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Success in Scotland!

Tourism in Scotland has begun to bounce back strongly with foreign visitors returning this summer, bringing much needed business to shops and attractions around Scotland. Following this successful summer season, Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn, provided a welcome chance to re-order, seek new products and network with suppliers.The Show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from 17-18th September. Having been brought forward by a day because of The Queen's funeral, the Show still attracted retailers keen to re-stock and re-order.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Astley Clarke to launch new Ottima collection

Astley Clarke is launching its new collection, named Ottima, which is said to be a celebration of 'self-expression and the divine energy of fine jewels.'

Four sides and four facets, the Ottima collection merges traditional cuts for transparent stones with a striking selection of semi-precious gems, imbued with richness and strength.

Studded white sapphires paired with accents of tonal enamel on sleek gold settings frame each stone. Mix or match stones and create geometrical layers with adjustable pendants.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Toy Fair 2023 sells out!

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) is delighted to announce that Toy Fair 2023 has sold out four months ahead of the show opening, with all exhibition spaces including the Greenhouse, now with waiting lists. The prestigious annual show, which is back for its 69th year, is taking place from the 24th-26th January 2023 at Olympia London. With 250 exhibiting companies in attendance, occupying the Grand and National halls on both levels, the toy industry is gearing up for one of the busiest shows to date!

Posted: 12 September 2022

Giving & Living returns

As we head into the 'Golden Quarter' and retailers start gearing up for their Christmas merchandise displays, plans for the next edition of Giving & Living are well under way and a host of suppliers are lining up to join the premier Coastal sourcing event in the UK buying calendar. Running from 15th-17th January 2023 at Westpoint, Exeter, Giving & Living is a very important trade event for home and giftware in the south-west of Britain, covering more coastal regions than any other exhibition.

Posted: 8 September 2022

Puckator offers Christmas range

Puckator has launched a selection of products for the festive period. The Winter Botanical range features floral illustrations of Christmas favourites, holly, pine, and mistletoe.The standout from the range is the brand new infuser mug design, ideal for snuggling up with a cuppa on those cold winter days. There's also plenty of new mug designs including ones from Kim Haskins and Jan Pashley, as well as some from the rather lovely in-house design ranges, Christmas Village and Christmas Nutcracker.

Posted: 6 September 2022

Autumn Fair 2022 delivers on inspiration & discovery

Thousands of retailers visited Autumn Fair, the UK's wholesale marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion and Sourcing, yesterday at the NEC Birmingham to source new products from hundreds of exhibitors as well as enjoy a host of insightful and educational talks and inspirational catwalk shows. The show floor was buzzing throughout the day, and feedback from exhibitors highlighted the volume of quality orders being placed while visitors were delighted to discover so many exciting new brands and products.

Posted: 5 September 2022

Autumn Fair announces Design & Source global line-Up

From 4th – 7th September at NEC Birmingham, Autumn Fair's Design & Source sector will bring the international sourcing market to the UK with a spotlight on ethical and sustainable manufacturers from all over the world. With the first ever Zimbabwean pavilion confirmed, other represented countries include China, Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tunisia, and Turkey. Design & Source is where a product's journey starts and this September's showcase combines product categories including home textiles, contemporary gifts, artisan products, as well as tableware and kitchenware.

Posted: 23 August 2022

Snowtap partners with Blueprint Collections

Graphic design and illustration brand, Snowtap, has signed a deal with leading stationery and gift licensee, Blueprint Collections, to create a range of social stationery and gifts to launch in spring 2023. The news comes shortly after Snowtap was shortlisted for the Henries 2022 greeting card awards. The new range will feature the beautiful artwork from Snowtap, which includes illustrations in watercolour, line drawing and hand-drawn typography, with witty and motivational puns. The art takes inspiration from the natural world, and features a range of animals. Items in the Blueprint offering are set to include mugs, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, sunglasses cases, drinks bottles and more

Posted: 18 August 2022

Harrogate Fashion Week closes its doors on a successful show

Harrogate Fashion Week closed its doors after a 2-day, record breaking event. Brands exhibiting reported record sales being reached and there was a significant increase in buyers attending.

The Sunday brought in nearly 50% more buyers than last year and the increase on Monday was a phenomenal 75% increase from last July.

The show is no longer a regional event and is now truly on the fashion trade calendar as being the largest exhibition of womenswear clothing brands under one roof, with a substantial amount of special occasion wear showing.

Posted: 12 August 2022

Brand Licensing Europe unveils first live fashion catwalk

Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), the leading European event for licensing and brand extension, has unveiled the timetable for its first ever live fashion catwalk, with nine inspiring 15-minute shows over the event's three days. BLE takes place 20-22 September at ExCeL London and visitors can register for free online.

To date, attending companies include stalwarts such as Primark, Stradivarius, FASHION UK, George @ Asda, Sainsburys Tu, Next, John Lewis, ASOS, GEMO, and thousands of other leading retailers and manufacturers.

Posted: 8 August 2022

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