The network consists of approximately 25 professionals who are well versed in all aspects of product development.
Linda Simpson – President
Linda Simpson has extensive experience in product design, development, sourcing and licensing. Her areas of expertise include Home Furnishings, Decorative Accessories, Holiday Trim, Tabletop and Fashion Accessories. Linda has worldwide knowledge of the marketplace and experience sourcing products in 28 countries for various retail distributions including department and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and mass merchants.
Linda Simpson’s proven career includes leadership roles at Bloomingdales, Associated Merchandising Association, Syratech Corporation (Wallace International, Towle Silversmiths, Melannco (frames and albums), SILVESTRI, DEMDACO, Enesco and Department 56 where she proactively identified and secured emerging licensed properties and developed innovative multi-million dollar programs.
Linda Simpson is regarded by those that surround her as a motivational team leader with extensive cross cultural experience. Her management style has led to a strong following of artists over the years who continue to work with her today as they appreciate her intuitive nature, guidance and collaborative creative spirit.
Building on her concerns for people and their environments, Linda Simpson focuses on creating sustainable and interesting products that benefit both the people who she works with and the places where they live. Linda Simpson is proudest of her time when she worked with the Care Foundation under the auspices of the United Nations where she believes she “made a difference”.
Overseas Product Development
Our team has extensive Giftware, Home Accessories, Housewares, Fashion Accessories, Holiday Trim, and Handicrafts development and sourcing experience in China, the Philippines, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Italy.
Our overseas services include Product Development, Sourcing, Trade Fair coverage, Quality Control, Testing and Customer Compliance.
Attorney Albert Kramer, formerly Judge Kramer, has had a distinguished career as an attorney, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor of Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts House of Repre¬sentatives and the Presiding Judge of the 3rd largest District Court in the State of Massachusetts. Judge Kramer now currently in private practice had served as In-house Counsel to Syratech Corporation and to SILVESTRI for 15 years, where he specialized in commercial law, including negotiations with artists and their agents, drafting of license agreements, the filing and enforcing of trademarks and patents and all other legal matters dealing with product development and design.
The Network includes a wide variety of artists that we have worked with for more than 15 years. These artists are chosen for their innovative skill and ability to turn ideas into market winning products and brands.
Mike Crane Photography
Mike Crane is a Boston based photographer who has been specializing in lifestyle advertising, still life, fashion and hardlines catalog photography for over fifteen years. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet Magazine, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Elle, Architectural Digest, and In Style Home. His clients include: Lo-Jack, Mats Inc., Boston International, Hearts On Fire, DEMDACO, SILVESTRI, Vera Wang, Towle Silversmiths, Wallace Silversmiths and others.