WHITE PLAINS, NY, April 18, 2014… Increased global representation and an expanded exhibit floor will be among highlights of the summer 2014 edition of Artisan Resource®, a first of-its-kind market offering U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to meet with international artisanal producers. The fifth semi-annual Artisan Resource will run Saturday, August 16, through Tuesday, August 19, at New York City’s Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94, in conjunction with NY NOW™, The Market for Home + Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®).
“Artisan Resource has more than doubled in size since its inception in 2012, with exhibitors now representing nearly 30 countries, and the summer show will welcome a record nine government-sponsored pavilions,” said Allison Garafalo, Artisan Resource sales manager. “We’ve signed on more than 100 exhibiting companies so far, presenting a broad spectrum of products and artisanal production capabilities for decorative accessories, personal accessories and apparel, home textiles, tableware and more.”
To date, companies participating in Artisan Resource represent 27 countries, with several more expected to confirm before the show opens in August. Countries currently represented include: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Nine countries will bring multiple companies to Artisan Resource as part of government-sponsored pavilions. Two of these— Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal from South Africa and ProMexico—are first-time participants in the Show; and the seven returning pavilions are: Cambodia High Value Silk; Consulate General of Indonesia; Ecuador Trade Office; Hanoi Trade Promotion Centre; Ministry of Trade and Industry (Panama); PROMPERU; and Office National De L’artisant Tunisien (Tunisia).
Some 17 individual artisans exhibiting independently for the first time this summer include: Bennett & Co (handmade shoes from South Africa); Bespoke (handcrafted homeware pieces from South Africa); Clayworks (ceramic tableware, tiles and decorative accessories from Pakistan); Coppre (metal accessories from India); Ecamenac (home furnishings and decorative accessories from Cameroon); Gypsey Lou (handbags, belts and sun hats from South Africa); Jalianaya (Wayuu Bags from Colombia); Kara Weaves (home textiles from India); Katchy Kollections (accessories and collectible homeware pieces from Kenya); Lion’s Thread (hand-designed bow ties from Uganda); Maiz (organic textiles and bags from Guatemala); NPI Collection (cashmere personal accessories and clothing from Nepal); Nushka Textile Jewellery and Accessories (textile Jewellery from South Africa); Rangotri (hand block-printed textiles from India); Sheetals (hand screen printed fashion silk scarves from India); Sudarshan (handmade textiles from India); and Shweshwe Handmade (personal and decorative accessories from South Africa).
The successful Market Incubator Pavilion program – created in 2013 through a partnership between GLM, HAND/EYE Fund and ByHand Consulting – to facilitate the participation of emerging artisan enterprises will return to the Show with 15 companies, including four first-time participants: ABAN-A Ban Against Neglect (personal accessories made in Ghana); Fait la force (cross-category products handmade in Haiti); Indigo (home décor and personal accessories made in Guatemala); and Sulafa Center (Embroidery products made in Palestine).
Artisan Resource is a semi-annual tradeshow which runs concurrently with NY NOW, offering a production-sourcing venue for overseas artisan enterprises to showcase their products and production capabilities, at export terms, from their country of origin. The event is managed by Emerald Expositions and organized with the assistance of ByHand Consulting. For exhibitor information, contact Allison Garafalo, sales manager, at (914) 421-3212, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendee information is available by calling 1-800-272-SHOW (7469), or (212)204-1060. Additional information and registration is available online at www.artisanresourceny.com.
The summer 2014 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, will run Saturday, August 16, through Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW! – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.