Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 gift and home wholesale trade show for the retail industry. I will be showcasing Country, Mediterranean and Coastal collections based on my extensive archive dating back to 1980. The new collections – available for licensing – are edgy, contemporary, clean and elegant. The focus is on beautiful coastal landscapes and floral themes together with coordinating details that work together to accent the home.
The inspiration for this new direction derives from my childhood memories of home. The new line continues the ethic and work tradition of my father who was an interior decorator specializing in slipcovers, draperies and bed spreads. Growing up in southern New Jersey, our home was filled with hundreds of heavy fabric sample books that my father would bring to his customer´s homes so they could select the fabrics and coordinating patterns for their slipcovers and drapes. I would often go with him.
As a kid I was constantly exposed to textiles. A feature of each of our homes was a sewing workshop including a huge table where fabric would be cut. My mother and my aunt Rose worked tirelessly in that shop, sewing, ironing and finishing off each job. I used to like cleaning up the machines, and learned to sew cording at an early age to help out.
My parents ran their business for over 50 years and they are both now retired. To dedicate my new collections to this theme just feels right. When I was 21, I left to work in the UK and then made my career in the TV industry. I’ve lived in five countries and so my definition of “home” is quite broad. Everything in the new line 100% inspired by home, digging back into childhood up to the present day. That spans a lot of experiences and memories, especially since I’ve been based in Spain for the last 15 years.
Visit the Spring Fair, taking place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Center, 5-9 February 2017. Greco Home Design can be found in Hall 3-3a, Stand 3J47. Get your free visitor pass at this link.