Category Archives: Cool Promotional Products We Love

Waiting for Spring with the Herb Garden Set

With superstorm Nemo in the North and the bipolar weather we’ve had here in the South, I am really looking forward to spring and hopefully a quiet and warm spring at that. Until then, I’ve got the Herb Garden Set to keep me company at my window.

There’s nothing like some fresh herbs, especially herbs that I’ve grown, in my meal to cheer me up. This mini herb garden lets me grown my own parsley, chives, and basil from a little kit that has everything that I need. I’ve loved seeing the small sprouts grow, and its provided some nice green scenery when city life gets drab.

This Kit would be great for any company health initiatives, or eco friendly programs. It’s proven to be an easy way to introduce some fresh green into my daily diet.

Sofia
Merchandising Assistant

Megan’s Trend Spotting: 90’s Fashion

One of the trends in retail for the past few years has been the resurgence of 1990’s fashion. Walk into any hip retail establishment and you will find flannel, straight leg denim, vintage hoodies, leggings, and designer clothing featuring large logos.

 

This flow in the current of the fashion world has reached promotional apparel. While walking the 2013 PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, I spotted various styles that brought me back to the 90’s. I could just hear Eddie Vedder singing “Evenflow.” Check out some of my discoveries from the Expo. The pictures included below are from the Alternative Apparel booth- they represented this 90’s trend effortlessly. Contact us for more details, many of the pieces you see will be added to our site in the next few weeks.

Patterned tops are predicted to be huge for 2013. How cool would your logo look screen-printed in 1 color on a camouflage tee? Or try a baseball tee with stars printed on the arms and a solid body- definitely an attention grabber!

This trendy “grunge” style would work well for the college/university demographic, bars/restaurants and even more casual corporate environments.

What was your favorite piece of clothing worn in the 1990’s?

Megan
Merchandising Manager

Trending Now: Neon

Ok so this isn’t a “new” trend but it is definitely a trend that is still very hot!  Neon colors reminiscent of the 80’s are still here in 2013 in a big way.  From small piping details to big bold bags and apparel pieces featured in full neon glory. This trend is especially popular with the fashion conscious and younger demographics, but this is a fun trend that almost anyone can pull off!

While trend spotting out in Vegas I came across lots of neon. Some pieces are so new they aren’t featured on our site yet (don’t worry they should be very soon!)

 This 20 oz stadium cup comes in bright neon colors and with a fun striped straw.

 

This single wall translucent black tumbler features a neon band and matching stirring straw.

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Megan’s Trend Spotting: Shades of Green and Blue

It has been a busy month for the Merchandising Department at Pinnacle Promotions. First, a few of us attended the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas; the new products for 2013 are amazing! We are working now to add our favorites to the website. And personally, I was also able to attend the Atlanta Apparel Show at AmericasMart last week. This show focused on 2013 Women’s apparel and accessories. I was able to use this retail outlet to trend forecast for our promotional apparel market.

Entrance to the January 2013 Atlanta Apparel Show

One of the big trends I saw at both shows was the use of color. Shades of green and blue were very prevalent in many collections. As you may have seen in Lee’s post, Emerald Green is the Pantone color for 2013.

 

Bella + Canvas PPAI Expo Las Vegas 2013

I was happy to see these two colors dominate the offerings at the Apparel show as well as at the PPAI Expo. Both colors are easy for most complexions to wear. And with various shades available, it will be easy to find one to suit your brand. Here are my favorite women’s fashions in green and blue.

The Serena Blouse: Beautiful vertical pleats along the front and back, creating a flattering fit. Shown in Vivid Jade.

The Women’s Flowy Simple V-Neck Tee.   With fashion forward details, this drop sleeve tee has a relaxed fit and super soft hand. Shown here in Blue Marble.

Alternative Apparel Meegs Eco Jersey Ugly Stripe Tank: Stripes look fresh in green and chocolate. This tank is made from a polyester/cotton/rayon blend, has a flattering rounded bottom and racerback. Shown in Eco True Avocado/Eco True Brown Stripe.

The Emma Pullover. Perfect corporate casual 3/4 sleeve sweater. Featuring 3 button plackets along the front shoulders and subtle puff sleeves. Pictured above in Pacific Blue.

Port Authority Ladies Crosshatch Ruffle Blouse:  Feminine details like ruffled placket and front and back darts make this shirt a winner. Shown above in Chambray Blue. Also available in Deep Blue.

And I had to throw in one accessory. I am loving the Lexi Wristlet! Shown here in Turquoise, this case will accomodate a smartphone, credit cards and more. Perfect for running errands or a night on the town!

If you see something you like, feel free to contact us! Stay tuned for more Trend Spotting posts in the weeks to come!

Megan

Merchandising Manager

 

 

 

 

 

PPAI Expo Preview!

Five members of the Pinnacle team headed to Las Vegas on Tuesday to attend the PPAI Expo.  It’s one of the largest promotional product tradeshows, with tons of vendors showing off their new 2013 products.  Megan and Heather will be back next week to blog about what they saw, but I thought I’d give you a little preview of some cool new stuff that will be making its way to our website shortly.

PPAI Expo

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Promotional Items for Weird Weather

Lately, I feel like I’m always complaining about the weather in Atlanta but with weekends like the one that just ended it’s hard not to. Our cold spell was broken by temperatures in the high 60’s to mid 70’s. I even saw people in shorts! But today we’re back to rain and the cold. So in honor of this backwards weather, I’ve put together a list of items that would help you recipients transition during these weird weather days.

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Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: Nike Golf for 2013

I know it is January, but I am already dreaming of spring. And we here in Atlanta are expected to reach the upper 60’s later this week! What bliss! Springtime and golf go hand and hand. This past week the PGA Tour hit Hawaii. Check out the latest PGA news here. It’s very cool to see what Nike, Adidas and Callaway gear the pros are sporting.

Whatever the climate on the green, you and your brand will want to look sharp for 2013. Check out these new arrivals from Nike Golf.  With Nike’s DRI-Fit fabric technology and on-trend color choices, the recipient will be comfortable and look stylish on and off the course.

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A new journal for a new year

My resolution for this new year is to write things down. It’s easy to jot things down on virtual sticky notes or onto my iphone but I still love the idea of writing down with pen and paper my new years resolutions, my grocery lists, and my to-do’s. Not only does it serve as backup in case my phone gets lost or my computer shuts down,  it’s good for keeping my penmanship in check. The NeoSkin Hard Cover Journal has caught my eye and I think it would be the perfect addition to any companies promotional lineup.

The journal has nothing but pro’s for me. It’s a good, carry-ready size: not so big that it can’t easily slip into a purse or briefcase but not so small that you have to squint to see the lines. It’s available in eight different colors, with a matching elastic closure and ribbon bookmark. All in all it’s a smart buy, whether you’re handing them out to new employees or seasoned employees getting refreshers on the this years tactics. The NeoSkin journal is sure to have a shelf life long beyond the first day you hand it out.

Sofia
Merchandising Assistant

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