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Lovable, On-Trend Fashion Accessories!

There are two major product lines that we LOVE to focus on at The Northern Link, especially for the ladies! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are focusing on Spring 2019 trends in fashion handbags.

 

A go-to fashion resource, Vogue has a handy list of “six need-to-know bag trends to keep you one step ahead this summer.” This lineup includes: elegant belt bags (very refined fannypacks), sleek black small to mid-sized handbags, 90’s revival (busy patterns, snakeskin, and tie-dye), the “super natural bag” (bags that are handmade or woven out of straw or fabric), XXL totes that can carry pretty much anything, and soft “pouchy” bags.

Accent belt bag

 

There are plenty of on trend bags to choose from in Accent Accessories’ line. One very lovable choice is the Ashton belt bag. This convenient pack comes in three colors: brown, gold/silver, and black. There’s a zip flap closure, zip back pocket, lined interior with zip pocket, adjustable belt, and it’s vegan leather.

Ashton Belt Bag, $15 each, minimum of 2.

SKU for Brown: BG6926-58BRN

SKU for Gold/Silver: BG6925-58GDS

SKU for Black: BG6926-58BLK

 

Cappelli Straworld, a standout vendor for handmade handbags, certainly has this portion of the trend covered. Known for straw bags with beaded handles and straw hats, Cappelli has a number of bags both big and small that fit within our Spring 2019 trend parameters. We are namely thinking of the Bonita bag, a hand crocheted tote with braided handles and shells.

Bonita Bag, SKU# BAG1132, $33 per bag.

It’s not hard to find trendy fashion accessories that fit the aforementioned lists. To grab any of the products mentioned, contact your Northern Link Rep or order on RetailersLink.com!

The Groundhog Predicts…

Hot off the press and straight from Punxsutawney, PA, home of the infamous, weather-predicting Groundhog: Punxsutawney Phil predicts AN EARLY SPRING! Read from a scroll, Phil decreed, “Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!” We are excited for the warmth, but regardless of the groundhog’s predictions, we all know that there would be no spring flowers without some April showers. Which brings us to the obvious order for your store – Umbrellas!

Vandor Color Change Umbrella
Vandor Color-Changing Umbrella

Vandor Gifts is known as the brand for Pop Culture fans, featuring favorite characters from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney and more on all sorts of products. During the January Gift Show, Vandor revealed that they really upped their game with umbrellas. Now, you can order color-changing umbrellas that react to liquids and change colors when wet. Show these off easily in-store, as they did at the Gift show, by using a spray bottle to get the umbrella to change color! Designs for the color-changing umbrellas include Wonder Woman, Disney Villains (shown to the left), Harry Potter, Nintendo’s Zelda, Marvel’s Venom, Harley Quinn, and Deadpool.

Order them in packs of 3 for $10 a piece.

Vandor Wonder Woman Umbrella
Vandor LED Umbrella

If that’s not enough to wow your customers, Vandor also offers LED umbrellas that light up and have a handle that doubles as a flashlight! Don’t lose your way in that spring rain. This battery-operated umbrella has two settings, static and strobe. Check out Star Wars, Nintendo’s Zelda, and Wonder Woman designs.

The LED umbrellas are available in packs of 3 per style at $17.50 a piece.

Galleria Reverse Close Umbrella

Our top-selling line, Galleria, has standard umbrellas, but it’s the Reverse Close umbrellas that really stand out. Think about it – you’re running from a building to your car with bags and umbrella in hand. Once you get to your car, you sit down, umbrella still outside, and as you close the umbrella, all the rain sprays right back toward you! To avoid this problem, Galleria offers umbrellas that close by allowing the top to slide down first, essentially closing inverted and wicking the rain water away from your body. Not only are these extremely functional, but they are absolutely beautiful! Designed with famous art prints from impressionist painters like Monet and Van Gogh, these double-layered umbrellas will brighten any rainy day.

CounterArt Country Fresh Placemat

They display easily – hang them from the lighting fixtures in your store, or stand them up on the floor. Hang them on an arm extended from peg wall, with one standing in front to show off. Best yet, use them in Spring-themed window displays!

Reverse Close Umbrellas come in the Tall Stick style, and a Short Folding Umbrella. Both are $15 wholesale and come in 3 pieces per style.

Now that we’ve covered the rain, let’s get to the flowers. With artwork of bright, colorful floral displays, CounterArt has Spring collections by artist Lisa Audit that will add the finishing touch to a house after some Spring Cleaning. Products included are placemats, lazy susans, mugs, cheese boards with spreaders, serving trays, and glass cutting boards. These items display wonderfully in stores, as they add a nice pop of color to functional products.

The round placemats to the right are $1.75 each for a pack of 12, and $1.65 each for a pack of 24.

So there you have it – options for both the April showers AND Spring flowers! Contact your Northern Link rep today to find out additional pricing and order details, or order online at RetailersLink.com.

The Coziest Valentine’s Gifts

In the retail industry, we are all keenly aware of which holidays are coming up next, and we spend a ton of time and effort preparing for Christmas, the New Year, and Valentine’s Day. What you may not have thought of is that Valentine’s Day is about much more than giving a gift to your spouse or significant other. What about your friends, the little ones in your life, or even…yourself?

Habersham Candle Company continued, during the January Gift Show, to be extremely successful with their GEO Wax Pottery Vessels! These beautiful vessels are unique in design and function; create atmosphere in any room with a succulent-filled wax vessel that circulates scent around the room, but leave the fuss of a hazardous candle behind. Habersham’s pottery is completely safe to use around children and pets, and can be used with cement tiles or metal bases (sold as accessories) that protect your furniture from the wax.

The best-selling GEO from the January show was the Lotus Blossom & Orchid 4″ square pictured to the left. The Beachcomber and Monarch Migration were also very popular! Click HERE to look at the catalog to see these items on page 4.

Pick up some Habersham GEO  and give them out to friends and co-workers to put a smile on their faces this February 14th!

Retailers: encourage your customers to treat themselves during Valentine’s Day with some new warming home decor from Habersham and forget about all the standard fanfare of chocolates and jewelry!

Call your Northern Link rep NOW to place an order with Habersham today!

Score BIG with this Winner!

Atlanta, home of The Link Companies, is fortunate enough to host the Super Bowl this year at Mercedes Benz stadium. But, just around the corner, a few weeks before the Super Bowl, there was another “Big Game” in town – the Atlanta January Gift Show! The Northern Link had so many best-selling products that it’s hard to know where to begin. In honor of Super Bowl 53, let’s take a quick look at one of our top Men’s Gifts lines – Alliance.

The Northern Link’s best sellers from Alliance are mostly from two of their dominant tool brands – True Utility and Nebo. Focusing in on what’s hot with Nebo Tools, we find the PAL+ – a 3-in-1 powerbank, flashlight, and folding knife that conveniently fits in your pocket, purse, or briefcase! This tool may be small, but it is mighty. The flashlight is rechargeable and 400 lumens, the knife features a 3″ folding blade that can be removed for safe travel, and the PAL can be used as a backup power source for mobile phones and other USB rechargeable electronic devices.

 

The PAL+ is $18.15 wholesale and has an MSRP of $32.99. SKU# 6715 and comes in a case pack of 12. Call your Northern Link Rep to order it TODAY while supplies last.

 

Watch the video below to see it in action!

Show Schedule, Specials, and More!

January Market is fast approaching – less than a week to go! In preparation, check out the SHOW SPECIALS for The Link Companies by clicking below and viewing the Specials Book!

The Link Companies has a FULL SCHEDULE of food and events during the show, including the “Come Sail Away” Market Kick Off Party featuring the Yacht Rock Review! This is one party not to miss – in the Atrium of the Apparel Mart on Wednesday evening. See below for the rest of the schedule and plan your meals accordingly.

Click HERE to see the Full Schedule!

We are giving you a chance to win $250 in COLD, HARD CASH at the Show! All you need to do is schedule an appointment with your rep – and show up for said appointment.

For more details on winning $250, click HERE!

WSS Cupcake Socks

 

Check out World’s Softest Socks!

There are few things that never go out of fashion, but socks are certainly one gift item that will always be useful…and extremely soft! Especially if the gift is the World’s SOFTEST socks. Check out space dyed patterns and lightweight comfort from the best sock brand on the planet!

 

New Vendor Announcement!

The Northern 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!

 

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 Northern 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 Northern Link can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

Abdallah Valentines

Abdallah Candies is so well prepared for Valentine’s Day that they have a whole catalog dedicated just to those gift items (click here to see the catalog). They also didn’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day, so the end of the catalog has a section for all the lucky leprechauns! Some popular selections from the Valentine’s products include the 8oz. Cashew Grizzlys – cashews, creamy caramel, and milk chocolate – for the wholesale price of $6.01. Or, try an adorable clear gift bag with a bow and filled with Milk Butter Almond Toffees – 7oz. bags for $5.17. Really trying to express your love? You’ll need the ultimate in heart-shaped boxes, the 24oz fancy fabric box with satin bow for $22.43, wholesale. Check out that Abdallah catalog and get your orders in!

 

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 Northern 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 Northern Link has you covered with these awesome products that are all ready and waiting to ship to you IMMEDIATELY!

Worlds Softest Gallery

 

World’s Softest Socks Gallery Collection features a whole group of items guaranteed to keep your customers warm this holiday season! Check out the breakdown: SOCKS (of course) feature Footsies for $4.25, Crew Socks for $4.50, Knee Highs for $6, and Over-the-Knee for $7 (prices all wholesale). Get involved in the World’s Softest outerwear, too, with Toboggans for $9 and Scarves for $15!

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 Northern Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

BIG NEWS from 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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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!

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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 <strong>slippers</strong> from <a href=”http://retailerslink.com/vendors/warmies/”>Warmies</a> on this list. For <strong>$10-$12.50</strong>, 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.

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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 <strong>gift sets</strong>, perfect for the Holidays and featuring best-selling products like hand and body lotions. <strong>The Hand and Body Duo set is $15, wholesale, the Lip Butter set is $6, and the Hand Creme Trio is $10.</strong>

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<a href=”http://retailerslink.com/vendors/park-designs/”>Park Designs</a>’ 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 <strong>Santa Sacks</strong>. 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 <strong>only $10 a piece</strong>, these gift bags are a fantastic way to start a new tradition in your home.

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