A Holiday Open House with Style!

Written by Mud Pie Territory Manager, Tracy Alvord

It is never too early to get a jump on the holidays! You want to get out ahead of the competition and start spreading good will and good cheer! So, put on your Santa’s helper hat and let’s get started!

Start early – the first open house of the year always has the potential to get the average buyer thinking ahead and making their holiday shopping list! A GREAT impression at your event can bring the gift shopper back a few times between now and December 25th.

Here are a few best practices from the experts like offering a special promotion, festive ideas and tips to market your event!

Most of all, have fun and enjoy the party!

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Mud Pie Celebrates Apparel-Only Showroom at Atlanta Apparel Mart

Mud Pie, a market leader in home, kids , fashion gifts and apparel, officially  opened a new apparel-only showroom at the Atlanta Apparel Mart this week.  The 600 sq. ft. space in Building 3 is open during Atlanta apparel shows, gift shows and year-round by appointment.  The showroom will feature upcoming line introductions as well as in stock and ready to ship offerings for dresses, separates, outerwear, jewelry, handbags and accessories.

The move marks Mud Pie’s continued expansion into women’s apparel.  Fashion has been the fastest growing category for Mud Pie since launching in 2010.   Mud Pie and OneCoast also recently announced the launch of a new OneCoast Mud Pie Fashion Division, a specialized team of experts that serve as stylists and consultants to help retailers build the right assortment for their stores.  According to Fred Pannek, President of Mud Pie, “The new showroom puts Mud Pie where fashion retailers buy, when they buy.  With this new showroom and our dedicated sales force, we will be able to serve apparel buyers with the right product at the right time.”

And Maria Pozza, Mud Pie Sales Division Regional Sales Manager for the Fashion Division adds “The Mud Pie Apparel Showroom not only showcases what’s now for our customers, but what’s next. The experience is unparalleled; the showroom is aesthetically superb with classic Mud Pie touches while creating an elevated shopping experience for our customers.  The Fashion Team could not ask for a more incredible showroom that allows them to connect with the Apparel buyers on a personal level with a clear, defined vision of what’s to come.”

Mud Pie Atlanta Apparel Showroom – Building 3, #8-E111A.  For information or to book an appointment contact 1-800-998-1633 or visit https://wholesale.mudpie.com

 

 

About Mud Pie

Mud Pie is a leading gift company, founded by current CEO, Marcia Miller in 1988. The company began with 10 living items, and has since grown into an award-winning manufacturer of baby & kids apparel, fashion & accessories, and home pieces all designed to celebrate life’s special moments.  Mud Pie is based in Atlanta, GA and is available in over 16,000 specialty retailers and department stores worldwide.

Vendor Spotlight | 8 Oak Lane/Shade Critters

Blog post written by OneCoast Territory Manager/8 Oak Lane Line Leader, Kerry Whippee 

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8 Oak Lane successfully launched in January 2016. As you may have seen in Giftware publications, they are a fabulous housewares brand that are bringing Millennial’s “pins” to life. And of course, when I say “pins” I’m referring to the ever so popular, Pinterest. The Millennial girl is on Pinterest (daily) trying to capture the essence of what the latest trends are – not only from head to toe, but also what sits on her bathroom sink and what platter she uses at her dining room table. The Millennial girl is price conscious, however, still remains a savvy, trend driven fashionista!
Fred and Maureen Schmidt, husband and wife and also co-owners of 8 Oak Lane have hit it out of the park since the launch in January. Maureen’s background started in her early days at the Limited Too. She has watched the Millennial girl grow up and understands what’s important to her ~ personalization, a focus on what’s new and trending, and affordability, just to name a few. Fred has been really successful in capturing the importance of a curated collection. In January there were five distinct collections for retailers to peruse. You were really given an easy option of creating a story within your store because they had already hand selected appropriate product to go together. The work was done for you! The collections can also cross-merchandise. Girlfriend gifting paired nicely with Holiday 1.0. It all works together seamlessly which is why 8 Oak Lane has seen so much success right out of the gate.

Trends for 4th Quarter are Holiday pastels. You will see pinks, teals, and of course gold. Gold is still very strong and not going anywhere. I wouldn’t even say Gold is a color trend; it’s a staple and should be in your store!! Other trends that you’ll see in the Holiday 2.0 collection are the continuation of Girlfriend gifting with fabulous makeup pouches. They were a HOT seller in January and remain a #1 requested item! Their bar story evokes a level of sophistication that is snazzy and chic, while also remaining gift worthy for every-day use.

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I would be remiss to not highlight the darling swim and play-wear line also by Fred and Maureen Schmidt, Shade Critters. This sun-protective line of children’s wear is stylish and functional. Maureen was recently quoted describing Shade Critters by saying, “This mom is health conscious and knows the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays from the sun. She has sun protection in her makeup and knows about aging issues that go along with sun damage and has a regimen and routine. Now, it’s all about passing along that knowledge to her little ones.” Along with their fabulous line of children’s wear they have created some great accessories including dry/wet bags, terry cloth towels, bucket hats and duffel bags to fit all of the kids’ toys and necessities for a fun day at the pool, park or lake! I have to add in here that I personally outfitted my almost 11 month old son in Shade Critters. Not only is it protecting his sweet baby skin, but I’m getting a lot of compliments while at the pool. The material has a great stretch and is heavy duty enough that it will hold its shape.

Between these two lines, the Schmidt’s have created products that are being desired. Whether it’s to host a fabulous dinner party with your girlfriends, to give your boss that perfect present this Holiday Season, or to rest easy while your little one climbs the jungle gym at the park this Summer, 8 Oak Lane and Shade Critters are top notch and are excelling as Top Brands among consumers. And just you wait… this Summer Show Season there is more to come. More excitement. More fabulousness. More of what you’ll come to expect – quality, innovation and style from 8 Oak Lane and Shade Critters.