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Counselor Senior Editor Michele Bell's slanted view of the world.

Interview with Philippe Varnier

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Towards the end of the PSI Dusseldorf Show, the traffic didn’t dissipate and the excitement continued right up until the end of the show on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Trends on the show floor included metallic accents and embellishments, a continued emphasis on eco-trends including one company, Everything Environmental, who carries pens made from recycled CD cases, and Polyconcept, who showed items powered by water instead of electricity. Wooden toys, too, were prevalent, in response to the backlash against metal toys.

I spoke with my favorite French-accented industry oracle, Philippe Varnier, chairman of Polyconcept, and asked him for his outlook on upcoming trends.

Interview with John Lynch

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I sat down with my friend John Lynch, a native of New Jersey who moved to Krakow, Poland to start his own supplier company, Lynka.

Now, 14 years later, his company is one of the largest promotional products businesses in Poland and John is both an expert on this emerging market and quite the fun expat if you’re ever in the area and want to know the best restaurants and where to find the most sublime Polish vodka.