Not sure where the time goes these days but there is never enough! So I apologize this post has been a long time coming.
We are well underway into the planning of our 2014 line! (OMG weren’t we just partying like it was 1999?)
Well we have another terrific line in store. New designs.New partnerships. New products! (HOLLA)
The trends for 2014 are fun, funky and fresh! Here is a peek at our trend boards. Enjoy!
Coffee table books are one of my favorite go-tos for gifts, they can be enjoyed for years on end and add some style to your home. For my friend Emily’s birthday I wanted to get something that was an expression of her style. She loves graphic prints and bold colors and probably owns more striped things than anyone I know! The Kate Spade, Things We Love, book came recommended to me because of all the beautiful pictures and glamourous gilded edge pages. This book looks good from all angles!
When I was sneaking a peek at the pages before I wrapped it up, I recognized a familiar pattern! Last season Kate Spade partnered with Florence Broadhurst to create all sorts of fun bags, wallets and accessories and this season The Gift Wrap Company is partnering up! So exciting!! This partnership is bringing the lovely patterns from Florence Broadhurst to the world of paper products to create bold and beautiful wraps, bags and other social stationary goodies! The full collection is going to be released later this spring so keep your eyes open!
So, not sure if everyone saw the Golden Globe Awards last night, I actually watched the New England Patriots game of course (go Pats!!!), but I did record the Golden Globes and can’t wait to see who wore what…
From what I have seen so far, here are a few trends that really struck me right away…
Ah, so the glamorous goodness known as “award season” kicked off last night at the Golden Globes. They called it “California Cold” at 50 degrees, here in Boston it was also 50 degrees but we cheered and pulled out the swimsuits! Those left coat softies!
So as my favorite fashion critics over at E! lined the red carpet and asked the age old question “who are you wearing” I sat expecting to see color. Bold, vivid, on trend, color, but I was very disappointed. To my dismay the celebs walked the walk in traditional black, navy, and of course a peppering of dare devils who shined in unique bright colors, they are celebs after all! But all in all the dresses were quite tame and under whelming. Come on ladies! WTF!!!!! Don’t you know we live the luxe life through you? Step it up! I expect to see a lot more flash as this season progresses.
Well, the red carpet did manage to run red as some of the hottest celebs chose various shades of scarlett to spotlight their evening. Proving once again this hot hue is forever tried and true!
I can’t wait to hear what the Fashion Police have to say about this event… Joan???
Happy New Year!
It is time to celebrate all that is new! Our new 2013 range has been released- woohoo- now that is cause for celebration, and we have begun to give some thought to our next new 2014 release.
Pantone has recently announced their color of 2013 and I have to admit this is one newbie which I am struggling to raise the roof for. The color of the year award has gone to Emerald Green which is not my favorite color in the spectrum.
However after spending some time collecting emerald inspired images I am coming around a bit and growing a little fond of this gifted green. Follow our Trending:Emerald board on Pinterest to get in touch with your own green side!
“It ain’t easy being green!”-Kermit the Frog
Why did Pantone choose Emerald as their color of the year? Check out their explanation on their design blog.
A little hint…
So yesterday I shared our Christmas 2013 trend boards with you and ironically I also received a trend board email blast from Bright Group International, a great art licensing agency I have had the pleasure of working with this year. So I thought I would share Brights trend boards here as well as I think they are pretty great and worth the share.
There is one very sick and twisted reality to working here ( ok a few but right now I am talking just this one) we plan for Christmas 18 months early. Before Christmas has even arrived in all it’s winter fun, Team TGWC has already finalized our Christmas range for the following year. So that is where we are today. We have just finished the design selection process and will now begin figuring out all the extra bits and bobs to apply these designs to.
So I thought I would share our trend boards with you and show where all the inspiration for the designs we will feature a year from now came from….enjoy!
I recently had the pleasure of “dragging” my family to a local art festival, http://festivalfete.com/.
It was such a great day out, and this place was jam packed with talented artists, and I was drooling over everything as usual…
I loved that they had entertainment for the kids too, otherwise this would never have happened at all for me! They had awesome food and drinks, and a live band.
Here is my son putting on a brave face with the tall man:
another great booth was from Kristen Cole at “Its sew you”, I obviously did not get enough pictures of all her cute things so you will have to trust me on this and go to her etsy site: itssewyou8.etsy.com
(also I love how they are displayed on old doors, brilliant!)
These are my precious children about the make some crazy hats at the “recycled” hat making station, the hats came out adorable, but then were left behind at the dance recital we went to afterwards…so sad we can’t keep nice things
I can hardly believe the Stationery Show is over! It reminds me of all the build up and prep before the holidays, and then it seems like it’s over in a flash. I guess as long as the flash is bright and beautiful and amazing while it lasts then it was all worth it, and i feel like that is exactly what we had in New York this week.
Pictures really don’t do it justice because there isn’t a camera big enough to take it all in; the attention to detail, the creative use of anything and everything, and mixing of designs, colors, real and handmade props. It was something to see.
Here are a few shots of some of the amazing outer windows.
It was so much fun putting this all together, seeing it come to life. We have an amazing line of products, and a great team of people and I was a happy camper to be a part of it! (excuse me -feeling a little choked up now…) Enjoy the pics, more to follow!
It’s that time again…. time to plan our the next catalog release. 2013 is just around the corner… (well we hope-we do have that Mayan end of the world thing to get through first!) Since we work so far ahead, at this point our 2012 release is old news to us despite it only being a few months old. Here in the studio we have been busy compiling trend research and creating new designs for next year.