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High Point Market Announces the 2018 Style Spotters Team

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The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Style Spotters Team, as follows:

  • Michel Smith Boyd (GA), Smith Boyd Interiors
  • Mary Douglas Drysdale (DC), Drysdale, Inc.
  • Stacy Garcia (NY), Stacy Garcia Inc.
  • Bria Hammel (MN), Bria Hammel Interiors
  • Jeffrey Johnson (TX & CA), Jeffrey Design LLC
  • Justine Macfee (CA), Catherine Macfee, Inc.
  • Holly Hollingsworth Phillips (NC), The English Room
  • Sarah Walker (ON), The Curated House by Sarah Walker
  • Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID (FL), Studio M, Inc., Style Spotter “Emeritus”

This group was unveiled as the incoming team at the Style Spotters LIVE! breakfast during Fall Market this past October, but now they are officially taking the reigns as the 2018 Style Spotters team. They will hold the title throughout the calendar year and will apply their trend-tracking abilities to both 2018 Markets – April 14 - 18 and October 13 – 17.

Style Spotters are charged with scouring the Market to find their favorite products and top trends, leaving behind a card on each item they “spot”. These finds are then posted to High Point Market Pinterest boards and contribute to the two Style Reports (April and October) that the HPMA produces. Michelle Jennings Wiebe, the team’s Style Spotter “Emeritus” and president of Studio M, Inc., provides guidance to the team and writes the introduction for each Style Report.

“We are excited about what this diverse team will bring to High Point Market with their individual styles, social media followings and their ability to spot trends affecting the home furnishings industry,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “The Style Spotters is one of our premier programs, adding great value for our buyers, media attendees and exhibitors. The team’s insights and input is a widely-used resource for both our attendees and the industry as a whole.”

Sponsored by Crypton Home Fabrics, the Style Spotters program launched during the Fall 2011 Market as home fashion trendsetters that showcase their favorite products and top trends from Market exhibitors on Pinterest. The HPMA put the 2018 team together by using a combination of self-identified and well-known candidates, with an impartial vetting and selection committee, and sought a diverse and geographically balanced group. Former Style Spotter Shay Geyer, member of the 2014 Style Spotters Team and owner of IBB Fine Furnishings, and Wiebe were crucial participants on the selection committee.

Market attendees will be invited to join the Style Spotters at both 2018 Markets on Tuesday morning of Market Week at 9:00am for Style Spotters LIVE!, a free event at which the Style Spotters will discuss the top trends and products they found at Market. This event is immediately followed by the Style Spotters Trend Tours, which are led by individual Style Spotters and encompass all corners of Market. These tours are an opportunity for attendees to receive guided tours through two of a Style Spotters’ favorite showrooms.

High Point Market has received international recognition as one of the top brands using Pinterest, most recently winning the 2014 “Best Use of Social Media” E.X.C.I.T.E. Award. Social media and branding experts have touted the Market’s Style Spotters program as a unique way to take advantage of brand building on Pinterest. More information about the Style Spotters program and 2018 team can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/style-spotters-hub.

More about the High Point Market Authority: The High Point Market Authority, www.highpointmarket.org, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. Find the High Point Market anywhere online, and follow on social media using the hashtag #hpmkt.

More about Crypton, Inc.: The Crypton Companies have innovated environmentally responsible textile performance solutions since 1993. The company’s flagship product, CRYPTON® Fabric, revolutionized the use of fabrics in commercial sectors including healthcare, hospitality, office, retail and education. Crypton Home Fabric is a leading provider of fabrics for the home furnishings industry. In the nearly four years since launching the residential performance technology, Crypton has joined the offerings of over 70 carefully chosen and highly esteemed retail and to–the–trade brands in home fashion, with more being added each year. The residential technology imparts superb performance features while allowing for a high level of design and a broad range of fabrics, which include leather, suede, velvet and linen. Many Crypton Home Fabrics include natural fibers and all are GREENGUARD Certified and manufactured in the USA. Holder of 19 global patents and 25 trademarks, Crypton continues to expand globally through technological advances in diversified market segments. More than 150 million yards of Crypton performance fabrics are installed worldwide, providing proven and trusted stain, moisture and odor resistance. For more information visit cryptonhomefabric.com or crypton.com.

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