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August 21st, 2018

- Winners Chosen from Curated Product Displays at Summer 2018 Market -

NEW YORK, NY. — August 15, 2018 — NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, is excited to announce the winners of its semi-annual Eco Choice Awards as well as the recipient for the Best Exclusive Launch Award. The winners were selected from the sustainability: design for a better world® and destination:new product displays, respectively.

“NY NOW’s product displays are a must-see for buyers because they showcase areas of increasing interest and importance - new launches and eco-friendly products,” said Randi Mohr, Emerald Expositions Vice President and NY NOW Director. “We’re delighted to recognize the remarkable accomplishments of this Market’s Eco Choice and Best Exclusive Launch Award winners and look forward to seeing the incredible products they plan to unveil next season!”

NY NOW’s Eco Choice Awards
NY NOW’s sustainability: design for a better world® product display attracted submissions from all three collections - HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE - of the expansive summer 2018 market and each entry underwent a rigorous qualifying process before being selected for inclusion in the curated product display. All participating products in the display were eligible for the Eco Choice Awards program. The winners are:

  • Most Innovative: Brackish (Personal Accessories, Booth #8100) for its Original Feather Bow Ties.
  • Most Sensitive Use of Materials: Acacia Creations (Handmade® Global Design, Booth #248) for its Fair Trade Recycled Paper Greeting Card - Hey Boo.
  • Most Sellable: Lotus Love Beauty (Personal Care + Wellness, Booth #8012) for its {Satya} Lavender & White Sage Collection.

Entries were evaluated onsite at NY NOW earlier this week by retail and industry expert Susan Tucker of BYDYZNE Consulting. The winning products will remain on display within NY NOW’s sustainability: design for a better world® exhibit throughout the duration of the Market; each product is showcased alongside details about their provenance and production process. These “back-stories” highlight the green elements of the production process such as the use of renewable or alternative sources of energy in production, including wind, sun, and alternative fuels.

NY NOW’s “Best Exclusive Launch” Award
Additionally, NY NOW announced today the winner of its “Best Exclusive Launch” Award. This honor recognizes a standout product that is making its official debut exclusively at the summer 2018 market and was selected as part of the destination:new product display. The winner is:

  • Best Exclusive Launch: Rattan Back Pack from Borneo from The Winding Road (Booth #132)

All entries were judged by a panels of industry experts and members of the media including Paula Flynn of The Shopkeepers; Will Price of Gear Patrol; and Kana Sugamori of OK! Japan.

For images of the Eco Choice Award and Best Exclusive Launch Award winners, please click here.


About NY NOW
The summer 2018 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, takes place August 12-15, 2018 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections - HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE - that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. Attendees from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries worldwide are expected.

NY NOW is owned by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.

More information about NY NOW can be found at


  • Press Registration @ NY NOW has an exciting new spot! For the summer 2018 market, Press Registration is located on Level 3 just underneath the River Pavilion Mezzanine. Once you have your credentials in hand, we invite you to visit our Press Center, which will be situated in the middle of the action, directly on the market floor at the rear of the 2100 aisle on Level 3!
  • The official name of the market is “NY NOW.” Please do not use “NY Now,” “NYNow,” “New York Now,” “the NY Gift Show” or the “NY Gift Fair” to refer to the market.
  • Javits North will continue to be under renovation during the summer 2018 market and as a result, the Handmade® Designer Maker section will once again be located on Level 3.
  • The entirety of NY NOW’s summer 2018 market - including the Handmade® Global Design section located in the River Pavilion - opened at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 and will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. No sections are open on Saturday.

NY NOW has a new logo. If you need a high-res version for your coverage, please contact us at

Jennifer (Samuels) Polonsky
Coyne PR for NY NOW

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