High Point Blog: Bring on the Shoppers

High Point MarketTop to bottom: Sauder's Soft-Modern Sideboard; A Prisma design from Linon; Jaipur's new throws; Capel's indoor/outdoor design from Genevieve Gorder

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Retailers and vendors at High Point Market--which ends tomorrow--spoke of pent-up demand from consumers who curtailed their shopping habits during the unusually harsh winter that affected much of the nation. With the start of spring, some theorized the previously repressed shoppers will be ready to spend as the weather improves.

With that in mind, vendors/exhibitors at High Point pulled out all stops to entice retailers.

Bassett Furniture unveiled two new furniture collections along with a full selection of motion furniture called Bassett Motion Xpress. Kent Dobkins, most recently of Lane, has joined Bassett to head up its motion offerings. Bassett also showed a new HGTV-branded collection called City Center featuring casual urban, midcentury looks.

Sauder Woodworking continued to target the millennial consumer by adding to its Soft Modern collection. Line extensions included a bookcase, storage cabinet, credenza and sideboard. Many of the items are multifunctional. Sauder also introduced Square1, bringing opening price points to the Soft Modern aesthetic.

Added shine was a popular theme in the rug category. Linon unveiled Prisma, a polypropylene group machine-made in Turkey that has lurex running throughout the designs. A 5-by-8 will retail for $199. "When the economy gets better, that's when fashion changes. People are more risky with what they buy for the home," said Steve Mazarakis, vice president, rug division. The colors are also bright, and include red, blue, black and yellow.

Amer debuted a high-end handknotted collection called Ariana. "We're trying to fill the gap in high-end oushaks," said Tanuj Gupta, president. The line is made in India and has four designs.

Jaipur debuted its new throw category, with about 50 designs, made of cotton, wool and natural fibers. They were designed to coordinate with its pillows and poufs.

Among Capel's expansions were new constructions in its licensed line with designer Genevieve Gorder, which previously had only dhurries. The new items now include her first indoor/outdoor rug, a machine-made group of two designs in three colorways; a braided rug called The Player, which comes in four neutral colorways, each with a pop of color; Ancient Arrow, a tufted cut and loop design; and a flatweave design inspired by Gorder's heritage.