Lifestyle/Trimco/Viaggio merges with Almax to form Global Visual Group

Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Lifestyle/Trimco/Viaggio, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based manufacturer of mannequins, forms, specialty fixtures, fabric applications, seasonal trim and holiday décor, has merged with Almax, the world-renowned mannequin company based in Italy.
The new company, Global Visual Group, will make its debut at A.R.E.’s Retail Design Collective, which will be in New York City, December 4-6, 2013.   

“Global Visual Group changes the entire visual merchandising landscape,” said Richard Stolls, chairman. “Wherever a retailer may be, and whatever their needs, Global Visual Group can fulfill them. No longer will they need to rely on numerous vendors with limited capability, capacity or geographic reach.”
Global Visual Group will have headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., Milan and Shanghai, with showrooms in New York, Paris, Milan, Shanghai and Toronto. Factories in Brooklyn, Milan and Shanghai provide a combined manufacturing capacity of 300,000 sq. ft.
More than 300 employees worldwide will fulfill the needs of the world’s leading retailers, including Hugo Boss, Dillard’s, Verizon Wireless, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Aeropostale, Macy's, Sears, Bloomingdales and many more.
Global Visual Group’s mannequin collection includes a wide selection of options — from Almax’s unbreakable, eco-friendly Polystyrene designs to Lifestyle’s fiberglass mannequins, Poly-Eco mannequins and paper mache upholstered forms.
Retail clients of both organizations will continue to work with their current sales representatives, who will now be able to offer a full portfolio of visual merchandising products and solutions.
“Finally, retailers can now consolidate their visual merchandising vendor base,” said Ken Stolls, president. “With Global Visual Group, they will have a single point of contact for global distribution and be able to leverage their visual budgets in a more meaningful way.”

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