4/18/14

SPOTLIGHT ON DECOR: ROCKABILLY INSPO BY KATHERINE'S COLLECTION




Beloved for their imaginative & detailed Holiday & Seasonal decor, Katherine's Collection has caught our style-eye with a few recent collections that feature designs directly inspired by the fashion & art worlds (e.g., life-sized skeletons & figurines outfitted in intricately-designed velvet, satin & lace "couture", and a decadent papier-mache skull completely covered in rhinestones that instantly reminded us of Damien Hirst's platinum & diamond skull). This week we spotted a few season-less designs from their latest Drop Dead Gorgeous collection that stopped us dead in our product scouting tracks:  vintage tattoo-inspired ornaments and a tatted mannequin head & hands that pay homage to rockabilly fashion, great for adding a bit of edgy style to store displays & home decor, or as fun gifts & collectibles.

Where to find Katherine's Collection:  Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602, e-mail




(image sources: left / right)

4/14/14

FALL 14 TRENDS: PRESENTED AT LA MAJORS MARKET

BARBARA FIELDS

Trend forecaster, Barbara Fields, of Barbara Fields Buying Office, presented the Fields Fall 2014 Trend Presentation during LA Majors Market at the CMC. Some of the major trends for the upcoming season included apparel with athletic-styled graphics, distressed denim, floral prints and quilted cloth and zipper details. Here's a look at some of our favorite trends mentioned:


Ugly Christmas Sweaters

image courtesy of WGSN


Marled Yarns
image courtesy of Free People


 Houndstooth Prints
image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar


Bomber Flight Jackets

image courtesy of Madewell 


For more on the presentation & what's trending for Fall 14 check out the Apparel News recap here.


DIRECTIVES WEST

Retail Consultancy, Directives West, showcased a juniors, better/updated, and kids runway show presenting their Fall '14 forecast to a crowd of buyers at the CMC during LA Majors Market. Trends included sport and street looks, "festival" fashion and bohemian styles, 90's punk rock and grunge apparel, as well as more contemporary trends. Peep at some of our fave looks that fall into these top trends:

Game Changer

image courtesy of Nasty Gal


Folktales 


image courtesy of Free People


Nouveau Grunge

image courtesy of Style.Com


First LA

image courtesy of Happily Grey 


For more on the Runway Show & the trend forecast for Fall 14 check out the Apparel News recap here

4/3/14

SPRING LA GIFT & HOME MARKET | PRODUCT RECAP
by Debra Gold, CMC Gift & Home Editor


Retailers visiting the recent Spring LA Gift & Home Market at the California Market Center found a discovery zone of profitable products ranging from compelling and creative Christmas accents to elegant and enchanting home décor, to fun and festive fashion accessories. Here are just a few of the thousands of seasonal and year-round products that caught my eye at the CMC’s Spring Market:


ENCHANTED CREATURES



+ Mermaid Magic: Also from Katherine’s Collection comes this gloriously adorned and compelling Mermaid figure, sure to cast a spell on sailors passing by
Katherine's Collection | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602, ddzz@earthlink.net

+ Dear Deer:  Graceful and glowing, these tall, shimmering silver deer-inspired candleholders are memorable additions to sophisticated seasonal décor.
Katherine's Collection | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602, ddzz@earthlink.net




ADORN YOUR HOME


+ Going to the Dogs:  Dog lovers will delight in this clever candleholder ready to light up the darkness—
World Buyers, Suite C1201 | 800.996.7531 | orders@worldbuyers.com

+ Gorgeous Glowing Glass: The soothing colors of the sea and sky are captured in these aqua-tinted glass mosaic vases and votives from the Pomeroy Collection. 
CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000 | sales@cmagifts.com




NOVEL & NEW


+ Hello, Kitty! Lunchtime is fun time, thanks to these irresistible Hello Kitty lunchboxes with jeweled handles ideal for “kids” young and old. From The Tinbox Company.
Rosalie & Friends Inc, Suite C1298 | 213.627.7733 | info@rosalieandfriends.com

+ Cupcakes Go Round & Round:  Cupcakes join the circus on this imaginative Ferris Wheel food holder by Godinger 
Bridgeport Gallery, Suite C1211 | 213.624.0809 | info@bridgeportgallery.com




FRESH-PICKED



+ Out in the Garden: There’s no better way to display bouquets of fresh-cut flowers than this elegant, tall silver vase entwined with a branch of golden leaves
Bridgeport Gallery, Suite C1211 | 213.624.0809 | info@bridgeportgallery.com

+ Spring into Fashion! Young’s extensive VLD Collection of fashion accessories offers a garden of vibrant handbags and jewelry ready to blossom for spring 
CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000 | sales@cmagifts.com





OH SO FASHIONABLE!



+ This woven pink leather handbag from Cut ‘N Paste is on trend and on the fringe of fashion
Cut 'N Paste, Suite C1043 | 213-624-3676 | enquiries@cnpbags.com

+ Time keeping is bewitching and bejeweled in this glittering watch by Puka Creations 
Rosalie & Friends Inc, Suite C1298 | 213.627.7733 | info@rosalieandfriends.com

+ Reproductions of antique shoes and handbags are elevated to fine art on these chic notecards designed by Ars Antigua 
Ars Antigua, Suite C1285 | 310.866.0076 




HO! HO! HOLIDAY!


+ Stylish seasonal glass birch tree-inspired plates adorned with snowflakes and reindeer lend a graceful touch to holiday entertaining 
Melrose International, Suite C1200 | 213.623.2602 | stan@melroseintl.com

+ A cheerful Santa stands ready to decorate the holiday tree—new from the extensive hand-made collection of Christmas collectibles from Byers’ Choice
Byers' Choice, Suite B1263 | 714.528.1575 | bchoicerep@gmail.com

+ A sparkling crystal–accented fire hydrant Christmas ornament from Joy to the World’s ‘Diva Dogs’ is sure to bring a laugh to canine lovers!
Joy To The World Collectibles, Suite B1265 | 888.367.5889 | JTTWCOLL@aol.com

+ Knock Knock…Katherine’s Collections’ impressive Skull Door Knocker greets visitors with haunting flair
Katherine's Collection | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602, ddzz@earthlink.net




CELEBRATING THE HOME



+ Gorgeous gold-embroidered gingko leaf pillows bring sophistication and elegance to home décor—Nutcracker Designs 
Rosalie & Friends Inc, Suite C1298 | 213.627.7733 | info@rosalieandfriends.com

+ Here’s a unique, equestrian-inspired way to showcase your precious photos! World Buyer’s new distressed-finish horse sculpture holds up to six photo images
World Buyers, Suite C1201 | 800.996.7531 | orders@worldbuyers.com

+ Ultra-modern design creates a striking centerpiece in this multi-angled, bronze-finished ‘Wrinkle Vase” by Impulse 
Bridgeport Gallery, Suite C1211 | 213.624.0809 | info@bridgeportgallery.com

+ It’s easy to add cozy charm to seasonal décor with these cuddly button-accented, moose-themed pillows from Melrose International
Suite C1200 | 213.623.2602 | stan@melroseintl.com

+ Eco-friendly and eco-chic, Jeffan’s rustic hand-crafted bamboo mirror delivers a natural design statement to any home environment 
CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000 | sales@cmagifts.com


For more information on the CMC's GIFT & HOME Showrooms, go HERE.

3/27/14

MARKET TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT: Ute & Jim's Accessories Showroom

Can't wait until next Market? Shop MARKET TUESDAYS & enjoy free parking when you write an order! Participating showrooms are also offering hospitality, discounts on select brands, and other deals on Market Tuesdays, like UTE & JIM.  The showroom has been a go-to for Accessories at the CMC since 1988 and are offering various discounts on all of their brands on Market Tuesdays. Find everything from bohemian handbags to floppy hats to luxury scarves.  Here are just a few of our faves:






Sun N Sand Accessories (We love the floppy hat & the French toile trend it's inspired by!)


Other lines represented by Ute and Jim Accessories include FRAAS scarves, Lauer gloves, Classic Look Leather handbags and wallets, Adora hats, Laurel Burch handbags and scarves. 


Contact:

UTE & JIM | CMC Suite A1089 | email | 213.629.9278




3/26/14

FALL 14 LA FASHION MARKET RECAP



FRE(N)SH FASHION SHOWS

To celebrate the opening of their showroom, Le Frenchlab and Fashion Forwards Agency, in collaboration with the California Market Center and SpLAsh.Pr Agency, presented an invitation-only networking event and fashion shows called "Fre(n)sh." The event, named by Racked LA as one of the top LA Fashion Week events to attend, featured emerging French designers, music, and catering.



SHOWROOMS

Thousands of brands in hundreds of showrooms were showcased throughout the 13 floors at the CMC. Buyers flocked to floors of menswear, kids, women's contemporary, juniors, swimwear, accessories, shoes etc.


SELECT CONTEMPORARY TRADESHOW

SELECT featured must-see contemporary brands for the West Coast marketplace. Some of our favorites included emerging Los Angeles based apparel and jewelry brands, lux bohemian accessories, and contemporary collections from Italy, Spain, and Australia.



TRANSIT FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES 

TRANSIT was the perfect mix of new, emerging labels and established, sought after footwear brands. It was the go-to for buyers sourcing footwear and accessories in Los Angeles. We spotted luxury men's footwear, renowned vintage brands, emerging LA based women's footwear brand and more.


LOS ANGELES MEN'S MARKET


The LA Men's Market showcased 100 contemporary men's fashion and accessory brands in the two-day special event. Just to name a few: ALIFE, Zanerobe, Herschel Supply Co, K-Way, Ezekiel Clothing, Han Cholo, Obey, and Primitive. Additionally, key showrooms, The NTWRK, The Foundation, The Park, and The Flagship Agency, hosted an After Market Party at the newly renovated Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.



LOS ANGELES KID'S MARKET


Spotted: metallic rain coats, faux fur coats, biker jackets, and so much more. LA Kid's Market featured 800 contemporary children's brands from across the globe featuring apparel, footwear, accessories, gifts, toys and more.



LOS ANGELES GIFT & HOME MARKET


It was Christmas in March throughout the Gift & Home showrooms at the CMC. But it's not quite over! Select Gift & Home showrooms will also be open during LA Mart's GALLA Show March 30- April 1. 



BUYER CARE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY


Congrats to Sandy Potter from Atelier Femme in Pasadena and Lydia Heinbockel from Lydia's World Designer Boutique in Pismo Beach! These LA Fashion Market buyers each won a Pampering Care Package, which includes complimentary meals, Salon visits, and much more at CMC Restaurants & Amenities.



THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

















3/14/14

GET PAMPERED....
With these special Daily Prize Packages at Market for Buyers



Special thanks to our sponsors. Visit them at the CMC!

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YogaPlace | A355
ZenDental | B225

3/13/14

HALLOWEEN HIGHLIGHTS
Halloween in Spring | Product Picks by Debra Gold

Beyond fashion, the CMC is quickly becoming known for the largest selection of Holiday & Seasonal products on the West Coast.  Featured in its growing showcase of Gift & Home Showrooms on 12C & 13C, buyers will find a wonderful array of stylish, fun & spooky products during next week's "Christmas in Spring" Market, which is also an important Market for Halloween-buying.  Here are just a couple of faves hand-picked by CMC's Gift & Home Trend expert Debra Gold.



Dapper skeleton wall hanging by Bethany Lowe Designs who specializes in handmade, vintage-looking decor | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602

This cute and kitschy tin & wood bat to welcome those who dare to enter by Bethany Lowe Designs | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602




Reminiscent of antique Victorian ephemera, these sweet pumpkin heads will be together forever, created & wed by One Hundred 80 Degrees | CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000

Katherine's Collection's ornamental skull features antique flourishes and silver jewelry for a Gothic-chic aesthetic.  | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602



One Hundred 80 Degrees's decoupaged pumpkin head table topper adds a bit of whimsy to Halloween parties & decor. | CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000

The wide-ranging styles at Bethany Lowe Designs also includes sweet jack o' lanterns overtaken by scary skulls for those who like it creepy.  |  Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602



We're spotting lots of Day of the Dead-inspired products throughout the CMC's Gift & Home showrooms. These bright & colorful sugar skulls are by One Hundred 80 Degrees | CMA, Suite C1300 | 213.452.7000

Katherine's Collection's magnificent, life-sized ode to the evil but beautiful Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty character that is sure to be a great seller thanks to the new, upcoming film starring Angelina Jolie  | Zizi Showroom, Suite C1251 | 213.623.2602

>>> See more March 16-19 at the LA Gift & Home Market.

(Product selections & images by Debra Gold.)