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Tori

Author Archives: Tori

Director of Content and Community at The Grommet

  • Let's Connect: Upcoming Trade Show Schedule

    The Grommet Wholesale Team is set to hit the road for the Summer Trade Show circuit, with many more stops mapped out for the summer and fall seasons.  If you're planning to attend one of these shows, be sure to pop in and say hello to our Team (and get your hands on the newest additions to our catalog).

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    June 22-28: Dallas Total Home and Gift Market (World Trade Center, Floor 12, Booth 2401)
    July 12-19: AmericasMart Atlanta Gift and Home Decor Show (Building 3, Floor 2, Booth 900)
    July 24-27: Philadelphia Gift Show (Booth 1531-1533)
    July 20-25: LA Mart (Lobby)
    July 31 - August 3: Las Vegas (Temporary Pavilions 1104)
    August 5-9: Minneapolis Mart (Mart - Booth 706)
    August 12-14: Windy City Gift Show (Booth 1023-1122)
    August 16-18: Independent Garden Centers (Booth 1522) August 20-24: NY Now (NC-1)
    September 18-21: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show (Booth 3053)
    November 2-5: International Gift Exposition in the Smokies - Pigeon Forge (Booth 7620-7621)

     

    Before you hit the road, be sure to review our six tips for successfully conquering any trade show.

    Stay up to date with the happenings at each show by joining The Grommet Wholesale on Facebook.

  • Meet the Maker: Laurie Perrone of Farm2Fashion

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Laurie Perrone, the Maker behind Farm2Fashion. Farm2Fashion makes soft, knit blankets and throws with patriotic flair and a commitment to American manufacturing that we can't help but admire. Since launching on The Grommet in May of 2014, Laurie has been busy growing her business, and knitting more blankets than ever. We recently caught up with her to learn more about how she got started in business and what advice she has for other Makers out there just getting started.

    Meet the Maker - Farm2Fashion

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I actually wanted to be a teacher, just like some of my favorites at school. This dream has come true for me in part because I have had the great good fortune over my career to mentor young designers through my work in the fashion field.

    What Maker tool can you not live without?

    My crochet hook and knitting needles – they’re like extensions of my hands. I usually start the design process by testing my new yarns and stitches before I bring them to my factory to develop for production. Continue Reading

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