2014 International Home + Housewares Show Almost Sold Out

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With less than five months to go before opening day, the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show is over 90 percent sold out, according to the International Housewares Association, the Show’s owner and operator. The Show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

Chef Fabio Viviani prepares pasta at the Show's Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Fabio Viviani prepares pasta at the Show’s Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Ming Tsai shares cooking tips at the Show's popular Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Ming Tsai shares cooking tips at the Show’s popular Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

We are very pleased with the response from exhibitors and expect to be completely sold out very soon,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “We are also encouraged by the return of several familiar companies who are exhibiting after a brief absence.”

The Show will host more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. Among the well-known suppliers returning to the Show are Philips Saeco and Samsung Electronics America. A sampling of other well-known suppliers returning after an absence as well as some new exhibitors includes:

  • Dine + Design Expo: CamelBak Products, Christy Designs, Couleur Nature/Mas D’Ousvan, Creative Co-Op, FunkyChunky, Gaiam (Allsop, Inc), Portmeirion Potteries and Pujol’s Kitchen.
  • Discover Design: Ary Trays AB, David Rasmussen Design, Ekobo Ecology & Design, Finell, R.F. Yamakawa Co., Rosendahl Timepieces and Waechtersbach USA.
  • Wired + Well Expo: Caso Germany, Hypercel Corp., iDevices LLC and Jerdon Style.
  • Clean, Contain + Sustain Expo: ALIFE, L.C. Industries, Protect Plus Industries, Really Useful Products Ltd. and WorldWise, Inc.

To view the entire Show lineup, buyers may visit http://www.housewares.org and search Housewares Connect 365 to download a complete list of 2014 exhibitors as well as to view floor plans, product catalogs, new product photos and videos and complete company contact information for each exhibitor.

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Discover Design Nears Sell-Out With More Than 100 Exhibitors Of High-Design For The Home And Kitchen at 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago

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Discover Design, a destination for buyers seeking unique products from high-design and innovative companies, is nearly sold-out for the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show. Discover Design is a juried category and located in the Dine + Design Expo in the South Building.

Crowds flood the Show's Dine + Design Expo at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Crowds flood the Show’s Dine + Design Expo at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Among the 100+ exhibitors, buyers will discover new exhibitors including Ary Trays, David Rasmussen, Ekobo Ecology, Finell, Make International, Rosendahl Timepieces, R.F. Yamakawa, Scandinavian Child and Winestor. Well-known returning suppliers for 2014 are Alessi, Blomus, Charles Viancin, Govino, Joseph Joseph, Koziol, Nambe, Present Time, Robert Welch, Room Copenhagen and Sagaform.

Design Debut, the Show’s design incubator program located within Discover Design, expands this year with 10 new-to-the-Show exhibitors who will bring their special brand of innovation to the buyer audience at the International Home + Housewares Show. Participating this year are Andie Olive, Chisel & Mouse, Exclusivas Saigo, Johnny Hermann, Maia Ming Designs, Manual, Materious, Nicole Porter, Port Living and S2BH.

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For a full list of Discover Design exhibitors, go to http://www.housewares.org/discoverdesign. 

Other events planned for Discover Design include:

  • A Discover Design Gallery showcasing products competing for Global Innovation Award (gia). The gallery is open to registered buyers and media.
  • An invitation-only Discover Design Specialty Retailer & Media Reception at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, in the Gallery where buyers and media can mingle with the exhibitors and their designers.
  • A Discover Design Global Innovation Awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17.
  • A Discover Design Lounge with Wine Bar and Cafe.

Once again, Discover Design companies are eligible to compete for a Global Innovation Award (gia) for product innovation and booth design. Each company can submit two new products and one collection for consideration for a gia award. The 11 winners will be announced at the invitation-only gia dinner on Sunday, March 16, held at the Radisson Blu Chicago.

The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 125 countries and attracts more than 60,000 attendees. The Show opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. To register for a Show badge or for more information, please visit http://www.housewares.org

First Look at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

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Featuring a fresh new cast of young British models, actors and musicians, the upcoming Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign includes actor Jamie Campbell Bower, musician Leo Dobson, models Malaika Firth, Matilda Lowther, Neelam Johal, Callum Ball and newcomer Jean Campbell, photographed by Mario Testino.

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There’s a distinctly English mood to this season – a gentle, effortless, romantic quality, brought to life by a cast of bright young British talent.” – said Christopher Bailey.

Feeling the Chill? Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Body Balm Lotion and Loving Care Body Balm Cream To The Rescue

Have you been feeling the chill of our recent winter storms? Then Le Couvent des Minimes‘ new Loving Care Body Balm Lotion ($36, 13.5 fl. oz) and Loving Care Body Balm Cream (6.8 fl. oz., $32), developed to nourish and soften dry and delicate skin, is just what you need to keep your hands and skin healthy throughout the coming months. Loving Care Balm is a reparative balm that can be used by the whole family (even safe for babies!) and is created with Le Couvent des Minimes’ own preparation of Galen’s Wax. Claudius Galenus, better known as Galen of Pergamon, established the ideal proportions for a cream based on beeswax, then called Galen’s wax. The restorative formula was used to repair skin and heal flesh wounds. Today, this precursor to the modern Cold Cream is reinterpreted by Le Couvent des Minimes to offer comfort and care to dry, delicate skin.

The Loving Care Body Balm Lotion contains Calendula extract that soothes as Mallow extract prevents dryness, gently repairing and restoring skin. Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, the formula leaves skin supple, soft and balanced. The rich cream version (Loving Care Body Balm Cream) of Couvent des Minimes’ interpretation of historically healing Galen’s Wax is also ideal for soothing very dry skin. Featuring Calendula and Mallow extract to comfort and moisturize stressed skin, this hypoallergenic and dermatologist approved cream is perfect for everyone in your household (6.8 fl. oz., $32).

Loving Care Body Balm features an icon of a mother holding her child, an homage to the unconditional love that filled the convent in the era of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, now channeled through Le Couvent des Minimes’ nourishing skincare recipe for the whole family.

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Body Balm Lotion and Loving Care Body Balm Cream are both available online at www.usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

“Step into the Void” at The Chamonix Skywalk at Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps

A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the “Step into the Void” installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk, soon to be open to the public on December 21, 2013. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon’s Glass Skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a railing, visitors can hover 1,035 meters (3,396 feet) above the valley in an enclosed transparent box, surrounded on all sides by custom-made 12 mm (1/2 inch) glass. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure– three layers of glass bound together–with a 1,000 metre drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void and is the latest addition to the ongoing improvements being made to the Aiguille du Midi. The box can withstand winds of 200km/h (136mph).

View of the "Step into the Void" installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

View of the “Step into the Void” installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

The Chamonix Skywalk juts out from the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1,000 meter drop below. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

The Chamonix Skywalk juts out from the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1,000 meter drop below. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

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Journalists and employees, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stand in the Chamnonix Skywalk atop Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

Journalists and employees, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stand in the Chamnonix Skywalk atop Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

The structure is made entirely of glass to allow for maximum transparency, three glass plates of 12 mm each are binded with a transparent film of the five faces, all held together by mechanical fasteners. The unit is then fixed to a vertical support structure over the void. The Chamonix Skywalk gives visitors an incredible positioning atop the Aiguille du Midi mountain.

Distant view of the "Step into the Void" installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

Distant view of the “Step into the Void” installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

View of the Aiguilles des Periades moutain peaks above Chamonix in the French Alps, December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

View of the Aiguilles des Periades moutain peaks above Chamonix in the French Alps, December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

View of the Chamonix Skywalk on top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. At right, Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

View of the Chamonix Skywalk on top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. At right, Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)

ROUND-THE-CLOCK SHOPPING RETURNS AS MACY’S BRINGS BACK ITS OVERNIGHT HOURS AT SELECT STORES

EXTENDED STORE HOURS AND 24-HOUR SHOPPING STARTS FRIDAY, DEC. 20

Last minute holiday shoppers receive their Christmas presents early this year with the gift of extra time as Macy’s brings back its seasonal tradition, 24-hour shopping. Beginning Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 a.m., 37 Macy’s stores in select cities across the country including Macy’s Herald Square in New York City; Union Square in San Francisco; and State Street in Chicago will stay open overnight for four days in a row of non-stop shopping until Christmas Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

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In 2006, Macy’s Queens Center store was the first Macy’s store to go 24-hours. Due to its unprecedented success, Macy’s added additional store locations in the following years. Store associates volunteer to work the overnight and extended hour shifts.

With a shorter shopping season, Macy’s customers will be able to enjoy 107 hours of ‘round-the-clock shopping to ensure that everyone on the list receives the very best gift. Macy’s 24-hour shopping is a holiday tradition that makes the season less hectic with stores remaining open all-night during the homestretch of the Christmas season. Less holiday crowds and shorter lines are an added bonus as Macy’s makes sure that time is on everyone’s side. In addition to the 24-hour stores, mostly all stores nationwide, except furniture galleries and select locations, will offer extended hours each night until 2 a.m. thru Dec. 23, making Macy’s the go-to store for gifting.

Overnight shopping at Macy’s has become a holiday tradition that last minute gift-givers count on to get them through the time crunch of the season,” said Peter Sachse, chief stores officer, Macy’s, Inc.Our customers already love to shop with us for the best gifts, but they also love that our stores stay open providing them with the convenience of late-night or early morning hours so that they can shop when they choose.

Macy’s 24-Hour Stores include the following select locations:

California

  • Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco
  • Macy’s Valley Fair, Santa Clara

Illinois

  • Macy’s State Street, Chicago
  • Macy’s Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
  • Macy’s Woodfield, Schaumburg
  • Macy’s Orland Square, Orland Park

Louisiana

  • Lakeside Shopping Center, Metarie

Massachusetts

  • Macy’s South Shore, Braintree, MA

Michigan

  • Macy’s Twelve Oaks, Novi
  • Macy’s Oakland, Troy
  • Macy’s Lakeside. Sterling Heights
  • Macy’s Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn

Minnesota

  • Macy’s Rosedale, Minneapolis

New Jersey

  • Macy’s at Newport Centre, Jersey City
  • Macy’s at Willowbrook Mall, Wayne
  • Macy’s Menlo Park Mall, Menlo Park
  • Macy’s Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge
  • Macy’s Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill (Philadelphia)

New York

  • Macy’s Herald Square, Manhattan
  • Macy’s at Queens Center Mall, Rego Park
  • Macy’s Flushing, Flushing
  • Macy’s at Staten Island Mall, Staten Island
  • Macy’s Kings Plaza, Brooklyn
  • Macy’s Manhasset, Manhasset
  • Macy’s Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
  • Macy’s at Roosevelt Field Mall, Westbury
  • Macy’s at Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream
  • Macy’s Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers

Texas

  • Northpark Center, Dallas
  • Parks at Arlington, Fort Worth
  • Memorial City, Houston
  • La Plaza, San Antonio
  • North Star, San Antonio
  • Del Norte, San Antonio

Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland

  • Macy’s Mall in Columbia, Columbia, MD
  • Macy’s Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA
  • Macy’s Fashion Center, Pentagon City, VA

Gorilla Tracking Expedition Added to Crystal’s Roster of Overnight African Adventures in 2014

Journey through Lush Ugandan Forest Brings Guests Face-to-Face with Rare Animals

Locking eyes with an almost-500 pound silverback mountain gorilla, with just a few feet of African forest standing in between, travelers participating in Crystal Cruises’ newest Overland Adventure may share a scene few on earth will ever see.  With just 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, and only a handful of active guests permitted on the excursion, Crystal’s new “Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience” is an ultimate bucket list trip.  The five-night journey is only available to guests sailing back-to-back on two of Crystal Serenity’s 2014 World Cruise segments: an 18-day March 10 voyage from Singapore to Cape Town and the following 21-day March 28 cruise from Cape Town to London.  From South Africa’s port of Durban, outing CRYSTAL-CRUISES-LOGO1participants will travel deep into Uganda, then reconnect with the ship in Cape Town.

Over two days, participants will follow expert guides into the UNESCO World Heritage-classified Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, tracking the gorillas’ paths.  Guests can then safely watch their playful interactions, observe their distinctly individual personalities, learn about their habits and history, and possibly see other residents like forest elephants, giant forest hogs, blue monkeys, or one of 350 bird species and 200 types of butterflies.

This excursion allows guests to enjoy the ruggedly beautiful simplicity of nature in comfort and ultra-luxury,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs.  “Although one of the most remote in all of Africa, our camp has a spa, plus private tubs and decks overlooking the forest.  But it pales in comparison to the opportunity to trek through Africa’s densest rainforest, deep valleys, and mountain waterfalls to encounter one of the planet’s most remarkable, nearly-extinct creatures in its natural habitat.”

On non-tracking days, the group will also learn about Uganda’s wetland, savannah, and forest eco-systems at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and participate in a mock Batwa Pygmy (considered the “keepers of the forest” for more than 5,000 years) hunting party, including tribal singing and dancing.  Luxury accommodations include two nights at The Lake Victoria Serena Resort, set on the world’s largest tropical lake, and three nights at the silver-service Sanctuary Gorilla Camp.

The “Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience” starts at $11,676 per person.  The combined, 39-day cruise itinerary calls in Singapore (overnight); Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Luanda, Angola (maiden call); Bom Bom Island/São Tomé, Principe; Takoradi, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Agadir, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; and London/Southampton.  Cruise-only fares start at $18,240, with $1,100 in “Book Now” savings if booked by January 3.

Crystal is also offering ten other Overland Adventures (shore excursions wherein guests stay inland overnight during a cruise) in Africa next year, taking guest to Nelson Mandela’s former home, through the countryside by Victorian-era railcar, and on multiple safaris in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa.