Williamsburg Story & Style launches in Atlanta
Cinde Ingram -- Casual Living, January 4, 2010
Williamsburg kicks off its 2010 collections at the January gift markets under the banner Williamsburg: Story and Style.
The natural wonders celebrated in the 18th century — glorious botanical images, luscious textiles, hand-crafted ceramics and more — inspire products that infuse today’s style with the rich stories of America’s design heritage.
Winward, C&F Enterprises, Andrea by Sadek, Reed & Barton, Capel Rugs, Michaelian Home and Byers’ Choice will launch hundreds of new Williamsburg products beginning this week with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 6-13.
Jim Easton, vice president of products for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, underscores the significance of the design resources that inspire Williamsburg licensed lines. “The vibrancy of 18th-century color, furnishings and decoration continues to surprise and delight customers for their freshness and appropriateness to today’s lifestyles,” Easton said. “Our newest licensee, Winward, enhances the important dimension of holiday in the gift and home categories our long-time partners will introduce in Atlanta.”
New Williamsburg holiday décor from Winward is inspired by the natural decorations found throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Winward will debut more than 120 holiday products.
Rich green magnolia leaves surround golden pears, red apples, berries and pinecones to create stunning collections of permanent wreaths, swags and garlands. A collection of handsome wreath holders based on iron gates of the Governor’s Palace complements the wreaths. Ornaments, ribbons and accessories complete the offering.
Winward will give away a Colonial Williamsburg trip during the Atlanta and Dallas markets. Buyers can enter to win at the Winward showroom.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is a long-time favored song and story. C&F Enterprises brings that story to the forefront of design by applying the perennially popular “partridge in a pear tree” motif to new appliquéd, embroidered and needlepoint pieces with rich colors and exquisite attention to detail.
Demonstrating the freshness of 18th-century design for today, C&F Enterprises introduces the Williamsburg Devon Toile. Made into bedding and table linens, this fresh green and white floral pattern is inspired by an 18th-century copperplate printed fabric in the collections of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Andrea by Sadek
Williamsburg’s garden-themed line with Andrea by Sadek has a growth spurt with 50 new SKUs. Updating America’s 300-year interest in blue and white china, Andrea by Sadek introduces the Blue in Bloom collection. Striking flowers, leaves and birds from British delftware provide inspiration for this collection of floral containers and gifts. Sadek and Williamsburg continue to grow their garden with line extensions of the successful green and white Meadow Flower floral container collection.
Queen Anne’s Garden, a new porcelain dinnerware pattern, is based on exquisitely painted floral dessert dishes made about 1770 at the Worcester Porcelain factory in England.
Reed & Barton
Reed & Barton will showcase a comprehensive baby line with the Farmyard Friends Collection, inspired by baby animals in Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breeds program. A water globe featuring young animals circling an 18th-century Williamsburg hen house to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is a first for the Williamsburg license.
Michaelian Home extends its line of botanical needlepoint pillows with bold mega-sized tulip and agapanthus designs. A colorful pair of salt-water fish pillows, a Santa pillow and rug round out the introductions for spring and holiday.
Capel expands Williamsburg’s indoor/outdoor rug collection with the introduction of Abby’s Garden, Garden Maze, Kimono flower, and Chelsea, all inspired by antique textiles in the Colonial Williamsburg collections.
Byers’ Choice gallops to market with an equestrian family, reflecting 18th-century Virginians’ passion for the English tradition of fox hunting.
Williamsburg story and style are perfect for today’s lifestyles. And with Williamsburg products your purchase supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning educational programs, bringing the American experience to life for millions of people every day.
To learn more about Williamsburg products, showroom locations, passion for 18th-century design, and its mission, visit www.WilliamsburgLicensing.com. To log in, use a valid e-mail address for username, and password: Damask (case sensitive).
The Colonial Williamsburg Products Program includes 40 licensees producing more than 7,000 products under the Williamsburg and Williamsburg Reserve brands. It operates 20 retail stores and Web site, www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com. Sales of WILLIAMSBURG products support the preservation, research and educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that oversees the restored colonial capital in Williamsburg, Va.