Am I recovered yet?
The short answer is no, I’m not recovered from the Las Vegas Market Show and we are still a little buried over here. But, this isn’t me complaining, I am really & truly beyond excited and extremely grateful for our experience at the Las Vegas Market Show. The supportive and positive response from buyers, industry professionals, and the interior design community has elevated me in a way I don’t think I can ever describe in words.
More than anything, I just feel very INVIGORATED.
I think I said this in an Instagram post, but my favorite thing about bringing my product line to such a large-scale trade show for the first time was all the wonderful conversations that I was able to have and all the wonderful people I was able to meet face-to-face. Trading stories and experiences, meeting fellow exhibitors, some who have been doing trade shows for over a decade, and gaining insights and advice was incredibly valuable. Everyone was just so wonderful, kind, encouraging and welcoming to this newbie.
There is something to be said about being surrounded by other creatives & especially other women in business.
Connecting and meeting with people at the Las Vegas Market Show who are grinding the way you are, people who understand the passion behind product design and running your own company (small or large) makes you feel less alone. For the very first time in my professional career, I’ve found my tribe. People who get me, work as hard as I do, who LOVE IT as much as I do. who most importantly…are as equally grateful AND who want to build, build, BUILD each other up in any way possible. You put all of that in a room together, and how can it not feel completely and totally electric?
...and the best part is, BRAID & WOOD's Plant Hanger was named People's Choice Winner for Home Decor.
It was my very first experience doing a trade show of this size so winning the People’s Choice Award was the cherry on top of a very very big, delicious, and exhausting pie.
I mean…I was pretty darn content when we were named one of the 48 finalists. I could have stopped right there and been very very happy but to be selected as the Las Vegas Market Show winner in the Home Decor category was just over the top.
Here is what Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer has to say about the People’s Choice Award – “New product discovery is at the heart of IMC’s markets. Through this cross-market initiative in Las Vegas, High Point and Atlanta, we are honoring and celebrating the truly outstanding products that have most resonated with buyers as they seek the new products that will help them grow their businesses.”
So yah, that’s about it guys. Here’s to kicking off year two of BRAID & WOOD Design Studio plant hangers with a BANG. I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring.
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