Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Original Duckhead umbrellas launches new ranges

Willemien Bardawil has created three exclusive designs for Original Duckhead umbrellas and bags, as a celebration of Spring, new beginnings and abundance of life.

The artist, founded her London studio in 2020, and has since collaborated with some of Europe's leading names, from homeware to luxury fashion. Her style draws on the figures of classical art – a celebration of the Divine Feminine at its most blissful, translated to a modern context through expressive lines and a playful way with colour.

Posted: 3 July 2023

Pure London spotlights Romanian design

Pure London, the UK's largest Festival of Fashion, has partnered with the Romanian Contemporary Jewellery Association (FRDVA) to showcase 24 Romanian fashion, footwear and jewellery brands including Bizar Concept, Carolina D, CHIC, Nissa, Desire Avenue, Maoro, Concept Nature, Ginette, HAIART, Hamza, Inga Valerie, Fena, Leonard Collection, Les Waves, Mark-Off, Monarh, MYSIMPLICATED, Narru, Diana Cojocaru, Nissa, Paisi, Papucei, Colloris and Stada Boutique.

Posted: 30 June 2023

Increasing applications create tipping point in £8 billion UK gift card sector

When adults in the UK receive a gift card it is now more likely not to be a gift, with alternative uses for the versatile product outstripping gifting for the first time according to research from the Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA).

The study of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned for the association's 'What's in a Name' whitepaper (supported by KPMG and sponsored by Tillo), found that 54.1% of UK adults (equivalent to 28.8 million people) received at least one gift card in the last year.

Just under a quarter of the population (24.84%) received at least one as a gift from family or friends.

However, 29.26% received gift cards solely for non-gifting reasons.

Posted: 28 June 2023

Ocean-inspired gifts for fancy felines

With their high protein content and cat-pleasing aroma, fish suppers and maritime morsels delight most cats' tastebuds. Playing into a cat's passion for all things fishy, British luxury cat collar and lifestyle brand Cheshire & Wain has trawled the ocean for inspiration for an assortment of fancy gifts to enrich a feline's lifestyle. Made with high-strength premium catnip, bringing fishy joy to playtime is the Prawn Catnip Toy handmade using recycled wool and velvet, and the Catnip Caviar Toy, which are both purrfect for pouncing on and throwing about. Alternatively, the 'Lucky Dip' Leather Jellyfish Cat Teaser Toy is a plaything to stalk and chase.

Posted: 26 June 2023

LIGA launch heritage Hornsea collection of sustainable homewares

Sustainable homewares brand LIGA launch their latest collection, a charming collaboration with heritage label Hornsea. Known for their clean and contemporary eco-friendly pieces, LIGA's signature collection of cork placemats, coasters and trays are now available featuring eye-catching vintage Hornsea patterns and prints. The iconic Hornsea pottery designs - Saffron, Happy Cat Sad Cat and Peacock amongst others - are featured on LIGA's organic cork homewares, with these bold motifs creating an uplifting and stylish addition to any table or kitchen. This collaboration of two Great British brands - one a historic influential design leader and the other a contemporary, forward-thinking sustainable label - brings the past and future together beautifully.

Posted: 22 June 2023

Autumn Fair Announces new and exclusive brands for home and gift

Retailers are making a beeline for Autumn Fair this September as it announces a raft of new and exclusive brands to the Home & Gift destinations alongside returning favourites including Hill Interiors, Hanlin, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Jellycat, Malini, McGowan & Rutherford Ltd, Nordic Style, and Rex London.

Thousands of leading retailers including Card Factory, John Lewis, Coney's, Robert Dyas, Walt Disney Co., Holland & Barrett, Marks & Spencer, and Wilkies have already pre-registered to attend from the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham.

Posted: 22 June 2023

Luxury candle brand announces collaboration

Hold on to your seats, candle enthusiasts! BURNS BY BURNS has officially landed at National Trust gift shops in and around The Chiltern Hills - what's more, this luxury candle retailer offers trade/wholesale services to boost your stock and candle offering. The brand, founded in August 2022, has a fiery mission to spark joy in every home with beautifully designed candles inspired by the beauty of English heritage. BURNS BY BURNS also aims to inspire clean-living and actively encourages people to get outside and enjoy our glorious woodlands and green spaces.

Posted: 20 June 2023

New fragrance from Pintail Candles

Camomile & Clover is a vibrant wildflower fragrance reminiscent of a hot summer day, strolling across a luxuriant lawn of camomile & clover. Fresh, green herbaceous notes are entwined with the dusky scent of a rambling rose. Floating on soft hints of clover honey and ripened apples invigorated by a citrus burst of fresh lime. Camomile & Clover is presented in three candle ranges including the striking Co-ordinate candle with a bold single colour label and a burn time up to 35 hours which retails for under £10.

Posted: 17 June 2023

Aqua Optima has unveiled a fresh new look

Aqua Optima has unveiled a fresh new look as it seeks to strengthen its position as a sustainable water filtration specialist and appliance brand and highlight the importance of sustainability in water technology. Market research carried out by the brand has revealed that the audience for water filtration products and appliances is becoming younger and more diverse, as consumers look for new routes to being more eco-friendly. Aqua Optima, part of Strix Group plc, has made substantial moves towards offering a more sustainable product portfolio – including manufacturing its jugs and appliances in a solar-powered factory.

Posted: 14 June 2023

The Wallace and Gromit Collection launches on 15th June

Celebrating 30 Years Of Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, Licensed To Charm is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of the latest additions to the special edition figurine series. Produced under licence from Aardman Animations, these miniature bronze figurines are a must-have for fans and collectors alike. The Collection comprising two meticulously detailed figurines, celebrating two iconic characters from the film, Wallace and the cunning criminal mastermind, Feathers McGraw.

Posted: 13 June 2023

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