is performing well online and in warehouse clubs, although it can thrive in other channels, according to manufacturers, if presented in a compelling way with a story behind it.
Mikasa has long been recognized as the leader in tabletop fashion in dinnerware, crystal stemware, barware, flatware
and decorative accessories.
There is currently strong interest on both sides of the Atlantic in designer flatware
, whether in stainless steal or silver.
higher ticket price], but more consumers are buying flatware
1 Oneida Oneida's Serafina 18/0 flatware
pattern, part of its decorative grouping, has a mirror and bead blast finish, oneida.com
The largest portion of sales in the flatware
category for 2000 -- nearly 70 percent -- belonged to stainless steel.
Nonetheless, or because of this, flatware
vendors continue to pursue new channels of retail distribution, offer more fashion-forward designs, and adapt to changing consumer buying habits with more expanded set configurations and open stock options.
Hampton Forge has partnered with designer Laurie Gates to create a line of Laurie Gates by Hampton flatware
to complement Gates' colorful, floral-themed dinnerware.
Mottahedeh "Red Lace" service plate, Castleton "Jubilee" dinner and dessert plates, Rogers Brothers silver-plate flatware
, "Spring Leaf" crystal goblets, Table Art "Holly" napkin ring
Although Miller has many flatware
loves, she's a big fan of Mepra's Fantasia collection ($72 for a five-piece place setting, food52.com).
No longer relegated to the patio or picnic, plastic-handled flatware
is evolving from an opening price point business to a more upscale one defined by fashion and high quality.
CHICAGO -- Flatware
is the low-profile tabletop category of the International Home & Housewares Show this year, as many comprehensive tabletop companies are opting to showcase other categories of business.
HAS DISCOVERED FASHION AND BROUGHT LIFE, ENERGY AND excitement to a category that for a long time was not defined by any of those things.
Once the heart of Oneida's manufacturing operations, the factory, now under the ownership and direction of former Oneida executives, is positioning itself to be a major supplier to flatware
MACKENZIE-CHILDS HAS LENT ITS SIGNATURE WHIMSIcal touch to its first enameled flatware
collection, unveiled last month.