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NATIONAL STATIONERY SHOW PRESENTS #fresh Juried Section Highlights “Young” Companies in Stationery and Lifestyle Gifts

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 5, 2016) — For the third consecutive year, the National Stationery Show® (NSS) will feature #fresh, a juried section of trending and emerging businesses, showcased within their own creative community on the Show floor. The NSS takes place May 15 - 18, 2016 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

#fresh is comprised of approximately 100 companies that have been in business less than five years. To be selected for #fresh, candidates must demonstrate product and packaging creativity and authenticity. Not only do #fresh exhibitors design their own products, but more than ninety percent of them are Makers.

“The #fresh section provides a distinctive environment for companies new to the industry to launch their businesses and show their wares,” said Patti Stracher, vice president and Show director. “By creating a separate, intimate community, buyers can get to know the owners, hear their stories and find some of the freshest products in the Show.

Many exhibitors within #fresh section are part of the growing “Maker culture”, broadly known as the Maker Movement. These terms encompass independent inventors, designers and tinkerers who combine shared learning, contemporary design and technology. Made From Books, is a company that designs and produces jewelry from old and recycled books. Paper Punk takes 2D paper designs that can be transformed into 3D geometric pieces to create paper toys and art forms. Timbergram is the creator of original postcards made from wood and Three Bluebirds developed reusable kitchen towels, handmade in the U.S.

On the whimsical yet practical side, Zootility Tools will display multipurpose animal-shaped tools. Crowns for the People will showcase felt party crowns for kid and adults. And, the Re-marks booth will feature adult coloring items.

The entire list of #fresh exhibitors can be found on the National Stationery Show website.

About the National Stationery Show
The National Stationery Show is North America’s most comprehensive source for greeting cards, social stationery, complementary lifestyle products and resources for creative pursuits, taking place annually at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Show, celebrating 70 years in the industry, features nearly 800 exhibiting companies. It attracts some 10,000+ buyers and industry professionals worldwide from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and "big box" mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as special event planners, corporate marketers, importers and distributors. The Show also presents high-caliber educational content, industry events, and networking opportunities throughout the market week, and is co-located with SURTEX, the premier event for sourcing original art and design, and ICFF. For additional information and registration, visit Join the conversation at #NSS2016.
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