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Top ten trends for spring

March 12, 2012

ALTHOUGH SPRING IS NOT officially here yet, I believe Spring has arrived for our industry in the form of a rebirth.

Judging by the recent markets, it's definitely a time of renewal and positive change. Vendors were happy, buyers were happy and the new introductions were downright happy, too. Bold, bright and cheerful designs reflected the mood at markets across the country. Here's a rundown of the top ten trends to look out for in the coming months.

Made in the USA - Expect to see this trend escalate going forward

Chevron, Arrow and Flamestitch - Bold geometric patterns evoke a happy modern vibe

Linen - Linen luxes up upholstery, soft goods and more with elegant, yet very livable appeal

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Animals - Charming, playful renderings evoke a fun, optimistic feel


Vintage - Nostalgic retro looks remain on the rise, underscored by a primitive movement

Brights - An almost neon-bright palette of saffron, tangerine, hot pink and lime echoes the positive mood

Asian - Elaborate birdcages, vividly patterned Chinese lanterns and lush cherry blossom prints inject an exotic element

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Sewing Elements - Spools of thread, ribbon and the like pay tribute to a centuries-old pastime

Moroccan - Opulent Arabesque patterns highlight the return of Moroccan design

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Seaside - Coral, shells, fish and other oceanic motifs exude breezy, effortless style