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The NY NOW Podcast brings real-life education, strategies, and ideas to our community through conversations and webinars that are relevant to our industry. NY NOW is a modern wholesale experience for retailers and specialty buyers who are looking for a rich diverse range of new products and exciting new brands. Located in the heart of NYC, the NY NOW tradeshow is a community driving style, success, discovery, innovation and collaboration. Visit us at to learn more!
23 Episodes
Join us for cocktails and conversation with stationery power couple Jocelyn & Roland Kirouac of Ümlaut Brooklyn. Their ribald range is renowned for its salty sentiments and glam retro style. Listeners get a glimpse into their creative process, what’s selling, and even their grant program for young artists — the template of which is free to anyone wanting to unveil their own!   RESOURCES  | Websites: Ümlaut Brooklyn:  | NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription:   | NY NOW Digital Market:   | NY NOW :  
Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, brand creator, and founder of JMR Design Consulting, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next in fashion and jewelry. In this podcast, Jen Cullen of Williams Communications explores Jessica’s rich experience in the fashion world, her methods for identifying and forecasting trends, and shares insights into the newest emerging trends in giftable accessories. SPEAKER BIOS Moderator: Jen Cullen Williams Title: Founder Company: Jen Cullen Williams Communications Award-winning communications and public relations strategist, Jen Cullen Williams is known for creativity and connections and specializes in enhancing the market exposure for brands, retailers and organizations in the fashion, jewelry, luxury, and consumer goods markets. Prior to launching her consultancy in 2019, she began her career at fashion firm Red Light PR and later became the managing director of the agency Luxury Brand Group from 2007-2019, where she continues to consult. She has spent the past 15 years working on brand development and communications programs for some of the leading jewelry industry companies and has secured placements in top media outlets including Forbes, New York Times, Vogue, Oprah, People, Who What Wear and many others. Jen serves on the JCK Events advisory board, the national board of Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) as a Regional Director and is a past president of the WJA Los Angeles chapter.  In 2020, she was a judge for the INSTORE Cool Stores competition, and currently co-writes a monthly column for National Jeweler on creative connecting. She received a B.A. degree from California State University, Long Beach, and an Executive Education Certificate in Global Leadership from Harvard Business School. Jen is passionate about working with people, building relationships and businesses by developing creative and modern ways to communicate and engage with consumers and the media.  Website:   Instagram: @jencwilliams    Name:  Jessica Richards  Title: Founder   Company: JMR Consulting  Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, brand creator, and founder of JMR Design Consulting, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next. With an extensive background in forecasting, concepts, and design for major North American retailers, she brings a forward-thinking yet commercially and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness industries. Jessica graduated from Boston University with a degree in Magazine Journalism and has been additionally certified from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been quoted and featured as a guest expert across international media, including the New York Times, ELLE Canada, City TV, and more. Jessica serves as Trend Director for the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit, international trade organization with the mission to stimulate global consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. She is also Fashion Director for the newly re-launched Accessories Magazine, whose dedicated focus on accessories serves the trade with industry news and editorial direction to serve brands, wholesalers, and retailers. In this role, Jessica gives insight to industry and consumer trends, as well as direction for future development and merchandising strategies.  Website:   Instagram: @jessicaxrich      
NiLu is an online lifestyle brand with a local retail experience, specializing in creating and curating excellently crafted accessories, exceptionally thoughtful gifts, and distinctly beautiful home goods. With a flagship store tucked in the heart of Harlem, NiLu was founded in 2015 to platform independent makers, introduce them to lovers of cultured pieces, and create a vibrant space for the community to make themselves at home. Visit here to learn more about NiLu's brand story. RESOURCES | Websites: NiLu:  | NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription:  | NY NOW Digital Market:  | NY NOW :  
Listen as Gift + Stationery guru, Katie Hunt shares the importance of mindset and the issues that her community is facing. Through her Paper Camp and Proof to Product Labs, she generates a path through her customized programming that provides product-based businesses with the solutions that are as distinctive as each business plan.  RESOURCES | Websites: Katie Hunt Amy Loewenberg Sarah Schwartz | NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription: | NY NOW : 
Opening a store in a challenging retail climate takes a certain kind of moxie! Douglas and Michael of Cursive New York have history with some of New York’s iconic retail locations and have now opened a new location for us to enjoy in New York City’s West Village just in time for the holidays.  Listen to their story past and present.  RESOURCES | Websites: Cursive New York| NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription:  | NY NOW : 
Hear why Kathy Piccari decided to move ahead with her vision of expanding Pineapple On Main in a challenging retail climate. Learn how her vision and her bold moves are helping to develop a part of a larger revitalization project focused on community building.  RESOURCES| Websites: PINNEAPPLE ON MAIN| NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription:  | NY NOW :
With over 28 years of experience, Kristi Forbes is a seasoned expert in the tabletop, gift and housewares industry, having honed skills in leasing, retailing programs, publishing, marketing, events and more. Forbes joined Forty One Madison in 2017 as senior vice president and director, overseeing the building’s 90+ permanent tabletop showrooms including over 200 of the most iconic brands in the tabletop industry and The New York Tabletop Show®. Previously, she was with AmericasMart Atlanta for over 25 years working on all aspects of the business for brands in the home, gift and apparel category, and played a major role in recruiting top global brands to secure showroom real estate at one of the world’s largest trade marts of its kind. Forbes also holds additional roles in the industry and NYC community beyond her position with Forty One Madison by serving on several boards including Gift For Life, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the Flatiron District BID.Forbes is a native of Morehead City, NC and holds a fashion merchandising and business degree from East Carolina University.  She currently resides in New York City with her husband and Jetta Dog.   RESOURCES | Websites: 41MADISON  | NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription:  



New York Makers First of its kind digital market and magazine. "Our mission is celebrating people, places, experiences, products, and ideas that define New York State." Moderator: Patty Hughes | Title: Content Creator & Executive Producer | Company: Patty Finds It for you   Patty Hughes is passionate about people! And this genuine curiosity has influenced her career trajectory as an entrepreneur, television personality, and trend expert. From local Buffalo TV, to the sophisticated runways of NYC. From appearances on talk shows, to hosting her own nationally syndicated show, Patty’s bubbly personality and keen sense of taste and style has propelled her professional endeavors.For 10 seasons Patty worked on Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. In the role of production coordinator, she had the privilege and opportunity to encourage and guide blossoming careers. As an interior stylist she has designed executive suites for Viacom Corporate HQ and photo shoots for such publications as Brides Magazine.  Patty has been a contributor to various lifestyle and fashion print editorials culminating in her own column in Seventeen. As a television personality and lifestyle expert Patty has made appearances on Rachael Ray, Wendy Williams, and the Food Network. She is a sought-after event host and a former spokesperson for Lord and Taylor.Patty’s experience and natural entrepreneurial spirit lead to the next logical progression: her own production company and the development of an exciting new nationally syndicated television series, “Patty Finds It For You!” Guest: Silda Wall Spitzer | Title: Co-Founder | Company: New York Makers  Silda Wall Spitzer, innovative businesswoman, lawyer, and former First Lady of New York State, co-founded New York Makers to promote local sustainability and statewide connectivity; she believes thriving makers are the heart of dynamic and resilient economy and community. New York Makers is first of its kind.  Guest: Amanda DiRobella | Title: COO and Editor in Chief | Company New York Makers  Amanda DiRobella, COO and Editor in Chief of New York Makers, has been actively involved in promoting, supporting, connecting, and mobilizing the nationwide maker community for over ten years in her career in and around the tri-state area.   RESOURCES | Websites: NEW YORK MAKERS    Patty Finds It For You   | NY NOW Podcast Page:   | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Michael Aram is an award-winning American Armenian artist who has dedicated his career to craft-based design. Listen with us as he shares his life journey. Both Michael and David Lindberg, his VP of Marketing, take us through the early days filled with colorful stories and events to the future of Michael Aram in a digital world.    RESOURCES | NY NOW Podcast Page:  | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Take some time and listen as Beth Diana Smith engages us with stories of her past and her vision of the future. Get caught up on the Black Artists Designers Guild, hear about what Beth is up to these days and learn about the importance of creating your own Cultural Oasis.  RESOURCES | Websites: Beth Diana Smith Black Artists + Designers Guild | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
The WFTO is the home of Fair-Trade Enterprises. Spread across 76 countries, members are verified as social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. To be a WFTO member, an enterprise or organization must demonstrate they put people and planet first in everything they do. We are democratically run by our members. This is their global community. Joellen Nicholson builds shared value partnerships across sectors for inclusive value chains.  Her diverse career journey has crossed the private, non-profit, and social venture start-up sectors leading marketing programs, partnerships, plus social impact and sustainability initiatives with leading brands like the Gap, Disney and Macy's.  As the Director of Programs at Nest she supported business growth and social compliance for over 100 global MSMEs, with on-the-ground projects in India, Guatemala, Haiti, and Namibia.  Joellen co-found basik 855, a social venture that developed a new co-creation model with Cambodian artisans.  As a consultant Joellen has advised organizations on business models and program strategies that incorporate social impact and sustainability. Currently, Joellen is a VP at University Impact, growing the unique Triple Donor-Advised Fund model through impact investments and creating the next generation of social impact leaders. Joellen is a strategic advisor to Hechos x Nosotros | Animaná, an Ashoka recognized social enterprise non-profit with UN consultative status advancing LATAM artisans and MSMEs in the sustainable fashion ecosystem.  Roopa Mehta leads Sasha Association for Craft Producers (India), an exemplary WFTO member selling fashion and home products around the world. Her association with Fair Trade began in 1978 and she moved over full time to Sasha in 1985. She has served on the board of Fair-Trade Forum India and the Asia WFTO board. She was voted on to the WFTO Global board as an independent board member in May 2011. Roopa completed an Economic honors course, followed with an MBA degree from Delhi University. She began her career with a leading Indian chain of hotels and moved on to be an Executive Director of a company producing and retailing high-end women's clothing using traditional dyeing printing and embroidery techniques.  RESOURCES | Websites: WFTO| NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Exploring ways social enterprises and do-good brands can begin addressing power dynamics within their business. We will talk about the importance of going beyond performative ally-ship and incorporating systemic change in the way you talk about, think about, and run your business. Manpreet Kalra is a digital marketing expert, activist, and social impact educator. She currently serves on the board of NYC Fair Trade Coalition, a grassroots fair trade advocacy organization. She is an advocate for fostering cultural humility in impact through inclusive brand narratives. She has dedicated her career to exploring the intersection of digital media, social impact and diversity in the sustainable fashion movement. Manpreet is a thought leader in impact communication. She launched Art of Citizenry to coach conscious businesses on how to maximize their impact through business development, branding, and strategic marketing. With a background in venture and startups, Manpreet uses her knowledge to help purpose-driven organizations and brands think of creative ways to grow and address inclusion in every aspect of the business. She brings a wealth of experience from her work with fair trade and impact-driven businesses globally. RESOURCES | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Learn about navigating the ins and outs of Cannabinoid payments and what’s entailed when acquiring a processing account for selling CBD, Hemp and other related products. If you’re venturing into the world of CBD, you’ll want to take advantage of this upcoming PODCAST for great insights from the team at! AOUT THE COMPANY: CBD Payment Pros was founded by International Payments Processing (IPP) to focus specifically on CBD, Hemp and other wellness related business verticals.  We’re a full-service payment consulting firm offering direct merchant accounts with CBD-friendly banks that have made a commitment to the CBD, Hemp, and Cannabinoid space. This includes providing both storefront and online e-commerce businesses with processing services that best meet their needs, as we take a concierge-style approach in determining the optimal CBD friendly banking solution.  Even before CBD and Cannabis came on the scene, we have specialized in the e-commerce processing space for 20 years, supporting merchant businesses in the US and abroad. RESOURCES | Websites: CBD Payment Pros | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Aid to Artisans has been running its signature Market Readiness Program (MRP) at the NY NOW trade show for 27 years. With the cancelation of the in-person market, ATA has launched its first-ever eMarket Readiness Program. The eMRP is a 4 half-day online course that will be held Aug 11-14. ATA has brought together a team of industry experts and updated the core content of the MRP to include best practices, and trends in the current market. The program will focus on online solutions and strategies artisan businesses can take to adapt their businesses to sell in the shifting global market. The eMRP course will benefit international artisan producers, new artisan brands, designers, exporters, and leaders of craft-based enterprises based globally and in the US.  The immersive training offers intensive learning, hands-on exercises, one-on-one coaching, and small group learning. Based on our many years of teaching how to access the market, this practical course offers opportunities for small group networking, with real-world applications, exercises and homework to apply to your business. Each organization will receive a 30 min One-on-One coaching follow up call, and participants will walk away with an action plan for their business that takes them forward confidently the changing artisan market. RESOURCES | Websites: Aid to Artisans Made Trade | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Enjoy this dynamic and insightful conversation with Emily Blumenthal - Founder of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, now in their 14th year, Author and adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at FIT. Emily Blumenthal is the founder of Handbag Designer 101, Independent Handbag Designer Awards, and author of Handbag Designer 101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing, Making, and Marketing Handbags (sales worldwide over 50K copies).  As featured in The New York Times Style Section, Emily is known as the “Handbag Fairy Godmother” who brings unknown brands to the forefront. She is a trend/source expert and understands the insatiable appetite for emerging and undiscovered designers. RESOURCES | The 14th Annual Independent Handbag Awards: | Websites: | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar with the videos, extended explanations and PowerPoint presentation, register using the link in the resources section below. Learn how to create great product videos for your website, IGTV and other social media platforms using your mobile device. Award winning Filmmaker/videographer JP Pacca will share his top ten tips and tricks for capturing and editing your product videos to engage your customers and drive sales. RESOURCES | Webinar Registration: | Sector Blu Website: | NY NOW Webinars: | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
Our next Buyer Spotlight features the Brooklyn Museum’s Merchandising Manager and longtime friend, Michelle Beshaw. She is enthused by all things fun and unique and greatly inspired by the designers and makers that she meets and the stories that they tell. Join us and take an inside peek into being a merchant for a Museum and learn about the Brooklyn Museum's Mission and Vision along the way. Thank you for listening! Please visit our site to find out more about our market and other digital talks at RESOURCES | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
NOTE: Recorded on 5/28/20. Visit Audrey's online shop!Check out our next Buyer Spotlight as Amy Loewenberg talks with Audrey Woollen, the founder and creative director of Urbanic Paper Boutique In Los Angeles. They will discuss Audrey’s brand, her thoughts on technology in the paper industry and her future visions of retail. RESOURCES | Audry's Online Shop: | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
This episode has been brought to you in collaboration with House Beautiful Magazine.To explore more in the interior world visit and check out their latest issue titled Summer Dreaming available on newsstands now or subscribe to their digital issue and newsletter using the links in the resource section below. Thank you for Dishing on Design with NY NOW! RESOURCES | House Beautiful Website: | House Beautiful Digital Edition Subscription: | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
This episode is a webinar preview, shared with the purpose of keeping our NY NOW community informed. To view the on-demand webinar, register using the link in the resources section below.Based in NYC, Tony has taught photography lighting at FIT and Parsons New School of Design, and teaches photography workshops for the APA and is an educational source/ambassador for a myriad of corporate clients. Tony Gale shares tips and tricks for ‘DIY’ product photography, covering product photography using point + shoot cameras as well as cellphones, lighting, angles, backgrounds and photography apps.RESOURCES | On-Demand Webinar: | NY NOW Webinars: | NY NOW Podcast Page: | NY NOW Email Subscription: 
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