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New Vendor Announcement!

The Southern Link is proud to announce the following new additions to our fantastic line up of vendors:

Tall Tails notes, “Dogs sleep as much as eighteen hours a day, while cats nap as much as twenty. They’ll catch some Z’s wherever they happen to be. So don’t they deserve something special to chase their dreams in unconditional comfort?” Good point! Thankfully, they have made it their mission to create beds, blankets and throws that are the epitome of comfort. The company began as a family-owned infant bedding, blanket and apparel company in 1933. Thanks to this background, you can rest assured that every Tall Tails product is crafted from durable, non-toxic materials and designed for easy cleaning. Tall Tails product line features dog beds and blankets, toys, collars, bandanas, and more!

 

Legacy Shave offers “The Ultimate Shaving Experience” with the world’s first shaving cream can attachment! Get a close shave without the mess and clean up. Founded by two brothers, Legacy Shave is rooted in the past but geared toward the future. That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique way to bring that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The name reflects what’s closest to the founding brothers hearts – Family and Legacy. This is the absolute pinnacle of men’s gifting!

 

D’ears Jewelry and Gifts is a family owned and run business from Minnesota. Their amazing earrings are manufactured right in rural Minnesota and the finished products exude fine craftsmanship and lifetime durability. D’ears was born November 2013, through the creative vision of Ken Matheson. In partnering with his wife Pam, son Jaron, daughter-in-law Leah, and her parents Dean and Donna Carroll, they have each contributed their individual talents to grow d’ears into a jewelry maker with distinctive handmade products in stores across the country. The latest featured products include laser cut wood jewelry from the finest organic wood laminates.

 

Marmalade of London is a British candle brand that creates a little indulgent luxury for every home, with every candle poured! They have a passion for fragrance and design which can be seen in their stylish and contemporary packaging. Fragrance is very personal and different scents can remind us of a person, a place or a moment in time. That’s why Marmalade has created  fragrances to suit all different tastes. All of the products are lovingly made in Britain. The candles are 100% soy wax with cotton wicks and essential oils. Marmalade’s bath and body products contain lovely natural ingredients including shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera. The nearest they get to animal testing is by bringing the family black labrador, Plum, to work and allowing her to sniff the occasional candle or reed diffuser. She seems to approve!

Stop by at the January gift show to see these brand new products in person, or call your Southern Link rep to order today!

 

Next up – Valentine’s Day!

We are at the point of the year when Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, seem to eclipse all other holidays. But, we must be careful to keep the next heavy hitting holidays in mind! Valentine’s day is up next, and it’s never too early to start ordering gift items for all the lovers out there. The Southern Link can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

Cool and Interesting jewelry, known as CAI, has amazing picks year-round for gift jewelry! With unique initial necklaces in both gold and silver, an easily customized gift is right here at your fingertips. Their jewelry is sold in prepacked assortments, and also in single packs to make re-orders a cinch. Pictured to the left is a Message Bar Necklace – each necklace has script on the outside, and a special message on the inside that can be revealed by turning the necklace upside down. This kind of unique piece is perfect for a cute little Valentine’s gift! Wholesale on the necklaces is $12.50 in minimums of 2, and assortments are available. For Galentine’s Day, or a sweet gift for your mom, CAI also offers “Best Friends” and “Best Mom Ever” necklaces for $12, wholesale!

 

 

With messages on their soaps and bath bombs like “UR Hot, UR Sexy, and UR Loved,” UR Bath and Body is all about messages of empowerment and love. Anyone can use this kind of pick-me-up in the bath and shower, and what better occasion for these messages than Valentine’s Day? Soaps, like the super flirtatious, UR Sexy, are $4 a bar, wholesale, and come in packs of five. UR Sexy’s fragrance is Indian Jasmine, Cedar Wood, Vanilla, Golden Amber, Italian Bergamot, and Ylang-Ylang. The ever-popular bath bomb is $3, wholesale, with a minimum of 3 bombs per scent. The UR Loved fragrance, available in the bath bomb and soap, is the soothing smell of warm vanilla bean. Crazy about this line and want to dip your toes in the bath? Get a starter assortment like the UR Boutique Package for $495 wholesale, featuring 50 Bath Bombs, 25 Soaps, and 24 Sugar Scrubs and is pictured above.

 

Get any of these fabulous finds for Valentine’s Day by ordering from your Southern Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

Christmas IMMEDIATE shipping!

It’s the time of year when retail is nothing but hustle and bustle. Good thing The Southern Link has you covered with these awesome products that are all ready and waiting to ship to you IMMEDIATELY!

First, Gift Essentials Glass Decorative Christmas Trees are an adorable piece of holiday home decor that look fantastic on the mantle, a side table, or as a centerpiece. The trees are from five and a half inches to a foot high, and range from $6.75 to $20 wholesale. Pictured on the left is one of the six inch, best-selling trees for $10, that can come in a basic shipping box or a gift box. If the trees aren’t your store’s style, Gift Essentials has an entire catalog of Holiday goodies, that includes ornaments, wine accessories, sun catchers, wind chimes, and holiday drinkware!

 

Thomas Nelson has the absolute BEST in Gift Books! For the easy and intellectual gift for just about anyone on your list, check out the selection. Our favorite best-sellers include Emily Ley’s “Grace Not Perfection,” about a businesswoman and mother who realizes she simply cannot do it all! She shows the reader how she learned to simplify her life. And don’t forget about the #1 New York Times bestseller, Rachel Hollis’ “Girl Wash Your Face,” about the lies the author came to believe about her life and how she defeated each lie with confidence. Thomas Nelson also carries a huge selection of children’s books for the little ones on Santa’s list!

 

This list would not be complete without mentioning Warmies extremely comfortable slippers! No matter where you live, slippers are the essential house shoe – particularly for those experiencing cold winter weather! There are two types of slippers – the Cozy Plush Slippers, scented with relaxing lavender and perfect for sore, aching feet. Pop these slippers in the microwave for the ultimate comfort and relaxation experience. The Spa Therapy slippers contain natural grain fillings and French lavender, and are made of luxurious fabrics for an aromatic sensation. Both are $10 wholesale!

 

All of these items can be ordered right away by calling your Southern Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

BIG NEWS at The Link Companies!

 

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2018
Contact: Brad Rosenkampff, Managing Partner

THE LINK COMPANIES ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION AND EXPANSION

Atlanta, Ga – The Link Companies, a leading manufacturers’ representative agency in the gift, home accent, lifestyle apparel and fashion accessory sectors, announces the acquisition of a prominent sales agency and territory expansion. The Link Companies will now have complete representation in the Northeast through Nova Sales Associates and territory managers in Ohio.
Nova Sales Associates (NSA) has an outstanding history with four decades of sales and service across 6 states. Always been a “shining star” in this region, NSA is led by Drew Weisinger and Phil Wacks. The territory managers will continue under their guidance and join The Link Companies team offering a permanent home at the Atlanta markets. Over the course of the next year, NSA will transition to The Northern Link.
Weisinger: “We are thrilled to be merging with The Link Companies. It’s a perfect opportunity for two companies with similar cultures and respected brands along with a mutual vision and shared desire to grow, to join forces and help our retail and vendor partners succeed.”
The Link Companies also announces the hire of territory managers in Ohio, establishing a new agency called The Central Link. Kelly Morris will be VP of Sales for this new agency. “For decades we have worked with Ohioans in our showrooms and we can now offer exemplary service with our professionals on the road, in their stores. We are very excited about this announcement and welcome the opportunity for growth in the Buckeye State,” states Fred Rosenkampff, CEO/ Managing Partner of The Link Companies.

For more information, visit: www.TheLinkCompanies.com
Brad Rosenkampff, CPO/Managing Partner 404.395.8031

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Tabletop Trends

Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table, to gather with our nearest and dearest. And no major feast is complete without the perfect tabletop decor! Thankfully, The Southern Link has several vendors that really lead the way when it comes to finding the perfect food servicing accessories.

 

Park Designs’ Country, Rustic Living, and Farmhouse collections are a constant hit in the land of classic home decor. But, like their sister company, Split P, they also are champions in the realm of Tabletop and Food Servicing products! This featured item is the Tweed Table Runner in Espresso. With a new, innovative tweed construction, this hand-loomed table runner combines five shades of yarn in a basketweave pattern for a completely reversible table runner that gets twice the wear. Versatility is the name of this game, as this table runner is perfect for Thanksgiving, but can transform a spring tabletop just as nicely. At wholesale, this table runner is $12.50.

Melrose International has gorgeous products for the home and garden, and a robust mix of decor for the Holiday season. For the tabletop, they feature an abundance of vases, lanterns, and centerpiece items. Our favorites are the small vases pictured here. A mixture of texture and color blend perfectly in this trio of small vases. Each has its own imperfections, giving it a look of artisan craftsmanship. The trio is, wholesale, $12.90. Once again, this item is trans-seasonal, and you can feature it in your store right now for the Holiday Tabletop, and continue to carry it well into Spring for a whole different look.

Whether you choose to feature simplistic designs like the ones we featured, or prefer to show colorful or patterned decor in your store displays, both Park and Melrose are leaders in Tabletop and will certainly have some ideas for you! Check out their catalogs and call your rep today to learn more, or find them on RetailersLink.com for online ordering.

Stocking Stuffers!

It is never too early to start thinking about even the smallest details for Christmas. Make sure your customers know that your store is the best place to pick up whatever they need to make the Holidays shine the brightest, including STOCKING STUFFERS! Here are the Top 3 Items from The Southern Link that you should order and market as the best in “small” gifts:

  1. The Big Larry from Alliance Sports Group. Alliance is comprised of a number of brands, but for this list we’ve chosen NEBO. Maker of all things flashlight-related, Nebo does have a number of smaller items that are the perfect stocking stuffer size. Easy to display, many of the assortments come with a Countertop display unit. Big Larry is no exception, and with a Power Work Light of 500 lumens, it’s sure to outshine the other gifts. This little guy is a “Big” deal, with a magnetic base, four light modes, and new LED technology. For $12.75 a piece, get a 14 piece case pack. 
  2. Everlasting Hairbands from Vere. If you have long hair, you need a Vere hairband, end of story. This magical hairband never stretches out; you can use a hair dryer to shrink it down to size. It’s unbreakable, snag-proof, waterproof, crease-proof, comes in an array of glitter and metallic colors, and can also be worn as a bracelet! The small box packaging lends nicely to a stocking stuffer and can even be hung from a Christmas tree to make an adorable display at your store. A box of 5 hairbands is $7.50, wholesale. 
  3. Clip-SEAS from First & Main. From First & Main’s FantaSEA collection adds a newer, smaller product to the plush lineup – clips! Use them as a keychain, or clip them to a backpack. There are 12 different sea creatures to choose from, including an octopus, crab, a gator, and a turtle. At only 4 inches, these little guys can sneak right into a child’s stocking, and can easily be merchandised at a store by hanging from available bags for sale. Clips are $1.90 a piece.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by calling your SouthernLink Rep or ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

Katydid Hat Special

Ready to order some amazing hats? Katydid has a whole lot of hats for only $7.95! Check out the huge selection below and call your Rep today to order. This offer is ONLY available through your Southern Link Rep.

Last Minute Fall Shipping!

It is certainly beginning to feel like Fall outside, and we have some hot buys for you that will warm you up and ship immediately!

We all know the old saying that half of your body heat is lost through your head. But anyone can easily attest that if your feet are cold, the rest of you is, as well! That’s why we are highlighting slippers from Warmies on this list. For $10-$12.50, pick up a pair of cozy, microwavable slippers with an extra thick foam sole and relax your aching feet. Just pop them in the microwave, warm them up, and feel relief. For the same price point, the Spa Therapy collection adds a lavender scent for aromatherapy, and comes in gorgeous gift packaging.

 

 

Natural Inspirations is a new vendor here at The Southern Link and we are proud to represent this “authentically natural, beautifully indulgent” line of skin care products. This female-owned company supports women’s health by using all natural ingredients. New for Fall, and shipping right now, are gift sets, perfect for the Holidays and featuring best-selling products like hand and body lotions. The Hand and Body Duo set is $15, wholesale, the Lip Butter set is $6, and the Hand Creme Trio is $10.

 

 

Park Designs‘ Holiday Collection is nostalgic, whimsical, and truly classic. In addition to every they offer in their year-round collections, such as tabletop pieces, pillows, and kitchen textiles, the Holiday collection also features unique items like tree skirts, stockings, and Santa Sacks. The Santa Sack is exactly what you’re imagining – the giant bag Santa Claus uses for his stockpile of presents! With a drawstring closure and at only $10 a piece, these gift bags are a fantastic way to start a new tradition in your home.

 

Call your Southern Link Rep, or use our website – RetailersLink.com – to order today!

2019 Color Trend Report

 

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The 2019 color trend predictions are in! Pantone’s color of the year will be announced this December. In September, however, Pantone chooses colors from the runways of New York fashion week to give us an idea of what to expect for color palettes in the new year.

 

The color picks are meant to transcend seasonality and, with their bright and vibrant hues, point us toward the future with optimism and positivity. Pantone’s take on the reds, oranges, and coral chosen for 2019 is that they reflect enthusiasm and joyfulness, enlivening fashion with a streak of energy. The most obvious and striking colors are a bright blue and hot pink, meant to be theatrical, cheerful, and majestic.

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Vogue has a bit of different take on the striking blue and fuchsia;  they are calling the blue a “digital blue,” reflecting the shades inside our social media platforms and evoking technology and the future. Also in Vogue’s notes is “whisky brown,” a color Pantone is calling a toffee tone, that looks like wood grain and warms the fashion color palette. The greens, a mossy shade and an olive, remind us of the natural world and how we connect with it. A few other colors we will see are lilacs (also called lavender), goldenrod yellow, bright orange that Vogue says is “vitaminic,” and gray that’s taking over for the black in the “little black (now gray) dress.”

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Not to be eclipsed, but rather combined with the fashion colors are the trends for home décor. Sherwin Williams has already announced their colors of the year for 2019, of which the main pick is called “Reflecting Pool.” We can see this greenish blue picked up in the “earthy” colors from the fashion palette, and looking through some of Sherwin Williams’ palettes, we can easily see the shocking fuchsia and a darkened blue that blur the lines between the digital and the physical. Take a look at the sidebar for tips on how to use these colors to your advantage.

Our Vendors in the News

Lizzy James and Park Designs are featured in GiftBeat among the Industry’s top-selling lines! Park comes in at #6 on the list of best Tabletop Accessories. Lizzy James ranks #9 on the list of  best-selling “$15 or More Cost” items.

 

 

Yankee Candle hardly needs an introduction, but they do have newsworthy items! They are currently introducing a new candle line called, “Elevation.” Find out more about it in the Giftware News article below:

Yankee Elevation Candle

 

Alliance Sports Group is beginning a new National Broadcast TV schedule for a Nebo commercial featuring the Tac Slyde flashlight! Be sure to stock this product as awareness will be at an all time high. Take a look at some of the promo in the link below:

Nebo Tac Slyde Flashlight Promo