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New Wave Group AB Acquires Paris Glove of Canada
December 7, 2011

New Wave Group AB announced that it is acquiring all shares of Paris Glove of Canada Inc. for $16.3 million. Paris Glove will be joining several other promotional products companies under the New Wave Group umbrella, including Cutter & Buck, Kosta Boda, Orrefors and Sagaform.

Editor's Picks: Protect Ya Neck
December 7, 2011

This week's edition of Editor's Picks focuses on an often overlooked accessory: the promotional scarf. You've got to diversify your brands, son.

Product of the Day: Armitron Watch from Castle Merchandising Inc.
October 13, 2011

Give into your dark side and embrace your inner black knight with Castle Merchandising Inc.'s Plated Black Stainless Steel Watch with Diamond Dial. Dark and elegant, the watch is perfect for the man who's over princesses and would rather a lady who likes her steaks rare, her wine more like whiskey, and knows how to handle herself around a dragon.

Lea's Retail Corner - October 2011
October 12, 2011

Victoria is not the only one with a secret! As risqué as this topic may be for our industry, we have to talk undergarments. They are a huge part of retail sales, and believe it or not, undies have a promotional appeal. Aside from seeing boy cut briefs with prints on the back side, thongs have become quite the novelty item.

Watches are Rediscovered by the Cellphone Generation
July 19, 2011

Michael Williams, who runs A Continuous Lean, a men's style blog, ditched his Timex when he got his first cellphone in 2001.

Tyler Thoreson, the head of men's editorial for Gilt Man, the flash sale website, often kept his forgettable watches stashed in a drawer.

And Eddy Chai, an owner of Odin New York, a downtown men's boutique, gave up wearing watches regularly in his mid-20s, when he outgrew his Casio.

Editor's Picks: PROMOTIONS EAST Edition
June 7, 2011

We're out at PROMOTIONS EAST today for the final day of exhibits, and after four days of Atlantic City weather and booth browsing, we've got some summer trade show-themed Editor's Picks lined up for you.

Bamboo Spun with Harsh Chemicals to Make Textiles
May 4, 2011

Bamboo isn't the perfect green product most consumers think it is.

The stalks and leaves are green, and some of the claims made by retailers are true: Bamboo grows like gangbusters without fertilizer or pesticides, it shoots up again after being cut and it's incredibly hardy.

So hardy, in fact, that it must be spun with harsh chemicals before it can be used to make textiles, including towels, clothes and baby diapers.

The resulting cloth is not natural bamboo fibre. It's man-made rayon or viscose fibre, made from bamboo pulp.