Reusable Straws; A New Starting Point.

As a seasoned Distributor in the Promotional Products and Gift Industry for the past 27 years, there are many products that land on my desk. I have developed a high filter for Yes or No. Most products, unfortunately, are a resounding NO! The list of questions I now ask myself has increased as there is now an eco friendly component to determine the viability of a product. Some of these questions are: will this product receive a “Wow! I love this”! or a look of “what the heck am I going to do with this piece of junk”? A few more questions are: is this a current product? Has the manufacturer done their homework? How relevant is this product for...

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Update from the NYC NOW Gift Fair

We visited the NYC NOW Gift Fair on February 4 - 7 and it was, just as I had expected, FABULOUS!  I personally need inspiration and colour every once and awhile to ignite my creativity. Those who know me well know the way I work.  There are a some product pics attached. These photos were taken as we visited the booths so they are not perfect photos. Themes we observed are… Artisanal Products, Made in the USA was a big component of the show. Vendors are bringing back good old fashioned hand made, high quality products along with good old fashioned service.  Health in the Workplace and Home, anything that encourages a positive and healthy working environment because smart employers...

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Does Genuine Leather Mean it’s Really Leather?

I thought it was time to write a short blog about leather to clarify some basic points about this beautiful material. My intention is to enlighten and inform readers that all leather is not created equal, not even from the animals from which it is taken. I’ll make this article easy to read and understand. Where does leather come from? Cows, Deer, Pigs, Lambs, Sheep (I hate to say this…Horses). Basically there are 4 types of leather: FULL GRAIN which is the “cream of the crop”, the best money can buy. It comes from the top layer of the hide which should display the natural markings and grain characteristics from the animal of which it was taken…hence the name Full...

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