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.

Spring-Summer 2018 Color Trends

By Madeline Merryman, Division Sales Manager of C.R. Gibson

As Spring/Summer 2018 is quickly approaching, a new wave of color and design trends are expected to hit the market. According to industry reports and CR Gibson’s findings, you are likely to see a range of designs including animals, florals, natural elements, modern lines, intricate patterns, and textile pieces trending this summer. Aviary Garden, Earth Tones, and Tropical are three of the many color & design trends popping up in the 2018 market, and you will be sure to catch these designs and patterns in the retail industry for Spring/Summer 2018.

Aviary Garden: A bit unconventional and a tad old-fashioned. Painterly feminine florals and watercolor backgrounds are the focus, while birds nesting in the branches, ornate butterflies, and beautiful insects play a supporting role. Delicate shades of pink and peach combine with some of the most vivid hues to create this romantic look. The Aviary Garden color trend includes soft toned pinks and corals with bolder accents of pinks, turquoise, and greens. Finishes include a mixture of shiny, matte, and aged golds. Embellishments include glitter, foil, transparent/semitransparent materials, and soft feminine fabrics and touches.

 

Earth Tones: A salute to the ultimate inspiration, this look draws on the majesty of mountains, earth forms, trees, woodland characters, feathers, and leaves to inspire its design. Wood and bark in all their forms are present, as well as a host of natural fibers like canvas, jute, and natural yarns. Discover nature’s palette in the warmest browns, earthy greens, and dashes of cinnamon and lusty ochre. The Earth Tones color trend includes earthy greens, tans, and rock tones with uncoated, textured, rich, and industrial finishes. Embellishments include canvas, cording, jute, and vines.

 

Tropical: A vibrant rhythm of calypso colors tango with tropical patterns in a dance as steamy as the rainforest itself. With a nod to the pulse of the jungle, sultry splashes of neon characterize visuals of lush foliage, while vivid birds, festive fruit, and flashy florals swing and sway to a tropical beat. Tropical colors include bold prints paired with solids or tonal prints, neon bright set against black backgrounds, and metal accents. Finishes include matte/gloss combinations and texture mixing, while embellishments include glitter, sequins, foil, pom-poms, and tassels.

 

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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