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  One of the reasons that Teleflora floral gifts continue to remain the favorite of consumers is our constantly evolving licensing program. By seeking out new and exclusive relationships with world-famous brand names, including renowned artists, we are able to keep our custom-made gifts as fresh as our florists' flowers. Here are some fascinating facts about our current roster of licensing partners.

 
 
 

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BarcaLounger, comfortable recliners for discriminating consumers.

Fenton, the world's foremost creators of handmade art glass.

Galway, traditionally crafted Irish lead crystal.

M&M's®, an American icon.

Thomas Kinkade, the most collected living artist.

Waterford, the most respected name in crystal.

Charles Wysocki, master of Americana art.

BarcaLounger

In 1940, when Edward Joel Barcolo acquired a license to manufacture "scientifically articulated" motion chairs patented by Dr. Anton Lorenz (the creator of the Lorenz reclining mechanism for perfect relaxing posture), it was the beginning of a new tradition in households across America.

In 1941, the first metal and canvas "Just-It" adjustable outdoor reclining chairs went into production; and by 1947, the company had produced the first Barcalounger. Since that day, Barcalounger has represented relaxation, good styling, innovative design and exceptional quality - as well as comfort that fits beautifully in even the most sophisticated homes.

Most of all, Barcalounger is known for producing big, comfortable recliners for discriminating consumers, featuring the finest materials and the most experienced craftsmanship. In the 1960s, the company introduced "Designer Recliners" in styles created by well-known designers of the time, including Raymond Loewy. In 1975, Barcalounger appeared in a Smithsonian Institution design retrospective; and almost twenty years later, Barcalounger was asked to participate in an exhibit at New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum on American Design. A Barcalounger is more than a reclining chair - it's an American tradition!

Today's Barcalounger is the result of over 50 years of extensive research and development, with comfort built from the inside out. So sit down, lean back and relax. Every Barcalounger chair is created with precision-cut wood frame parts made from kiln-dried lumber, double-doweled joints, a heavy gauge steel mechanism and heavy-duty sinuous springs, specially designed for seating comfort. It's a beauty that's beyond skin deep.

Barcalounger engineers realize their products will probably receive more use than any other piece of upholstered furniture in the house. That's why in home after home, all over America, the Barcalounger is known as everyone's favorite chair!

The Barcalounger plant in Rocky Mount, NC has 365,000 square feet devoted to implementing the latest manufacturing technology and the best production values available anywhere in residential furniture. As the company slogan says, "Because you're comfortable with the best."



Teleflora's Barcalounger® Bouquet
Teleflora's Barcalounger® Bouquet
Fenton

Founded in 1905 by brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Company ranks among the world's foremost producers of handmade art glass and is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States. The company is renowned for innovative glass colors and for decorative treatments on pressed and blown glassware.

During the early years from 1905 to the 1920s, Fenton design was influenced by the brilliant glass artists at Tiffany and Steuben. In late 1907, Fenton introduced "Iridescent Ware," now a popular collectible known as "Carnival glass." Fenton's innovative opaque colors in red, blue and green appeared in the 1920s and '30s. During the Depression, the company produced practical items such as mixing bowls, perfume bottles and tableware.

Even during tough times, Fenton has continued to develop new glass colors and patterns, including pieces enhanced with hand-painted floral decorations and 22k gold accents. Fenton glass appeals to all types of customers, and, over the years, this appeal has led to the company's great success.

The melting temperature for a batch of glass (consisting of 71% silica sand, plus soda ash and lime) averages 2,500 degrees F, and the largest furnace at Fenton Art Glass can hold 9,000 pounds of glass! There may be as many as 14 ingredients used in making a particular Fenton glass color. No two Fenton pieces are exactly the same because of the nature of handmade glass processes.

Fenton glassmakers work in teams called "shops." The craftsman who pulls molten glass from the melting furnace for pressed glass is the "gatherer," and he uses an ancient tool called a punty that is almost 6 feet in length. To gather glass for a piece of blown glass, the gatherer uses a blowpipe that is about 5 feet long.

The Fenton family prides itself on making glass the "old-fashioned" way, employing many of the same techniques and tools that were used a century or more ago.

In 2005, the Fenton Art Glass Company celebrated its 100th anniversary. The company is now led by third- and fourth-generation Fenton family members, who work side by side with over 400 employees, including skilled glassworkers and talented decorators, to create beautiful, handmade art glass in Williamstown, West Virginia. Fenton Art Glass products are collected around the world.

Teleflora's Fenton® Art Glass Bouquet
Teleflora's Fenton® Art Glass Bouquet
Galway

Galway Irish Crystal is one of the world's best known and loved names when it comes to traditionally crafted Irish lead crystal.

Galway is known as the City of the Tribes, and is considered a jewel of Ireland's West Coast. Both the city of Galway – and Galway Irish Crystal – are located on the shores of Galway Bay, an area of great natural beauty! The company's Master Craftsmen are continuously inspired by the sheer magnificence of the surrounding countryside, and by the wealth of its history and folklore.

In fact, travelers journeying through the area are encouraged to stop in at the Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre. There, they can discover the intricacies of the crystal making process, and gain an insight into the history of this unique part of the world.

Each piece of spectacular Galway Irish Crystal is crafted with singular dedication to detail, and reflects a quest for timeless elegance.

Teleflora's Beautiful Mom Bouquet by Galway®
Teleflora's Beautiful Mom Bouquet by Galway®
M&M's®

Why create chocolate candies with a colorful shell? Because that way, "The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand"®!

M&M's® have become an American icon, known all over the world. But who came up with the idea for this scrumptious little candy?

Amazingly, the idea for M&M's® was first hatched against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Legend has it that, while on a trip to Spain, Forrest Mars Sr. encountered soldiers who were eating pellets of chocolate coated with sugar. This prevented it from melting. Inspired by this idea, Mr. Mars went back to his kitchen and invented the recipe for M&M's® Plain Chocolate Candies.

M&M's® Chocolate Candies were first sold in 1941, and soon became a favorite of the American GIs serving in World War II. Packaged in cardboard tubes, they were sold to the military as a convenient snack that traveled well in any climate. By the late 1940s, they were widely available, and well on their way to becoming a favorite candy. In 1948, their packaging changed from a tube to the characteristic brown pouch we know today. By the mid-1950s, the brand made its debut on television, and the famous slogan was born!

It's all about color…
In 1960, three new colors were added - red, green and yellow - to the original brown color; and by the early '70s, the beloved M&M's® characters first appeared. Soon, orange was added to the color mix, while for a time, red was pulled - only to return years later, due to popular demand. Seasonal color mixes soon followed, with Easter pastels and Christmas colors joining the parade. And in 1995 - over a half-century after the candies were first introduced - fans across America voted for a new color. Blue won by a landslide, with 54% of the more than 10 million votes cast. Today, M&M's® are available in a virtual kaleidoscope of over 20 brilliant colors - leading to the newest M&M's® slogan - "Chocolate is Better in Color!"™

World-famous!
In 1981, M&M's® Chocolate Candies were chosen by the first space shuttle astronauts to be included in their food supply. M&M's® Chocolate Candies are now on permanent display at the space food exhibit of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.

In 1997 the brand debuted Green, the first female M&M's® "Spokescandy." She toured the U.S. promoting her autobiography, "I Melt for No One," and quickly achieved the celebrity status of her male colleagues-Red, Yellow and Blue.

Today, the M&M's® characters are known and loved worldwide - surpassing even the popularity of Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson. (Source: Marketing Evaluation, Inc.)

The Teleflora M&M's Valentine Bouquet
The Teleflora M&M's Valentine Bouquet
The Teleflora's M&M's® Easter Basket Bouquet
The Teleflora's M&M's® Easter Basket Bouquet

About the Artist
Thomas Kinkade is not only Teleflora's best-selling artist, but the most collected living artist in the world. Coming from a modest small-town background, his luminescent, inspirational paintings reflect simple pleasures and values.

While still living in his hometown of Placerville, California, Kinkade spent one summer on a tour doing sketches with a friend, which turned into a best-selling instructional book, landing both young men jobs creating background art for the animated feature film Fire and Ice. It was during this time that Kinkade began to experiment with light and explore the imaginative worlds that would play such an important part in his future work.

For a time, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, and two years later they began to publish his art.

A devoted husband and doting father to their four daughters, Kinkade strives to lead a balanced life, committed to family values. He creatively fills his works with "love notes" by hiding the letter "N" in his paintings as tribute to his wife, Nanette. His daughters also find their own messages of love from their father as their names and images often appear in many of his paintings.

Thomas Kinkade has been recognized not only for his art, but also for his philanthropic efforts. The Thomas Kinkade Foundation serves and supports non-profit organizations focusing on children, humanitarian relief and the arts. Kinkade's involvement in such organizations, along with his appearances on the award-winning news broadcast 60 Minutes, as well as Good Morning America, is testimony to the fact that his artwork is touching the hearts of millions worldwide.

Awards and Recognitions
Thomas Kinkade has received many awards for his works, including multiple National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) awards for Artist of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year, and his art has been named Lithograph of the Year nine times. Most recently in 2004, he received a special award from NALED recognizing him as the Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 Years. In the course of his fulfilling life, he has met with the Pope, U.S. presidents, celebrities and other well-known dignitaries to convey his hope-filled, life-affirming message.

Through the years, Kinkade's artwork has inspired a number of highly successful Teleflora bouquets. His most recent offerings are for the holidays: Teleflora's Thomas Kinkade Hurricane Bouquet, featuring a hand-painted cottage modeled on his Memories of Christmas painting; and Teleflora's Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree, a permanent tree.
Thomas Kinkade Cozy Christmas Bouquet, picture
Thomas Kinkade Cozy Christmas Bouquet
Teleflora's Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree, picture
Teleflora's Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree

Waterford, which recently inspired two magnificent Teleflora keepsake bouquets, is the most respected name in crystal. The company designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of crystal objets d'art, stemware and gifts for distribution throughout the world. In recent years, Waterford has built upon its reputation by expanding into tabletop and gifts with the launch of the Marquis by Waterford, the addition of Waterford Fine China, Waterford Fine Flatware, Waterford Holiday Heirlooms, and Waterford Table and Bed Linens. Each of those initiatives reflects the company's commitment to creating prestigious products - for gift-giving, entertaining and home decorating - whose classic designs transcend time.

History of Waterford Crystal
The beginnings of glassmaking in Ireland are lost in the mists of time. However, archaeological evidence suggests glass was regarded with respect from the early Iron Age. Indeed, medieval documents can prove glassmaking existed in Ireland back in the middle 13th century.

The Waterford company was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home."

They employed 50 to 70 people, led by a fellow Quaker, John Hill, from Stourbridge in England, and succeeded in producing crystal with a purity of color unmatched in Ireland or England. Merchant ships sailed regularly from Waterford's port with cargoes of crystal bound for Spain, the West Indies, New York, New England and Newfoundland.

Waterford Crystal today has strong links with its illustrious predecessor, maintaining the same dedication to excellence, in terms of the purity of color and design inspiration. The traditional cutting patterns made famous by the artisans of Waterford became the design basis for the growing product range of the new company.

America's profound respect for Waterford quality was reaffirmed in November 2000 when Waterford Crystal was named the top world-class brand in the United States by a survey conducted among 30,000 people by the Princeton, New Jersey-based independent market research company, Total Research Corporation. American consumers chose Waterford as the brand with the highest quality out of 19 world-class brands, including Rolls-Royce. Among the American icons immortalized in Waterford Crystal are the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, the Super Bowl XXXVIII trophy and the 2003 World Series trophy.

Indeed, Waterford Crystal has become practically synonymous for the finest quality crystal, sought after by collectors and connoisseurs all over the world. Each piece can be recognized by the Waterford signature on the base.

Today, Waterford's principal manufacturing plant stands on a 40-acre site on the outskirts of the city made famous by its glittering product. There are also two other manufacturing plants in County Waterford.
Teleflora’s Marquis by Waterford Emerald™ Bouquet, picture
Teleflora’s Marquis by Waterford Emerald™ Bouquet

About the Artist
Charles Wysocki, whose distinctive style has inspired a number of Teleflora keepsakes, was born in 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. From the time he was a tot, he wanted to be an artist. His father, Charles Sr., a Polish immigrant who worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. for over 35 years, was not thrilled about his son's artistic aspirations. Most of the young man's encouragement came from his mother, Mary.

After studying art at Cass Technical High School, Wysocki worked for a time as an apprentice in Detroit art studios. Then, following a stint in the armed forces, he attended the Art Center in Los Angeles on the G.I. Bill, where he majored in design and advertising illustration. Later, he formed an advertising agency with three other artists called "Group West." The agency was a huge success and during this time Wysocki won numerous awards for his illustrative talents.

Then something happened that completely changed his life - he met his future wife, Elizabeth. A recent graduate from the UCLA School of the Arts, Elizabeth was working at an ad agency in Los Angeles when she heard about a hotshot young illustrator who was coming in to do some freelance work. When she and Wysocki met, it was love at first sight. Soon they were traveling to meet Elizabeth's parents, one of the first farm families to settle in the picturesque San Fernando Valley. He was immediately smitten by the simplicity of farm life and its wholesome values, and through this experience and Elizabeth's support, his genius for primitive art was beginning to blossom.

Although Wysocki continued to work successfully in commercial art during the early 1960s, his interest lay increasingly in the primitive style. After a one-man show at which he sold every painting, he decided to leave commercial art for good and focus on his Americana art. During this time he, Elizabeth and their three children moved from Los Angeles to Lake Arrowhead, where he eventually opened his own gallery.

After a number of highly productive years and many prestigious awards, he began painting at his own pace so he could spend more time with his family and friends.

Wysocki painted his whole life, up to his death at the age of 73 on July 29, 2002. He will be sorely missed by many, but his artwork will live on. Teleflora is privileged to offer his beloved Christmas art on this year's Wysocki Sleigh Bouquet and the Wysocki Merry Christmas Bouquet.
Teleflora's Wysocki Sleigh, picture
Teleflora's Wysocki Sleigh
Teleflora's Wysocki Merry Christmas Cachepot, picture
Teleflora's Wysocki Merry Christmas Cachepot
Teleflora’s Wysocki Poinsettia Bouquet, picture
Teleflora’s Wysocki Poinsettia Bouquet
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