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Furniture Show Birmingham postponed to 2022

Furniture Show Birmingham postponed to 2022

In-line with ongoing restrictions implemented by the UK government, Clarion Events, the organiser of Furniture Show Birmingham, has announced that the April event will be rescheduled to 23-26 January, 2022. Portfolio director Zoë Bonser said, "While this has of course been a difficult decision, the safety and success of our exhibitors, visitors and suppliers remains our number one priority. The uncertainty surrounding live events that comes with the current national lockdown, combined with the expected timeline of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, means that postponing the show to its traditional January slot in 2022 is the best decision at this stage."... read more

Posted: 25 January 2021

Poetic Brands teams up with National Gallery on new apparel range

Poetic Brands teams up with National Gallery on new apparel range

In response to a growing interest in art in the licensed fashion sector, specialist apparel licensee, Poetic Brands, has teamed up with the National Gallery, which houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, to create a range of adult apparel and accessories based on its impressive and extensive artworks.The range incorporates a wide range of products including adult daywear apparel and outerwear, swimwear, flip flops, beach bags and towels, adult nightwear and essentials, and accessories including caps and luggage.... read more

Posted: 22 January 2021

The Eco-friendly Card Co launches new spring collection

The Eco-friendly Card Co launches new spring collection

The Eco-friendly Card Co has seen a big growth in the sales of notecard sets during the pandemic and as a result is launching more new designs for Spring 2021. Available as boxes of 8 cards containing 2 each of 4 designs, the notelets are made from 100% recycled board and packed with coordinating 100% recycled envelopes. The photographic wallets are finished with a home-compostable gloss laminate whilst some of the art wallets are printed on a textured watercolor style board. Due to the lack of trade shows and the inability to "see and feel" the real thing, The Eco-friendly Card Co has created a short film show-casing the product.... read more

Posted: 21 January 2021

Gibsons opens bookings for virtual trade show

Gibsons opens bookings for virtual trade show

Bookings for the Gibsons Virtual Trade Showcase are now open. Due to the cancellation of many trade shows this year, the Gibsons team is hosting its own virtual event next month. The virtual show will take the form of an online conference and will give buyers the opportunity to partake in a private showcase of Gibsons' new product releases, have one-to-one meetings with the Gibsons team and confirm listings for the year. They will also gain exclusive access to the 'Virtual Hub', the online portal that features brand updates, new product collections and video content. The event is from Monday 1st to Friday 5th February 2021.... read more

Posted: 20 January 2021

Harrogate Fashion Week announces S/S2022 dates

Harrogate Fashion Week announces S/S2022 dates

Harrogate Fashion Week has announced the dates for the spring/summer 2022 edition. Dates of Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd August have been confirmed and the response so far from agents and manufacturers within clothing, footwear and accessory brands has been positive.According to a press release, "An overwhelming comment from the industry this season has been that a fashion trade show is needed to meet up with both new and current stockists on a good date line and in a central location."... read more

Posted: 20 January 2021

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The Home of Classic Characters announces one-to-one virtual showcases for retailers

The Home of Classic Characters announces one-to-one virtual showcases for retailers

The Home of Classic Character celebrating 50 years of Rainbow Designs and prepares to virtually showcase the launch of some of its most new products and collections for the nursery, toy and gift sectors.Rainbow Designs will be offering retailers the opportunity of one-to-one virtual showcase meetings from Tuesday 19th January. Retailers will have the chance to view the brand collections as well as all new launches for 2021.... read more

Posted: 19 January 2021

Olive & Belle launches new range named Mizzle

Olive & Belle launches new range named Mizzle

Greeting Card publishers Olive & Belle has recently launched a new range entitled 'Mizzle'. Beautifully hand illustrated in pen and watercolours, this current collection is inspired by wildlife, nature and our furry friends. These playful designs are in a new 150x150 square format using a modern and stylish colour palette complete with Wedgwood blue envelopes. Covering a variety of occasions and birthdays, the cards are printed in the UK on beautiful FSC approved board, are available with or without cello bags and made without gems or glitter, ensuring they are easily recyclable and kinder to the environment.... read more

Posted: 18 January 2021

Fashion Roundtable unites the industry

Fashion Roundtable unites the industry

Fashion Roundtable is bringing the diverse voices of the fashion, retail and textiles industry together for a roundtable meeting on 20th January, to ensure that the industry across all areas, can be as effective as industries, such as film, fishing, music or pharma. All of which even when combined make far less than fashion for the UK economy.Tamara Cincik, CEO of Fashion Roundtable said: "The landscape is bleak and everyone is feeling it. This calls for a collaborative, solutions-orientated approach. "... read more

Posted: 18 January 2021

Enesco announces Jens de Voogd as new export sales manager, Holland

Enesco announces Jens de Voogd as new export sales manager, Holland

Gift retailer Enesco has recently announced that Jens de Voogd has been appointed as export sales manager for Holland with immediate effect. Jens studied Food and Business in Nijmegen, after which he worked in several sales positions within the food industry. The most recent at IMCD where he sold flavours within the savoury food enhancement segment. Jens commented "I like the wide range of products at Enesco and the feeling it gives a lot of people."... read more

Posted: 15 January 2021

Whiz Kid Games launches new learning aid

Whiz Kid Games launches new learning aid

Passport to Genius is the launch range of new design company Whiz Kid Games, which focuses on environmentally-friendly, educational gifts.Passport to Genius is a range of three board games – Maths, English and World – that supports key Stage 1 and 2 teaching and is aimed at children aged 7 plus, which has been nominated for the Gift of the Year Awards 2021.Players race each other to the finish line by answering multiple choice questions on curriculum subjects while trying to avoid the spaces which tell them to miss a go, move backwards or do a forfeit.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2021

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