I wish I could tell you how hard my job is, but quite frankly when one of the things on your list is to exhibit at the 111th American International Toy Fair, you know I'd be lying. It was equal parts exciting and humbling to bring Chomp Stix to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NY and pitch to buyers and press alongside with over a thousand other exhibitors. At any given time you might see a man in a business suit wearing fuzzy duck slippers or grown women walking inflatable pigs. Make no mistake, serious business was being done; Rush3 met some wonderful retailers, press and sales reps to further Chomp Stix's exposure.
The other awesome aspect of this tradeshow was meeting the talented and inspiring exhibitors around me. Chomp Stix had some great neighbors in the Modern Design aisle; whether grabbing a cup of coffee for someone, taking marketing photos or swapping industry experience there is a bond that emerged. Check out some of my Toy Fair 2014 favorites:
Super Me is a line of children's accessories, like backpacks and messenger bags, that have a cape or mask component to encourage the super hero in your child. Previously an architect and shoe designer, the founder, Daphne (right) was joined by friend Rebecca to delight buyers with this inspired product. And to say they turned into super heroes at the end of the show to pack up their booth in record time to catch their flight, is truly an understatement.
Mishi Design based in Milan, Italy, brings beautifully designed and crafted wooden toys for children that "grow up" along with them. These transformable products offer parents a more sustainable option when choosing toys for their children. Mishi is a humble, yet impressive and talented designer having worked for Lego, Mattel and Paper Paper.
And then there is the spectacular awesomeness of the StacheTATS crew. Granted they were not in our aisle; rather in between the Chomp Stix booth and the restroom. (Suffice to say I got to see their mustache suits quite often.) These guys are the creators of the ORIGINAL temporary mustache tattoos and spread much joy with their mustaches and jackets.
So thank you Toy Fair and everyone who crossed paths with us at Rush3 Studio for a fantastic and fun week. Fun is good. : )