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Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

Notes on the run from Patti Carpenter This lighting came across my desk recently and it made me stop and smile. I love the recycled and recyclable component, it’s made of pressed cellulose, but I’m equally drawn to the on-trend color palette of ripe red, bold cobalt...

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Christmas Redux: Letters To Santa

Christmas Redux: Letters To Santa

Letters to Santa is a sweet, child-like Christmas theme that The Trend Curve highlighted last in our 2012 color-and-trend forecast, ‘Tis The Season. For 2022, it is making a comeback. In fact, at Christmasworld in Frankfurt and at the Atlanta Gift Market, this theme...

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Vending to New Heights

Vending to New Heights

From trailblazing trend expert, Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf Consider the lowly vending machine. Once nothing much more than a modest, self-service supplier of cigarettes, candy and soda pop, this iconic form of retail is getting new life. Developed in the late 1800s,...

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Halloween Trend: Gold Metallic

Halloween Trend: Gold Metallic

From International Color & Trend Authority, Michelle Lamb Move over, orange! There’s a new player in town for Halloween. Gold metallic is one of the freshest emerging color trends for October 31. The idea of swapping orange for gold in your Halloween mix may seem...

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Close Calls

Close Calls

We really shouldn’t have been all that surprised by the ever-increasing number of retail stores that are closing up for the short-term, waiting out the coronavirus pandemic. When museums, amusement parks, schools and even entire cities and towns shutting down, it was...

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Red or Green, Not Red and Green

Red or Green, Not Red and Green

From International Color & Trend Authority, Michelle Lamb When it comes to Christmas, conventional wisdom holds that the most salable color story is red and green. I’m here to tell you that while this may be absolutely true for core products—the bestsellers you...

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Do Trends Matter?

Do Trends Matter?

As we all come to grips with a global health crisis the likes of which modern society has never dealt with before, it would seem like an odd time to be talking about trends. Wouldn’t a good trend be the COVID-19 virus being cured… or at least processes and programs in...

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