Seen & Heard At N.Y. Market
By Wanda Jankowski
Several suppliers featured products for or adorned with canines. Sure Fit has expanded its pet beds to include new shapes and sizes—including one that looks like a mini-sofa, so master and pet can relax in the living room side-by-side.
Avanti has expanded its dog-adorned towel line to include a holiday grouping. Each towel bears a different breed, chicly outfitted with Christmas gear, from red-and-white Santa hats to colorful sweaters, sprigs of holly and even reindeer antlers.
Belle Maison has kitchen/breakfast nook curtains with an embroidered border parade of popular breeds, such as Golden and Labrador retrievers, terrier and beagle. Both curtain and swag also are edged with double rows of little embroidered dog bones—cute! Embroidery colors on the off-white ground are neutral—gray, brown, beige, gold—to complement a wide range of décor.
Remember years ago when outdoor rugs were on the plain side—solid colors with a border design—or only seemed to mimic the great outdoors with leaf and palm frond motifs? At March’s N.Y. Market, outdoor options debuted that look a great deal more like rugs one would choose for an interior living room—bringing the inside out, so to speak. Mohawk Home’s Malibu outdoor collection included a nifty number with an orange background and an intricate pattern that echoed traditonal Persian rug designs. Another brightly colored option included a repeat pattern that resembles stylized peacock feather “eyes.”
Vera Bradley Lifestyle
Congratulations to Peking Handicraft Inc. (PHI) for nabbing the first-ever fashion bedding license from Vera Bradley. The initial collection features designs that borrow prints from the Vera Bradley line and explode the scale. An accompanying line of quilts intended for layering are in white with vermicelli stitching in colors that complement the bedding prints. They offer mix-and-match ability, along with a number of fun decorative pillows, so the purchaser can make the look her own.
Color, Color Everywhere
Bright colors as well as sophisticated pastels (blush is the new beige!) were in full bloom from showroom to showroom at N.Y. Market. Designer Nikki Chu also made sure that basic bedding takes advantage of the colorfest spirit. Her new line for ALLIED home, which includes elements such as a comforter, blanket, pillow and sham filled with ALLIED home’s premium down, fastens on the key neutral of the decade—gray— highlighted with black piping. The color of the basic bedding will change with each season moving foward.