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The Best New Products We Found At Shoppe Object
“It may have only launched in 2018, but Shoppe Object is already one of our favorite design shows of the year. The semiannual New York City trade exhibition is a great way to discover new brands and get inspired—whether that means tracking down the perfect throw pillows or just unearthing an unexpected color palette. We always go armed with plenty of iPhone storage: You have to take pictures to remember everything!
This year’s show, a treasure trove of decor in every color, material, and style on view over the course of an August weekend, just wrapped. If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry—we have you covered. We narrowed down the list of designers our editors loved at the fair to these eight…”
Three Friends Team Up To Launch Wavy Ceramics, Colored Glass, And Statement Jewelry
“Shoppe Object — a curated, independent New York trade show founded by three industry veterans — may only be a year old but it’s already essentially replaced what used to be a certain high-end section of the New York home goods fair New York Now. We’ll be walking the show today and bringing you highlights this weekend but of course we’ve already identified our favorite booth via Instagram, which represents the coming together of three friends as well as three of our favorite thing.”
BUSINESS OF HOME
Shoppe Object Abandoned The Traditional Trade Show Model. Did It Work?
“Business of Home explored the show’s impact and future with founders Jesse James, Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk.
How has your vision for the show evolved between planning and executing? What do you anticipate this year as a result of that evolution?
Jesse James: Shoppe Object launched one year ago out of what we saw as necessity, and we honestly had no clearly defined long view. We just rolled up our shirtsleeves and dove in, intent on creating the experience we wanted to have, and offering what we knew was missing. A year later, we are quadruple the size, with a long waiting list of quality brands that we would love to be able to include in our growing community, and we are already at capacity in our new home at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. So the vision went from, “Let’s try this thing,” to one with a strong sense of clarity and purpose, and a long view of spirited, meaningful growth.
Minya Quirk: We are now presenting more than 450 brands in a big venue, all under one roof. Pier 36 ... is perfect for our needs, but off the traditional beaten path for many home and gift buyers. We believe change is good, and we feel that the brands and retailers alike will feel comfortable with and excited by our new locale. Our brand mix is so stellar that we truly believe Shoppe Object is unmissable. We’re looking forward to presenting a mix of special sections, a vast array of amazing companies and the good vibes we have come to be known for.”
The Six Irish Brands Showing At This Year's Shoppe Object NYC
“One of the most influential and exciting trade shows in America, Shoppe Objet is renowned for its considered and unique collection of designers. This year, six Irish brands have been selected to take part, giving each a chance to meet buyers, international press and other makers. Here are the brands flying the Irish flag this weekend…”
10 Products We Loved…
“Last week was a wonderful time for design scouting in New York as the two biggest design and gift fairs took over Manhattan. Between NY Now at the Javits Center and Shoppe Object at Pier 36, there was plenty of new product to admire, with a special emphasis on small-scale makers and handcrafted goods. From fabric to furniture, glassware, and ceramics — plus no shortage of new design brands to watch — these products are some of our favorite finds from the shows.”
Shoppe Object Spotlights Artistic Edge In Discreet Setting
“… while Shoppe Object, which wrapped up earlier this week at Pier 36 Manhattan’s Lower East Side, parallels its closest competitor, NY Now at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the presentation veers into territory that is more intimate between shoppers and exhibitors.”
Dueling Design Fairs: Rug Trends…
“The competition got heated in the design show business last weekend with overlapping dates for two dueling fairs in Manhattan: the fledgling Shoppe Object and the established NY Now. After debuting August 2018 in two locations with 250 brands on show, Shoppe Object doubled its presentation to more 450 brands all under one roof at Pier 36 from Aug. 10 -12. Rug exhibitors at the summer edition included Amadi, Domada, Leah Singh, Egypt-based Kilim, and Tantuvi.”
GIFTS & DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
Top Gift Markets: What To Know Before You Go
“Stacy Maiano of Red Sail, an accessory, home and gift boutique in Portland, OR, says she has found hundreds of designers that she loves at ShoppeObject. She told us she loves that the show is much more curated than some of the others she has attended and that the quality of the designers is impeccable.
Minya Quirk, ShoppeObject’s co-founder, said, “We have an eye on advanced and progressive design-minded brands.” According to Quirk, they make an effort to bring in sophisticated exhibitors who cater to top-tier buyers.”
Best New Perfumes From Shoppe Object
“As is my wont, I went in search of things that smelled good. Many olfactory treasures were scattered among the luscious textiles and sleek ceramics. Trade shows are a great opportunity to try new offerings from brands you already know as well to try brands for the first time. Trend spotting is always fun, too. I was very pleased with a trend I noticed pretty quickly: it was a rose parade at Shoppe Object! And of course the move toward “clean”, “cruelty-free”, “vegan” was still in full effect.”
GIFTS & DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
2019 Gifted Mover & Shakers
“Jesse James, Founder of Aesthetic Movement and Co-Founder of Shoppe Object, was just named a 2019 Gifted Mover & Shaker by Gifts & Decorative Accessories. In the interview, conducted by Lenise Wills, James talks about the origins of Shoppe Object, the motivations behind it, and what the future holds.
Why did you start Shoppe Object?
After 20 years at the gift show, I was no longer having any fun. The experience was on a rapid decline, and as hard as we tried to engage in dialogue, it seemed no one was listening. Things had come to a breaking point; that façade exhibitors would keep up when comparing notes had finally dropped, and everyone was sort of like, “This sucks!” I walked out of the winter 2018 show feeling exhausted and defeated, and I woke up the next day unwilling to let that experience define my life. The answer seemed so simple: good people, great product, a nice environment and an enjoyable experience. I thought, “I love this community, and I want to feel the vibes again.” It really was as simple as that. By nothing short of cosmic coincidence, the day I called Minya was the day she and Deirdre were popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate the closing of a deal to sell their show, so when I said, “Hey, do you want to start a new one?” she was like, “Call me crazy, but sure!” The three of us had a meeting a few days later, and we were all inspired enough to jump in head first. That’s how my partners and I pulled off the first Shoppe Object in just three short months.”
Shoppe Object, The New Trade Show You Need To Know
“One thing I'm excited about is that we have wonderful anchors who are familiar faces and seminal brands who people will know, but we also have people that have never been seen in a show setting," James says. "So a buyer coming in will find true newness and engage with people who either couldn't afford the giant convention center setting or didn't feel like that was the best place for them." James declined to give exact pricing for the show but noted that, besides being less than shows in convention centers, Shoppe Object offered more choice in square footage. "Some brands can represent themselves well in a much smaller footprint, like one of our 4 foot by 9 foot spaces, and still make the impression that they want," he says.
That said, the participating vendors all have a certain shared ethos, centered around hand craftsmanship. It's an important way of giving the show its own sense of identity. "It's too gargantuan," says James of the traditional trade-show model. "The idea that you can provide something for everyone isn't the reality of today. We're in a much more specialized time when people want to find their niche. I feel like this is a much more intimate opportunity to engage with people for real; those who are creating unique retail spaces want to meet the people who are creating the products they sell. They want to have genuine conversations and to hang out a bit.”