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  • Writer's pictureJuanita Neville-Te Rito

INSPIRED – checking out the celebration of innovation in home and housewares retailing

We are so delighted to have our very own Lisa Donaldson return from her recent trip to Chicago to host the NZ Winner of the gia awards. Smith & Caughey was our incredible Kiwi winner and was representative by Cecilia McDonald.

Lisa and Cecilia thoroughly enjoyed the event and spent a few more days on a curate RX study tour of Chicago (which was epic).

These awards were a part of the IHA (International Homewares Association) Annual Conference, “The Inspired Home Show” which ran in Chicago from 17-19 March and also allowed our crew to experience the craziness which is St Patrick’s Day in Chicago.

Over the coming weeks, Lisa will unpack her findings and hopefully inspire you all to submit your entries for the 2025 awards

Until then, as the gia partner in New Zealand, we are happy to share with you the new issue of the INSPIRED, the official magazine of The Inspired Home Show in Chicago.

Make sure you check out pages 40-44 where our fearless leader Juanita Neville-Te Rito talks about her trip to Japan and South Korea to check out the retail action there and her unexpected WOW. Included in the article are the key trends, unique ways retail “shows up” in these markets and she dives into three incredible retailers.



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