The folks who put on NY NOW have extended the hours this year, which ought to give those of us who want to come over after closing the shop for the evening more of an opportunity to do just that. This year, the show, which runs from August 17-21, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, in addition to the regular staggered schedule we know from years past. You can find those details on the show’s website. The extra evening hour will give us that much more time to make our way around 2,800+ exhibitors, 100,000 products, and 400+ product categories showcased in four new market collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW! throughout Jacob Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94.
Four Curated Collections
Each of the four collections incorporates concentrated product sections. NY NOW HOME will include Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares, Home Furnishings + Textiles, and Accent on Design®. NY NOW LIFESTYLE has four distinctive sections: Baby + Child, Gift, Personal Accessories and Personal Care + Wellness. NY NOW HANDMADE continues to distinguish resources by process and provenance, positioning companies into two sections: Handmade® Designer Maker and Handmade® Global Design. NY NOW NEW! consolidates market newcomers, across the home and lifestyle product spectrum, on Pier 94.
Made in the USA Debuts
A new “Made in the USA” display will debut this summer as a showcase for American-made products – both handmade and factory-produced. Other special displays returning to the summer market include: SustainAbility: design for a better world®, a curated exhibit of “green” gift, home and lifestyle products; and the “Open House” Trend Display sponsored by Sandow Media’s Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today and Home Textiles Today and One Kings Lane.
Spotlight on Product Innovation
NY NOW will spotlight product innovation with awards in several categories, including the Accent on Design® Awards and Accent on Design Bloggers’ Choice Awards; four “Best New Product” category-specific awards (Baby + Child, Personal Care + Wellness, Gourmet Housewares and Home Textiles Market Week) selected by trade and consumer editors; and the Eco Choice Awards, determined by popular vote. Additionally, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) NY Metro Chapter “Best of the Best NY NOW Summer 2013 Awards” will be bestowed by a jury of interior design professionals.
Overseas Artisan Resources
Beyond NY NOW, the summer market will offer artisan production-sourcing options to U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers, with the third semi-annual edition of Artisan Resource™, running concurrently, August 18-20, 2013, at Pier 94. This first-of-its-kind event will showcase a curated collection of overseas artisan enterprises offering handmade production resources and products from more than 20 countries, at export terms from country of origin. Visit www.nynow.com/TheShow/NYNOWCollections/ArtisanResourceatNYNOW.aspx for complete details and registration.
Seminars and Entertainment
In addition to the exhibits, a full schedule of educational seminars and after-hours entertainment will be offered for NY NOW participants. Some 40+ sessions will address current trends in color and design, importing, social media, sustainability, marketing and retail strategies. Sponsors, moderators and panelists include representatives from leading trade and consumer media outlets, as well as support from industry associations including ART (Accessories Resource Team), CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow), Day Spa Association, Fashion Group International, GHTA (Gift & Home Trade Association), and IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association).
Meet Best-Selling Authors
Additionally, a partnership with Workman Publishing will bring three best-selling authors, representing a variety of lifestyle genres including food, nature and humor, to conduct readings, discussions and book-signings. Authors include: Susan Spungen, author of What’s a Hostess to Do?; Kathryn Petras, author of Don’t Forget to Sing In the Lifeboats; and Jennifer S. Holland, author of Unlikely Friendships.