Reviews by our World Liberty TV Gift and Housewares Team
NY NOW is the largest wholesale trade show in America all under one roof, giving retailers, buying groups, interior design firms, importers, exporters and more, access to more than 2,300 leading brands in design, bringing more unique, never-before seen product to retailers than any other platform.
Held twice per year in February and August, NY NOW is where brands come to stand out and buyers come to set their business apart from the competition.
Our brands represent products across all categories across home and lifestyle, from gifts and fashion to furniture and kitchenware, with more than 400 of our companies featuring 100% handcrafted products of exceptional design from the U.S. makers and around the globe.
With eleven product categories organized into three collections, HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE, buyers of all types can discover the best products for their business with ease.
We have been covering The NY Now Winter and Summer editions for the past 8 years, and below we want to share which we thought were the best products, we saw at the NY Now Summer 2019:
Pretty Rugged Gear: In 1898, Joshua Slocum became the first person to sail around the world alone. He had a love of the water that would be ingrained in the Slocum family forever.
More than a century later, Slocum’s family can still be found spending much of their time on the water. It was here that Tracy Slocum, Joshua’s great-great granddaughter, would conceive idea for the Pretty Rugged blanket out of the need for a functional, yet aesthetic, way to keep warm in the open air. History was made again…
Tracy Slocum’s favorite activity has always been boating on Lake George, however, the chilly mornings and evenings coupled with mixed weather left her and her family cold and wet…That gave Tracy an idea—to create a rugged-yet-beautiful blanket that doubles as a fashionable wrap, offering boaters luxurious warmth and protection from the elements.
She drew inspiration from her great-great grandfather, Captain Joshua Slocum, who wrapped himself in fur to withstand inclement weather when he was the first person to sail around the world alone in the late 1800s.
Working with top fashion consultants, Tracy created the world’s first blanket with luxe faux fur on one side and waterproof, windproof, spill-proof Rugged Tex® fabric on the other. The Pretty Rugged Blanket is the perfect marriage of modern, easy-care materials, designed to provide years of luxury, performance and style.
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727 Sail Bags: 727, this number alone conjures up the brand’s unique world. In reference to the number printed on the sail of the family yacht of Jean-Baptiste Roger, one of the founders, in which the first bags were made, they initiated the culture of numbers on the yokes, which adorn most of the creations. A sign of the unshakeable links which link our brand to the world of sailing, regattas and ocean racing. Each 727Sailbags creation is unique, as evidenced by the authentication label: what type of sail, on board what sailing vessel, with which skipper, in which seas, which oceans? We trace the maritime history of each item, combining authenticity and the latest trends.
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Ketto Design: Ketto owes its existence to the long-lasting friendship between Catherine Fafard and Julie St-Onge- Drouin, as well as the contribution of dedicated employees and collaborators.
For the past 15 years, the two co-founders and their team have shaped the company and brought their ideas to life by relying on their creativity, audacity, business sense, desire to learn, strategy, passion, efficiency, and a whole lot of positive attitude.
Today, the Ketto characters are featured on collections designed to delight the young and old alike: handbags, school bags, lunch bags, pencil cases, cosmetic bags, coffee mugs, and more! A thousand and one ways to brighten up your day and put smiles on the faces around you.
Ketto encourages you to live colourfully and never, ever forget, that it’s all the little pleasures in life that make a world of difference!
See more about Ketto Design on their website by clicking here.
FUTADA INC: Our manufacturing capabilities range from designing to high firing of ceramics, and we mainly manage and produce 700,000pcs a month within our 14700m² site.
To date, we have created a wide variety of tableware designs.
We value our relationship with our customers, preparing various samples and refining each one to perfection.
Since our company’s start 40 years ago, we have accumulated experience that gives us a strong foundation for which our company stands presently.
From the past to the future… Based on product strength and technical capabilities that have been developed so far, as a manufacturer capable of mass producing ceramics, we strive to overcome new obstacles and continue our growth as a company.
See more about FUTADA INC, on their website by clicking here.
Barkly basics : Stylish Kitchen basics for Home+Office,
When it comes to the home, Barkly Basics simplifies life’s choices. Our products are designed to blend in with your surrounds with minimal fuss.
Our life philosophy of “Keep it simple and everything will take care of itself” also applies to our products. We believe simplicity is the key to understated beauty and an organized life.
Our everyday products and consumables for the home are affordable, functional and stylish to make everyday duties pleasurable.
See more about Barkly basics on their website by clicking here.
Muzen Audio: Muzen’s line of portable smart speakers are here for you like a friend to accompany you along your various journeys throughout life.
When you’re with friends and sudden group singing occurs -When you’re with someone you fancy and need to set the mood for some backseat bingo -When you’re studying and require focus music. – we’re here for you for any occasion –
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VerveCulture: One of the best things about travel is that we see new places, meet new people, experience new foods, customs and activities – it is the inhaling of the essences of the PLACE and it has the power to move us with secrets and history.
Verve Culture is dedicated to bringing some of these experiences to you even if you can’t travel or have traveled and want to connect again to those memories or aspirations. We present items that are truly iconic but with today’s vibe that honor traditions and heritage and the people that make them.
See more about Verve Culture on their website by clicking here.
Mira Designs USA: Mitsubishi Cleansui delivers safe, reliable water through a unique, state of the art, filtration system.Each filter combines the standard activated Carbon method with a Hollow Fiber Membrane that is added to the end of each filter.
What is a Hollow Fiber Membrane, and how does it benefit your water?
See more about Mitsubishi Cleansui at their website by clicking here.
Seriously Ice Cold (SIC): The founders (Bobby and Erik) have been friends for years. They met when their wives taught elementary school together in Jacksonville, Florida. We all quickly became close friends as we share many common interests and we found ourselves spending more and more time together. For some odd reason, it seemed regardless of where we were enjoying each other’s company – on the water, the golf course, the beach, a tailgate, it always seemed that we had a cold drink in our hand or very close to us! Bobby and Erik often joke that people say, “Do what you are passionate about,” and we sure are passionate about an ice cold beer or drink!
Our vision of SIC brand is much more than just a cup label, we strive to invoke a lifestyle image that takes you to your happy spot. It doesn’t matter if that spot happens to be on a boat, at a party, working the grill, on a beach, fishing in the early morning or anywhere else – our SIC cups will be just as excited as you will to be there for it!
See more about Seriously Ice Cold (SIC) at their website by clicking here.
Stephanie Johnson: Our company name – Ricardo Beverly Hills – is forever linked to the West Coast lifestyle— a state of mind for travel and exploration. We’re motivated by creativity, captivated by the spirit of the West Coast, and obsessed with quality.
Founded by Richard “Ricardo” Gibbs in 1978 in Beverly Hills, California, the Ricardo Beverly Hills brand was the catalyst for everything the company has become 40 years later.
Today, we are a global leader specializing in the design, innovation, and marketing of luggage and travel accessories. Everything we make is founded on our obsession with travel, design and style, and world exploration.
Our corporate headquarters are located in the greater Seattle area. Through our proprietary brands Ricardo Beverly Hills, Stephanie Johnson, Skyway, and American Explorer, as well as private label brands, we are committed to helping travelers get more out of their trips through our compelling travel solutions.
See more about Stephanie Johnson at their website by clicking here.