Calling all creatives with products to sell: ABC Carpet & Home, one of the country’s most iconic home decor stores, is hosting its second annual open call for makers, a two-day event during which it will welcome submissions across eight categories.
The store, which pioneered the concept of experimental retail and was at the forefront of selling globally sourced and fair-trade goods, recently opened a second outpost in Brooklyn’s Industry City, the quickly growing hotbed of design outside Manhattan. So just what is it looking for in terms of new offerings at its Manhattan and Brooklyn shops? According to the announcement, “designers and artisans who hold a unique point of view, who fit the ABC brand perspective and aesthetic, and who believe in using commerce as a tool for positive change in the world.”
On day one, Saturday, May 19, buyers are calling makers of furniture, lighting, tabletop, bedding, bath, and decor to present at the Industry City store (3906 Second Avenue) between 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. Participants will have five minutes to present products, and are encouraged to bring samples, swatches, sketches, and any other backup materials that better illustrate the offerings.
Day two, the following day, will take place at the Manhattan store (888 Broadway) during the same time and is open to creators of jewelry, apparel, and (fashion) accessories.
Conveniently, the open call will take place during New York Design Week, when many creatives are already in the city for a slew of fairs and events. As ABC sees it, the open call allows the company to cast a wider net to find the creativity that exists around the two stores.
“We are honored to host a platform of creativity, inspiration, and beauty filled with so many local makers in both our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations,” executive vice president Colleen Newell tells AD PRO. “We look forward to connecting with our local community over these two days to discover more of the immense talent that lies within it.”
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