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Byline: Carla Webb

NEW YORK-Accessories for the home and for the person appear to be one in the same to some vendors, who are noticing the popularity of ready-to-wear patterned giftware.

"Purses are huge," said Marc Tannenbaum, national sales manager of Framestyles. In addition to a slew of purse-shaped frames and shadowboxes, the company also manufactures shoe-shaped items, many of which are offsprings of their Victorian dress collection. In its Klippies line, the company makes red hat Klippies, reflecting the popularity of groups like the Red Hat Society.

Block China & Crystal introduced art glass hats and baskets at last October's tabletop market here after finding success with art glass handbags.

"The glass business is a mature one, and one can only make so many traditional bowls and vases and stems," explained Chet Mattia, senior vice president and director of marketing for Block. "These are very gift-oriented, but they are functional as well as decorative and can be used as vases or bowls."

In much the same way, Fenton Art Glass's glass hats were the result of the success of a previous introduction.

"We had started noticing a while back the whole idea of women celebrating being women," said Nancy Fenton, the company's directory of design. "So we began to sell little glass slippers and glass shoes. People seemed to be really taken with those. So we took a look at the popularity of such things as the Red Hat Society, although we didn't want to make just red hats."

Fenton took the idea to her team of designers, who each year pick a piece and make it part of the company's Designer's Series. "The designers fell in love with it and decided to make it part of their series," Fenton said.

Fenton has also made some glass purses that open up like trinket boxes. "People have really responded to them."

Mud Pie got its foot in the door with one of its newest introductions, the Stiletto Cracker Dish. Part of the company's new line of holiday serveware, the ceramic shoe-shaped cracker dish comes gift-boxed.

Caption(s): Fenton Art Glass's new hat-shaped items, left, were introduced after the success of the company's glass shoes. / Block China & Crystal's hat-shaped and purse-shaped art glass pieces can be both decorative and functional. / Purses and hats are just some of the accessory pieces that Framestyles patterns frames after. / The Stiletto Cracker Dish from Mud Pie is part of the company's newest holiday serveware line.
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Author:Webb, Carla
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 3, 2005
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