Last week I decided to take a look at the New York International Gift Fair. I had not been since I worked my sales magic for Inatome well over 10 years ago. The Javits Center can be overwhelming, so I stuck to the designers and companies I admire in the Accent on Design and Studio sections of the show.
Funktion was one of my 1st stops and I felt total joy spotting them toward the end of the aisle. The turquoise wall caught my attention and set off all the fabulous color combinations and patterns beautifully! Above, their friendly salesperson let me include her in a photo. Of course I loved her little apron and she wore some great rings, too :)
Funktion designs many home goods including dish towels, table cloths, napkins, as well as adorable clothing for babies and kids, plus outdoor items perfect for picnics & beach trips. The owners who design it all, Tara and Dave, actually met and fell in love two years ago at a gift show! what a sweet story and nice Valentine's extra :) You can read more on their website.
I turned a corner to find what may be the softest little blanket I have ever felt! This is Ambajam and these blankies are appropriately called "Cuddle Ups" :) Below is the founder, Alessandra Mayer and she couldn't have been nicer or more gracious! I had the pleasure of meeting her lovely mom and their friend, Bonnie while I was there. It was really fun talking to them and it's great to see people in a business so well suited to them. It's easy to see that Alessandra loves what she does!
Ambajam has received a great deal of press for their precious baby clothing, accessories, gift bags and super-soft blankets *(in various sizes) and Oprah Magazine recently highlighted their Cuddle-ups.
**Currently, for every blanket purchased through this Sunday Feb 14th a blanket is given to a child in the Starlight Foundation. Simply buy one now & help another child at the same time! Click here to read more**
Hi Kimochis, I love you :D Wait 'til you see the ultra cute scenarios and dancing animals on their website. Possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen and I make it my business to see cute stuff!! Kimochi means "feeling" in Japanese and these little guys are here to help you with your little one's early emotional development.
You'll meet Cat, Cloud, Huggs, Bug & Lovey and learn about their personalities, feelings and behaviors on the Kimochi site, plus play games with your child there :) A page for teachers is in the works as well. How can you not be a fan of such cute plushies that also serve a purpose?!
Here is Zolo, more great toys and games that also teach and ignite the imagination of young children. They also carry the Kimochi line.
Here you'll find an array of building sets, card games, books, journals, soft toys and more...
Below, meet Zola, she's nocturnal staying up all night to keep watch, but boy does she get tired during the day. I can totally relate ;)
Oh Ze Super Zeros! Each Super Zero has a "mini" power and a related challenge that teach kids to embrace what makes them unique and find their inner Super Zero! Brilliant. Geared for Imagination carries cute and charming French designed toys. I met and talked to Bret Faber, VP of Sales, who seemed just like a kid as he talked to me about these adventurous and educational plush animals from France :)
Above, Bret holds Zonk the monkey, a super climber afraid of heights? Good thing he uses his cape to parachute down!
The Delingos are unique quirky animals with a language of their own. I wasn't so sure about them at 1st, but getting to know them on the site I see their appeal :)
I immediately fell for the Woodours!!! These are great little bears, there are musical ones, activity-style, puppets, mobiles, teethers and more. Thought this campfire scene was the bee's knees :D
This baby bear has a chirpy bird, a squeaky fish, rattling squirrel & teething cracker. Each fits into a color coded pocket :)
*Art on a Yoga Mat*
Plank yoga mats for those of us who like a little humor mixed in with our downward dog ;)
My favorite is this bathroom tiled floor with a melange of pharmaceuticals and what look like chiclets gum!
Doreen Hing is the Creative Director and Founder of Plank and they also create the perfect bags for carrying yours.
*The images are created to change one's perspective of a yoga mat. The commissioned photography and art quality imaging is directed so that each plank can be hung as wall art.
Nice to see something new & so playful!
Yummy blueberry muffin :)
Here is Merben International inc. The little penguin spoke to me and I had to walk over. Merben's President & CEO, Mercedes Benayon is committed to quality in gift giving and it is very apparent looking and touching the many beautiful home goods, bath & body items and soft toys they carry.
The throws and pillows were just stunning in person!
Thought I would end part one of my visit here with this soft sweet hippo :)