White Plains, NY. – August 22, 2016 – Setting the stage for the fall and holiday season, the winners of NY NOW’s “Best New Product” Awards and “Best Exclusive Launch” Award were announced today at NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift.

NY NOW’s Best New Product Awards
Following its debut at the winter 2016 market as a unified program, NY NOW’s “Best New Product” Awards recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary product offerings from exhibitors across the market! From hundreds of pre-submitted entries, one winner was chosen from nine of the sections within the HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE Collections currently on display in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Winners of the summer 2016 Best New Product Awards are:

HOME Collection*
• Home Furnishings + Textiles: Bohemian pillow from Aandaz (Booth #1547)
• Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares: Reclaimed Cedar Serving Tray
from bambu (Booth #3450)
LIFESTYLE Collection
• Baby + Child: Myland Houseboat from Kid O (Booth #7062)
• Gift: Ilala basket from Eve & Nico Crafts & Home Décor (Booth #6517)
• Personal Accessories: Wild Hearts Can’t Be Tamed cuff from Cynthia
Gale New York (Booth #8350)
• Personal Care + Wellness: Son of a Bitch balm from Bitchstix (Booth #8054)
HANDMADE Collection
• Handmade® Designer Maker: Pyrrha White Diamond 14K Gold Charm
Holder Necklace from Pyrrha (Booth #9444)
• Handmade® Global Design: Design Dua Dog Bed from Design Dua (Booth #628)
• Artisan Resource®: Porcupine Barrel Table from Lidi Ada Naturals (Booth #1159)

“The slate of winners for the ‘Best New Product’ Awards represents the cream of the crop of what NY NOW has to offer,” said Scott Kramer, Co-Director and Vice President, NY NOW. “NY NOW is the source for design-driven and fashion-forward trends, and our panel of expert judges took a number of factors into consideration to select the most exceptional products in an intensely competitive industry.”

NY NOW’s “Best Exclusive Launch” Award
In addition to the “Best New Product” Awards, NY NOW also announced today the winner of its “Best Exclusive Launch” Award. This honor recognizes a standout product that is making its official debut exclusively at the summer 2016 market. All participants in the destination: new product display that are launching a product exclusively at NY NOW were eligible. The Hand Blown Glass decorative centerpiece from Axiom Glass (Booth #9354) was chosen as the winner.

“NY NOW has always been known as a hub for the industry to see exclusive launches and experience new products,” said Randi Mohr, NY NOW Co-Director and Vice President. “We’re pleased to award Axiom Glass with NY NOW’s Best Exclusive Launch Award honor for its Hand Blown Glass decorative centerpiece. Congratulations!”

Winners in each section were determined onsite at the summer market earlier this week, judged by a panel of industry experts and media after visiting each qualifying exhibitor’s booth to see the products first-hand. The judges for the summer 2016 Best New Product Awards and the Best Exclusive Launch Award were: Patti Biro of Patti Biro & Associates/Day Spa Association; Rachael Burrow of Coastal Living; Kim Cook of Associated Press; Lauren Davidson of Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Dayna Fields of Giftware News; David Gill of Home Furnishings News; Jenny Heinzen-York of Home Accents Today; Sue Marks of Progressive Gifts; Donna Milstein of CRAFT; Kate Moodie of Mood of Living; CNN iReporter Chris Morrow; Patrizia Pagani of Casastile; Caroline Risi of Souvenirs Gifts & Novelties; Sabine Stenzel of Stil & Mrkt; and Jeri Webb, museum store consultant.

The summer 2016 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, runs through Wednesday, August 24th at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW’s comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – encompass tens of thousands of products from more than 2,300+ premier established and emerging brands. Attendees from all 50 U.S. states and more than 94 countries worldwide are expected. For more information, visit

*Note: Accent on Design® Awards will be announced separately.

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About NY NOW
NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, will take place at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. The Handmade® Designer Maker and Handmade® Global Design sections of the HANDMADE Collection will open on Saturday, August 20 and close on Tuesday, August 23. The HOME and LIFESTYLE Collections, and the Artisan Resource® section of the HANDMADE Collection, will open on Sunday, August 21, and close on Wednesday, August 24. Attendees from all 50 states and more than 94 countries worldwide are expected.

NY NOW is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 50 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).

More information about NY NOW can be found at

NOTE TO EDITORS: The official name of the market is “NY NOW.” Please do not use “NY Now,” “NYNow” “the NY Gift Show” or the “NY Gift Fair” to refer to the market.

Katie Seifert
Coyne PR for NY NOW