“This is an exciting new opportunity to broaden the scope of the NYIGF by offering a platform to a new segment of the gift and home distribution channel,” Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF Director and GLM Senior Vice President, said in a statement. “Artisan Resource will efficiently and affordably facilitate a stronger pipeline of global artisanal craft into mainstream distribution.”
The new market will allow artisans from overseas to bring their handmade products to a new market. The exhibitors will be selected based on design innovation, sustainability, social enterprise and ability to meet export demands. Some 50 companies are expected to participate, and the list of participating countries will include Afghanistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and West Africa.
ByHand Consulting, which was founded by Colvin English and Karen Gibbs to bring artisans to new export markets, will help GLM organize the show.
“There is an unprecedented demand for handmade and artisan products in U.S. gift, home and accessories markets today. Tapping into large production artisan resources allows importers access to suppliers with quantity capabilities and capacities,” English said in a statement. “We’re delighted to partner with GLM to formalize what we have been doing independently at NYIGF for some time.”
In addition, GLM has promoted Allison Rober to the position of sales manager for Artisan Resource, where she will be responsible for developing and executing sales strategies for the new show. Rober has worked for GLM for eight years, and has served as a sales manager for The Gourmet Housewares Show at NYIGF and NYIGF’s Tabletop and Housewares division.
The first Artisan Resource will take place Aug. 20-22 at the Javits Center, but the second market, which will take place Jan. 28-30, 2013, will move to Pier 92.