Our biggest trade show of the year took place a few weeks ago at the Javits Center in NYC. It was our 16th Stationery Show and I still feel like we learn something new every year. Our booth looks a little better each year, as do our books. After 19 years making handmade albums, we’re getting pretty good at it I think. The show was much smaller than it has been in years previous - fewer exhibitors. Parts of the trade show floor were actually closed off. Overall, this was good for the vendors who attended the show. Traffic was good for the first two days, slowed down the final two. We met our goals which in this economy is a success.
In my opinion, the most exciting vendors at the shows are the new companies who are showing for the first time or first few times. Two Trick Pony, Ink + Wit, Timeless Paper, Wiley Valentine, Egg Press, Rifle Paper Co, Old School Stationers, Hello Lucky, and many more. I get so inspired by these great companies. The last thing I ever want our customers to think is that Rag & Bone is ‘old’. Sure, we’ve been around for a while, but I appreciate color & design trends and admittedly get bored with designs quickly. What’s new? What’s fresh? These companies get it and I expect them to be around for a while, setting the design trends for Stationery Shows to come.
Here are a few photos of our booth.