Henschel Manufacturing Company, founded in 1947, is a family owned and operated designer and manufacturer of traditional and trendy headwear. The St. Louis, MO based firm carries a vast array of popular styles, and is premiering two exclusive headwear licenses this spring: National Geographic and Who Ced? by Cedric “The Entertainer.”
January 2014 issue
As the masses settle in for cold winter days, retailers are already fastidiously analyzing warm weather fashion forecasts. Although spring is months away, every savvy retailer knows now is the time to plan for the future, break down the hype, and identify the hot styles to achieve continued success.
The existence of state retail associations may be common knowledge, but the importance of being an active member of these associations remains to be thoroughly recognized. While many state retail associations were founded decades ago as a force in fighting and rewriting legislation, today they have added a long list of member benefits to coincide with their lobbying activities.
Australian Natural Soap LLC, a wholesaler of premium soaps in the US for more than 15 years, is introducing a new line of 7-ounce fragrant soaps called Wavertree & London. At present, 14 succulent scents are available. “Lemongrass & Lemon Myrtle is one of our top sellers,” states owner David Nichols. “It is a tangy blend of herbal lemongrass and lemon myrtle, with essential oils and crushed leaf, and is quite refreshing.
BANDI Wear offers a line of stylish belts and headbands with pockets that enable women to carry essentials hands-free. The brainchild of co-owners Beverly Perrea and Beth Koenig, BANDI Wear is available in the classic pocketed belt, which can hold a cell phone, cash, credit cards, driver’s license and keys, and a larger pocketed belt, sized to hold a passport and tablet cell phone. The firm also produces headbands, which can conceal a house key or small amount of cash. All products are manufactured in the USA.
Kerusso Apparel & Gifts has been a leading wholesaler of Christian and inspirational products since 1987. “We look at what is trending, and we develop fun products and apparel around those themes,” explains Jason Anzalone, director of Marketing. “We believe camo and southwestern styles will be popular this year. The zebra design has been very strong for several seasons, and we expect that to continue as well.”
The start of the New Year finds holiday sales a distant memory, as retailers turn their focus to 2014’s up-and-coming spring lines. Sunglasses, both classic and trendy, are a big part of that lineup, and can be a source of profits for just about any retailer.
Bottle Pets are stuffed animals that double as baby bottle covers, keeping feeding time or anytime soft and entertaining. These plush friends insulate baby’s bottle, keeping cool beverages cool and warm beverages warm. Additionally, Bottle Pets’ cushy ears, arms, legs and more make bottles easier for babies to grasp.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but retailers can keep sales hot this winter and early spring by offering affordable, versatile accessories to entice customers. This season serves up a fun mix of classic and fashion forward accessories for retailers to maximize profits.
At Gifts.com, we literally see thousands of gift ideas each month, and we have to come up with solutions for all sorts of gifting quandaries. “What is the right gift for a 65th anniversary?” “Can you recommend a baby gift for a new mom… of triplets?” “What is an appropriate gift for a quinceañera?” We happily put on our metallic fortune-teller’s turban to assist buyers, and can help retailers peek into the future, too. Based on our research, these are the top trends in spring gifts, perfect for sales.