7 W New York Gift & Home Textiles Market Week

By alexandra

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After making a few rounds at the Javits Center, we popped over to 7 W New York to check out the Gift and Home Textiles Market. There, we found a great number of noteworthy products as we showroom-hopped and noticed three overall trends: ecofriendly; made in the USA; and items that give back to a cause.

Hula dancers in the lobby kicking off the 7 W Hawaiian Luau

Hula dancers in the lobby kicking off the 7 W Hawaiian Luau

Our first stop was MoMo Panache, part of Creative Gifts International. In addition to the wide variety of colorful glassware and gifts, we discovered stylish, surprisingly machine-washable silk aprons adorned with jewels. One hundred fifty of these “My Favorite Hostess” aprons were donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Later MoMo Panache founder Helen James signed and sold her best selling glasses – all of the proceeds giving back to a great cause.

"My Favorite Hostess" apron

"My Favorite Hostess" apron

Momo Panache founder Helen James signs glasses to raise money for Susan G.Komen for the Cure

Momo Panache founder Helen James signs glasses to raise money for Susan G.Komen for the Cure

We then headed over to EcoArts where we discovered gorgeous, responsibly-made artisanal products from Brazil. EcoArts’ offerings are produced by hand, which meets the quality standards demanded by the international market, respects the environment and creates income for Brazilian communities.

A hanging design by artisan José Gerald de Silva of Sao Joao

A hanging design by artisan José Gerald de Silva of Sao Joao

A recycled iron piece crafted by Joao Neto of Prados

A recycled iron piece crafted by Joao Neto of Prados

Next, we checked out the offerings at Silk’n Dreams in Gallery on Six where we discovered silk charmeuse pillowcases, neck pillows and blankets that have a myriad of benefits like reducing wrinkles and preventing hair damage. The “Made in the USA” collection also includes a special eye mask design of which 20% of the purchase price goes to breast cancer research.

A Silk'n Dreams sleep set

A Silk'n Dreams sleep set

Colonial Candle was celebrating their 100th anniversary when we stopped by. The all-American company was one of the first candle producers to be certified green in the state of North Carolina. The colorful display of candles included one of their newest in the scented variety: the festive cranberry cosmo candle, which smelled strikingly identical to the Sex in the City gals’ favorite cocktail.

Cranberry Cosmo candles

Cranberry Cosmo candles

The John Aspley Collection was also a big draw.  The refined collection of antiques, collectibles and handcrafted objects boasted many sustainable items like a sofa made out of old fishing boats and a table composed of old railway sleeper cars.

A sofa crafted from old fishing boats

A sofa crafted from old fishing boats

A sculpture carved from just one piece of teak

A sculpture carved from just one piece of teak

These are clearly just a handful of the vast array of offerings at the market. We spotted so many great items it would be impossible to feature them all!

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