Tom Mirabile, trend expert and founder of Springboard Futures, is partnering with the International Housewares Association on a variety of consumer trend projects.
One of the projects Mirabile will collaborate on includes the new IHA Market Watch report, which will be introduced at The Inspired Home Show next month in Chicago. Mirabile will be part of the keynote session on Sunday, March 15, introducing IHA Market Watch. He is also helping to curate a companion display of exhibitors’ products illustrating those trends, located in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center lobby.
According to the IHA, the association and the Housewares Show has had a long relationship with Mirabile. For more than a decade, he has presented consumer-focused keynotes to market exhibitors and attendees as well as various home and housewares style trend projects.
The IHA said this partnership expands on that work, with Mirabile helping to create the new report, pinpointing the key consumer trends that will impact the housewares industry over the next 12 to 18 months and how product categories will be affected.
“IHA and Tom have a long history together during his days on the supplier side, and his education session at the show has been a must-attend event for both exhibitor and retail attendees over the years,” said Leana Salamah, IHA’s vp/marketing. “Through his new venture, it is a natural progression for Tom to expand his work with IHA. Along with his contributions to Market Watch, Tom will be providing IHA members with both consumer and home-style trend reports throughout the year.”