The Jane Marie Summer Collection is HERE!

JM 1Jane Marie Summer Collection was created with you in mind! They have taken this season’s natural stone trend & added the Jane Marie touch. The products are focused on you, the independent retailer. The line has broadened its base so that there is something for anyone who walks into your store. With many color variations & textures, this collection can be layered & combined to make a bold or simply stand alone for a more minimal look. Some in- house favorites include the Large Pendant Wooden Necklaces, Wood Stone Toggle Bracelets, and the Delicate Carded Icon group.

JM 2Boho is in! The free spirited, natural, earthy look has made a big bang! Here at Jane Marie, they are listening! Wooden beads, leather, fringe, & natural stones are the answer. Match your style to summer’s hottest trend with a long tassel necklace layered with a short 5 stone natural piece. Make a lasting impression with the Boho Statement Collection using the big horns & semi-precious wrap necklaces. You will also love the combined wood & metals in the Wooden/Stone Cross Necklace Collection – with matching bracelets!

Jane Marie Druzy Collection has affordable prices & an easy look to layer with not only new JM 3products, but existing as well, the Druzy Collection is a great addition. Choose from trendsetting icons such as the quatrefoil or arrowhead & layer with one of the many long styles for a well put together look. In this collection they have also expanded the line with their first ring collection! You will be super excited about these rings that are perfect for summer!

The Delicate Carded Necklaces are also on the white-wash display. With bold prints & colors the carded necklaces are sure to draw attention to your counter spaces. Each necklace has its own icon or colored bead row & will make excellent gifts to dear friends, near or far! They are just the right size to be mailed off to your family & friends for special occasions or “just because”, don’t forget to keep one for yourself as well! They are a great addition to anyone’s everyday look.

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Get the Look with Mad Style

Need a little inspiration this season? Mad Style has the fashion accessories to complete your total look. Check out these fab finds that are so on trend and so within budget.

Handbags
The must-have handbags for the Spring and Summer season include the classic top handle bags, the stylish bucket bags and the chic clutch purse.

Handbags

Scarves
Scarves are a great trendy accessory that can set the tone for your entire look. Keep this season light and airy with pops of color and eye-catching patterns.

Scarves

Bracelets
With cuffs, bangles, and wrap bracelets, this season’s arm candy accessory is about displaying your personality. Take the look as far and wide as you like.

Bracelets

Headwear
Take your look to a whole new level with a fantastic headwear accessory piece. Hot this season is straw, brimmed, and bucket hats that you’ll want to add to your wardrobe.

Headwear

Hair Accessories
Leave it to hair accessories to give that whole outfit some extra pizzazz and fun. With a variety of looks from bold to minimal, you can’t go wrong either way.

Hair Accessories

Adventures in Miniature Gardening Classes

mini garden 1Brown Dog Gardens is a unique, beautiful, and rustic gardening center located in Alpine, Texas. Last summer, they hosted two Fairy Garden classes. For families and young customers, Brown Dog Gardens offered one morning class just for this particular group. A second class was offered in the afternoon to adults only where they offered yummy Sangrias. From the photos below, you can see that Brown Dog Gardens set up long tables for customers to work from. This allowed for customer interaction between each other and their staff.

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Here are some additional tips on hosting your own Fairy Garden Event:

  • Make sure your inventory is well-stocked and ready for sales with all the planters, accessories, soil, pebbles, and tools.
  • Invite local artists to be a part of your event and have them on hand to help your customers with creative ideas and direction.
  • Consider charging one fee that would include one planter, soil, and pebbles. Then sell the Studio M Fairy Garden accessories separately.
  • Request your customers to register for the class so that you can plan for space and seating accordingly.
  • Serve up small appetizers and beverages to your customers such as fresh fruit and vegetables, lemonade, and iced tea.
  • Take plenty of pictures and post them on your Facebook page.
  • Lastly, set up a “clean-up” station for your customers.

Behind the Product: The DEMDACO Story

DEMDACO’s purpose statement is very simple; to pursue business the way it ought to be.  We realize that this compass setting requires constant evaluation and calibration, and we realize that we fall short of our goal every day.  But we’re committed to the notion that business does not have to be solely a financial endeavor.  It is first, and foremost, a human endeavor.

Founded in 1997 by Demi and Dave Kiersznowski, DEMDACO offers a hand-selected collection of tailor-made products that celebrate how people live in their homes, engage with family and friends, and treat themselves. The special assortment of unique designs includes products for gifts, home & garden, fashion & jewelry, baby & kids, bath & body, holidays, and celebrations.

DEMDACO products are as diverse as the people buying them, but we strive for them to have one important thing in common: to lift the human spirit. Our hope is to offer DEMDACO products that reflect a person’s desire to nurture goodness in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Read on to learn more about DEMDACO:

Artful ReflectionsQ: Tell us a little more about your product offerings?  What’s unique about your products vs. other manufacturers?

A:  DEMDACO offers a very diverse product offering within key categories.  These include: 1. Gift & Home Accents, 2. baby plush & gift, 3. Fashion & personal care, 4. Seasonal, 5. Entertaining.  We believe that our products lift the spirit for customers by developing items that showcase inspirational messaging, celebrating relationships, and making people happy.  Our internal creative teams and outside artist partners are adept at capturing just the right mix of art, innovation, and message that helps our product have strong sell-through for retailers.

Q: Where do you get your inspirations and trend direction from for new products?

A:  Our product comes from a diverse network of creative people who all contribute to our categories and formats.  We walk partners through our goals for each season and are able to bring them into the process at early stages.  Kelly Rae Roberts has collaborated with DEMDACO for many years.  Through collaboration, she has inspired home accents, garden product, fashion, and coming soon… baby collections.  Because our company was founded on artist businesses, we also receive independent artist submissions from around the globe.

Q: What do you love most about attending the markets?

A:  The markets are a great place to get a pulse on retailer perception of your brand, are we meeting their needs, what we can do better.  The product and marketing teams love the interaction and ability to learn from each attendee.  This is also one of the few industries where similar companies talk about their respective business environments.  All companies have the same goal of meeting consumer/customer needs and respect each company’s unique position in the market.  Sharing business climate updates while maintaining your proprietary info is beneficial.  This is extremely unique of any industry.

Willow TreeQ: Why do customers love your products?

A:  We receive thousands of letters per year.  We route them around the company each week.  The letters keep the pulse on whether our products meet their intended needs.  Willow Tree is a benchmark for how products can have a connection with consumers. DEMDACO products are there when people get married, have babies, go through something challenging, or just enjoying time with friends.  We are grateful for being able to speak to milestones, occasions, and key events of a family.  It’s why DEMDACO employees enjoy what they do each day.

Q: What does the future hold for DEMDACO?  Maybe a small sneak peek into future product expansions, ideas, etc.

A: Over the last few years we’ve built our baby business.  It’s gone extremely well and now we can thoughtfully expand in other areas.  I’m most excited about our focus in 2 areas:  Entertaining and Fashion.  With entertaining, we have one of the strongest equity lines in the industry with Glass Fusion and Glass Fusion Pop-In’s.  Our new lines: Uncork & Unwind, Made For You, and Table Talk are all off to a great start and enhance our offering in entertaining.  With Fashion, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in sell-through of our City Wrap lines and byDesign scarves.  _Y5G0931We focus more on where artist solutions can be more prevalent and our scarves are works of art you can wear.

Christmas Wish

Christmas Wish

One of the gems we about to launch is The Christmas Wish.  This is a collection of holiday products inspired by the NY Times best selling book, The Christmas Wish.  This is a phenomenal product line and is going to be a great yearly collection for families during the Christmas season.  The teams at DEMDACO are excited about the next year and beyond and we believe consumers and customers will be happy with our solutions as well.