what is kantha stitching: a handmade vintage tradition

Lately we've been seeing beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan-made textiles in top retail stores. These textiles have a unique stitch and include throws, bedspreads, scarves, bags, and other lovely home and apparel products. The particular stitch I'm referring to is called kantha, pronounced kahn-ta. 

Kantha is a type of embroidery used to create quilts from found and recycled fabrics, including vintage Indian blankets and saris. The hand stitching is unique to the artisan, whose personal needlework is showcased in each finished product. The craft of kantha is thousands of years old and deeply rooted in rich cultures and traditions. 

In rural Indian homes, kantha quilts are offered to guests as a kind expression of welcome. Visiting friends and family find comfort and warmth in the beautiful handcrafted blankets. Each piece is meaningful and totally unique.

We agree that one-of-a-kind patchwork kantha is a wonderful way to share warm hospitality with loved ones, especially at the holidays. So tag came up with a really special collection of handmade kantha quilt Christmas tree skirts & stockings. I think honoring this one-of-a-kind vintage kantha tradition is such a nice way to welcome the holidays. The artisan-made recycled fabrics make every heirloom-quality piece.

Note to retailers: tag designers and product developers traveled to India to hand-select vintage silk blend quilts for the holiday collection. Because of the nature of vintage recycled products, each sari and kantha varies from the next. Every tag order will be completely unique, and the prints, patterns, and colors will not be exactly as pictured in our catalogs or online. All kantha products include a handmade hang tag describing the kantha story. Recommended care instructions: machine wash cold separately, line dry.

To shop tag products, login to our wholesaler site, talk to your rep, or refer to your print catalog. New customers can reach us directly at NewAccounts@tagltd.com, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm CST.

What do you think? Do you have a comment or question? We'd love to know if you have your own holiday store merchandising tips, pictures, and ideas!

 

2015 new product launch, here we come!

The new fall/holiday 2015 catalog just launched and is ready to rock! Next week the trade show season gets kicked off at AmericasMart Atlanta, and we'll be there with the launch of 100's and 100's of new products! We're especially excited about some of these brand new introductions:

Instagram: the new fall/holiday 2015 catalog (spiral-bound because it's so hot off the press!)

Instagram: the new fall/holiday 2015 catalog (spiral-bound because it's so hot off the press!)


  • More than 30 flameless LED products with giftable packaging. This includes holiday pillar candles, garlands and branches, novelty candles (see the snowman, below!), and more. 
new for 2015: tag flameless LED snowman candles

new for 2015: tag flameless LED snowman candles


  • One-of-a-kind global artistry: beautiful, totally unique holiday textiles with a meaningful connection to rich cultural traditions. 
handmade global artistry: kantha quilt tree skirts and stockings made from vintage Indian saris

handmade global artistry: kantha quilt tree skirts and stockings made from vintage Indian saris


  • Lots of new washable polymats including fun holiday-themed shapes. Use them at the front door, in the kitchen or bathroom, on the patio... anywhere!
washable polymats are perfect for indoor and outdoor use;  just toss them in your washing machine to clean

washable polymats are perfect for indoor and outdoor use;  just toss them in your washing machine to clean

snowman washable mat

  • New tagsonoma dishware colors and new bubble glass colors; on-trend shades of blues, greens, and lavender. 
new tagsonoma in cornflower and moss

new tagsonoma in cornflower and moss

new bubble glass lavender goblet

new bubble glass lavender goblet

new bubble glass celery double old fashion

new bubble glass celery double old fashion


  • A brand new basic everyday dishtowel program with plush ribbed terry and easy-to-merchandise packaging. 

Be sure to visit us at AmericasMart Atlanta, January 6-13. We'll be in building 2, showroom #1121. Our southeaster representation is Appelman Schauben

And check the blog again soon! We'll have more details on these great new programs. 

Hope to see you soon! Have a question or something to add? Please send us a note or leave a comment below. 

the perfect hostess gift for every type of hostess

As the holiday season gets into full swing, the party invitations start to flow in. There are family gatherings, work functions, cocktail hours, and parties with old friends and new friends alike. Everyone knows the importance of not showing up empty handed when you arrive to a party. Bottles of wine, boxes of chocolate, and bouquets of flowers have all become much appreciated hostess gift standards. However, sometimes it can be a good idea to bring something a little bit more creative to the party, especially at large gatherings where it’s easy for a hostess to become overwhelmed with more candy and wine than she knows what to do with.  tag offers great, non-perishable hostess gifts for the holiday party season. A pretty dishtowel/ tea towel or a candleholder or a serving set are hostess gifts that are thoughtful, long-lasting, and affordable.

Here are our favorite dishtowel hostess gift picks for you for this holiday season, no matter what type of event you’ll be attending. 


For the Wine or Cocktail Hostess 

If you’ve been invited to a girls' night holiday gathering where wine will be served, why not consider one of these great wine hostess gifts.

A dishtowel is a fun way to display a love for wine. 

vino vintage stonewashed cotton dishtowel 

vino vintage stonewashed cotton dishtowel 

Any hostess is sure to have many wine bottles left over at the end of the night. With this set of wine cork candles, she can turn those bottles into creative candleholders at her next event, rather than tossing them out in the trash.  

wine cork candles 

wine cork candles 

Where there’s wine, there’s usually cheese. This set of 4 cheese markers is a cute way to label the cheese for the next holiday event. 

slate cheese markers with chalk in a jute bag

slate cheese markers with chalk in a jute bag

This stylish bird glass wine stopper is clear so it can match a variety of styles and tastes. 

glass bird wine stopper

glass bird wine stopper


For the Baker

If you know your hostess loves to bake, as evidenced by her delicious desserts and her wide collection of cookbooks, here are some fun hostess gift ideas. 

This cute dishtowel features fun baking-inspired designs. And any baker worth her salt needs as many dishtowels as possible to clean up around the kitchen. 

kitchen prep sketch dishtowel

kitchen prep sketch dishtowel

As we said, a baker can never have too many dishtowels. This dishtowel is cleverly printed with a fun sugar recipe to make cookies for Santa and includes a bonus cookie cutter. 

sugar cookie recipe dishtowel 

sugar cookie recipe dishtowel 

A baker can also never have too many measuring cups or spoons. 

white porcelain measuring cups set

white porcelain measuring cups set

white porcelain measuring spoons set

white porcelain measuring spoons set

For the Foodie

This oil and vinegar cruet set is a thoughtful hostess gift for the foodie. Fancy oils are another popular hostess gift, and with all the bottles your hostess may have received, she may be left with nothing to store them in. Made from thermal-shock resistant borosilicate glass, this set is sure to last a long, long time. 

viva oil and vinegar cruets

viva oil and vinegar cruets

This 3-bowl porcelain serving dish is another great idea. Foodies always have the best chips and dips at their parties. This serving tray, with convenient handle, will ensure that they always have a stylish way to serve at their next soiree. 

white porcelain three-part serving bowls

white porcelain three-part serving bowls

A stylish cutting board is a versatile gift. Not only does it serve a functional purpose, but it also doubles as a party serving tray. 

bamboo cutting board

bamboo cutting board


For the In-Laws

If you’re visiting the in-laws house for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you’ll want to make sure you leave a good impression, whether it’s for the first time or the fortieth. A thoughtful hostess gift for the in-laws will get the job done.

A seasonal candleholder is a perfect gift for the in-laws. This candleholder is made from white bisque porcelain that complements any décor with contemporary style. 

unglazed porcelain snowflake candle holders

unglazed porcelain snowflake candle holders

A scented candlepot in fun, fall-inspired shape is the perfect thing to take along to Thanksgiving dinner, sure to fill the home with wonderfully warm scents. 

filled pumpkin scented candles

filled pumpkin scented candles

This Christmas dishtowel features a recipe for delicious holiday cookies, which any mother-in-law is sure to love. 

vintage-inspired christmas cookie recipe dishtowel

vintage-inspired christmas cookie recipe dishtowel

This Thanksgiving dishtowel features a vintage-inspired turkey design that adds a warm, inviting feeling to the kitchen. 

give thanks turkey thanksgiving dishtowel

give thanks turkey thanksgiving dishtowel

Or you may consider giving a set of colorful non-holiday dishtowels that will make a stylish addition to the kitchen. Sets are folded and tied together with matching twill tape, so they are ready to gift.  

jarvis stripe dishtowel set

jarvis stripe dishtowel set

Finally, a scented pillar candle is another great gift, since everyone appreciates the soft glow of candlelight and warm, delicious scents that fill the home. 

scented candle in shades of green

scented candle in shades of green


With these suggestions, you’ll be sure to always have the perfect gift to show your hostess your appreciation when you attend your next holiday party. And your hostess will be sure to remember your thoughtfulness when she makes the guest list next year. 

Have an idea or question? Please leave your comments below, we love hearing from you!

If you are interested in tag products: 
Retailers, please contact your sales rep, login to the tag wholesaler website, or check your latest print catalog for details. New customers can reach us at NewAccounts@tagltd.com. Customer service is available Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm CST. 

If you are not a retailer, please shop online at tag2u.com or contact us for your nearest tag retail store. 

Happy gifting!

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new fall winter catalog 2015 sneak peek!

It's about that time again! After many many months of research, development, and design, the brand NEW tag catalog has arrived! There are 100's of awesome new products, with highlights including over 30 new LED products in giftable packaging, special one-of-a-kind global artisan holiday items, and an extension of our best-selling 2014 greenery Christmas collection. In 2015, classic cardinal and pine cone motifs have been added to this favorite watercolor-inspired line.
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, here's a sneak peek of the updated greenery collection, hot off the presses! 

updated greenery collection for 2015 fall holiday, featuring classic cardinal and pine cone motifs, flameless LED pillar candles, reindeer votive holders, and ornaments.  

What do you think? Are you a retailer and need a copy of our brand new tag wholesale catalog?  Please leave a comment, call customer service at 1-800-621-8350, or send an email to sales@tagltd.com, 

Do you have another comment or question? Please don't hesitate to let us know, we appreciate your feedback. Have a great day! 

retailer alert: 5 in-store events to engage with customers

With the rising popularity of online shopping, brick and mortar retailers are faced with the challenge of getting customers off the couch and into their stores. The ability to host in-store events is one huge advantage that physical retailers have over online shops. An in-store event gets your customer excited to visit your store, creating an emotional connection as the customer leaves your event not only with some holiday purchases, but with lasting memories. Here are 5 clever ideas for holiday in-store events for brick and mortar retailers.

1. Gift wrapping workshop

(image courtesy thepreppypostgrad.com)

(image courtesy thepreppypostgrad.com)

(image courtesy stylelogistics)

(image courtesy stylelogistics)

Retail employees quickly become gift-wrapping experts after their first holiday season, and often have a reputation among family and friends as being a gift-wrapping guru when it comes time to present holiday presents with style. Why not take advantage of this specialized knowledge and share it with customers by hosting an in-store gift-wrapping tutorial?

A gift-wrapping tutorial gives customers the chance to engage their creativity and learn a new skill that they’ll remember for years to come. Make your event extra engaging by including a DIY element. For example, using simple black kraft paper and some white markers, shoppers have the chance to create their own unique, chalkboard-inspired designs. Or, use brown kraft paper, paint, twine, and some simple sprigs of holiday greenery to create a rustic-chic, minimalist look.

If you need some more DIY gift wrap inspiration, HGTV has 40 great ideas.

 

2.    DIY holiday card workshop

(image courtesty buzzfeed)

(image courtesty buzzfeed)

A holiday card is a great way to show you care, even from far away. Help your customers maintain important connections with family and friends by hosting a DIY holiday card workshop. A do-it-yourself card says so much more than a standard drug-store greeting card. Showing your customers how to make their own creative cards is a low-cost, simple activity that is fun and engaging. Even kids can get involved!

You can give folks a head-start by providing some pre-printed templates, like a simple, minimalist Christmas tree that kids (and the young-at-heart) can decorate with fun watercolor paints. Or provide some twine and fresh herb cuttings to create unique mini-wreaths.

If you need some more inspiration for do-it-yourself holiday cards, Buzzfeed has a handy list of 49 ideas for you.

(image courtesy frolic-blog)

(image courtesy frolic-blog)

3. Tree decorating workshop

(image courtesy removeandreplace)

(image courtesy removeandreplace)

Decorating the Christmas tree for the year is perhaps one of the most important holiday traditions for many families. Who doesn’t have warm memories of hanging ornaments or crafting decorations as a kid? That’s why hosting a Christmas tree decorating workshop is a great way to create an emotional connection with your holiday shoppers and draw them into your store.

Your workshop can cover certain basics that most folks might overlook. The chart above highlights the various features of different varieties of Christmas trees, which can help shoppers pick the tree best suited for their needs.

We also found this great infographic that provides a good rule of thumb for figuring out how many lights, ornaments, and garland you’ll need to create a picture perfect tree. Remember, for every 1 foot of tree height, you’ll need approximately 100 lights, 9 feet of garland, and 20 ornaments. Of course, this will vary somewhat based on the width and fullness of individual Christmas trees and due to personal preferences, but it’s a good start.

You can also help customers pick a theme for their tree which will help them focus their creative abilities. For example, an “elegant” themed Christmas tree might focus on white twinkle lights, gold and silver ornaments, and a traditional tree skirt. A “whimsical” themed Christmas tree might use colored lights, bright colors such as reds, blues, and greens, and a more on-trend tree skirt. A “rustic” theme can use non-traditional garlands, such as burlap, and hand-crafted ornaments, like old-fashioned strings of hand-strung popcorn and cranberries. 

(image courtesy styleathome)

(image courtesy styleathome)

4. Cookies for Santa recipe contest

Holding a contest can be a way more fun and interactive way of offering an in-store discount than simply issuing a coupon or marking down merchandise. It draws customers into your store and gets shoppers to engage with your brand.

Consider holding a “Cookies for Santa” recipe contest. Ask shoppers to bring in their favorite cookie recipes for Christmas eve treats for Santa and his reindeer. Then, you and store employees can pick the best recipe and award the winner with a store gift certificate.

Also consider offering a discount to everyone who submits a recipe as a way to encourage folks to enter! 

(image courtesy indulgy)

(image courtesy indulgy)

5. Hold a canned food drive or a coat drive

(image courtesy themodernmrsblog)

(image courtesy themodernmrsblog)

The holidays are just as much about giving as they are about getting. Hosting a canned food drive or a coat drive is a great way to show your connection to the community and to give something back.

Reach out to a local non-profit to see if they’d be interested in partnering with you on this event. Consider soup kitchens, churches, food pantries, non-profit led thrift stores, and organizations that serve the homeless. Most organizations welcome the extra help, especially around the holidays.

To encourage shoppers to bring donations in, consider offering a discount as a reward for doing so. This shows that you care about both your shoppers and the larger community.

If you need some help setting up your coat drive or canned food drive, dosomething.org has a list of great questions to ask charitable organizations when you’re considering partnering with them and some ideas on how to promote your event. While aimed at community-minded school children, it’s still a good starting point for small retailers who may not have partnered with charitable organizations in the past. 


By hosting one of these in-store holiday events, you’ll be sure to draw shoppers into your store this holiday season. By hosting a fun, hands-on event, you’ll be sure to make an emotional connection with shoppers that will have them coming back to your store for years to come. 

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retailer alert: 5 affordable holiday merchandising ideas

The holidays are quickly upon us. As the autumn days grow shorter and cooler, shoppers are increasingly out and about, looking for the perfect holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to start planning your holiday window displays and holiday merchandising now. An exciting window display will draw shoppers into your store, and cute and whimsical merchandising throughout the store will engage customers to stay a little longer while searching for the perfect gift. Even small retailers with limited budgets can create inexpensive eye-catching displays with these tips and tricks!

(image courtesy: passport2design)

(image courtesy: passport2design)

1.    use a display rack and ornaments to create a hip Christmas tree 

You can pull together a modern, funky display like this using items you probably already have around the store. Simply tie colorful strings of mostly equal length to ornaments in a few select holiday colors, like silvers, golds, and reds, or varying shades of green, as pictured. Then, tie strings in a circle around the display rack to create a hip Christmas tree. 

TIP: Just like on a real Christmas tree, put the bigger, heavier baubles towards the bottom of your ornament tree. The smaller ones will look great higher up. 

If you need a few more ornaments to fill out your tree, login to tag's wholesaler site or check your fall/holiday print catalog.

2.    decorate your store’s entrance with charming paper snowflakes 

(image courtesy: Martha Stewart)

(image courtesy: Martha Stewart)

All you need for this holiday merchandising idea is paper, scissors, and string. It doesn’t get much simpler (or inexpensive) than that. There’s something really charming about simple paper snowflakes… maybe it’s because they bring back memories of making these during childhood. Either way, this great holiday decor idea is sure to fill your guests with a sense of simple wonder right as they enter the store. 

If you don’t already know how to make paper snowflakes, Martha Stewart has an easy how-to, complete with photos. You can also search online to find printable patterns, or take a look at Pinterest for inspiration

If you don’t have enough time to make dozens of paper snowflakes yourself, have employees give you a hand. Making snowflakes can be a fun activity to do during slow retail hours. 

3.    go natural with branches and votive candles or tealights

(image courtesy: vadelaminas)

(image courtesy: vadelaminas)

(image courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens)

(image courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens)

Create a rustic, charming holiday display with a simple branch and some votive candle holders. Grab a branch from outside, trim off any dangerous or unsightly areas, and hang the branch from the ceiling with rope. Then, simply hang your favorite votive candle holders to fill your store with the warm nostalgic glow of candlelight that is perfect for evoking the holiday spirit. 

(image courtesy: digsdigs)

(image courtesy: digsdigs)

4.    create a beautiful ornament branch display

Branches are also a great way to display ornaments. This holiday merchandising idea is not only beautiful, it’s functional. Branches are a unique way to showcase the assortment of ornaments you have for sale in your store. 

Place a small branch inside a tag hurricane or vase filled with seasonal items such as pine cones and cover the branch with ornaments for an impactful look.

If you really want to grab a customer’s attention, consider using twinkle lights to create a beautiful holiday glow to draw their attention to your display. 

TIP: Flameless, LED-lit branches are an excellent alternative to natural branches.

 

(image courtesy: feltsocute)

(image courtesy: feltsocute)

5.    highlight Chanukah items with a centerpiece

Not all your holiday shoppers will be Christmas shoppers, and if you’re looking for merchandising ideas for your Chanukah products, consider creating this simple and elegant centerpiece. Just fill a tag hurricane with chocolate gelt and top off the look with a bunch of white flowers (either real or faux). Then, place the look at the center of your Chanukah items to visually cue your customer’s into the fact that you carry gifts and decor for a variety of holidays. 

 

With these five simple tips, you can achieve your holiday merchandising goals on a small retailer budget, proving that you don’t need a large department store budget to draw customers into your store and engage them will your holiday gifts and decor.


Retailers: to shop tag products, login to tag's wholesaler site, talk to your rep, or check your fall/holiday print catalog. New customers can reach us directly at NewAccounts@tagltd.com, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm CST.

Consumers: non-retail customers can shop great tag seasonal and everyday products on our retail site, tag2u.com

What do you think? Do you have a comment or question? We'd love to know if you have your own holiday store merchandising tips, pictures, and ideas!

throw a frightfully awesome halloween party!

Halloween is on a Friday this year, talk about a great night to throw a SPOOK-tacular grown-up party! Looking to add a little something extra this time around? Try this recipe for an adult beverage that will ensure you and your guests have a blast: 

Halloween Cocktail with St. Germain (serves two)

  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain
  • 2 dashes of Angostura
  • 1.5 ounces sparkling water
  • lemon juice (1/2 lemons worth)
  • ice
  • Halloween garnish: rosemary, thyme, rambutan, citriburst

Combine the vodka, sparkling water, St. Germain, Angostura and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Serve with thyme or rosemary leaves. For a Halloween cocktail, place a rambutan inside – it looks hairy and scary! See it here! (via La Maison Du Monde)

Visit tag for all your #Halloween decoration needs! 

Visit tag for all your #Halloween decoration needs! 

What do you think? Do you have a comment or question? Please don't hesitate to let us know, we appreciate any and all feedback from our customers. Have a great day! 

virtual tour of the vegas showroom: google 360 video

The 2014 summer trade show circuit may have ended, but we've still got lots to talk about! This July we were pleased to team up with our Ivystone reps at the Las Vegas Summer Market in our new showroom, suite #C684. We had the full tag line on display; fall/holiday, NEW spring/summer, and everyday collections. All that - combined with flowing margaritas and great friends and customers - made for a successful event set against the amazing Vegas lights. 

Couldn't make it or want to look again? We're excited to share our new Google 360 virtual tour, a fantastic way to see the tag showroom for yourself! Use your mouse to guide your way through the tour and get a closer look at best selling collections and products, such as butterfly-themed global artistry, walls of coir doormats, TONS of textiles, and so much, much more. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/tagvegas2014
See that "X" on the Google 360 tour, in the middle of the showroom? Click on it to navigate your way around shelves and displays.

But most of all, have fun. If you missed the margaritas the first time around, we invite you to enjoy one at your computer and pretend you were at the party!

Follow this link to see the tour: http://bit.ly/tagvegas2014 

Are you a wholesaler and want to know more? Please contact tag wholesale customer service with any questions: 1-800-621-8350 or info@tagltd.com.

Were you at the Las Vegas Summer Market or just have something to say? Please leave a comment below, we'd love to hear from you!

on-trend for 2015: 15 best selling products (part 3 of 3)

Welcome to the third part in this series of best-selling tag products for spring 2015. Although we're all gearing up for the holidays and the hectic fourth quarter retail season, we're also busy looking ahead to spring 2015 and reviewing wholesale demand. 

And this year there is no shortage of excellent new products! We made some major introductions, such as washable indoor/outdoor mats and flameless candles, and the tag design team came up with many on-trend designs, including the soft and feminine primrose tea collection and the rich, culturally-inspired, eclectic patterns of the global artistry collection. 

With so many new products and collections to talk about, we wanted to share the top-sellers to inspire and excite both retailers and their customers. Be sure to check out parts one and two of this series and feast your eyes on all these hot items! Retail customers, you can login to www.tagltd.com to view the whole catalog in pdf form. 

So here we have the latest of the top-selling spring/summer 2015 (in no particular order):

1. NEW! blossoms watercolor apron 

Make meal magic in style with this beautifully printed and ruffled cotton apron. The pink blossoms pattern is inspired by watercolor designs hand-painted by tag artists in Chicago. The result is a soft, feminine apron that adds beauty and color to your kitchen. Shown with top-selling blossoms watercolor dishtowel (204259). Retailer info: 204260. Pack 4 pcs. Page 16 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

2. NEW! jolie block-printed cotton tablecloth

Beautiful cotton tablecloth is block printed, an ancient technique done by hand. From our new Global Artistry collection, the rich patterns and colors help make any meal extra-special. Learn more about block printing hereRetailer info: 204485. Pack size 2 pcs. Page 65 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

3. NEW! primrose tea tins

Sweetly decorated teatime tins make a lovely Mother's Day gift or addition to any tea lover's kitchen! Keep tea, sugar, and sweeteners, or fill with cookies and desserts for a sweet treat. Patterns inspired by feminine European tilework. Retailer info: 204302. Pack 6 sets. Page 21 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

4. NEW! cast iron beer bottle opener

Something for the beer lover in your life, this is the perfect gift for Father's Day or any day! Cast iron beer bottle opener in antique bronze is a fun, functional item to have on hand at your bar or bbq. Retailer info: 204590. Pack 8 pcs. Page 97 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

5. NEW! surfer girl doormat; machine washable for indoor/outdoor use

Welcome every beachcomber home with this retro-inspired surfer girl doormat. Brand new for 2015, machine washable polymats are soft and work well outside or in - even great for the kitchen or bath! Retailer info: 204633. Pack 2 pcs. Page 97 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 


Want more springtime inspiration before we dive head first into fall? Check out parts one and two of this series for 10 additional best selling items that we can all look forward to. Right after the snow melts in 2015!

Got a spring favorite already? Let us know in the comments section below, we want to hear your thoughts! 

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on-trend for 2015: 15 best selling products (part 2 of 3)

Welcome to part two of a three-part series on best-selling spring 2015 products. We're diving into the 4th quarter and preparing ourselves for the holidays, but first we couldn't help but take a peek at favorite items straight out of tag's new 2015 Volume 1 catalog. 

Be sure to check out part one in this series, and stay tuned for part three!

1. NEW! primrose dishtowel set of 4  

Lovely and ladylike, this charming set of dishtowels is the perfect Mother's Day gift or any occasion. Covered in delicate hand-screen printed patterns inspired by intricate European tilework, each cotton dishtowel features a scalloped stitched hem. Sets are bound with matching twill tape and feature a j-hook for display that hides when not in use. Retailer info: 204293. Pack 6 sets. Page 21 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

2. NEW! cruiser coir door mat  

Cruise on home to this cheerful and welcoming door mat. Made of coir, a natural, renewable fiber extracted from coconut husk that is weather resistant and easy to care for. Can be shaken, brushed, or vacuumed clean. Retailer info: 204527. Pack 3 pcs. Page 38 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

3. NEW! bangalore butterfly dishtowel

Add an eclectic mix of on-trend print and pattern to your home! Pretty butterflies are set off against a hand-screen printed, globally inspired motif. 100% cotton and generously sized at 26" x 18". Retailer info: 204537. Pack 6 pcs. Page 59 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

4. NEW! chambray fringed napkins set of 4    

In gorgeous colors, these napkins are great with tag's new springtime collections or mixed and matched with your own favorites. Chambray fabric construction allows thread colors to show on both sides and gives these napkins a soft feel that's both casual and refined. Set includes 2 colorways (receive 2 of each colorway): orange/red and green/aqua. Retailer info: 204276. Pack 6 sets. Page 15 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

5. NEW! petite floral /burlap baskets

Hop to it! Fill each bunny basket with Easter goodies or create a sweet springtime display. Bunny basket assortment in cotton and jute features 4 cheerful floral colorways (receive 2 of each colorway). Retailer info: 204235. Pack 8 pcs. Page 3 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 


Come back soon for part three in this series of best-selling spring 2015 products from tag. And take a peek at this last item, a super-cute little bud vase that hasn't hit the top 15 yet, but that is at the top of customer favorites: 

bonus best seller: NEW! tiny bulb bud vase 

So it's not in the official top 15, but this item is still flying off the shelves, and it will fly off retailers' shelves once it hit stores in the spring. Talk about sweet, this little guys stands under 3" high! Petite bud vase adds vintage sensibility to any décor. Use alone, cluster with tag's tiny flask bud vase, or mix with other shapes for a charming, timeless feel. Retailer info: 204361. Pack 12 pcs. Page 48 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

on-trend for 2015: 15 best selling products (part 1 of 3)

With the fourth quarter just around the corner, retailers are busy filling shelves with holiday merchandise and planning holiday marketing and events. We all know that Christmas and peak selling season is fast approaching! But on top of the holiday prep in anticipation of the holiday hustle and bustle, those same retailers are planning for spring 2015 and placing their orders. 

So we took a look ahead at what's trending for spring. We found lots of soft and pretty, on-trend items that will usher in - what by then will be - the long-awaited spring season! 

artisan stripe dishtowels set of 3

1. NEW! artisan stripe dishtowel set of 3

Boldly colored stripes, tactile dobby weave details, and a soft cotton hand evoke the spirit of artisan handiwork. The set of 3 dishtowels are bound together with matching twill tape and generously sized at 26"l x 18" each. Retailer info: 204473. Features a j-hook for display that hides when not in use. Pack 6 sets. Page 64 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

2. NEW! spring spreaders assortment and counter display

A breeze to display and the perfect last-minute gift or entertaining accessory, tag's new spring spreaders are prepacked in a free counter display unit. Spreaders are earthenware with stainless steel blades, and the assortment includes 3 each of 5 designs: Easter egg, chick, bunny ears, carrot, floral. Retailer info: 204282. Also available in open stock. Pack size 1 assortment. Page 7 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

3. NEW! primrose teapot

Pour in ladylike style, and enjoy with a favorite companion or savor a moment's rest in solitude. Pretty teapot features hand-sponge printed pattern in soft shades and makes such a lovely gift! Made of stoneware, we recommend hand washing. Capacity 38 oz. Retailer info: 204298. Pack 2 pcs. Page 20 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

4. NEW! bunny & carrots dishtowel

Sure to bring a smile to your face: tag's adorable bunny peaks over a heap of carrots fresh from the garden! Slub weave cotton adds extra texture and interest to the hand-screen printed design. Generously sized at 26"l x 18"w. Retailer info: 204246. Pack 6 pcs. Page 8 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 

5. NEW! cruiser mug  

Stoneware mug features a fun bicycle motif in the bright shades of summer! Enjoy coffee, tea, or any other favorite beverage in this cute mug. Capacity 10 oz, and it's dishwasher/microwave safe. Retailer info: 204534. Pack 8 sets. Page 62 of the 2015 Volume 1 wholesale catalog. 


It's a long way until spring 2015, but if you're anything like us, you're already excited about what's coming! Come back soon to see part 2 of this best-sellers series.

Got a favorite on this list already? Let us know in the comments section below, we want to hear your thoughts!

2014 Las Vegas Market

At the 2014 Las Vegas Market? Join tag and Ivystone in our new space, suite #684! Stop by for a margarita ANY TIME during the market while you shop our extensive collection, including brand new products from our Spring/Summer 2015 collections! 

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2015 Spring / Summer Catalog: Volume 1

Summer 2014 may be in full swing, but here at tag we are already thinking Spring / Summer 2015! We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Spring / Summer Catalog: Volume 1 is available now! Make sure to grab your copy today, contact your sales rep directly or visit our website (click here) for more information. 

Pick up a copy of our 2015 catalog today for some great merchandising ideas! 

Full of new products and merchandising ideas, the 2015 Spring / Summer Catalog: Volume 1 provides retailers with a large number of new collections that are perfect for any home. Please contact tag wholesale customer service with any questions you may have: 1-800-621-8350 

Do you have a comment or question? Please don't hesitate to let us know, we appreciate any and all feedback from our customers. Have a great day! 

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Sneak Peek 2015: Coastal Collection

Summer is finally in full swing! Can you believe we're already halfway through 2014? Time flies when you're having fun. But rest assured, we've already been planning for 2015 and would love to share some of our upcoming products with you. Introducing the tag Sneak Peek series, where we give you a glimpse of what's on the horizon here at tag!

First up, see what’s in store for our coastal collection: Generously sized glass and chrome-finished Portland lanterns holding classic tag pillar candles, now available as flameless. Available in both medium and large sizes, to fit any household! 

Shown here on our new Coastal Stripe Cotton Tablecloth

Also make sure to take a look at our new Coastal Stripe Cotton Tablecloth! A great addition to brighten any room.

The new 2015 Volume One catalog is out now! Make sure to get your copy today. The products featured will be available to ship to our retail customers December 15th, 2014.

What do you think? Do you have a comment or question? Please don't hesitate to let us know, we appreciate any and all feedback from our customers. Have a great day! 

Atlanta Showroom Grand Opening!

We're extremely excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new Atlanta Showroom! Located on the 11th floor of building two, Showroom #1121 will feature some amazing tag product lines including fall / holiday 2014, spring / summer 2015 AND the entire everyday collection! For your convenience, now all products will be showcased in our Atlanta Showroom.

We're very excited to show you what we've been working on!

We're very excited to show you what we've been working on!

Come celebrate with us July 9th, 4pm – close at the July Gift and Home Market with a ribbon cutting, refreshments, giveaways, festivities and much more! Also be sure to ask about your FREE gift during your visit.  

Appelman & Schauben

We're pleased that once again, we are represented by Appelman & Schauben in the Southeast territories. Please contact the Appelman & Schauben team during non-market periods to visit the new tag showroom, you can learn more here.

What do you think? Do you have a comment or question? Please don't hesitate to let us know, we appreciate any and all feedback from our customers. Have a great day! 

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7 things every new home needs... and wants!

Everyone knows that summer means one thing: moving season. It’s a time of endings and new beginnings. Newlyweds are setting up homes for their new lives together. Recent grads are moving into their first apartments. Empty-nesters are reevaluating their housing needs. Folks in various stages of life are getting ready to make big changes, and perhaps you are, too!

We decided to put together a list of new home essentials that are often overlooked or forgotten about in the chaos of moving. Everyone remembers the basics: couch, dining table, bed, etc. But, as with most things in life, it’s the little things that make a difference when it comes to creating a warm home that’s ready to have friends and family over. Here’s a list of essentials that will help you create a warm and inviting new home.

1. dinnerware

This essential is probably most overlooked by recent grads moving into their first apartment. While picking out china patterns may not sound as fun as picking out a new couch or flatscreen television, it’s equally as important to have enough plates, bowls, and glasses on hand when you decide to throw your housewarming party or invite the parents over for dinner.

A 16 piece dinnerware set is a good start for your everyday dinnerware needs. This usually includes 4 plates, 4 pasta/cereal bowls, 4 coffee mugs, and 4 appetizer/bread plates. Those who have households or who plan to do a lot of entertaining might consider a 32 piece dinnerware set, so you’ll be sure to have enough placesettings on hand when an unexpected guest or two arrives.

tag’s sonoma dinnerware comes in a variety of colors that match a lot of different decor and tastes, so it’s a great way to get your dinnerware collection started. tag’s whiteware dinnerware is also a good choice for those who prefer classic white dinnerware. It’s also made from high-quality porcelain china, so it can be used for more formal occasions as well as for everyday use.

classic and durable: tag white porcelain dinnerware

classic and durable: tag white porcelain dinnerware

2. drinkware

Having enough of the right glasses at home is equally as important as your dinnerware. Avoid the embarrassment of having guests drink wine from coffee mugs by having both red wine glasses and white wine glasses in the cabinet. It’s also a good idea to have a set of double old fashioned glasses in your collection for mixed drinks. With these basics, you’ll be prepared for an impromptu cocktail night at a moment’s notice.

3. kitchen essentials

Kitchen essentials often get overlooked in the moving process, but it’s important to make sure you have the tools you need to whip up dinner and enjoy a meal with family and friends. The list below is a good place to start for a basic, functional kitchen set-up:

  • large skillet or frying pan
  • large stock pot
  • colander
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • a large serving bowl
  • storage containers for leftovers
  • a good set of knives (or at least one good chef’s knife)
  • utensils (forks, spoons, butter knives, etc)

4. cleaning supplies

A clean home is a comfortable home. Everyone should have the basics in their supply closet so you’ll be ready to tackle any spills or messes as they happen. So, when you’re moving into your new home, don’t forget the following:

  • broom
  • mop
  • dustpan
  • bucket
  •  trash can
  • scrub brush
  • spray bottle

You can also make your own cleaning solutions as a fun, easy way to save money. All you’ll need is a few basic ingredients, like vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and dish soap. Check out Apartment Therapy’s recipes to make your own cleaning solutions.

5. storage

Of course, a dresser, a wardrobe, and bookshelves are all key items to help you get organized in your new home. But often, the devil is in the details and it’s the little things that we often forget to find a proper place for: magazines, blankets, the kid’s toys, remotes, etc. Clutter like this can easily distract from creating a warm and comforting home.

Baskets are a great, affordable solution for all your odds and ends. A basket under the coffee table or in the corner of the living room gives you an inconspicuous place to stash clutter when company comes to visit. You can also use baskets in the bathroom and bedroom to organize your toiletries and personal items.

6. throw pillows

A throw pillow is an instant way to add color and comfort to your new home, especially if you’re still perfecting your decorating scheme and searching for the right decor. These don’t have to be expensive. It’s easy to make your own DIY throw pillows with a quick trip to the craft store for some cheap inserts and fabric. This really well-illustrated tutorial teaches you how to sew your own throw pillow covers. Don’t know how to sew? No problem. This tutorial teaches you how to make your own throw pillow with no sewing required. 

tag block print pillow

tag block print pillow

7. candles

(image courtesy: relaxdeco.com)

(image courtesy: relaxdeco.com)

If you haven’t gotten your home in picture perfect shape yet, candles are a quick and easy way to make any room look cozy and inviting. Candlelight is universally flattering and adds a warm accent to a room, which is especially important when you’re entertaining and want the conversation to continue long into the night. Place a pillar candle on a side table or light some tapers at the dinner table to instantly change the feel of the room. 

tag inner glow pierced tealight holders

tag inner glow pierced tealight holders

We think this list covers (almost) everything you need to create a cozy and comfortable new home. But keep in mind that you’ll need to supply the last ingredients yourself: family and friends! Because nothing makes a house feel more like a home than spending quality time with those you love. With these 7 essentials for a warm home, you should have no problem throwing a gathering to remember.  

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Natalie Roman

Natalie Roman is a writer living and working in Chicago. She enjoys dinners with friends, playing Scrabble, and riding her bicycle. Her favorite tag item is the Pancakes and Syrup Salt & Pepper Shaker.

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weekend brunch cocktail: st-germain and champagne

Have plans for brunch this weekend? Give this delicious, refreshing champagne cocktail a try - it's absolutely DELICIOUS!

Pour your favorite champagne into a fluted glass and top with a splash of St-Germain. Voila! Brunch is served!

The liqueur adds a wonderful, floral elderflower flavor to champagne and even white wine. Also great on its own over ice, as an after-dinner drink. Try it with chocolate and berries!

bella lead-free crystal stemware

bella lead-free crystal stemware

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7 tips for the perfect outdoor party

This past winter, the U.S. experienced some of the most extreme weather in decades. Here at tag headquarters in Chicago, we saw more than a few days with -20 degree temperatures, making warm summer days seem like a distant memory. But now that the days are getting longer and the temps are warming up, we’re eagerly preparing for fun outdoor parties, summer BBQs, and backyard picnics. If you’re getting ready for summer entertaining, too, here are six tips to make your outdoor party picture perfect.

1. have guests create their own drink tags

It’s easy to lose track of whose drink is whose amid all the conversations and laughter at a great outdoor party. Avoid the confusion by having your guests create their own name tags. Not only will this avoid drink mishaps, but it’ll give your guests a fun activity where they can get creative if they want to.

Drink tags don’t have to be complicated. It’s easy with a roll or two of washi tape (the cute, printed tape that’s been all the rage on Pinterest lately) and a marker. A lot of dollar stores and craft stores now carry washi tape due to its popularity in the craft world, so it shouldn’t be hard to find. The tape is easy to peel off without any left over residue. Try it with tag bubble glass!

washi tape rolls and cute dispenser (image source 464 Handmade)

washi tape rolls and cute dispenser (image source 464 Handmade)

try washi tape on tag bubble glass.

try washi tape on tag bubble glass.

2. keep an umbrella or two handy

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade (or party). Even the best-planned party can’t escape the whims of mother nature, so it’s best to keep an umbrella or two on hand in case of a sudden down pour. An umbrella is especially useful if your outdoor party is at a beach or park, where you may not be able to find immediate shelter.

An umbrella also does double duty on a sunny day, protecting the fair-skinned from the harsh rays of the sun. tag has many colorful umbrellas. We like the Abbey Turquoise Umbrella, as seen in Better Homes & Gardens, for its brilliant blue hue and fashionable houndstooth pattern.

3. don’t forget the sunscreen and the bug spray

(image source: sand&sisal)

(image source: sand&sisal)

Nothing ruins an otherwise perfect party like itchy bug bites or a painful sunburn. Try filling a basket with bug spray and sunscreen so your party guests can be sure to stay protected. You can even print up a cute card to fit the theme of your party.

tag has many baskets that are stylish and versatile. We love the large natural seagrass round basket. When the party is over, you can bring this basket inside to store throws, toys, magazines, and more.

 

4. treat guests to a DIY snack station

Make dessert time a fun activity for your guests. Fill an ice bucket or party tub with marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to create a delicious s'mores station. Keep a cup of skewers (or sticks, if you’re feeling rustic) next to the bucket so guests can toast their marshmallows over the grill or fire pit at your BBQ. Kids, especially, will love your DIY snack station. So easy and the presentation looks beautiful!

5. keep forks, knives, and spoons organized in style

utensils in garden pots. image source Country Living.

utensils in garden pots. image source Country Living.

 
 

 

A creative way to keep your flatware organized at your outdoor party is to use garden pots to keep spoons, knives, and forks separated. This makes it easy for your guests to find exactly what they need when they need it. Try tag’s terracotta orange glazed pots, as seen in HGTV Magazine, to add a colorful splash to your party.

You can also fill larger pots with ice to double as a convenient wine chiller. Terracotta is a natural material that is great at retaining cool temperatures, so your wine will stay chilled long into the night.

And of course there are lots of beautiful basket utensil caddies available, if that's more your style.

 

6. stay hydrated

With all the fun to be had at a BBQ or picnic, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. We recommend drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and to keep the energy high. To remind your guests to drink up, try keeping a drink dispenser full of ice cold water in an easy-to-find spot. You can add slices of watermelon, orange, or cucumber to your water to add a sweet taste for those who don’t enjoy the taste of plain water.

7. use lighting to set the mood

Add the finishing touch and keep the party going long after sundown with great outdoor lighting. Hurricanes are great to protect an open flame, and citronella torches help keep insects at bay. Lanterns or tealight holders on garden stakes work well to light a path to your front door or down to the beach. Or you can try hanging tealights all around for a magical, starlit effect!

have fun!

With these tips, your party is bound to be a hit - so have fun!

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Natalie Roman

Natalie Roman is a writer living and working in Chicago. She enjoys dinners with friends, playing Scrabble, and riding her bicycle. Her favorite tag item is the Pancakes and Syrup Salt & Pepper Shaker.

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retailer alert: 15 free counter displays for gifts

It's been a while since the last tag tidbits post, in part because we've been so busy with the International Housewares trade show in Chicago and launching our new Fall/Holiday 2014 catalog. It may seem strange to start thinking Holiday already for those of us not in the retail industry, but the truth is that your favorite shops plan their product assortments months in advance. 

That's why we're so excited about our new counter display units, which are easily assembled, cute displays for 15 favorite tag gifts. Wine cork candles, new seasonal spreaders, new novelty candles (the heirloom tomatoes are adorable!), block-printed notebooks, and top selling party candles. All of these gifts, neatly packaged in counter displays, all set to go for your favorite retail shops. Rest assured that you'll be covered next holiday season for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and every occasion in between! 

RETAILERS: display units are free with purchase and are available to ship between now and July. Please contact tag wholesale customer service to order: 1-800-621-8350 

wine cork candles and retail display - an absolute favorite hostess gift

wine cork candles and retail display - an absolute favorite hostess gift

christmas spreaders and retail display

christmas spreaders and retail display

harvest gourd novelty candles and retail display

harvest gourd novelty candles and retail display

classic vintage spreaders and retail display

classic vintage spreaders and retail display

thanksgiving spreaders and retail display

thanksgiving spreaders and retail display

halloween spreaders and retail display

halloween spreaders and retail display

heirloom tomatoes novelty candles and retail display

heirloom tomatoes novelty candles and retail display

block-printed journals and retail display - check out our block printing video and post to see how these are made. fascinating! 

block-printed journals and retail display - check out our block printing video and post to see how these are made. fascinating! 

Retailers: display units are free with purchase and are available to ship between now and July. Please contact tag wholesale customer service to order. 

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cheese knives: how do you use them?

Sometimes we find gadgets or utensils in the kitchen that we have no idea how to use. At least with cheese knives and other cheese serving utensils, we know what type of food they should be paired with. But do you know which cheese knife should be used with which type of cheese? This was a mystery to me and to some of my colleagues, so we did a little digging, and here's what we found - use the image below with the numbered cheese utensils for reference:

natural handled cheese knives set by tag

natural handled cheese knives set by tag

#1: This is a 'half-heart' or pear-shaped knife, used for cutting chunks of hard cheese such as Parmesan. Start with the tip of the knife when you start cutting to reduce crumbling. 
#2: The wide knife is used for shaving firm cheese or serving crumbly cheese - think blue cheeses - on its large surface area.
#3: The cheese fork is versatile and good for serving soft to firm cheeses, holding a block of cheese in place as it's sliced, and for breaking apart hard cheeses that are meant to crumble. 
#4: The rectangular cheese knife is used for serving soft to semi-firm cheeses; the sharp edge will cut and the flat surface serves. 

try a pretty cutting board and glass dome to wow your guests! all products made by tag.

try a pretty cutting board and glass dome to wow your guests! all products made by tag.

Hopefully this quick guide is helpful and that you'll never again be at a loss for how to use your cheese servers!