Saturday, August 17, 2013
I think the strongest thing about the line is their great visual graphics. It's actually hard to find attractive looking bookmarks, especially tasselled ones. The pretty ones are effectively pieces of paper, while the tasselled ones tend to have some design issues. To me, this is effectively a very nicely designed tassel bookmark, only the piece of paper is a clip (or as they call it, a jig). There's a fox, squirrel, bird, ladybug, floral, and my dark horse choice, a seahorse. I think you were supposed to buy by collection, but I was a bit contrarian.
Minimums were much easier in another new line for the store, from Steven M. Lewers of New Hampshire. Amie had brought info back on the line from Heartland Fall Forum last year, but I guess I really needed to see the designs in person. We wound up focusing on his boxed notecards, with many nature motifs, including fish, cardinals, turtles, frogs, leaves, butterflies, owls, and apples. In most of the boxes, there is an assortment of cards, not just the one pictured. We also brought in a few of his blank cards and his laminated apple guide.
On Friday we received yet another gift show shipment, from Chicago this time. I'm pretty excited about that one too, but my enthusiasm will have to wait.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 9:21 AM