5 Reasons To Get Excited about NY NOW
Camera? Check. Winter coat? Check. NY NOW Badge? Check.
Today I’m heading off to snowy New York City to speak on a panel at NY NOW, one of the biggest exhibitions for home, lifestyle and gift designers in the country. It’s my first year speaking at the show, but my fourth year attending. At this point, I know my way around Javits Center pretty well, and here are a few things I am excited to do:
Find Beautiful, New Products: NY NOW is first and foremost a showcase for new vendors to show off their wares and for retail buyers to figure out what they’ll want to offer in-store in the coming year. Designers of the objects pictured above, for example, will be present. Exhibitors are at NY NOW to show off their best home, lifestyle and gift items. As a designer, I always really enjoy exploring firsthand the creativity and talent out there in the design world.
Learn from Erin Andrew of the US Small Business Administration: Starting a business is a lot of hard work. On top of having a good idea, building it out and finding your customers, you also have to figure out the paperwork. With so many makers and independent business owners attending this year’s show, it’s great to see someone from the US Government coming to help all of us better understand the tools and services available for small businesses.
Meet Intriguing Retail Buyers: Everyone who’s anyone in the retail industry will be at NY NOW, and you’re bound to meet someone new and interesting when you’re all wandering around the same big conference center. I love asking retailer buyers about their stores, what they see trending, and what convinces them to sign with a vendor.
Catch Up with Red Clay Designers: Two of our wonderful designers Viola Sutanto and Ellen Klein will attend the show. With Ellen living in NYC and Viola running her own business, Maika Goods, in San Francisco, it’s tough to find time to connect. The trade show is the perfect opportunity for us to catch up and browse the wares together!
Talk Tech and the Maker Movement: We’ve been writing about this all week, but I can’t stress enough how excited I am to be presenting the “Modern Day Matchmakers Redux” panel with Joanne Domeniconi from The Grommet, Matthew Burnett from Maker’s Row and Evan Cohen from Indiegogo. All of these platforms will drastically change the way makers and designers work, and we are so pleased that NY NOW believes in the maker movement as much as we do. Make sure you catch the talk — we’ll be speaking tomorrow at noon in Javits Center 1A02-03!
Image Credit: Pelle Designs (Far left), Maika Goods (Top-Center), Rock Scissor Paper (Bottom-Center), 100 Better (Top-Right), Taller R (Bottom-Right)