“Each of our artisans had at least 4-5 orders from large stores, high-end chains and small boutiques from California and New York. We met with a diverse group of retailers – small and large chains, museums and others such as ABC Carpet & Home, Canvas, National Gallery, Frontgate, Viva Terra, Creative Women, Serena & Lily, Global Goods Partners, Home Goods. This was our first participation and our first priority was to have a great image and branding for our country and to introduce ourselves. But, we achieved much more than just prospects. We also made immediate sales, and many more than we had expected.” - Anis Mnif, Tunisian American Young Professionals, TUNISIA
What's NEW at Artisan Resource @ NY NOW this coming February 1-4, 2014?
- Designer - Artisan Partnerships Seminar- The Design Council is a group of seasoned design professionals from the home, fashion, and accessories market who are committed to helping artisans worldwide become more successful and self-sufficent through better design. Join this panel discussion to hear the latest collaborations between designers and overseas artisan producers. February 2, 12:00AM-1:00PM, Pier 94.
- Fair Trade - Linking into the Movement Seminar- Renee Bowers, Executive Director of the US Fair Trade Federation (FTF) will present how the Fair Trade market is growing in the US and opportunities for overseas artisan producers and will speak about the importance of membership in fair trade organizations and recent FTF trends. February 4, 8:00-9:00AM, Pier 94.
- There has been in increase in the number of country pavilions which has allowed an exponential number of individual artisans to be represented at the Show. Tunisia, Panama, Indonesia, and Peru will be returning.
- Key buyers have already committed to walking the show including Anthropologie, Chinaberry, Dwell, Nordstrom, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Williams Sonoma, and more.