The world's largest permanent showcase of seasonal and faux botanical merchandise expands in January 2020 with two new showroom debuts and five major expansions and relocations set to open for The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, January 14-21, 2020. These gains, together with 11 renewals, represent nearly 80,000 square feet of updates for the Seasonal/Gift category.
"At the winter market, the seasonal and floral showrooms present an interactive experience for retailers and designers to explore a full range of trends in decor," said Dave Savula, International Market Centers (IMC) executive vice president, president of Gift and Apparel leasing. "Growth from new, expanded and recommitted brands- in a market which already showcases more permanent exhibitors in the more square footage of showrooms than any other market center in the world- ensures that buyers are seeing the full depth and breadth of the category in Atlanta."
In total, the Seasonal/Gift collection features 120 exhibitors in nearly 500,000 square feet of showroom space. The merchandise mix includes a depth and breadth of gift and decorating product for retailers and commercial decorators, interior designers and event planners plus the nation's largest collection of European holiday and artisan lines. It is augmented by the temporary Seasonal/Gift collection with more than 60 exhibitors.
Beyond exhibits, two sessions address top trends in floral design as part of the market's educational offerings. Floral designer and event planner Canaan Marshall creates a floral centerpiece from start to finish that's perfect for the spring season on Tuesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD demystifies super-lush designers and demonstrates her line of floral mechanics and vases co-developed by Syndicate Sales in "Epic, Attainable Floral Design for All" on Friday, January 17 at noon.
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