Press: News, Magazines & Online features:

September, 2013   Red Carpet Report

August, 2014           LA.COM  (Crowds formed around The Artisan Group‘s booth, as veterans of GBK’s gifting suites know that that is the place to be to receive beautiful handcrafted items, ranging from formaldehyde-free nail polish from Nail Nation 3000 to funny doggie bow ties from Four Black Paws, crocheted washcloths from Andrea Designs, soaps from Three Sisters Apothecary and a large assortment of notecards, bath products and jewelry as well.

September, 2014    EXAMINER.COM  GBK, the luxury lifestyle company based out of Los Angeles, recently held their gifting event at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills, in honor of the 2014 Emmy® Awards. There were plenty of road trip-worthy picks to choose from, whether your travels take you to the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills (courtesy of Gutierrez Hospitality Group) or a longer adventure to Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun (courtesy of Palace Resorts and Caribbean Living magazine).

The Artisan Group is another fav. Take your pick from thousands of handcrafted treasures, each sure to bring something unique to your trip: handmade resin, gemstone and etched jewelry from Karla Wheeler Design; organic products for the pooch from The Blissful Dog (Boo Boo Butter for bumps and bites will come in handy for those camping trips); coffee cozys from Love Mich Collection – great for the frequent caffeine stops; trendy hair accessories from Sweet Ties Hair Ties; handmade crochet washcloths from Andrea Designs; cards with pop-in salutations from Pop-in-Greetings; and personalized earrings from Camilee Designs.

November, 2014

Andrea Wagner of Andrea Designs gifted her crafted Cotton Crocheted Washcloths. Andrea Wagner is an artisan that loves to play with fiber to create unique knitted and crocheted scarves, shawls, headband, fingerless gloves, accessories and more. She uses different types of yarns, such as Peruvian alpaca, Cashmere, French angora, French and Italian acrylic, wool, and in summer cotton.  She incorporates sequins, buttons, beads, silk flowers to these creations, to give them that special one-of- a kind element. She also features scarves and shawls that are fun, and add that special pizzazz to any outfit.

Vanessa Lengies of Glee with an Andrea Designs crocheted scarf.

April, 2015          Its not about

The Artisan Group—This section is a bit long, because this wonderful group of artisans was gifting their famous goodie bags that each contain over a dozen surprise items!  Alice and I loved everything we perused, but here are some of our favorites, beginning with mine: Lorelei Vella’s hand-stamped vintage fork, that I could swear I had when I was little (; unique, happening foot jewelry(!) from Bec’s Beach Feet (; Alyce n Maille’s beautiful Swarovski crystal handcrafted pendant (; and creative shiny, handmade boutique nail lacquers from Painted Polish ( and Serum No. 5 ( And now Alice’s: Sienna Grace sweet sterling silver threader earrings, whose length can be adjusted (; Anju Sparks’ unique metalsmith necklace, that is just the right length (; hand-made gemstones-and-brass earrings from One Tribe Jewelry, which look great with long hair, (; and Andrea Designs’ totally different multi-colored knitted cozies that are fitted to water bottles, cans, and cups! ( You can find all those, and much, much more, on the group’s website.

September, 2015 Candy Washington blog


GBK’s Emmys Celebrity Gifting Suite: The Artisan Group

Hi lovelies,

It’s no secret that one of my absolute favorite experiences during the GBK’s Emmys Celebrity Gifting Suite stopping by the Artisan Group booth. They never disappoint with the loveliest handcrafted jewelry, bath and beauty, and fashion designs. 

Check out the brands below that were featured in this year’s gift bag:


Nature’s Splendor

About the Artisan Group:
The Artisan Group® is a premiere entertainment marketing organization, and we are on a mission to introduce Hollywood to the best of the handcrafted movement.

We do it by providing owners of artisan businesses the chance to introduce their products to celebrities, industry leaders, VIPs, and members of the press through participation in celebrity gift lounges such as those honoring The Academy Awards*, The Golden Globes* and The Primetime Emmys*.

Because The Artisan Group takes a collaborative approach to participation in these lounges, a marketing opportunity that would be prohibitively expensive for most small companies becomes surprisingly affordable.

Members of The Artisan Group showcase an array of handcrafted products, including jewelry; bath and spa products; designer stationery and paper goods; crocheted and knitted accessories; clutches, purses and totes; hand-poured candles; hand-bound books and journals; illustrations and paintings; fine art photography; hair accessories; and pet accessories and toys.

Since 2011, our experienced event representatives have acted as spokespersons and ambassadors for countless artists at Hollywood’s top gift lounges, with fantastic results. Because they know and trust us, most celebrities will pose for a professional photo with our artisans’ products.

Gifting celebrities is a great way to get your product noticed but often overlooked are members of the press and industry leaders. Not at The Artisan Group! At most gift lounges, as many as 50 members of the press will attend—including ABC NewsAOL BeautyThe Style NetworkThe Huffington PostE! NewsLife & Style MagazineTigerBeatSplash MagazinesFox and MSNBC. They are looking for the next ‘big thing’ to write about and we are there to help, offering specially prepared Press Bags that are designed to grab their attention.

We are also on-point with courting key industry executives, directors, set decorators, celebrity stylists, talent managers, producers, and buyers—because they love their swag too, and are often generous endorsers.

To date, The Artisan Group has placed over 300 artisan products, created by our members, on over 25 hit television shows.

The Artisan Group also offers members guidance in sales, marketing, social media and public relations.

articipation in The Artisan Group is by invitation only. The result is an exclusive, close-knit community of talented artisans who exhibit excellence of product (appropriate size-wise for gifting), great product photography, impressive branding and online presence on social media, and an established online sales record.

Does that describe you? Apply here.

Want to see what The Artisan Group® members are creating? Check out our Official Pinterest Boards. There you’ll find a wide array of products that have been handcrafted by The Artisan Group members for our many celebrity gifting opportunities.


ABM Magazine

GBK Celebrates 67th Emmy Awards With Roof Top Celebrity Lounge by Adriana Michelle:

Over the weekend, the 67th Annual Emmy Awards swept tinsel town with television’s most popular stars. Binge-worthy casts from Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones, Scandal and The Good Wife, among others, were spotted celebrating their nominations inside one of the best events of the weekend – GBK’s Pre-Emmy Celebrity Gift Lounge.
The Artisan Group curates lovely collections of trendy jewelry, spa and bath products, perfumes, nail polishes, clutches, fine art photography, candles, stationary, and other handcrafted gifts. Artisans include: Love Your Bling, The Humble Penguin, Raziela Designs, Mila Rose Designs, The Cotton Thistle, Andrea Designs, Raven Boutique, The Gnarly Whale, Angelic AmbitionsMatriarch, BKD Signature, Catcophony Wearable Art, Ruby Mae Jewelry, Amelia’s Southern Expressions, Alberta Soap Company, Anju Sparks, Blue Soul Designs, Shannon Howard Photography,

NBC 12 News segment in Arizona

Andrea Designs ( in association with The Artisan Group was featured on an NBC 12News segment on the Emmy’s Gifting Suites in Arizona,, mine are the yellow crochet set (1 washcloth, 1 face scrubbie (flower shape) and 1 aloof soap saver)


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