Domestics Update: Fabric meets tech
NEW YORK Domestics Week approached a wrap up on Thursday, but a few buyers lingered to check out a wide array of product innovations and introductions.
Springs Global introduced Wamsutta Essentials, a cotton rich sateen blend that is used on sheets fabricated to get softer with washings. Wamsutta FresHome incorporate a proprietary Sanitized technology to control bacteria for at least 70 washings in 300-thread-count 100% cotton sheets. Springs also revived Wamsutta’s pure, a percale plain weave 100% cotton, 300-count sheet made with minimal finishing chemicals in a scallop and solid, for the market.
On the bath side, Springs introduced the QuickDry towel. The introduction is part of a trend, as WestPoint also debuted a towel designed to dry faster and, thus, use less energy in the laundry.
Finally, the company used a bed of flowers to signal market goers that a significant reworking of the Spring brand is forthcoming, one that will focus on the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and introduce new fabrics designed for backyard and deck use into the line.
At Hollander, Obusforme got the spotlight. The Canadian brand is coming south of the boarder and will be distributed by Hollander under the Conair label. The launch will include one, two and three chamber pillows designed as sleep solutions for various consumer sleep styles. Also launched was Artic Down with a combination 75% duck and 25% goose down. It was developed for retailers who promote the prestige of goose but want to take advantage of the more reasonable costs associated with duck down.
Movie Gallery turns profit
DOTHAN, Ala. Struggling DVD rental chain Movie Gallery reported a profit for the one-month period that ended Jan. 6. In its most recent monthly finance report with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the chain reported $12.7 million in net income for the 30-day period.
The chain reported $49 million in net income from its Movie Gallery stores and a $36.3 million loss at its Hollywood Video stores. The turnaround is a good sign for Movie Gallery, which closed hundreds of stores last year before filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in October 2007. Movie Gallery has struggled since acquiring the larger Hollywood Video chain in 2005.
PROJECT Update: chic trends abound
LAS VEGAS If MAGIC is the cake for visitors looking to get a taste of new trends in the marketplace, then PROJECT is the luscious frosting. Located at the Sands Expo, the exhibition takes tradeshows to a new level. Wire racks and flimsy curtains have no place here; instead, the sleek, frosted booth dividers give the place a uniform, clean look. The environment mirrors that of a hip New York lounge complete with crystal chandelier and rhythmical beat. Exhibitors benefit from the contemporary atmosphere, which blends seamlessly with the bulk of the merchandise.
Undoubtedly, the essence of cool dominates the space – an array of premium denim, printed tees, eclectic dresses and hip outerwear resonate at PROJECT. Since the exhibitors primarily sell to high end department stores and specialty boutiques, the price points are much higher than those at MAGIC. Brands like 7 for All Mankind, Betsey Johnson, Chip & Pepper, Jordache and Fila have booths with the latest trends for fall.
Outdoor and industrial influences have infiltrated fashion from head to toe. Work wear inspired boots kicked up style with bright laces and plaid and nylon paneling. High-top sneakers are also on the trend radar. Although color and prints frequently highlighted collections, the intensity and boldness paled in comparison to those seen at MAGIC.
Since its debut in 2003, PROJECT has grown from 50 to over 600 exhibitors that showcase merchandise to over 24,000 visitors. As a premium and contemporary tradeshow it serves as the nexus for silhouettes that pave the road of inspiration for vendors that reach mass channels.