The 2013 holiday season marks not only the third consecutive year that Mushmina will be at the Grand Central Holiday Fair but it’s also the close of Grand Central Terminal’s spectacular yearlong Centennial celebration. The Terminal said hello to the world in 1913 and although it may be 100 years old, it shows no signs of aging. It remains a constantly active travel center, meeting place and destination for the 750,000 New Yorkers, commuters and tourists who pass through every day.
The Holiday Fair started at the terminal in 2000 and quickly became a New York City tradition. In this Centennial year the market celebrates its 14th annual appearance at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall and features 76 unique vendors. Like New York City, the Holiday Fair changes every year and 2013 is no exception. There are 21 vendors new to the fair this holiday season.
Entrance to the city’s only indoor holiday fair is highly competitive and by no means guaranteed to vendors who have had a presence in previous years. Vendors are expected to keep up with a pace and cutting edge style that is equal to New York and must go through an application process to show they have what it takes to make it in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Each vendor must submit photos of their new collection and then cross their fingers until July when acceptance decisions are made. Grand Central jurors are looking for items that are made by craftspeople in the USA or have a socially responsible mission and global appeal. They carefully curate the Holiday Fair collection so New Yorkers have a broad and beautiful selection of unique gift items.
Mushmina will be at Booth #67 until 6pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Stop by and see this year’s collection, which includes new leather messenger bags, colorful handloom scarves, Mushmina’s iconic fabric bags, Berber and Tuareg jewelry and photography from Morocco.
See you there!