is vast. You’ve seen some of what they offer in their apparel and accessory line (above). Their gift line alone includes:
- wood monograms
- picture frames
- bridesmaid gifts
- dorm essentials
- vinyl decals
- pet tags
- men’s gifts
- home collection
- tech gifts
- game day
Viv & Lou’s children’s line is colorful and fun and includes bags and luggage sets and themed sets for school storage like back packs, lunch boxes, and more. If you would like more information on Viv & Lou, call your rep or call us at our showrooms at 866-303-5465.
We recently partnered with Gifts and Dec to host a round table discussion with 12 amazing retailers to talk about where they look to learn about new products and trends. We learned that good reps are important but that “Instagram is the new runway.” Retailers no longer wait for fashion reports or trade shows. They see what their customers want through their Instagram feeds! Fads have become so short that they can start and end before you ever see the customer.
One retailer explained, “Instagram, is set up for my business. So, I can stand at the booth, take my notes in my phone, go back later through my pictures, and then directly, with a button, click and say which vendors to follow up with.”
With the changing economy, gift retailers are also focusing their efforts on enhancing the customer experience by finding ways to make shopping fun and enjoyable. Promoting the message of “supporting local” among customers is important for gift retailers. Many of the retailers stated that their customer base will pay higher prices at their store because they want to ensure their business continues to thrive.
But the user experience starts long before they walk into your business. With 52% of consumers researching purchases online before shopping, the retail experience starts with your website and social sites. Instagram, is easy and can quickly communicate to a shopper that you carry products that relate to their lifestyle. So, if you aren’t already on Instagram, go check it out and see why it’s being called the “new runway.”
If there ever was a year to give outdoor living spaces a fresh look, 2018 is it! With the economy on the upswing, consumers are feeling confident, and are already showing signs of spending more on entertaining at home, both indoors and out. Come next spring, if economic predictions are right, this spending will continue, and outdoor spaces are expected to become a priority for consumers.
The trend is to extend interior spaces outside with a smooth transition, not a jolt into another color palette. That being said, the minimalistic, Scandinavian, natural fiber look is expected to hang on as an expression of consumers feeling more carefree and unconcerned, as is the much loved, and still very-much-in-demand farmhouse decor with its tone on tone and soft hues of greys and taupes. However, with the excitement of brighter days ahead, consumers will be inclined to add reds, blues, and greens for pops of color, and as underlying symbols of celebration.
Millennials, with their penchant for travel and interest in other cultures, more than any other consumer group, will be on the hunt for global inspiration for their outdoor textiles and decorative items. So, artisan items from, or appearing to be from, other cultures will be flooding store shelves. Also, this group prefers hand-crafted items with stories or causes behind them. They will combine multi-colored fabrics and richly patterned textiles with clusters of pottery, plants and decorative items to recreate the feel of a favorite faraway destination.
Coastal decor is always big in outdoor spaces but, it will be enhanced in 2018 with more elaborate patterns and some handmade appeal with textiles and fabrics having a water-colored effect.
Consumers are expected to be more interested in decorative garden lights and statement-making statuary, like those above from Regal Art & Gift, placed around their outdoor living spaces and seasonal outdoor decor from Custom Decor. It’s going to be quite a year for the industry with all of these fun and unexpected design elements!
Our amazing vendor partners are often featured in magazines, gift guides and on television shows. Here are some recent appearances. Click on the product image to learn more.
Next year is about having fun by exploring your passions. The 2018 color palette contains both brights, like reds and yellows, and pastels, like soft mauves and blues. The tomato red we are seeing in a lot of the geometric patterns represents confidence, fun and attention-grabbing. Yellow is also the same kind of bold choice for color and is seen as both a traffic light bright and a flower petal pastel. On the softer side, the pastel mauves and hints of blue are both nostalgic and yet give the promise of a new era.
Textures and patterns for 2018 also have similar color combinations with the effect of stark geometric lines and, on the reverse, florals that can be as retro as grandma’s basement curtains.
These hues will compliment apparel and accessory combinations and will be seen throughout the home décor world. What do you think of the 2018 color palettes? Let us know in the comments.
Be on the look out at the October Apparel Market for intricate embroidery and floral patterns! Both are big on fall 2017 apparel and handbags and will remain so through spring 2018. The runway shows for spring 2018 spotlighted embroidery and floral designs running the gamut from dainty and subtle to colorful and attention grabbing.
At our Total Accessories showroom, there are lovely apparel items and handbags from Mary Frances, Coco + Carmen, Steve Madden and more. Come take a look during market, we’ll be happy to show you our beautiful embroidered and floral patterned items. Or, call our showroom for assistance at 404-523-4418. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about this trend.
Below are some fabulous vendors that have wonderful holiday selections of gifts and home decor. Contact your rep for more information or call us at 866-303-5465.
Periwinkle by Barlow
Review Periwinkle’s holiday collection of festive and inspirational jewelry in the catalog below. Be sure to check out their holiday-themed fashion scarves that are 30% off!
Regal Art & Gift
Regal is known for its beautiful assortments of angels. They also have other themed decor that includes reindeer, snowmen and soldiers. Their candy cane and poinsetta garden stakes are popular.
Custom Decor has a huge assortment of holiday flags, mailbox covers, outdoor pillows and more in themes for so many tastes and styles.
We are excited to share with you some of our best sellers from the July Market. If you want to add any of these show best sellers to your order or want to find out more about them, call your rep or call our offices for help. Scroll down and take a look and click on the links to see more.
Virginia Gift Brands
Blue Sky Wireless
The Cute Little Soap Shop