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CleanOur favorite products at NY Now were: Clean eau de parfum, Scottish Fine SoapsAcca Kappa soaps, and Virginia Cocktail Fine Virginia Peanuts.

Pig-themed products seemed to be everywhere, from Hammond’s Pigs N’ Taters (milk chocolate with bacon bits), to pig dolls from Maileg.




Tutem-MasksmyzenhomeNY NOW, billed as the ‘market for home and lifestyle,’ opened today with 2800+ vendors from 55 countries.

A couple of products that caught our eye — the personal microbe manager mask from Tutem and the yoga cushion from MyZenHome.

PuddinNYC1 (2)PuddinNYCPuddin’, on St. Marks Place, is the place to go for pudding in NYC.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

CupcakeATMPerhaps we’ll soon see ‘artwork’ sold through ATM machines.

NYNowFavs2014NY NOW, formerly the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), just wrapped up its Winter session.

The weather and Superbowl made it especially tough this year. One insider told LE that visitor attendance was down 75%. However, after the show, organizers reported significant order-writing from key buyers.

Some of the vendors/products that we like are: Maileg (dolls), Dionis Goat Milk Skincare, Soapology, Acca Kappa Soap Collection, Shelly Kyle Parfums and Deux Glass Collection: Fine Art Gifts and Stationery.

BondSellersDuring the 2013 New York City mayoral race, LE asked candidates Joe Lhota and Bill De Blasio if NYC could go the way of Detroit? Both said, unequivocally,”no.”

Last night we asked an institutional investor the same question. He said that he recently “unloaded” all of his New York City paper.

ValrhonaWhiteValrhona, the premier French chocolate producer, is out with a new white chocolate — “Opalys,” and the first blond chocolate — “Dulcey.” Both are terrific in cocktails and pastries.


Q'sNutsQ’s Nuts is an artisan nut company based in Somerville Mass., owned by husband and wife team Beth and Brian Quinn.

They put a lot of smiles on the faces of New Yorkers at the New York Wine Expo — with their amazing selection of flavored nuts.

Tokens&Icons (2)“Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom…and precision flying is a step toward expressing our real nature…everything that limits us we have to put aside.” Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, 1970

The philosophy of Richard Bach has many adherents in the United State — including some who think ‘absolute freedom’ is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. American innovation and mythology, expressed in aviation — both commercial and military, also connect with that thinking.

Tokens & Icons, based in Berkeley, California, is tapping into aviation nostalgia with original parts from a Pan Am Airways Boing 707 and Grumman F-4 — that have been chopped into a collection of artifacts, ranging from cuff-links to desk-art.

SanctuarySpringThe New York International Gift Fair opened today at the Javits Center, and will run through Jan. 30.

Sanctuary Spring got our attention with cards made by former sex-trade workers in the Philippines.


Stephen B. Wise


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