I have just been to market and I want to share with you what is happening. It is summer,
You have the pool, the beach, vacation....... But.....Already it is starting..........(these are shots of spring summer linens, I am saving the NEW for later posts starting with the next one.)
The FALL entertaining begins around Labor day. That is only 8 weeks, give or take.
So...Listen and learn......I will share my experience with you.......
Here is the heads up.... If you want to order any tabletop ie. table linens, dinnerware, flatware, stemware, you need to start considering it NOW. In future posts I will be showing the latest and greatest in the lines we carry...... This also includes bed linens, high end xmas items, velvet pumpkins, the LOT!
Here's the deal. If it is coming from Europe, they are all going on vacation for 3 weeks in August.... Period.
Their summer holiday. In the manufacturing facilities there, you can't have the sewers or seamstresses going on vacation while the artisans cutting the fabric are still working.... They are all linked together... So instead of creating delays all year there is one grander one at the end of the year......Makes sense doesn't it???
Soooo, even if it is an American based company and some of their product is made in Italy, or Portugal, or France, or Spain and others they are ON HOLIDAY!! They are all hanging out in Sardinia, or Nice,on the beach or in their family's country homes for three weeks......
So, if you are thinking about updating that Thanksgiving or Christmas table you better consider it NOW.
Also let me tell you this.......After the holiday, they are preparing for market in Europe the first week in Sept and getting their new collections ready. That delays a little longer......We lost several orders of flatware because people decided they wanted to purchase 2 weeks ahead of time in December. With better tabletop, a lot of retailers are not stocking product because of the Euro against the dollar..... AND with so many custom choices available why should they?
THIS IS CRUCIAL INFORMATION:
NO MATTER WHERE YOUR PRODUCT COMES FROM
A LOT OF COMPANIES ARE TELLING BUYERS THAT THEY ARE LINING UP THEIR ORDERS NOW..COMPANIES WANT TO SHIP AS SOON AS THEIR NEW PRODUCT COMES OUT IN MID SEPTEMBER.... NOTHING NEW.
IF YOUR RETAILER KNOWS YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN A CERTAIN PRODUCT, THEN THEY CAN SPECIAL ORDER OR BUY ACCORDINGLY....
NO MATTER WHERE OR WHAT , MAKE YOUR INTERESTS AND DESIRES KNOWN TO YOUR LOCAL SHOP. IF YOU WANT TO UPDATE OR JUST LOVE TO SEE THE NEW INTROS, I AM SURE THEY WILL BE HAPPY TO SHARE PICTURES WITH YOU OF THE LATEST AND GREATEST SO YOU CAN SHARE IN THE EXCITEMENT, AS WE HAVE WITH OUR CLIENTS. THEY ARE ALL PROVIDED WITH THE INFORMATION THEY NEED SO THEIR CHOICES ARE MET, IN TIME.
HAPPY SUMMER, AND AN ENTERTAINING FALL!!!!!
( HEY I'M IN TEXAS, CUT ME SOME SLACK HERE IT'S HOT!);)