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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 127 - September/October 2021

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In this issue:

Company profile
Directors Sara Burford and Sarah Fitzpatrick discuss Cinnamon Aitch's evolution from fabrics to an extensive giftware collection covering everything from cards to soaps...

Autumn Fair
Head to Autumn Fair for a show brimming with newness, exclusive and sustainable brands, and inspiration aplenty

Selbrae House reports record year of sales; up 40 percent year on year

Selbrae House reports record year of sales; up 40 percent year on year

Scottish gift and homeware business, Selbrae House, has recorded a record year...

Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders

Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders

Millions of pounds worth of business was generated during the last four days at the UK's leading home, gift...

New hand care production underway in Cumbria for Wax Lyrical

New hand care production underway in Cumbria for Wax Lyrical

Wax Lyrical, the UK's largest home fragrance manufacturer, has completed the build of...

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

On day three of the UK's leading home, gift and fashion show, Autumn Fair co-located with...

From the editor

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

Show season!

With the show season now fully under way, many of you will have enjoyed the delights of visiting Home & Gift in person, and will no doubt be reaping the benefits of the unrivalled opportunities that come from meeting and greeting face-to- face, and being able to physically touch and see the products you want to stock in store. And with Boris Johnson having pressed the button on freedom day back in July, we’re delighted to be previewing Autumn Fair this issue, which will also be taking place as a physical show. Check out our profile on page 43, as well as a spotlight on some exhibitors from page 45. Of course, the shows don’t end there, and we also delve into the goings on of Top Drawer, London Stationery Show, GLEE, HOMI and Brand Licensing on pages 53, 59, 63, 64, and 67 respectively. This issue also plays host to our second bumper feature on Christmas products. A profitable time for most retailers, it will hopefully be a different ball game from last year when stores were forced to close at the worst possible time. To that end, head to 78 to get a glimpse of what to stock during the festive period!

We also take a look at toys and games, greeting cards and women’s jewellery and accessories, as well as a bumper new product showcase to whet our appetites for all the amazing British design coming to market.

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

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Louise Prance-Miles, Editor of Gift Focus magazine
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I like to write positive affirmations to myself each morning as part of my daily practice, so this new collection from Repeat Repeat would be perfect for me.

The Philosophy Range of bone china mugs by Repeat Repeat celebrates positivity. The designs date from 2000, and 21 years on their message is even more relevant today.
Director Gillian Naylor says, “We felt the time was right given the current climate to re-introduce the range. We have updated designs to keep them fresh, and adapted them to fit a new bone china shape. We love them and they are getting a really positive response - which is what they are all about!”



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