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Gartner Stationery Show Release 2014

05/13/2014

Gartner Studios, russell+hazel and MARA-MI to Make Colorful Splash with Innovative Designs at National Stationery Show

STILLWATER, MN, (May 9, 2014) – - An explosion of colors and designs, in products ranging from greeting cards, gift wrap and stationery, to wedding invitations, office accessories and digital designs will rock the show floor at the Gartner Studios booth (#1520) during the 2014 National Stationery Show, May 18-21 at the Javits Center in New York.

The leader in trend-forward design, manufacturing and distribution in the stationery, greeting card, bridal, party goods, home office accessories, giftables and specialty food categories, Gartner Studios will showcase their wide range of designs and product formats in a virtual one-stop-shop for specialty buyers.

Best known for their expansive, affordable line of self-print and customizable stationery products and celebration assortments, Gartner Studios has more than 100 years of combined licensing and brand development experience. Backed by their strategic design teams, the company is a dominant design and manufacturing leader across multiple product categories.

Committed to trend research, driving product development for specific retailer needs, Gartner signature brands, along with private-branded products are carried at boutique, specialty and mass-market retailers around the world. The company also excels in managing sell-through results to impact retailer success, managing approximately 18,000 SKUs across 15,000 retail locations. Gartner Studios, Inc. brands include: Gartner Greetings; boutique stationery brand MARA-MI; and trend-forward office products retailer russell+hazel, along with licensed brands such as BRIDES for wedding products, and Duff Goldman for Gartner Studios for baking and food products.

Debuting at the show will be a number of trend-forward, design-driven new products, solidifying Gartner Studios’ industry reputation as the design leader for innovative new concepts.

Party by Gartner Studios, the company’s line of party ware will burst onto the scene with unusual shapes, patterns, and a vibrant neon color palette. Wedding invitations glitter with The Wedding Collection by Gartner Studios’ new Foil Collection of embossed designs in metallic silver and gold.

With one of the industry’s largest digital design libraries, the company is extending its Gartner Digital Design Licensing Program, offering its everyday and seasonal design collections to major retailers and photo platform providers, to be used in photo cards, greeting cards, invitations, announcements, photo collages, borders, banners, posters, photo book designs and themed slideshow movies. Art content is available for all consumer platforms, including online, social, kiosk, and mobile.

Gartner Studios is also showcasing their best-in-class, online Personalization Tools, that can be linked to or integrated with retail partner websites to let customers create personalized cards and products using Gartner’s innovative designs. Consumers can choose from a selection of fonts, alternate design colors, paper types and card shapes, with real-time editing and preview, to create a truly personal expression — delivered directly to their doorstep. Visitors to the Gartner Studios booth can view printed samples, and experience the wide range of design options and easy process of personalizing and event planning with an interactive web demo.

Gartner Studios brands and products featured at the show will include:

Gartner Studios

Trend-forward line of fashionable items for the correspondence lover, featuring innovative themes, designs, stock, substrate, materials and embellishments. Products perfect for enhancing all celebrations include: Social Stationery; Wedding Invitations; Note Cards and Stationery Sets; Gift Bags;Self-Print Invitations; Party Décor & Accessories; Party ware; and Giftables.

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• Party by Gartner Studios: A fresh line of vivid, high-quality party ware, serving items, décor and accessories for casually elegant indoor or outdoor celebration, featuring: Cocktail & Dinner Plates; Cocktail & Dinner Napkins; Table Covers; Chip Bowls; Straws; Picks; Lanterns; Invitations; Garland; Poms; Pinwheels; and Treat Bags.

• Gartner Giftables: High-quality, trend-forward Personal Stationery Sets, Notecard Sets, Notebooks, Specialty Journals, Travel and Desktop Accessories.

• Personalization: Web-based collection of personalized wedding and

holiday cards and invitations, featuring innovative designs, customizable fonts, color and shapes, on high-quality stock.

Gartner Greetings

Filling a market void with a fresh and innovative selection of beautiful, high-quality cards at sensible prices — focusing on emerging designs, consumer and editorial trends. Gartner is known for innovative card designs that score highest in consumer preference testing over other leading brands.

• Wow Wow: OMG! Get ready to LOL. These unique-to-the-market cards offer a fresh and funny perspective on human nature. Each features a candid pet photo, fluorescent accents and envelope, LOL sentiments, and a bonus back-of-card “pet bio.” Consumers can also submit photos of their pets to a special website, for feature consideration on future cards in distribution with the line.

• Gartner Premium: High-end line featuring trend-forward designs and innovative embellishments. Premium quality with sentiment slip-sheet, seal, specialty papers and envelopes, wrapped in a protective poly bag.

The Wedding Collection by Gartner Studios

The industry leader in the wedding product category with an extensive design and production range, Gartner Studios takes a unique spin to create the most innovative trend-forward wedding items in the marketplace. The result is a high-quality, stylishly affordable line of invitations, favors, programs, place cards, favors, and accessories for weddings, showers and bachelorette parties — with designs and products found nowhere else in the industry. New to the line this year is a stunning Foil Collection of embossed designs in metallic silver and gold.

• Personalized Wedding Invitation Collection: Web-based line of invitations featuring a wide range of custom, unique designs on luxurious papers and stock — customized online and delivered to customers’ doors.

BRIDES® Wedding Collection

Since 2007, Gartner Studios has partnered with Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine, the nation’s top bridal publication, to bring the BRIDES® Wedding Collection to market. Elegant and easily customizable with online templates for print-at-home ease, the line offers a collection match back offering, coordinating complementary items by design. Line items features invitations, reply cards, programs, place cards and accessories.

russell+hazel

Known for its clean, fresh approach to design, russell+hazel has developed nationally and internationally acclaimed products for the office, classroom and home. Launched in 2002 with its own instantly recognizable style language, the company has evolved into one of the most highly esteemed brands in the world of home/office décor. Fashionable and functional products include: Signature Binders; SmartDateTM Planners; Acrylic Desktop Docks, Boxes, Staplers, Risers, and Jotter Sets; Calendar Pads; Note Cards; Notebooks; and a sophisticated leather collection in colors and metallics that includes: Clutch Portfolios; Phone Pouchettes; Mini-Clutches; Business Card Holders; Key Chains; and Leather Wrap Bracelets. www.russellandhazel.com, www.facebook.com/russellhazel, https://twitter.com/russellandhazel

MARA-MI

Enhancing life’s celebrations and social connections through good design and irresistible product formats, the MARA-MI aesthetic is optimistic, colorful, authentic, playful and timeless. Fresh designs include products and accessories for holiday, wedding and everyday celebrations. The broad range of contemporary products include: Social Stationery; Note Cards; Invitations; Journals; Roll Wrap; Gift Bags & Tags; Party Décor; Tote Bags; Candles; and Giftware. Reaching into the global design world, Mara-Mi has established licensing relationships with known designers including Jonathan Adler, Marimekko and Thomas Paul. www.mara-mi.com

Special show discounts include: free freight on orders over $500; and free freight +10% off on orders over $1,000. For sales inquiries on all product lines, contact Kara Christopherson at kchristopherson@gartnerstudios.com, 651-275-4612.

Customers and partners interested in learning more about Gartner’s Digital Design Licensing Program can contact Terry Dickson at tdickson@gartnerstudios.com.

For more information on the complete line of Gartner Studios products, visit: www.gartnerstudios.com

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About Gartner Studios: Established in 1998 and headquartered in Stillwater, Minnesota, Gartner Studios, Inc. is a leader in the print and social stationery, greeting card, licensed digital design, party goods, and specialty food industries, offering more than 18,000 products through more than 15,000 major retail and specialty stores in North America. Best know for its expansive line of imprintable and customizable stationery products, the company designs, manufactures and distributes stationery and celebration assortments that inspire customers to celebrate and connect with loved ones. Its extensive digital design portfolio is also offered for online personalization products and third party licensing. Gartner Studios, Inc. brands include: Gartner Greetings; MARA-MI; and russell+hazel. Premier brand licenses include: the BRIDES line of wedding invitations and products; and the Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios line of bakeware and cake decorating products, co-designed by Food Network “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman. For more information about the company and its products visit: www.gartnerstudios.com

Advance Press Information & Photo Requests:

Beth Pursley

Cell: 952-221-4717

Ontargt@aol.com

Press photos posted at: http://goo.gl/oQISmJ

On-Site Show Press Contact:

Kara Christopherson

Cell: 479-330-0732

kchristopherson@gartnerstudios.com