I wish I could share more about the city of Atlanta with you, but we really only saw it from the inside of the Rube Goldberg-like halls and tunnels that connected the complex that is AmericasMart. So, here’s a view of Atlanta, Georgia from the perspective of two artists inside trade show land.
Due to record snowfalls and closed airports, there was some worry among the gift companies that the weather might affect sales, but by the time we arrived, sales were soaring, the halls were packed and buzzing, and showrooms were selling until midnight! Little Robot, who is the main character of our new Baby Bots collection, was delighted to be featured in the front window of C.R. Gibson. Normally, I would have worried that he would get a big head, but fortunately, he is humble and spent most of his time playing with puppybot and birdywhisk … and wooing customers.
Photos clockwise from below left: 1. Cathy with Sherrie McCulloch, Director of Infant Products for C.R. Gibson, who made it possible for our three new collections to make it from drawing board to showroom in a few short months. 2. Close-up of the front of the new baby book (you can place your baby’s name in the nifty nameplate). 3. The keepsake box with alphabet cards for personalizing. We love this product. 4. Cathy signing brag books. It was fun to meet so many retailers, many of whom were moms and grandmoms with their own babies to brag about! 5. The Baby Bot Ceramic Coin Bank, which was definitely the hit product of the day. We just wanted to fill his tummy with coins and give him a hug.
Little Robot’s favorite part of Atlanta was that he was joining two more collections born in the studio, Alex and Emma. Ellen masterminded these two great groups and the final pieces were gorgeous. They appeal to parents who enjoy both contemporary and traditional styles. Here is Ellen in front of our twin collections.
The Alex and Emma products are printed on cloth with embroidered embellishments and ribbons, which add to the keepsake quality of the collections. Alex, for boys, features traditional patterns in crisp blues and whites with accents of navy. Dimensional insets add a high-end feel to the group, which we like to describe as handsome (in a baby way). Below are photos showing the baby book and its interior, and two of our favorite pieces, the natty brag book and precious embroidered frame.
Emma, the sister collection, is all about tradition – with a twist. The colors for this group bloom in preppy pinks and greens. We wanted it to feel fresh and clean and fun, and it really does. Below is a photo of the book with its sweet interior, as well as photos of two of our favorite Emma pieces: the embroidered frame and the very popular photo clutch, which was a favorite new item at the show.
So, that is what we saw in Atlanta, Georgia. If you are welcoming some precious new babies to your families, we hope you see some perfect ways to celebrate them in our new collections. We have also created coordinating nursery art for all three new collections (which you can find right here) so that you can spell your babies’ names or place their monograms right above their cribs. It’s never too early to start learning the ABCs, especially when A is for An Adorable new baby.
Next stop on the magical baby collection tour: Dallas Gift Show. We’ll be at the C.R. Gibson showroom signing books on Friday, January 21 at 1:00. See you there!
Wow! Looks like you two have been busy! Brava!