Well it is that time of year. I am headed to Atlanta for the Home and gift Market, and I am so excited to meet Dayka Robinson of Meditations of life and style. If you remember, I posted my elation in this post about how excited I am to hang out with this talented, fabulous gal.
I am even more excited about hanging out with her as she chauffeur’s me around Atlanta like the Big D of a designer I am! By the way- She’s taking me to a V.I.P event Thursday night who happens to have as their guest, none other than Jonathan Adler himself!
I have a laundry list of things to do, and see but I will take photos along the way to keep you posted. I will report back all of the upcoming trends, and color movements. I will also be happy to show you this years animal fashions that will be seen everywhere. We’ve seen owls, horses, fish, ducks, penguins, birds, antlers, just to name a few. Market is also a great way to view market trends in spending. If Market is strong, then buying power is up, and this is good for business’ all around.
Every Winter and Summer I make my way down to Atlanta, to visit Market. Those of you who are faithful followers ( Pssst….I adore you!), have seen me post about this so-called “market”. Well as an industry designer for over 12 years, it never occurred to me that the layman has absolutely no clue what this is! Until I emailed Dayka Robinson over at Meditations on Life and style and asked her if she would like to accompany me.
“I keep hearing about this! Is that the gift/home market at the americas mart? how is it?? I’m trying to figure out a way to get in this year! let me know what (if anything) i need to know about this.”
Dayka and I have exchanged several emails over the past few months, primarily because I’m stalking her about Atlanta, and all the great things the city has to offer. I always go to Atlanta for business, and am enamored with Atlanta’s southern charm and glamour. But I am always the outsider looking in, getting in the way on the road, driving too slow and getting all sorts of lost, frustrating the local city dwellers. Boy can those locals get rowdy!
So this year I thought I would reach out to Dayka, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to convince her that I would now be her best gal July 15th-18th. We did a little horse trading, teeth pulling, and hard negotiating but we came up with a very fair swap. She shows me Atlanta, and I show her Market. Well, I feel like I have a V.I.P. access card to the coolest club in town, with the coolest kid on the block. I cannot wait!