Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Martha Stewart Create & Celebrate: It's Official

Here is the official press release from MSLO on the expansion of the crafts line at Wal-Mart:

Two New Assortments of Products, Martha Stewart Create(TM) and Martha Stewart Celebrate(TM), Debut in Wal-Mart Stores in the U.S. and Canada

NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) today announced its Martha Stewart Crafts line is expanding into Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. and Canada. Two new assortments -- Martha Stewart Create and Martha Stewart Celebrate -- are debuting in the majority of Wal-Mart stores across the U.S. and Canada this month.

Martha Stewart Create features crafting essentials and memory-keeping products such as paper, cutting mats, tools, pens, markers, glitter, and ribbons. The assortment also contains craft and activity kits including jewelry-making kits, pipe-cleaner-animal kits, memory-keeping kits, party decor kits, and card-making kits.

Martha Stewart Celebrate showcases ready-made, paper-based weddings essentials such as stationery, guest books, embellishments, favor boxes, cake toppers, and customizable centerpieces, as well as flower baskets and ring pillows.

For more than 25 years, Martha Stewart has been inspiring consumers with unique how-to ideas for special occasions and crafts, arenas in which Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) has national brand recognition and expertise. Created by MSLO's design teams, led by Martha Stewart, the new assortments feature high-quality, easy-to-use products that are designed especially for the mass retail shopper. MSLO teamed with EK Success, one of the country's leading scrapbooking and creative consumer products companies to manufacture, market and sell the products.

Martha Stewart, Founder of MSLO, stated, "Sharing ideas and inspiration about crafting and celebrations are an integral part of our company and all that we offer. With Martha Stewart Create at Wal-Mart, consumers will experience the satisfaction that comes from making things by hand. With Martha Stewart Celebrate, we will be able to provide beautiful, creative solutions for party-giving from intimate gatherings to large celebrations such as weddings. Anything that makes the job of the host and hostess easier is of the utmost importance to us."

Martha Stewart Crafts launched in 2007 at arts and crafts stores in the U.S. and Canada. That same year, MSLO further extended its footprint in the $30 billion U.S. crafts market with an investment in Wilton Industries, which owns EK Success.

"We continue to grow our crafting and celebrations-related businesses so that our consumers have easy, convenient access to our beautiful, high-quality products that make occasions more memorable," stated Robin Marino, President of Merchandising and Co-Chief Executive Officer at MSLO.

"In a short amount of time, this brand has become an integral part of our corporation's portfolio of brands," said Kevin Fick, President, EK Success. "We are excited that this expansion into Wal-Mart fulfills the need in the marketplace to bring a national brand to this important and growing category while reaching so many new consumers."

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Thank you for sharing the news release. I still can't believe MSLO actually signed a deal with a corporation like Walmart. She must know something about them that we don't.