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Memorial Day weekend has arrived with all the promise of warmer summer weather ahead.  Parades brimming with Norman Rockwell-style Americana are filling the streets, and flags are being raised proudly in celebration.

Amidst the festivities, it can be easy to forget that Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868 to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.  The traditional date of May 30 was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

A lesser known tradition is the custom of wearing a red poppy on the day.  It was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” by Moina Michael.

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows of fields where valor led.

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

     It was her idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. I plan to fill a vase myself this year.

All the best to you, and to your friends and loved ones who may be serving our country on this Memorial Day.

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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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With the New Year upon us we are occupied with important thoughts like: What should this year’s resolutions be?  And: What the heck does “auld lang syne” mean anyway?

The loose translation we’ve gleaned from the sometimes-wise sources on the internet  is  “days gone by”, helping us understand the traditional New Year’s Eve song as a lovely sentiment for the past. And while we embrace the hope and promise of the future, taking a moment to treasure and toast what we have experienced together in the past seems a reasonable indulgence.

For my own part, I think back on having now owned and operated my replacement watchstrap business for 18 years (!), initially as a one-woman operation out of the basement of my own home.  Here are some pics I’ve dug up:

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It’s been an incredible journey, sometimes thrilling, sometimes frustrating, but one I am so happy to have taken.  Most importantly I treasure the dear friends I have made along the way.  I hope you are able to take a moment to reflect on your days gone by this New Year as well.

And so you don’t have to mouth the words this year (again)…..

Lyrics to AULD LANG SYNE (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

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We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

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We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

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And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

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The Land of the Free

Today we would like to take a moment to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all men and women who serve and have served in our country’s armed forces.  We are truly blessed to live in a country where our personal freedoms to worship, speak, vote and assemble are vigilantly protected.  Thank you for your service.

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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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