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2/4/2016 - High Point Market

High Point Market - Announces the 2016 Style Spotters Team

High Point, NC, February 4, 2016 — The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Style Spotters Team, as follows (with corresponding Twitter handles) -

• Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID (FL), Style Spotter “Emeritus”, Studio M, @StudioM_
• Malene Barnett (NY), Malene B Studio, @malenebcarpets
• Laura Bielecki (Dubai, UAE), Ellington Group, @luxuryinteriors
• Marie Flanigan (TX), Marie Flanigan Interiors, @MarieFlanigan
• Brynn Olson (IL), Brynn Olson Design Group, @BrynnOlson
• Anne Sage (CA), AnneSage.com, @citysage
• Laura Umansky (TX & CO), Laura U Interior Design, @LauraUInc
• Erika Hollinshead Ward (GA), Erika Ward Interiors, @MrsErikaWard
• Scot Meacham Wood (CA), SMW Design, @ScotMeachamWood

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 the 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.

“I’m so excited to lead another Style Spotters team through the upcoming Markets,” commented Wiebe. “It’s a strong team with a lot of experience and a great variety of styles and design aesthetics.”

This new Style Spotters team will work through both 2016 Markets – April 16 – 20 and October 22 – 26. Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, commented, “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.”

Sponsored by Crypton, 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 2016 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. Julia Noran Johnston of The Editor at Large and the Dering Hall team, along with Michelle Wiebe, were crucial participants on the selection committee.

Additionally, for the first time in the program’s history, the HPMA partnered with a top shelter publication in the selection of Marie Flanigan, a Texas-based interior designer, as one of this year’s Style Spotters. Flanigan was named one Traditional Home magazine’s “Top 10 New Trad Designers” in 2015.

Market attendees are invited to join the Style Spotters at Spring Market on Tuesday, April 19, at 9:00am for Style Spotters LIVE!, a free event at which a panel of 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 at-Market events can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/style-spotters-hub.

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 Twitter using the hashtag #hpmkt.

About Crypton, Inc.
Crypton is a high-performance textile company with a reputation steeped in innovation. Crypton offers soft, easy-to-clean fabrics that have the ability to repel stains, moisture, mildew, bacteria and odor. Established in 1993 and based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Crypton is a leading textile company worldwide with 19 global patents and 25 trademarks. For over 23 years, Crypton has provided performance fabric to such projects as hotels, restaurants, and healthcare facilities with tried, tested and trusted results. Today, Crypton has expanded its efforts, offering high performance fabrics to the residential market. Crypton is proud to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.A. with technology that is produced in the United States and a plant located in North Carolina. For more information about Crypton, please visit www.crypton.com or www.facebook.com/CryptonFabric.


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