Portugal came to CFS
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – In many ways, this year’s Canadian Furniture Show was every much an international event, with displays from a number of countries including Indonesia, Ukraine, China and Portugal, which has targeted Canada as a prime export market for furniture and other household products such as linens and accessories thanks to the signing last year of the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA).
AICEP, the Toronto office of the Portuguese Trade & Investment Commission brought samples of furniture, mattresses, accessories, linens and other home goods manufactured by some 18 or so companies seeking to establish ties with Canadian retailers and distributors.
In fact, the display was so well received, it received the show’s ‘best booth award’ whose jury applauded its “great use of colour and space” while noting its “products were on trend and well displayed with great use of layering and accessories.”
During CFS, Home Goods Online had the opportunity to speak with Raul Travado, director of AICEP’s Toronto office and Isabel Quintas, the Porto, Portugal-based director of the agency’s home furnishings program about their country’s industry and the unique product opportunities it offers Canadian retailers and designers.