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Gift Focus magazine is the UK's leading bi-monthly trade publication for the giftware industry, distributed to independent retailers, high street multiples, department stores, garden centres, heritage outlets and all other gift stockists...read more
Gift Focus magazine now incorporates Attire Accessories, which is aimed at fashion accessory buyers. Click here to visit the site.
Hello and welcome to the first issue of a new and improved Gift Focus. Editor Rachel Westall has now moved on to a new title in our portfolio, leaving you in my capable hands. Having been the editor of sister title Attire Accessories for many years now, I am delighted to present the updated format, which sees Attire and Gift Focus combined into one bumper title.
Of course, I wish our exciting developments could be announced in a more stable climate, because, as we are all only far too aware, our nation, and the world, is currently going through unprecedented times, which is hitting retail hard.
That said, the resilience of our industry is one to be proud of, and I touch further on this in my opinion piece. Please take some a moment out from what I can imagine is a very stressful time for everyone and have a read.
In situations like these, it’s so vitally important to remain focused and positive, which I know is easier said than done when the bottom has fallen out of your business. However, like all storms, this too shall pass, and planning for the future is vital in order to remain abreast of the industry to emerge victorious, if a little battered and bruised.
To this end we have a plethora of features to highlight the wonderful brands within the gift market, who need our support now more than ever. Check out our focus on weddings, tabletop, kitchenware, baby gifts, bath & body and eco-friendly products.
So for now, I wish you peace and calm, and look forward to supporting you through this time and beyond.
Louise Prance-Miles, Editor
PS. If you have any news you would like to submit to this site or Gift Focus magazine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise x It's a bank holiday Monday here in the UK, and that can only call for one thing - a big ol' cocktail. Perfect for a long relaxing drink or a short aperitif for two, Royal Doulton introduces the R&D Collection, three sets of pairs of tumblers and highballs designed to embrace home entertaining and inspire the inner mixologist.
To launch the R&D Collection, renowned London based mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) has matched six individual cocktails that can easily be created at home. Cocktails were designed reflecting the three different designs of the Royal Doulton crystal glasses.
Our personal favourite is: The Neptune glass elects a more contemporary design with a series of tactile cuts running vertically on the glassware creating a decorative illusion of water drops sliding down the glass. Fitting to the Neptune tumbler is Mr Lyan's Cider Fix made of Amaretto, lemon, Angostura bitters, dry cider served over ice with lemon and radishes on the side.
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