Summer has come and gone. Fall is in the air! Grab yourself something with pumpkin spice and take a peek at our plaid fall favorites!
Summer has come and gone. Fall is in the air! Grab yourself something with pumpkin spice and take a peek at our plaid fall favorites!
Looking for the fall and winter 2016 prints and pattern trends? We’ve got ‘em! Here’s four trends that have got our attention for the upcoming season.
We have to admit…we’ve got a thing for plaid! From home decor to fashion accessories, this crisp, classic pattern is always on trend for chilly weather. No matter the color combination, plaid is the perfect staple for fall and winter!
Stripes are making a statement this fall and winter! Whether they are thick, thin, vertical or horizontal; stripes are always a classic staple. Talk about variety! Stripes can range from a classic two-toned pattern or an array of bold hues to fit every personality and style.
Florals aren’t just for spring anymore! Beautiful, bold bouquets are blooming their way into the color months ahead. Color trends like burgundy, cobalt, mustard, rust, emerald, and amethyst blossom for the season bringing florals from fresh to earthy.
This menswear-inspired textile is a traditional and trendy pattern that is here to stay! Houndstooth has taken on a fresh and feminine spin for the season. This simple pattern helps add a bunch to basic solid staples!
Blog post written by OneCoast Territory Manager/8 Oak Lane Line Leader, Kerry Whippee
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.
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.
Inspired by all things current, clever, and creative, 8 Oak Lane is a modern day solution for table-top accessories and gifts that satisfy the inner creative in everyone.
Shade Critters, a unique collection of UPF50+ sun protection for infants, toddlers, & kids, was designed with a let’s play dress up angle for the little ones mixed with trending prints that mom can’t get enough of.
Over the past 18 years About Face Designs™ has come to be known as the industry leader in sentiment gifts and lifestyle products. To keep on top of the ever-changing specialty gift market, the company continues to evolve; designing and developing appropriate product types while staying true to our mission statement of offering creative, high quality product at great values.
Over the past 2 years, About Face Designs has added significantly to our product offering introducing the “softer side” of our company in 2014. New product categories have included, pillows, tote bags, cosmetic bags, baby onesies and women’s scarves. These new categories have generated a huge amount of excitement and business for the company and underscored our direction to transform our product offering.
In 2015 we continued this approach of diversification by introducing new lines including the new “Hello World™” Collection, with a fashionable color palette, gold metallic accents and clever “affirmation” messages. More excitement was in store for January 2016 as we greatly expand Hello World and introduced the new innovative “State of Mine™” and “Say What™” Collections! And mid-year 2016 promises to be the best new product launch ever for About Face Designs as we further build on our past success!
This season you will fall in love with color!
Fall 2016 All For Color is all about mixing our namesake punchy brights with classic neutrals and navy. We have focused not only on great accessories and fashion separates, but a full coordinating collection designed for true style ease and wearability. You’ll find timeless pieces that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe.
From our incredibly comfortable Streamline Leggings, to our versatile Wren Utility Jackets, we literally have you covered!
Rich fall jewel tones are front and center as far as color palette and comfort is key in flowy silhouettes and new luxe material options.
So this fall stay stylish, cozy and colorful in All For Color.
Enjoy life in color!
A countdown to beautiful candles. Boulevard Candles and Crafters & Co products are designed in the USA and made with the superior quality materials and fragrances.
Both brands offer luxurious fragrances in a sophisticated urban chic style.
Hitting all design trends for summer 2016, C.R. Gibson’s summer release is all about color and prints. We have expanded our hugely successful LookBook with chic and functional leatherette stationery pieces that coordinate with our Lookbook paper to refresh our stationery offering. Our leatherette offering is coupled with new giftables for her with function and style, taking patterns from current fashion trends. Speaking of fashion, the always stylish Winks collection now features new stationery that will add style to your desk at work or home! Chic designs coupled with a pop of gold will keep you on trend and ready for your close up! Well-known artist Lolita, of our popular drinkware collection, is introducing an iconic trend mainstay to her newest pattern – peacock feathers. This pattern adds a bit of sophistication that is both flirty and fun. Also known for our kitchen collections, C.R. Gibson is bringing back Iota for the kitchen with the Periodic Table of Yum, a whimsically scientific collection using the Iota signature 9 colors. Each item is curated to add function with style. Cooking will become elemental in your home! With over 4 new collections, C.R. Gibson’s new summer release is filled with fun and fresh looks for the season.
DEMDACO fulfills the artistic design interests and thoughtful gift-giving character of consumers by introducing fashionable and heartfelt new product collections this season. Artful tableware and serving accessories double as delightful home décor with new product lines in the Home & Entertaining category. Delightfully contemporary and upscale keepsakes and toys for Baby & Kids appeal to modern parents and gift givers. Sophisticated and stylish new Fashion & Jewelry collections are thoughtfully designed with the act of gift giving in mind. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy adventure-inspired products that celebrate their passion for The Great Outdoors. Consumers can preserve the beauty and thoughtfulness of the handwritten word with artful new stationery products. And everyone will delight in welcoming the garden and outdoor-living seasons with refreshing new indoor-outdoor seasonal décor.
Jane Marie started as a charm company and has grown to a large line offering various styles that cater to all women and their own unique styles. We stay up to date on the current trends without straying from our vintage flair. Our designs this Fall continue with the latest trends using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, fringe and tassels.
Boho has expanded! There are large statement necklaces to be worn singly or even layer several together for an incredibly bold look. You will be excited by the addition of Western and Tribal inspired programs. Complete your look with the new Wooden Beaded Bracelets or several of the new Stackable Semi-precious Mixed Beaded Bracelets.
Express your style from one of Jane Marie’s Four New Necklace Collections that can be worn short or long. You will want to add to your jewelry collection necklaces from Agate with wire wrapping, Beaded Tassels, or the Double Natural Stone Collection with polished & faceted stones offered in new hues to complement your fall wardrobe.
The Fall Collection offers New Carded programs of Delicate Necklaces featuring new icons, Initial Necklaces, and Semi-precious Natural Stone Necklaces in three styles. These are all affordable prices and great for gifting. Additionally you can look forward to several New Bracelet programs introducing new styles.
Charms have the addition of Druzy, Horn, Color Variations, Mixed Metals, and New Style States. The Charm Catchers offer 3 new styles including adjustable leather. Fall brings an expansion to the line of Leather Tassel Key Chains, State Bar Necklaces, and for your sporting events Team Colored Beaded Bar Necklaces.
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, and where you are going. It doesn’t have to be bright, trendy or loud. It just has to be you”. Pharrell Williams
This upcoming Fall is brimming with numerous micro trends that all lead back to style and personal expression. Instead of writing a novel on the trends – we decided to simply list some that we paid special attention to:
Mud Pie is welcoming in Fall and Holiday 2016 with 1,800 remarkable new items for their award-winning collection of unique, affordable gifts. Charming baby holiday apparel and collectibles; head-to-toe fashion and accessories; and fabulous seasonal pieces for home and entertaining.
Mud Pie Kids Fall and Holiday 2016 is Mud Pie’s brightest line of product ever with an amazing assortment of festive styles, gifts and keepsakes to make the season sparkle. From cozy sweaters, to Halloween Costumes and personalized Holiday apparel, the Kids line has special touches to make every occasion memorable. For little boys, it’s buffalo check, woodland prints, plush one-pieces and hero capes for dress up. For little girls, it’s glitter and sequins, pom-poms, polka dots and tulle dresses for Holiday play. From new collections and reinvented favorites, with sizes that range from infant to 5T, every little one will look bright and merry for the season. Looking for gifts that give back? New for 2016, Mud Pie is proud to introduce an exclusive March of Dimes piggy bank. For every purchase of this classic ceramic bank, featuring a raised “love” footprint in platinum, Mud Pie will donate $5, in addition to the ten cent donation for all socks and soft headbands. Mud Pie has guaranteed a minimum donation of $150,000 through the Give Today. Give Them Tomorrow. ® Campaign from September 2016 to January 2017.
Mud Pie Living gets festive for Fall and Holiday 2016 with fabulous gifts sets, home accents, tabletop décor, ornaments, stockings, table runners and cutting boards, all designed with a special personal touch in mind. The holidays are covered with both whimsical and traditional offerings for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As the leaves change colors, Mud Pie brings seasonal flair to your home with additions to best-selling groups like Circa, Lodge, Pine Bough, Old St. Nick, Holly and Glitter, and new introductions including Oak Leaf, Fall Harvest, Hanukkah, XOXO and Santa Claus Lane. Tartan, terracotta, birch, stoneware, felt and grain sack are a few of the eye-catching finishes for the season. Look for new piece types this year from a throw and linen plaques to dimensional word art and a menorah. Visit Mud Pie Living for whimsical holiday décor, pet gifts, holiday themed guest towels and gifts for everyone on the list.
Mud Pie Fashion is focused on favorite trends for the season that are timeless. A head-to-toe collection defined by effortless styles, fall 2016 features classic, universally flattering silhouettes that require minimal styling. Mix and match for cool weather with transitional wardrobe staples including vests, cardigans and sweaters, ruanas, tunics, ponchos, dresses and leggings. Prints and embellishments such as plaid, tassels, flannel, and sparkles take the season’s looks from day to night. New collections of reversible necklaces, sentiment bangles, pajama sets and athleisure wear are sure to be holiday favorites for gifting. To round out the season, Mud Pie is introducing a genuine leather tote that accents any and all outfits. Fall fashion is memorable with gorgeous layering combinations and statement pieces – all at very attractive price points.
At Studio M (formerly Magnet Works) we are dedicated to creating unique, artful products for the home and garden. Each season, we collaborate with talented artists to bring you and your customers the best designs in the industry.
From mini garden items and garden flags to Art Poles and Art Planters, there is something new in every category this season! Outdoor décor isn’t just for warm weather – it’s an important category all year round. Our unique products stand out from typical seasonal décor and will bring warm colors and life to the brisk fall and winter seasons.
Merriment quickly became one of our best-selling lines after its launch in January 2016. Fall creatures, Christmas cheer, and a cozy fairy cottage are just a few of this season’s additions to the fairy garden line designed by Mary Engelbreit. With bright colors and classic patterns, you just won’t be able to get enough of this collection.
Our wildly popular Gypsy Garden collection designed by Genevieve Gail just keeps on growing! From the lake to the beach to a campsite in the mountains, there are exciting new themes to discover. Genevieve’s signature style and use of color and pattern brings a vibrant, exciting twist to mini gardening.
This season, we teamed up once again with the industry’s most talented artists to bring you over 45 beautiful new flag collections. From turkeys and touchdowns to Santas and snowmen, these designs feature the best art selection and adaptation on the market.
Show Your Colors
With 24 popular colorways available in both 18” Art Planters and 6” Art Pots, there is something for every fan in our new Show Your Colors collection! Whether you want to show your team spirit or simply add some trendy colors to your décor, this program has it all. For an unforgettable, personalized gift, use our circle decals to customize the Planters or Pots with a team name, icon, or monogram.
Welcome autumn with new Art Poles designed by artists Susan Winget, Stephanie Burgess and Bernadette Deming! An Art Pole is an impactful way to add beautiful artwork to any landscape. With state-of-the-art design and exceptional quality, Art Poles can be enjoyed for many years outdoors.
With artwork that flows seamlessly across items like Art Planters, flags, and Art Poles, the pieces in each of our Garden Collections complement each other perfectly. Each specially curated collection includes unique products that will coordinate beautifully in your store, as well as in the homes of your customers!
Our six-inch steel Art Pots are hand-turned in India and are printed right here in the USA. We now have over 100 Art Pots with themes for every season and occasion. The wide range of styles makes Art Pots the perfect gift item. Our new baby-themed pots make perfect gifts or party decorations for a baby shower or gender reveal!
With exciting patterns that will stay vibrant for years, our lightweight, durable Art Planters are the most unique planters on the market. Our collection now includes over 100 Art Planters! Each planter set has a coordinating MatMate for a truly remarkable front door greeting.
Kaleidoscope is an eye-catching collection designed by artist Carol Roeda. The carefully crafted design of the line’s dimensional, kinetic sculptures allow each one to respond to subtle changes in the wind. Each sculpture is made of a heavy-gauge metal that won’t corrode or rust. Kaleidoscope’s bright pops of color and hand-painted details will turn any outdoor space into an art gallery.
Woodstock Chimes are the original musically tuned, high quality windchimes. Created by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, they are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world. Woodstock Chimes’ products have been the choice of discerning customers for over 36 years. While chimes are the heart of our business, we are also the source for the award-winning Woodstock Music Collection, fun and colorful instruments for children of all ages, and the popular Woodstock Rainbow Makers, stunning crystal suncatchers that do for light what our chimes do for sound. Twenty new product introductions in June build upon our best-selling trends over the past several seasons. Beautiful tunings, celebration themes, plenty of color and many more Rainbow Maker suncatchers are all available at the summer markets. Our Customer Care staff and professional Territory Managers will help you develop the order that’s best for your selling environment.
8 Oak Lane has been creating some major buzz in our industry since their debut at the 2016 Winter Markets! Geared towards Millennials, 8 Oak Lane has created a stunning line of Instagram worthy home decor and gift products that are sure to be a conversation starter. Here’s a look at some of their latest press mentions you’ll want to see!
Generation Y Not?
Featured in the February/March 2016 issue of Giftware News
Giftware News Winter Market Lookbook
Giftware News Winter Product Features
Gifts and Dec Winter Market Highlights
” ‘Living the Pinned life’ is what 8 Oak Lane is All About. The new company made its debut this winter with a selection of home accessories and gifts geared towards Millennials.”
See the full feature here.
“New company 8 Oak Lane in One Coast (B2-18-1800), drew crowds and offered fun giveaways.”
See full feature here.