So on Monday Micke and arrived in Atlanta for the famous Gift show at Atlantas Mart. Blue skies, but very cold! I had been hoping for warm weather considering how far south Atlanta is located (same latitude as north Africa).
Americas Mart is a gigantic marketplace. It is housed in three high rise buildings. We where placed in building 3. The architecture of this building is amazing! It has a huge atrium with the floors on balconies. Unfortunately we got a rather crappy placement in the very back on the fifth floor.
Looks somewhat like a spaceship!I have never done a show outside of New York before. Doing a show in the city you live in is a piece of cake compared to the logistics of getting all your products and furniture for the booth to the show. In New York we have literally taken the furniture from our house to the show, which obviously wasn’t an option here.
All the bags fit into our two suitcases which was great! (Very happy I don’t sell big and breakable stuff!)
Mission number one when we got to Atlanta was to figure out where to find furniture. We looked in our favourite stores: West Elm (www.westelm.com) and Anthropologie (www.anthropologie.com) but it was all too pricy considering I will have to leave all the furniture here once done. Or rather I will donate all the furniture to charity at the end of the show.
However, I did find furniture I want for my store on Mott Street at Anthropologie. This display until would have been perfect for us, except it won’t fit in the store.
Luckily this three tier table does fit in the store on Mott Street, so I bought it and will have it shipped to NY. (I just love how Anthorpologie sells their own display furniture!)
To our rescue for the show was Ikea (as usual) with affordable and stylish furniture. I have had my eye on a great black and white rug from Ikea for the longest time. Finally I found use for it.
Laying out the bags on the floor to figure out where they should go.
Have a great weekend people! I know what I will be doing – working at the show!
The Bag-all Asia Tour is soon coming to an end. We are filled with energy and impressions from this beautiful continent. After meeting so many nice people and seeing amazing places, this trip has left us feeling extremely inspired.
Tokyo has been particularly inspiring and its with a long list of new product ideas that we will be heading back to New York. So stay tuned for new, upcoming favorites to our collections!
No rest for the wicked! We started off this year by traveling to Asia, where we've been visiting suppliers, customers and fabric markets in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
Now it's time to keep on moving and our next destination is Japan. We're very excited, especially about visiting Bag-all Travel Pop-up stores in Tokyo.
If you want to know more, follow our trip on Instagram: @bag_all.