Let’s Get to Know Easy, Tiger, Floor 9 and J.C. and Rollie!

OneCoast is honored to now be representing J.C. and Rollie, Floor 9, and Easy, Tiger, three strong lifestyle brands that represent a comprehensive home decor and gift portfolio for the independent specialty market. Together, the brands bring artisan quality, premium materials, and hand-crafted products that will provide independent retailers one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. With key categories like home accessories, serving and entertaining, stationery, kitchen, holiday, pet and men’s, this family of brands is one stop shop for home and gift. Read on to learn more about these unique brands:

Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.

A: We’re a family of brands, each with their own personality. Together, our branded collections encourage discovery by offering a great range of new-to-market products with unique finishes, forms — and an almost embarrassing attention to detail.

Of our three brands, Easy, Tiger started off about five years ago, selling fun, sarcastic greeting cards out of refurbished vintage vending machines. They have since expanded to offer a ton of fun gifts and home décor. Soon thereafter, our group of passionate designers and merchants dreamed up Floor 9, establishing an artisan brand for the specialty market. And finally, our newest addition is J.C. and Rollie, a heritage brand of quality décor and gift products for today’s lifestyle which is debuting in Atlanta.  We couldn’t be happier to have these three brands all coming together as we head into 2019.

 

Q: What are your product offerings?  What’s unique about your products vs. other manufacturers?

A: Our brands offer unique home décor and gift products ranging from home accessories, entertaining, and kitchen — to stationery, pet and men’s, However, each has a unique perspective that’s perfect for today’s market.

At Easy, Tiger, we take vintage design, add a modern twist, and shake with sarcasm. We firmly believe our homes, and the things we surround ourselves with, are expressions of who we are (witty, clever, and obviously not full of ourselves at all). We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we’re passionate about vintage design, top-shelf materials, and expert craftsmanship. Like, to the point of being annoying.

For Floor 9 team, we believe life should be slightly eclectic, unexpected, and always well-made. We’re a brand built on artisan intuition, bringing worldly design and unique finishes to timeless, current forms. Every creation feels free-spirited and visionary because it comes from the mind of a maker.

Finally, J.C. and Rollie is inspired by a time when work was a craft and every detail was purposeful. We make products that are authentic, casual, and at the same time, beyond the ordinary. Our collection of home décor and gifts are heritage-inspired, but re-imagined for today’s lifestyle. We believe every home should feel uniquely gracious, always inviting, and confidently designed.

But most important is what these brands create together. Every product we make is individually designed and never off-the-shelf, with unique artwork, editorial, and on-market trend. And because we’re one big family, buyers can meet all their needs on a single order, with a selection of brands as unique as their customers.

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

A: For us, trend is an immersive experience.  We travel all over the world to identify emerging trends and find the most unique materials, finishes and forms. In addition, we are constantly watching and engaging in the world – monitoring market trends, studying social and economic behaviors and more.  However, the real magic comes when our team of skilled designers and merchants takes all of these trend touchpoints and interpret them to make brand-right, on-trend products right for our consumers.

As for inspiration? It’s all of the above… but happy hours don’t hurt either.

 

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

A: Definitely the best part about attending the markets is interacting with customers and our sales partners. There’s no better way to take the pulse of the market than to talk with owners, vendors, and sales associates. We like to be on the front lines, to see how retailers and consumers interact with our brands, and how our products impact their businesses and their lives.

 

Q: Why do customers love your products?

A: Our products are unique, never off-the-shelf, and made for today’s market. We offer thoughtfully designed, trend-right product with high-quality materials and finishes – all at accessible price points. We strive to create tailor-made products to fit her life and offer solutions she just can’t find anywhere else.

 

Q: What does the future hold for J.C. and Rollie, Floor 9, and Easy, Tiger?  Maybe a small sneak peek into future product expansions, ideas, etc.

A:  As we look into the future, we couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with OneCoast to expand the overall reach of our brands.  They are the perfect fit for linking our brands with the right customers. As for future product expansions, we are excited to debut our expanded holiday lines in March of 2018, as well as our new Q3/Q4 product introductions for summer shows. Be sure to check us out!

Meet Our Vendor | Grace Management Group

Meet Our Newest Vendor, Grace Management Group

Meet our newest vendor, Grace Management Group, a family-owned and operated company that specializes in fragrance creation and application and develops products for four distinct brands: Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf and The WillowBrook Company. Read on to learn more about this incredible company and what makes them a leader in the gift industry.

 

Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.

A: Founded in 1975, Greenleaf got its start as a greenhouse, wholesaling plants throughout the southeastern US. In an effort to offset the seasonal nature of the spring bedding plant business, husband and wife team, Bob and Sylvia Caldwell, created their first fragrance product, the original scented envelope sachet. Fast forward several decades and Grace Management Group was formed by the Caldwell family. It since has grown into one of the largest home fragrance manufacturers in the US through brands that include Greenleaf, The WillowBrook Company, Bridgewater Candle Company, and Votivo. Staying true to its roots, Grace Management Group remains family-owned and operated in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Q: What are your product offerings?  What’s unique about your products vs. other fragrance companies?

A: The product lineup vastly ranges from scented candles, sachets, diffusers and home fragrance oils to room sprays, auto vents clips, hand creams and soaps. One differentiating aspect is that Grace Management Group is one of very few companies in the United States with its own in-house perfumery team. While many candle manufacturers opt to work with outside fragrance houses to develop new products, Grace prefers to garner fragrance expertise from within.

Having an in-house fragrance lab allows our brands to monitor the quality of fragrance oils going into the products and the fragrance load. Our in-house fragrance experts also specialize in fragrance application. Each product line and brand undergoes the process of functional fragrance development, a unique specific process by which each fragrance is formulated and then adjusted to function appropriately in various types of products

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

A: Again, we have an amazing in-house team of talented artists, creatives, forecasters, researchers and developers that monitor the landscape from various industries and compile their findings for strategic integration, growth and new launches.

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

A: At the end of the day, Grace still remains what it was at inception, a family-owned and operated company. That family-oriented spirit permeates our showroom from the warm hospitality and dancing to the sweet homemade chocolate chip cookies that we serve. We treat our customers as a part of that family, and market time is like a reunion to get everyone together. It’s our time to exchange information, learn from one another and continue to grow. It’s also a time of welcoming new members to the family through new account business.

Q: Why do customers love your products?

A: Our decades in business have proven our commitment to quality product and fragrance expertise. We have built a reputable reputation with our customers. They know our lines will set their stores up for success.

Q: What does the future holds for Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf, and Willowbrook?  Maybe a small sneak peek into future product expansions, ideas, etc.

A: Season after season, we continually strive to deliver the best fragrance experiences that stay authentic to each of our brands. We pride ourselves in continuing to research new technologies, improve fragrance application, and focus on product innovation. Stay tuned as we have some revolutionary fragrance application projects in the product pipeline on track to launch soon.

 

 

 

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New Vendors | Beachcombers Coastal Life & P. Graham Dunn

OneCoast is honored to be now representing Beachcombers Coastal Life and P. Graham Dunn who add to our incredible vendor line up for 2017. Read on to learn more about each vendor.

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Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.

A: Beachcombers has been around for over 70 years and, believe it or not, when presented with the opportunity to buy the company in 2015 – it was not love at first sight. The previous owners and I both agreed that it would be good to spend about six months learning about the business and it was during this time that I got hooked. Being the entrepreneur that I am, it did not take me long to see there was a great foundation in place, and I quickly saw the future, which is now Beachcombers Coastal Life.

 

beach_combers_16_2-364_1Q: What are your product offerings?  What’s unique about your products vs. other manufacturers?

A: When it comes to product, we stick to what we know; Coastal. We have six lines which are Coastal Gifts, Coastal Decor, Coastal Holiday, Coastal Threads, Coastal Accessories, and Coastal Kids.  The uniqueness of each product line is a reflection of our carefully selected product team’s commitment to those lines and our mission, which is to never be boring, never stop being inspired, and never stop caring about what the end consumer wants in coastal products. 

 

What makes our products different from the other wholesalers? It is our intense focus on the coastal genre; it’s that simple. We put more time and energy into this genre than any other company out there, and that, in turn, is what makes unique products. 

 

beach_combers_16_2-775Q: Where do you get your inspirations and trend direction from for new products?

A: Focusing on our specifically targeted end consumer. We get our inspirations and trend direction from multiple sources including international fashion and home shows, online trend services, market research partners, and lifestyle magazines such as Coastal living, Cottage & Bungalow. This helps to keep our focus sharp on the aspirational lifestyle products we offer.

 

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

A: Feedback is by far the most valuable offering at the markets for us. Finding out what we’re doing right, and what we can do better. We’re in the business of helping our customers grow their business. The markets are great place to understand and appreciate the world of our retail partners and improve our offerings.

 

beach_combers_16-171Q: Why do customers love your products?

A: Honestly, our retailers love our products because they retail well. Consumers want memories, and love to dream. Our products aim to keep those things alive through aspirational product offerings that are suitable in every home.

 

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

A: 2016 brought about the inception of our décor and holiday lines, as well as a tremendous amount of awesome Improvement within the company; top to bottom.

 

Come January 2017 we will be launching three new complete lines:

  • Coastal Threads, which consists of women’s and men’s fashion.
  • Coastal Accessories, which consists of outfit completers – from jewelry and hats – to totes.
  • Coastal Kid, a line which will include boys and girls fashion, swim, and living – and one which is particularly special to me because of my own children.

2017 will see further improvement of all of our lines, as well as these exciting launches. Beyond that though? Well, we are going to keep that a secret for now! Rest assured though, it is going to be spectacular!


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Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.

pgd-1A: P. Graham Dunn is a family owned and operated business, nestled in the heart of Amish country that started back in 1976 by Peter and LeAnna Dunn. A few years prior to starting the business, Peter and LeAnna accepted a mission to open a home for runaway girls in New York City. In order to keep the girls occupied, they initiated a small woodworking business. The girls carved plaques and gifts that quickly became popular at the Greenwich Village outdoor markets. Little did they know this side-business would lead to a full-time operation. Now, 40 years later, P. Graham Dunn is leading manufacturer of inspirational art, gift and home decor within the United States.

 

Q: What are your product offerings? What’s unique about your products vs. other manufacturers?

A: Inspirational home décor manufactured in the USA! We offer a variety of handcrafted products made from commodity materials. In addition, 95% of our product is designed in-house by our extremely talented team of designers. We are also proud to employ a workforce that is primarily Amish and Mennonite, which in turn makes up a strong, family-oriented culture within the walls of our factory and warehouse.

pgrahamdunnpic3Q: Where do you get your inspirations and trend direction from for new products?

A: Our designers and product development team have a keen eye for new designs and product ideas that are both on-trend and resonating with our shoppers.  We are consistently scouring the market for new, unique product ideas, as well as, listening to our customers and adapting to their needs.

 

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

A: We love getting to meet with our customers and grow the relationships we have with them, as well as, showcasing our new product and seeing the response we get from buyers.  Each show is an adrenaline rush, as we have opportunity to share our new designs with the market.

pgd-3Q: Why do customers love your products?

A: We believe that our products resonate with our customers.  We take pride in creating products that warm the heart and inspire the soul.  Our purpose is to bring products to market that are uplifting and positive. Our customers also love that we are Made in the USA!

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

A: We are currently expanding our factory and warehouse, taking us from 120,000 sq. ft to a 266,000 sq. ft. With this additional capacity, we’ll be able to introduce new technologies and equipment that will continue to enhance our product offering. In addition, we are working on our Spring introduction which will build upon our current product offering and will include several new designs and ideas. Expect continued expansion on the farmhouse look with clean designs, and rustic simplicity.