It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since our national debut at New York’s National Stationery Show. It feels like last week. Or a decade ago. I can’t decide which. Last year at this time, the line was in about 5 stores. After NSS in May, that jumped to 20. Because of the show, 2 rep groups took us on. The store list grew to over 50. I met Dale Laurence from Kitchen Papers doing the LA Gift Show last July. He thought our lines might work well together. In September, I went down to Nashville to meet with the aforementioned Dale and owners Angie and Robbie Cook. We launched the new Hilda Glasgow Collection last January and as of today, I am thrilled to say that we are in over 500 stores worldwide. Crazy! So, yes, it feels like I was setting up my little 6’x8′ booth yesterday, but I also feel like 10 years of progress has been compressed into one short year. Who knows where we’ll be next year at this time. Whew! I’m exhausted, but sure am enjoying this ride.
If you’re going to the National Stationery Show, please stop by booth 2844 and let me introduce you to Hilda’s gals.