This year’s National Stationery Show is just a few weeks away! I seriously look forward to the National Stationery Show ALL year long! Even though this will be my 8th (!!) year attending the show I still get excited to wander the aisles, catching up with old friends and discovering new-to-me talent. I’ve been browsing the exhibitor list and the NSS Planner to prepare my walking list for this year’s show, and I’m particularly excited to see the exhibitors in a special juried section of the showÂ called #freshÂ that featuresÂ new and up-and-coming companies.Â Some of my favorite discoveries from the #fresh section in the 2015 National Stationery ShowÂ included Fox & Fallow, Katie Leamon, and Tack and Ward!
Katie LeamonÂ (booth #1552)
Fox & FallowÂ (booth #1545)
Tack and Ward, who “graduated” out of #fresh this year â€“ they’ll be in booth #2270!
#freshÂ has been my first stop at the National Stationery Show since it made its debut two years ago. Now in its 3rd year, #fresh features approximately 100 emerging businesses in stationery and lifestyle gifts, with a focus on original and creative product design and packaging (so important!). Companies in #fresh can only have been in business for a maximum of five years and cannot have exhibited in the National Stationery Show for more than four years, which means it’s a great way for retailers and folks like me to discover new talent!Â SomeÂ #fresh exhibitorsÂ will already be familiar names to OSBP readers â€“ like Ashkahn, AHeirloom, and Hartland Brooklyn â€“ but others are still waiting toÂ be discovered at the show!
Hartland BrooklynÂ (booth #1556)
AHeirloomÂ (booth #1259)
MeeschmoshÂ (another #fresh graduate â€“ they’ll be in booth #1854 this year!)
Hartford Prints! (booth #1346)
Printable WisdomÂ (booth #1356)
I think what I love mostÂ about #freshÂ (other than discovering awesome new stationers, of course!) is that itÂ reminds me of the reason I started OSBP in the first place, all the way back in 2008: to connect people with a stationery community that was bursting with fresh energy and new ideas, and to make sure that all the new artists and designers I was discovering wouldn’t get lost in an already rich crowd. I can’t wait to see who will be there this year, and I’ll be sure to report back here in May!
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