“In 1962 Gordon and Carole Segal had just returned from their honeymoon in Europe where they had been amazed by all of the simple, well-designed and affordable things they had purchased for their home back in Chicago. Things like gorgeous handmade glassware, practical but very nice dinnerware and beautiful ceramic serving pieces. They realized that no store in the Midwest had these wonderful, affordable products for people like them who were just starting out. So being young risk-takers and passionate about all they had seen, they set out to introduce this exciting idea to Chicago.
That first store was in an old elevator factory on Wells Street, which was on the verge of becoming a very trendy street with stores, antique shops and restaurants. After taking six months to convince the occupants to move, the Segals had just two weeks to set up shop before the Christmas season began. All of their start-up funds had gone into inventory…so crating lumber was hammered over the battered plaster walls, shelves were covered with dyed burlap, and crates and barrels from the first shipments were turned over to become store fixtures. “Crate and Barrel” wasn’t just a clever name—it was a name based on necessity.
After all of this successful expansion, the original spirit of the first Crate and Barrel storeendures more than 50 years later. We continue to share our passion and excitement for all things “home” by providing quality products, timeless designs and expert guidance. At Crate and Barrel, we pride ourselves on being an authority in home design with an expertise in entertaining. With fresh, seasonal styles and a unique point of view on the latest trends, we remain a place that both ourassociates and customers are happy to call…home.” - C&B
“Thirstystone is the industry-leading manufacturer of functionally absorbent, decorative coasters. We are centrally located about an hour north of Dallas, TX, and have been in business since 1989. We are best known for our Thirstystone line of coasters, made of 100% natural sandstone. Our Thirstystone, Ambiance, Occasions and Carsters coasters are all printed and packaged in the USA.
During the last two decades, we have become well-known for our new product innovation and trend-right artwork collections. We currently hold over 70 collegiate licenses, as well as nearly 300 licenses with well-known artists and agents for our standard product lines. Current licenses include Thomas Kinkade, Fiesta, Debbie Mumm, Tara Reed, Jennifer Garant, Jan Shade Beach and Kathleen Parr McKenna. This wide array of talent, coupled with an experienced team of graphic artists, guarantees success in our industry.
Our products are on display at over 20 tradeshows each year, including the Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and LA Gift Marts. Thirstystone is represented by independent rep groups across the country, who report directly to our sales director and our company president, with all states having sales representation at this time.” -Laurie Leahy
FIESTA®, America's favorite dinnerware, was introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company with great fanfare at the Pittsburgh China & Glass Show in January, 1936. FIESTA® was an immediate hit with the public and, by it's second year of production, more than one million pieces were produced. The first six colors were produced through the 1930's and 40's until a change in fashion direction dictated a change to a softer palette of pastel colors at the beginning of the 1950's color trends moved back to brighter colors in the early 1960's and FIESTA® moved with the trend. By the late 60's earth-tones were in vogue and the dinnerware industry turned in that direction. Popularity of these colors proved to be short-lived and sales began to fall. At the end of 1972, FIESTA® was retired after 37 years of production.
In 1985, officials of Bloomingdale's, the prestigious retailer in New York City approached Homer Laughlin about reproducing a dinnerware line from the past. Soon the two companies agreed that FIESTA® had the greatest chance for commercial success. Today, Homer Laughlin introduces one new color each year and FIESTA® has become the leading dinnerware brand in casual tabletop, as well as a consistent leader in bridal registries across America. All the while, collectors have continued to add to the dinnerware to which they were first introduced by their mothers and grandmothers. Today, FIESTA® dinnerware is the most collected dinnerware in the history of the tabletop industry with well over one half billion pieces produced.
"Blackfire® was founded in 2008 with the objective of transforming bright ideas into clever products, characterized by high‐end design. Breaking out of the “tubes with bulbs” mentality and providing real solutions that answered user needs made more sense.
Each Blackfire® product is thought of with the user foremost in mind. Questions are asked; what tasks will the user undertake and what are the needs around them? How do the products interact ergonomically with the user? What performance characteristics would be most beneficial to the user? Blackfire® began with Clamplight - a light like no other. Using state of the art LED technology we’ve added the ultimate in versatility and performance with the ability to swivel in multiple directions, clamp to various objects, and stand on surfaces. Since that time Blackfire® has added an entire range of products for specific needs. An emergency light, a fully waterproof light, a lantern, a worklight, and a spotlight are just some of them. The response from you the consumer, to what we are doing, has been overwhelmingly positive and helps fuel our passion to develop even more.
All Blackfire® products are protected by extensive patents and other intellectual property both in the US and abroad. Blackfire® works with only highly respected suppliers and puts each product through numerous testing and quality assurance procedures. Blackfire® strives to be as ecologically responsible within the competitive confines of the markets.
Above all we’ll be bringing you more and more products that bring a smile to your face when you realize you don’t have to put a flashlight in your mouth to use two hands to work or can really aim light exactly where you need it." -Bruce Ancona
Oscar De La Renta
"Oscar de la Renta is one of the world's leading luxury goods firms. The company was established in 1965, and currently produces a full line of women's accessories, bridal, home products, childrens wear and beauty, in addition to it's signature women's ready to wear collection." -Google
“ Williams-Sonoma's culinary legacy began in 1956, when Chuck Williams founded his original cookware shop in the California wine country town of Sonoma. The store offered a collection of classic French kitchen equipment that many Americans had never seen before. And it immediately became a favorite of home cooks and professional chefs alike. Since then, our brand has expanded to include hundreds of exclusive products from around the world, more than 250 stores nationwide, millions of direct-mail catalogs, an award-winning e-commerce site – and one of the world's best-selling cookbook libraries. One essential factor remains unchanged: Williams Sonoma's enduring commitment to the finest quality and outstanding customer service.
Expanding on the exceptional quality and craftsmanship that are hallmarks of the Williams-Sonoma brand, Williams-Sonoma Home offers an exclusive assortment of casually elegant furniture, lighting and decorative accessories – all designed to stand the test of time. Our team of expert designers focuses on exquisite materials and design details, combining textures, colors and construction to create products that are as comfortable and functional as they are beautiful and sophisticated. From kitchen islands and dining tables to living room sofas and chairs custom-upholstered in the United States, Williams-Sonoma Home brings classic design and timeless luxury to the comforts of home.” -WS
“Recognized for its award-winning designs for more than 60 years, Nambé’s commitment to timeless beauty, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality is evident in the brand’s collection of serve-ware, barware, home décor and gift items. Nambé collaborates with the world’s most esteemed designers to develop products that bring function and style into the home. From The British Museum in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Nambé pieces are exhibited in renowned galleries around the world.” -Nambé
"FRED focuses on well-designed stuff that solves a problem, puts a smile on your face, and doesn’t cost a fortune. We delight in taking everyday, functional products and turning them into something fresh and unexpected, something funny, something personal.
We understand that design drives our business so we maintain our own creative studio while working with talent from all over the world — England, Europe, Latin America, Israel, China, Turkey, Korea, Thailand — an ever-expanding list.
We combine the best materials and processes with real-world pricing, supporting our products with close manufacturing supervision, relentless quality management, and ongoing safety testing — guaranteeing our customers’ satisfaction." -Fred
“The original Pottery Barn opened in 1949, among the docks and warehouses of West Chelsea in lower Manhattan. Our founder, Paul Secon, took a sacred approach to well-designed merchandise. He specialized in tabletop seconds and closeouts, offering customers great value on fashionable, exclusive home wares.
Over the years, our brand started to offer a variety of kitchen and decorative household items. It expanded to the West Coast and was purchased by The Gap Stores, Inc. in 1983 — and then Williams-Sonoma, Inc. three years later. The world- famous Pottery Barn catalog, now mailed to millions of customers each year,launched in 1987.
Our brand has continued to evolve, including the addition of our Design Studio and an increased emphasis on craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Today, we focus heavily on four areas: innovating our designs, giving back to our planet and global communities, offering top-notch service to our customers and creating enduring products. From our design floor in San Francisco to our stores around the world, our end-goal remains the same: To help our customers live a more functional, beautiful and comfortable life at home. ” -PB
"Wilton Enterprises, based in Woodridge, Illinois, and founded in 1929, is the leading food crafting company in the industry, with the number one position in cake decorating, bakeware and tea kettles. Today, Wilton Enterprises offers the industry´s most comprehensive and innovative selection of baking, cake decorating, candy making, cookie making, wedding, baby, party, seasonal, kitchen and hydration products. These products are designed to make it easy for anyone to enjoy the thrill of serving something special and utilizing unique style and design while doing it. Consumers trust Wilton brands such as Performance Pans, Candy Melts® brand confectionery coating, Cupcakes ´N More® dessert stands and Copco® Housewares to help make celebrations more exciting. Along with great products, Wilton classes and publications have helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world create impressive party desserts, served with flair. Celebrating its 80th year, The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art still educates 1,400 students a year who have come from 88 countries and all 50 states while Educational Marketing with its almost 4,000 teachers across the US taught 262,000 people the art of cake decorating in 2008. Wilton Enterprises is a major name in the specialty home products industry through Copco. Copco is the premier designer and marketer of tea kettles and quality kitchenware, including a line by Mario Batali The Italian Kitchen. With a history that spans almost 50 years, Copco has taken its experience and knowledge of creating functional yet stylish teakettles and has evolved into offering thermal mugs, hydration, kitchen storage and organization plus food preparation tools. Although ever-changing in product offerings, Copco remains constant in providing products that are trend-correct in color and style while incorporating the latest technologies to provide the highest quality products. With these fundamentals, the Copco brand represents the true meaning of style, design and function." -Wilton
"Spectacle is a collectively-run screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, established and staffed entirely by volunteers. Our programming encompasses overlooked works, offbeat gems, contemporary art, radical polemics, live performance and more." -Mark Freado JR.
"Over the years outside of having numerous patents, I’ve won multiple design awards including an IDEA award and two Good Design awards. I have also had my work published in magazines and throughout digital media." -Me