Designer Greetings News

APRIL 2018

Designer Greetings Inc. Acquires Madison Park Greetings 

Edison, NJ—Designer Greetings Inc. announced today that it has acquired Seattle-based publisher Madison Park Greetings.

This marks the eighth acquisition for the greeting card company since 2006. Others include: Card$mart®, Glitterwrap™, Red Farm Studio, Royal Greetings, enGreet, Treasure Greetings and Mike’s Distributing.

Founded in 1977, Madison Park Greetings created high-end specialty products, cards and journals, which featured work by a broad range of talented artists.

Steven Gimbelman, President and CEO of Designer Greetings, explained why Madison Park was a great fit for his company. “Designer Greetings has always had a tradition of finding the best contemporary artists and blending their artistic vision with editorial that connects with the end consumer. Madison Park had an identical vision. We plan on introducing many new artists to our collection, adding and keeping to our high standard of using superior treatments, embellishments, and fine paper stock,” he said.

MAY 2018

Designer Greetings Inc. Acquires Northern Exposure Greeting Cards 

Edison, NJ— Designer Greetings Inc. has acquired Northern Exposure Greeting Cards from owners Bruce Henson and Jack Freed, who recently announced their plans to retire.

Northern Exposure was founded in 1993 when Henson and Freed, both professional photographers, launched a line of photo-imaged everyday and seasonal greeting cards.

Steven Gimbelman, President and CEO of Designer Greetings, said that Northern Exposure is an exciting acquisition for the company and their designs are a wonderful complement to Designer Greetings’ current collections. “Bruce and Jack have done an incredible job,” he said. “They had the vision to take their photographic greeting card line from inception to one of the world’s leading humor card lines. Their diligence and passion for success are evident in their product—the clever dynamic of pairing vibrant photographs with clever editorial has made this a line that truly stands out. We look forward to expanding upon the successful brand that Bruce and Jack built.”

Last month Designer Greetings acquired The Madison Park Group. With Northern Exposure, this marks the 9th acquisition for the greeting card company since 2006. Others include: Card$mart®, Glitterwrap™, Red Farm Studio©, Royal Greetings, enGreet, Treasure Greetings and Mike’s Distributing. 

April 2019

Designer Greetings Inc. Acquires Kristin Michaels Greetings 

Edison, NJ— Designer Greetings Inc. announced today that it has acquired Kristin Michaels Greetings.

Kristin Michaels Greetings was established in 1984 as an independent greeting card distributor, wholesaling products from several small studio card manufacturers from Chicago. A few years later, they began distributing Gibson Greetings products, quickly becoming the largest volume Gibson distributor in the US. In 1994, Kristin Michaels started buying product from a greeting card company based in Staten Island and ironically, in 2019, that Staten Island company (Designer Greetings) now has acquired Kristin Michaels.
Steven Gimbelman, President and CEO of Designer Greetings, said “Kristin Michaels provides excellent product and service to a variety of grocers throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. We look forward to continuing and building upon the success that they have forged over the past 35 years.”

With Kristin Michaels, this marks the 11th acquisition for the greeting card company since 2006. Others include: Card$mart®, Glitterwrap™, Red Farm Studio©, Royal Greetings, Mike’s Distributing, enGreet, Treasure Greetings, Madison Park Greetings, Northern Exposure Greetings and V&M Sales.

MAY 2019

Designer Greetings Inc. Acquires Palm Press Greeting Cards 

Edison, NJ— Designer Greetings Inc. has acquired Palm Press Greeting Cards.
Palm Press was founded in 1980 by Liz Bordow to acquaint people with the pleasures of fine photography and its unique ability to connect us to the rest of the world. Palm Press publishes a collection of exceptional photographs in a high quality but affordable format and has earned an outstanding reputation for award-winning greeting cards, superior reproduction and excellent customer service.

Steven Gimbelman, President and CEO of Designer Greetings, said Palm Press made their mark by sourcing renowned, distinctive photographers from around the globe and Designer Greetings will continue that legacy. “Liz Bordow built an incredible company, starting in her house in 1980. Palm Press is now one of the leading photographic greeting card companies in the world. We look forward to building upon the success that Liz forged. Palm Press is a welcome addition to Designer Greetings’ expansive photographic card lines.”

By bringing Palm Press to the Designer Greetings family, this marks the 12th acquisition since 2006. Others include: Card$mart®, Glitterwrap™, Red Farm Studio©, Royal Greetings, enGreet, Treasure Greetings, Mike’s Distributing, The Madison Park Group, Northern Exposure, V & M Sales and Kristin Michaels Greetings.

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