2020’s Color of the Year

Recently Pantone, the international authority on color trends, announced the 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue. Classic Blue is a timeless blue hue, that is elegant in its simplicity.

Here is what Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, had to say about this year’s color. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides and anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective, and open the flow of communication.”

We are excited to see and share new products from our vendor partners in featuring Classic Blue.

National Backpack Awareness Day

Did you know that the first backpack was invented back in 1938! 30 years later lightweight nylon backpacks were introduced, expanding the use of backpacks from being used primarily as a tool for outdoor recreation to the wide spread use of backpacks among students.

In 2001, the American Occupational Therapy Association launched the country’s first ever event dedicated to backpacks and safety. National Backpack Awareness Day is geared towards ensuring students wear their backpacks safely, as improper use can lead to back pain or injury.

Today, backpacks are becoming a popular work bag and fashion accessory among women! Compared to traditional tote bags or purses, backpacks distribute weight more evenly, making them comfortable to carry commuting and to meetings.

Despite trends in handbags decreasing over the last year, backpack sales continue to grow!

Fashion meets function, at its finest!

Shop these featured backpacks and more 24/7!

1 – TGB: Ava Travel Backpack. 2 – Consuela, Sophie Backpack. 3 – Tag, Unicorn Backpack. 4 – C&F, Sonnet Backpack. 5 – Consuela, Guadalupe Backpack. 6 – TGB, Lupe Double Sided Backpack.

Gifted Movers & Shakers 2019

Each year, Gifts & Decorative Accessories highlights a few successful individuals who have been helping to propel the industry forward. In this special section, they honor the men and women who keep us connected, who help us thrive, who lead by example, and who keep us looking to the future with new ideas and innovation.

 

Read their Q&A with Doug Cofiell, Ivystone’s CEO, to learn more about his journey and accomplishments, as well as his insights into the industry.

Q: How did you get your start in the gift industry?

A: I can’t say I ever expected to be in the gift industry. My father started in the tabletop business way back in 1960. After college, he persuaded me to join his agency, taking on a sales territory in Washington, D.C. He correctly assumed I’d learn to love it! After working in several different aspects of the business, I eventually bought the firm from my dad in the late 1990s.

 

Q: What do you wish people knew about Ivystone? What sets you apart from the rest?

A: We have an experienced team that is always looking forward in an attempt to improve business for our partners. Our biggest differentiator is that Ivystone is a national company with a regional focus, meaning that we cover all 50 states but we look a little different in every region of the country. This allows us to be flexible and adaptable. We are able to account for regional differences in product selection while still having the scale to offer a full suite of sales and marketing services.

 

Q: How does Ivystone find new vendors? What key elements does the company look for in a new vendor?

A: This is a joint effort by our team that involves identifying both consumer and trade brands within the marketplace and vetting them across a broad spectrum of characteristics from financial strength to creativity. We feel like it is our responsibility to curate for our retailers, so we are constantly evaluating our process while trying new things. We also work closely with our longstanding suppliers to make sure they are bringing the right product to market.

We look for: defined product development cycle and sales “cadence,” meaning that they understand how the retailers want to buy and have product delivered; partnership commitment and integrity; demonstrated investment in inventory, product development, customer service and warehouse/operations; and proven sell-in and sell-through of product.

 

Q: To what do you contribute Ivystone’s success?

A: We’ve been fortunate to be able to bring on some amazing people over the years. Our team has worked very hard to create a performance-based culture where individuals are empowered to succeed. We’ve grown both organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions, so staying consistent in our strategy allows us to bring on new people and continually learn. This leads to long-term relationships with retailers and vendor partners, which drives our success.

 

Q: How do you find newness in the industry?

A: We begin with an awareness of what is happening in fashion, as this tends to flow through our channel. The shelter magazines offer a solid overview for what is happening as well. We walk shows, from New York to Paris to Canton. Working with some amazing buyers, we are able to see what they see. Same goes for the sales team as we have several people with a great eye for what is coming on strong in their markets. This is where being national helps as we may see a product first start to retail in a particular regional market before it is ready to roll out.

Identifying what is a lasting trend is more of an art than a science, although we try to quantify it through information. We are fortunate enough to have a lot of data to base our decisions on, which allows us to look at a particular space and then see whether it resonates across multiple markets. Highlighting broader concepts in the home, such as casual entertaining or outdoor living, can guide existing vendors to develop items that our stores need. We don’t want to be developing formal dining room concepts when the formal part of the home is disappearing.

 

*Content for this blog post was provided from Gifts & Decorative Accessories Gifted Movers & Shakers article by Lenise Willis.

 

View the article online: https://www.giftsanddec.com/business-news/industry-awards/ivystone-ceo-recognized-as-gifted-mover-shaker/

2019 Atlanta Summer Market Preview

We hope your summer is off to a great start! The Dallas Market is wrapped up and we showed off our new Look Book format featuring trends, new products, and best sellers from our Dallas Showroom!

Next stop is Atlanta Market (July 8-15) followed by Vegas Market (July 27 – August 1) – we are opening one day early at both markets!

Sneak peak of our biggest remodel yet!

If you are going to be in town, make us your first stop! We cannot wait for you to see the products featured in the Atlanta Look Book in our newly renovated showroom!

Join in on the fun! We have special events planned for Thursday July 11th, Friday July 12th, and Saturday July 13th! For more information on these amazing events, view our Atlanta Look Book (details on page 41-42).

2019 Dallas Summer Look Book

It is officially show season and we are so excited about seeing everyone at the Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Markets this summer.

We are proud to showcase our 2019 Summer Looks Books, highlighting trends in the Home & Gift industry and featuring new arrivals and best sellers from each of our showrooms.

2019 Trends

Color, Color, Color: Color influences 50% – 85% of product purchasing decisions. Pretty in Peche, Ellington Blue, Harvest Gold, Sage Advice, and Parchment are color stories we think you should be obsessed with this year and some of our favorite coordinating products too!

 

Welcome to the Jungle: Take a walk on the wild side! This theme is filled with insects, foliage, wild animal inspired products; it has much more to offer than just the bare necessities!

 

Beautiful Boho & Tranquil Tribal: You don’t need to be a spiritual and Gilded Gold seeker or hippie to opt for the beautiful boho and tranquil tribal theme. The simplicity of style and the natural, lively look conveys have made it quite easy to fall in love with. This theme is tranquil, warm, and oh so cozy!

 

Into the Woods: This theme stems from a love of the outdoors. Influenced by natural features and forest animals Into the Woods embodies the notion of cabin living.

 

Nods to Nature: Wood instantly gives warmth to a room, whether it is a piece of furniture, a floor, or home décor piece. Our Nods to Nature theme focuses on product that highlights natural materials. These products are made of wood, natural materials, terracotta, include indoor plants, or plant patterns.

 

Modern Farmhouse: A mix of modern and rustic, this theme is perfect for those who like their southern style polished. I n a Modern Farmhouse, you will find natural or reclaimed materials and an emphasis on simplicity/clean design. A hint of nostalgic charm, blended with a modern touch!

 

Style & Sustainability: Proud to be sustainable. Customers want goods that can be luxurious as well as sustainable and expect companies to have a purpose beyond selling their products. Sustainable products are not just good for business, they are good for the environment, and improves the quality of life for everyone!

 

Brands that give Back: Giving back is not just a tr end we see during holidays; it is tr end we see woven into company culture. When you purchase one of these featured gifts, you are also helping improve livelihoods in under served areas, save an animal, and many more charitable initiatives.

Enjoy our Dallas Look Book!

 

Father’s Day Spending Statistics, Trends, and Products We Love!

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1920. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day become a nationwide holiday – falling on the third Sunday in June. This year Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday June 16th.

75% of American’s plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year. While the majority of Father’s Day gifts are gifted to a Father or Stepfather, 28% of Father’s Day gifts are given to husbands, 9% given to sons, and 6% given to brothers.

Total retail sales are projected to be $12 Billion. Gift givers ages 18-34 spend the most on Father’s Day gifts, averaging $159/per person.

Father’s Day gifts range from gift cards to tools to personal care items. We’ve put together 10 gift ideas we love that dad will appreciate and actually use!

1. Ivanhoe 24 Black Camo Duffle Cooler (Corkcile) 2. Dad Hat (Pavilion Gift) 3. Everyday Beer Bottle Opener (Foreside) 4. Copper Mercantile Cocktail Mug (Tag) 5. Beer & Pizza Socks (Pavilion Gift) 6. Bottoms Up Bottle Opener (Grasslands Road) 7. Stanton Triple Server (Pomeroy) 8. Dad the Legend Mug (Pavilion Gift) 9. Walnut Wood Tumbler (Corkcile) 10. Water Bottle Bag Set (Ever Ellis)