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St Patrick's Day

Nearly 122 million Americans say they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Most popular way to mark the holiday? By wearing green!  What started as a religious celebration in Ireland to honor the life of their patron saint, now has evolved into rivers, chrysanthemums and libations dyed green, miles of marching parades and countless corned beef and cabbage dinners.

To mark St. Patrick’s Day, we share with you two watchbands to showcase your Irish heritage…

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…and a traditional St. Patrick’s Day toast:

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Graham International!

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Wondering how folks show their affection on Cupid’s big day?  According to our friends at Researchmaniacs.com, 70% give a card, 49% phone the object of their affections, 48% give a gift, 37% plan a special dinner, 33% give candy (my particular favorite – especially chocolate of course), 30% have a meal in a restaurant and 19% give flowers.

Here’s an idea:  Encourage your customers to consider a stylish new watchband to make this Valentine’s Day special.

We’ve got delicious, Valentine’s gorgeous wholesale watchbands….

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For her, consider a padded and stitched alligator or lizard grained leather strap, or a simple leather strap in a festive or classic color.  Want something a little more polished and shiny? Try a genuine polished alligator in pink, white or cranberry .  For him, a sporty waterproof calf leather strap with red stitching!

Happy, happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Graham International!

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Our new customers often ask: “What are your most popular replacement watchbands?”

The short answer: “Anything in black and brown, black and brown and more black and brown.”

To provide a little more detail, during the last twelve months our most popular item was a Heavy Stitched Leather strap in black and brown, both Regular and Extra Long.  This strap is also available in Cognac, but she seemed to be the wallflower despite her cheery color.

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The first runner up was our genuine lizard strap in, you guessed it, black.

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And finally, third runner up goes to our padded and stitched crushed leather strap, with black more than three times as likely to be chosen over her unpopular cousin, brown.

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So despite watchbands having the potential to make a real fashion statement, when it comes to replacement straps, conservatism seems to be winning the popularity contest.

Consider introducing your customers to a little bit of affordable luxury while continuing to offer conservative colors.  Our Squared Semi-Padded Waterproof Sports Calf  in Black with Orange Stitch is shown below.

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Or perhaps item 333 15, our Semi-Padded and Stitched Ecopell® Leather in Tan:

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For variety at a lower price point, take a look at Alligator Grained Leather items 339, 386 and 347…

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Or, if you’re ready to stock a little more color, two of our most well-liked colorful styles are shown below: our silicone heavy sports band, available in black, blue and orange, and our reversible slip thru one piece nylon strap, available in red, blue and orange.

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Why not find your own colorful options?  Apple, cobalt, coral, cranberry, fuchsia, honey, lime, mandarin, olive and turquoise to name just a few.  Spend some time browsing through our wholesale watchband catalog or website at your leisure.

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Looking for a unique gift item to suggest to your customers? Offer a colorful arrangement of sports bands!  Fitness, athletics and great style are always in fashion.  Sports bands make great stocking stuffers, or they can be given in combination with event tickets, a team jersey, hat or other athletic gear.  Graham International’s selection of sports bands combines style with function at a range of affordable price points.  Here are just a few to consider…

(N) Nylon Slip-Thru Bands, in Black, Brown, Yellow, Navy and Red:

(N93) Nylon Reversible Slip-Thru Bands, available in Orange/Black, Red/Black or Blue/Black:

(V666) Velcro® Action Bands on Black in Red, Cobalt, Yellow, Black, Green and Navy:

(V999) Velcro® Style Colors in Red. Cobalt and Black:

(SB22) Silicone Heavy Sports Bands in Orange, Blue and Black:

(142) Stitched Waterproof Hypo-Allergenic Lorica® Microfiber Bands in White, Orange, Yellow, Black, Red and Blue:

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Our warehouse manager Laticia just spoke with a new customer who was dissatisfied with the ever-shrinking selection offered by her past watchstrap vendor.

We know you need colors, styles and prices that will please your customers, and you don’t have the time or patience to shop multiple vendors. That’s why we work hard to offer a comprehensive, high quality selection, always available to ship from our Connecticut warehouse Monday to Friday within 48 hours.

Why not use an eye-catching display of watchstraps to draw customers into your store or past some particularly prime merchandise this holiday season?

Check out these holiday-inspired colors….

Or consider showcasing straps suitable for special occasions in patent leather or satin:

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Graham International is pleased to announce the arrival of our new 2013 product catalog!

Forty pages of watch straps and bands to delight your customers are on the way.

Click here if you have not received your catalog in the mail, and we will send the stork out with your copy right away.

You can also view our outstanding collection on your computer, tablet or smart phone at www.grahamintl.com.

Cheers!

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On a mission to read all pertinent blogs about dogs and jewelry (yes, I know – why aren’t there more?), we stumbled upon this little goodie:  The Top Dog competition is returning to the SMART jewelry show this year in Chicago.  It seems to be not only a night of extreme fun, but also for an extremely worthy cause:  This year’s proceeds go to National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), an organization that rescues dogs from shelters, professionally trains them to find people buried during disasters, then donates the dogs to fire departments and other first responders.

A worthy cause indeed.  To read more about this endeavor, go to: http://www.nationaljeweler.com/nj/independents/a/~28141-SMART-Show-brings-back-Top .

We like to find ‘do good’ stories about an industry we appreciate and participate in.  Here at Hennessy & Sons (www.hennessyandsons.us / www.hennessyandsons.ca), provider of luxury European dog collars and leashes, we ‘do good’ things every day: two percent of our proceeds is donated to the International Animal Rescue Fund.  How is Hennessy & Sons related to the jewelry industry?  Our line of European style leather dog collars serves as classic ‘jewelry’ for your canine companions – after all, they do dress up a neck quite nicely, don’t they?

And now that line of companion accessories will be available in yet another handsome collection: Hennessy & Sons is proud to announce that it will be unveiling a new line of Scottish waxed cotton dog collars in Spring 2012! The waterproof Scottish waxed cotton is known for its strength, durability and vibrant colors.  The fashion dog collars will be available in deep blue, moss green and midnight black.

Beauty, style, vibrancy, strength and durability – who could ask for anything more?

Well, turns out we could ask for more and deliver it: the complete line of Hennessy & Sons designer dog accessories includes ecological tanned Italian leather collars and leashes, genuine Harris Tweed dog collars, and collars embroidered with Edelweiss, a small white flower that is revered in Switzerland. All metal components, including an engravable tag, are rendered in high quality, anti-allergenic 316L surgical stainless steel.

The luxury collars retail for suggested prices ranging from $69.00 to $89.00. They measure from 8” (small) to 18.5” (large), the measurement being taken from first hole to last hole on the individual collar.  These are the first size offerings from Hennessy & Sons; we look forward to bringing you more sizes later this year.   The leather dog leashes are 48” long, 5/8” wide, and retail for suggested prices ranging from $99.00 to $109.00.

Graham International, a distributor of fine European accessories & the exclusive North American distributor for Hennessy & Sons offers a website for wholesale orders at http://www.grahamintl.com.  The website is a quick, efficient way for your business to keep track of inventory, restocking dates and current trends in the jewelry industry where watchbands and companion accessories are concerned.

Come join us in ‘doing good’ while keeping your store stocked with items your clients will love to keep their favorite canine companions ‘looking good’!

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