housewares logo A panel featuring millennials revealed that convenience is most important when cooking, which is why they are always in search of products, services or apps to help them save time. By Bianca Herron

One common theme during a panel at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show was cooking – as long as it is convenient.

Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place March 18-21, the annual show’s first keynote, “Millennials Have a Lot to Say About Housewares,” was moderated by Maureen Azzato, editor-in-chief of Home Furnishing News (HFN), and Warren Shoulberg, HFN editorial director.

The panel included seven focus group members who ranged in age, occupation and marital/family status. Despite the fact that all panelists enjoying cooking, time is an issue for many, which is why they are always in search of products, services or apps to help them save time, according to a release.

When it came to their buying decisions, a few of the millennials noted they were influenced by social media platforms including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Tastemade and YouTube. In addition, television and cooking shows, and endorsements from friends and family – either in person or through social media – also played a critical role in their buying decisions.

Though others panelist were not “tied” to certain brands; how the product currently holds up or what people are saying right now was more important. “I really look at the rapport of the company right now,” Gabriella said. “This may have lasted 40 years for my grandma, but I might not have the same confidence that would be the case today.”

While some might expect millennials to lead the charge for connected products, the majority consensus was that products should offer greater value. “I’ve seen a lot of products that connect to your phone, and personally I don’t find a use for them,” Robert said. 

Turnowsky The licensed products will include dinnerware and giftware distributed by Lifetime Brands. By Staff Writer

Leading international design house W. Turnowsky, Ltd. has entered into a license agreement with Lifetime Brands, Inc. for tabletop products featuring its designs.

The licensed products will include dinnerware and giftware distributed by Lifetime Brands under the Mikasa® and Pfaltzgraff® brands. The Brand Liaison, licensing agent for Turnowsky, created the deal.

“Home goods is a key category in our global expansion of the Turnowsky brand,” Turnowsky’s Marketing Director Guy Braun said in a release. “Lifetime Brands is the leader in this category so we are very excited about this partnership.”

Turnowsky designers bring a variety of creative styles and experience to its new partnership, including fashion, textiles, ceramics, art, and interior design. In addition, they also lead the evolution of constantly changing design trends including the latest color pallets, materials and techniques. The Turnowsky brand and designs are now available for licensing in products ranging from fashion, accessories, home goods, home décor, kitchen textiles, giftware and more.

corey waisnerThe Brand Liaison has tapped Cory Waisner as CEO.

Cory Waisner has joined The Brand Liaison as Chief Entertainment Officer.

Waisner will oversee the company’s manufacturer representation efforts with a focus on fashion, characters and entertainment properties. In addition, he will assist in securing new and different retail avenues for successful licensing programs both for manufacturers as well as brand owners.

The licensing veteran brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, including licensing of brands such as Disney, Warner Bros., Vans, Bill A Bong, Old Navy, Dry Bar, Skechers and Ironman, across multiple product categories.

“We have known Cory for many years and always respected his work ethic and ability to get the job done right,” President of The Brand Liaison Steven Heller said in a release. “He is a welcome addition to our team and brings new and expanded reach for our manufacturer clients.”

FNFN Platform February 2017 not only showcased new brands for retailers to discover, but also provided the latest trends in branded footwear. By Bianca Herron

FN Platform’s February 2017 show brought more than 1,600 men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s footwear brands from 20-plus countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Feb. 21 to 23.

Known as the global showcase for branded footwear, FN Platform divided its show floor into six ‘lifestyle neighborhoods’ showcasing the best in luxury, women’s fashion, children’s and juniors’, casual lifestyle, as well as men’s and casual comfort.

Each environment had a uniquely designed lounge area representative of its fashion category, where all attendees were able to indulge not only in food, but also beverages.

FN Platform also emphasized meeting consumer and retailer demand by not only showcasing the latest trends in branded footwear, but also new brands to discover, including Lacoste’s FN Platform debut. In addition, for the first time ever, France had an exclusive area to showcase ADC, an elite group of French footwear brands. The annual show has grown its international presence to represent more than 225 exhibitors from over 20 countries, including top brands from Britain, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and France.

There was literally something for all attendees and exhibitors to take part in, as FN Platform also provided several show floor experiences. These included foot massages courtesy of Foot Petals, a Build-A-Bear pop-up workshop, hair and makeup touchups by on-demand app GLAMSQUAD and the FN Platform Opening Night Concert featuring Berlin of “Top Gun” soundtrack fame.

John LouieJohn Louie brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role. By Staff Writer

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has tapped John Louie as its Senior Vice President, International.

Louie brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role - including prior roles at The Walt Disney Company and Mattel - where he will be responsible for the strategic development and overall management of Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Canada across all categories of business, including top line revenue and P&L.

In addition, Louie will implement and execute global and regional strategies, working with global and regional leaders across various departments to drive revenue growth and benefit long-term brand building.

“Louie’s strategic business acumen and experience in managing international territories will be instrumental in growing our business globally, which continues to be a priority for the division,” WBCP President Pam Lifford said in a release.

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