Almost exactly one year ago yesterday, I launched the COCOCOZY textiles collection at the New York International Gift Fair. An exciting year filled with many highs, a few lows, lots of comedic moments and an incredible "ride" on the so called become a business owner-textiles designer learning curve!
Before a year ago, I had never in my life set up a booth, created a display or sold a pillow! How things change! Never say never...really!
Well here we are. COCOCOZY 2012 at the NYIGF...in a bigger booth (#7919)...with more pillows, throws and new items like tabletop and some home accessories!
Here's a little show and tell on what we did to set up!
|We arrived Thursday to this - an empty white 12x20 space with hard walls constructed and plastic over my sisal rug. (above)|
|Friday, the next day...miraculously someone had moved in my white lacquer display cases and put up floating shelves on the sides of the booth. (above)|
|Then fab Associate Operations Manager KS (who loves the color pink) and I began stuffing pillows. For every one pillow I stuffed, KS seemed to have stuffed two. I spent a lot of time fretting and scrutinizing the space. (above)|
|My favorite part of set up is when the vinyl lettering goes up. (above)|
|Some progress being made! Two ladders that I had painted white to hang throws and several boxes of inserts and other accessories still needed to be placed into the booth. (above)|
|This was Sunday morning! Booth complete ready for the show! (above)|
|Lights still on the ground but best of friend AM's pink birdcage and drapes are all up. (above)|
|New fabric pattern called Arch and new colorways charcoal and sea foam green. (above)|
|Lovely lavender sachets made out of COCOCOZY Logo linen. (above)|
|Our booth cards sit in silver plates for passersby to take with them. (above)|
|About 25 minutes before the show starts...booth is ready to go! (above)|
A special thanks to fab Associate Operations Manager KS for all of her hard work setting up the booth with me over the last few days...she basically did most of the styling because I kept stepping back and squinting and rearranging and making tweaks. Another special thanks to WA, KS's friend who came out to help with set up and the first day of the show. And then a huge thanks to best of friend AM, who lent items from her home for the booth (pink picture frames, a ceramic bowl, the pink birdcage and more) and who came in and made all of the necessary display adjustments!
My sis DS came by and now is back in L.A. Now best of friend FF from New Orleans and FM her neighbor (and my friend) came all the way in to hang out! Oh yes and I saw my good law school friend JT who stopped by to say hi and I got a gander at her lovely engagement ring - she's getting married! All so exciting.
We had a great first day of the show. Lots of nice people stopping by!
Today is another day!
Here we go!
P.S. So many nice readers stopped by including designers Kate Jackson, Emily Butler, Paige and Doug from Tracery Interiors in Florida/Alabama, Lee Kleinhelter from Pieces Inc. in Altanta and so many many more! And I had a COCOCOZY first, a lovely MAN named David stopped by with his wife and gorgeous baby son to say that HE reads the blog regularly! I've never had a guy who has actually admitted to reading my constant chatter. He was so nice.
P.P.S. Running off to another day at the show.
P.P.P.S. Hope you have a great day!
All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY