Attendee registration is now open for h+h americas! We’re incredibly excited for the upcoming show in June. We’re welcoming new exhibitors every day (follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Linkedin for those announcements!), and it’s so thrilling to watch the conference program fill up with fascinating and informative panels and events.
We want to encourage attendees to get excited about the show in June. There are so many wonderful exhibitors and industry experts attending h+h americas—check out the Conference Program Overview here. If you’re in the soft craft industries, h+h americas is the premier opportunity to commune with fellow craft businesses and make magic together. h+h americas offers the chance to put down our phones, close our laptops, and gather together in person for the first time in a long time.
Today, we’d like to entice the h+h americas audience with a sneak peek at some of the programmatic elements they can anticipate enjoying in June. And because it’s Women’s History Month, we’re spotlighting some of the women-led businesses and women in leadership strengthening the show.
Abby Glassenberg, The Craft Industry Alliance
In October 2015, Abby Glassenberg co-founded the Craft Industry Alliance with Kristin Link of SewMamaSew. Their goal was to create a trade association for creative business owners across the crafting sphere—knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, cross stitch, needlepoint, sewing, quilting, paper crafting, scrapbooking, polymer clay, woodworking, jewelry making, ceramics, and more.
As a strategic partner for h+h americas, the Craft Industry Alliance’s goal is to uplift the industry by creating an informative conference program filled with knowledgeable, enthusiastic industry leaders and resource-rich educational content.
Lisa Chamoff, Indie Untangled
Lisa Chamoff founded Indie Untangled in 2014 as a website and weekly newsletter focusing on highlighting indie yarn dyers and small businesses in the crafting community. Today, Indie Untangled organizes and hosts in-person and virtual shopping events and collaborates with indie businesses on special yarn colorways and exclusive accessories and designs.
The Indie Untangled Pavilion at h+h americas brings that unique experience to the conference, creating a space to showcase solo entrepreneurs, indie makers and small startups in all segments of the craft industry. Attendees should utilize the Indie Untangled Pavilion to discover new crafting businesses and entrepreneurs that they might otherwise never have a chance to experience in person. Attendees to h+h americas—both in-person and at home—can anticipate unique sample boxes at the pavilion that contain items from the vendors to give them a better sense of their wholesale offerings.
Oejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher, Loopy Mango
Oejon Kim and Anna Pulvermakher founded the Loopy Mango brand and store in New York CIty in 2004. Their signature Big Loop yarn has since become synonymous with the Loopy Mango name, and the brand has expanded to include a new flagship store in Rhinebeck, NY, additional yarns, tools, and DIY kits.
After the brand participated at h+h cologne, Loopy Mango acquired several international accounts, expanding into Europe and Asia. The experience proved the power of the in-person tradeshow, and convinced Loopy Mango of the crucial importance of exhibiting at h+h americas.
Loopy Mango is excited to participate at the show in June, meet new and old stockists—for some, it will be the first time to meet in person! Attendees can anticipate seeing Loopy Mango’s beginner friendly All You Can Knit kit.
Stephanie Thompson, Verse Yarns
Stephanie Thompson launched indie hand-dyed yarn company Verse Yarns in 2020. Like many women in the indie craft industry, Verse Yarns began as a project outside of Stephanie’s career as a physician.
Verse Yarns specializes in eco-friendly practices from the top down. Verse Yarns focuses on cruelty-free, ethically sourced luxury materials using eco-friendly dye processes. For example, their unique Graffiti collection features one-of-a-kind colorways produced using trace dye powders and dye stock remnants. The process eliminates dye waste to help protect the environment.
h+h americas will be Verse Yarn’s first trade show experience, and Stephanie looks forward to showcasing Verse’s hand-dyed yarns in non-superwash and hypoallergenic fiber blends.
Bridget Henderson, Cowgirlblues
Bridget Henderson founded Cowgirlblues in Capetown, South Africa, as a dye house and design studio specializing in South African wool and mohair. Composed entirely of women, empowering women rests at the heart of Cowgirlblues’ business strategy. Aside from creating gorgeous, locally-sourced fibers, Cowgirlblues strives to create jobs, foster on-the-job support, and continue generating opportunities for women.
Bridget is excited to bring Cowgirlblues to h+h americas because it offers an unparalleled opportunity to present their luxury South African mohair and merino yarns to the North American craft industry. In addition, Cowgirlblues will introduce their mini-ball color collections (example seen above). Containing 30 mini-balls, one in each color, the boxes will be available in all the different Cowgirlblues’ yarn bases.
We hope this sneak peek at some of the entrepreneurs attending h+h americas has inspired you to register now to attend the show in June. We can’t wait to see our industry come together again, live and in person!