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Legacy Classic Kids to launch Wendy Bellissimo line

 Image of Wendy BellissimoWendy Bellissimo

HIGH POINT — Youth furniture specialist Legacy Classic Kids has announced a new licensed nursery and youth furniture line with designer Wendy Bellissimo that will launch at the October High Point Market.

The company said the line is expected to hit retail floors next spring and will feature an assortment of mix-and-match pieces that offer "soft vintage" styles as suitable for guest bedrooms as they are youth bedrooms.

Bellissimo is a mother of four who is considered to be one of the most respected designers of baby and youth environments, accessories and apparel, according to Legacy Classic Kids. She has worked with celebrity moms including Kelly Ripa and Brooke Shields and has been featured in publications and TV shows such as People and the "Oprah Winfrey Show." Her nursery and bedding lines have been sold at retailers such as buybuy Baby and Babies "R" Us.

This is Bellissimo's first foray into furniture, but officials believe it is a natural progression of her talents in the baby and youth products sector.

"The Wendy Bellissimo Collection exemplifies Legacy Classic Kids' longstanding commitment to producing safe and durable furniture in styles that grow well with families and their homes," said Earl Wang, president of Legacy Classic Kids, in a statement. "The combination of Wendy's experiences as a mom and expertise in design and décor has been irreplaceable in helping us to create a collection that speaks to the distinctive needs and desires of the baby and youth markets."

"I owe much of my success in the baby and youth market to incorporating the perspectives of both parent and child into my designs," Bellissimo said. "Every concept that evolves through the Wendy Bellissimo brand is a reflection of my ongoing passion to create exceptional and attainable products for real families."

The company said it will reveal details about product and pricing closer to the High Point Market.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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