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Twice a year the Javits Center in New York is packed with the latest and greatest in lamps, rugs, salad bowls and more as the New York International Gift Fair displays housewares to thousands of buyers of retail stores.

I took a peek around this trade-only event and checked out the latest looks being offered up this season.

Tote bags everywhere!

Tote bag mania continues and I saw examples of the ubiquitous item made from pretty much anything. New this year: big, sturdy zippers, clasps and lots of leather handles and straps for durability. The Run Run Run Italian Shopper Tote bag is super-stylish and made of recycled water bottles. It can be purchased for $45  at kickstarter.com.

Hicks 1970s inspiration

Geometric and herringbone patterns inspired by ’70s design king David Hicks seem to be enjoying a revival. This time around both bright colours mixed with neutrals helped update the famous prints.
Jonathan Adler, sand herringbone rug, $1,550 and up,  jonathanadler.com

Making big weaves

Another old time craft makes a comeback as several designers constructed items using weave techniques in materials such as wicker, knit and even rubber.

Letter and number motifs
Letters and numbers showed up everywhere  — whether on traditional or modern decor  — and were what buyers were flocking to. I spotted examples on French linen pillows, totebags and hand-blocked artwork to name a few.

Primitives by Kathy pillow, $30,
Primitivesbykathy.
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