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Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Winners announced for the Stationery Matters Awards 2022

The industry came together on in May at the Business Design Centre to acknowledge and celebrate this year's Stationery Matters Awards winners.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the latest and greatest products in the stationery industry and the organisers are delighted to say that the standard of this year's entries was truly outstanding.

This year's judging panel was made up of individuals from companies that span the breadth of the stationery industry. This includes Ruth Burgess (B&M), Judy Bendall (Blenheim Palace), Tallie Patterson-Gordon (Coleman Group), Joe Guest (Cult Pens), Claire Marsom (Hallmark), Alanah Whittaker-Thompson (Morrisons), Kat Squire (Papier), Katherine Walsh (Southbank Centre), Anna Balan (The Courtauld), Chris Workman (The Giftware Association), Elizabeth Lovatt (V&A), Andrew Foster (WHSmith), Hannah Fisk (ZSL).

Posted: 25 May 2022

Toy brand Lilliputiens launches pop-up store in Harrods

Toy brand Lilliputiens, has launched an exclusive pop-up shop at the department store, Harrods. Open for six weeks, the iconic Belgium company will showcase its collection of imaginative toys at the world-renowned children's department on the 4th floor, as well as online at the luxury online retailer.

The Pop-up shop will feature more than 30 products from the brand that prides itself on the core beliefs that every toy should be smart, sparkling, innovative and support bonding.

This ethos is thoughtfully woven into every timeless design, promising to offer a wonderful world of discovery, and imaginative play.

Posted: 23 May 2022

Autumn Fair almost fully booked

Autumn Fair, taking place on the 4-7th September at NEC Birmingham, is now almost fully booked and a host of industry leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections.

Timed to get retailers ready for the Golden Quarter, retail's busiest and most profitable time of year, the market's most innovative and inspirational brands are returning to the September show including stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles and decorative interior accessories from Coach House, Hill Interiors, and the newly launched Mint Interiors by Kettle, within Home; hand-picked and curated Summerhouse stalwarts Pacific Lifestyle and Gallery Direct; best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings.

Posted: 20 May 2022

Gift of the Year award winners revealed

The great and the good of the giftware industry gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in May for the inaugural Gift Awards, recognising the very best products and retailers in the UK. This event marked a significant, unified step forward for the UK gift industry, with the Giftware Association's Gift of the Year awards and The Greats gift retailer awards joining forces in one glittering ceremony.

The black tie awards event was attended by suppliers and retailers, making it one of the largest events in the home and gift calendar. We celebrated 22 category winners from Gift of the Year, as well as the finalists for The Greats, with the fantastic Willsow taking home the coveted Judges' Choice Award after winning in two other categories.

Posted: 18 May 2022

Vivobarefoot joins forces with One Earth on fundraising collaboration

Minimalist footwear company Vivobarefoot and philanthropic organization One Earth launched the Take One Step for One Earth fundraising collaboration.

The partnership raised awareness of on-the-ground climate solutions and drove donations to three Indigenous-led projects.

Vivobarefoot unveiled co-branded trainers for adults and kids - the Primus Lite III & Primus Sport (for kids) in One Earth Neo Mint - and encouraged customers to engage with the campaign through social media.

Vivobarefoot matched any donations customers made to these projects through thr Vivobarefoot or the One Earth landing page.

Posted: 16 May 2022

Ulster Weavers commemorative linen exceeds demand

Ulster Weavers commemorative linen tea towel launched to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne has significantly exceeded demand.

Aligned to the year-long celebration, demand for Ulster Weavers' limited-edition tea towel, which is available through a range of retailers throughout the UK, US, and Europe, has been more than quadruple what was originally envisaged.

Seven decades on from her accession to the throne in 1952, this year's historic Accession Day was observed on 6 February, officially launching the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

As the first British monarch to mark the milestone, the appetite for commemorative memorabilia related to the Jubilee year has been high, explains Joanne Bradley, Business Development Director at Ulster Weavers.

Posted: 13 May 2022

The Natural History Museum shop launches new collection

The Natural History Museum shop has launched a collection celebrating 'Hope', the famous blue whale skeleton that plunges through the heart of the Museum's Hintze Hall, welcoming visitors and acting as a symbol of hope for a sustainable future.

From exclusive jewellery and marine-inspired homeware to educational gifts and books for children, everyone can enjoy the range of products, all inspired by the Museum's most iconic exhibit.

Sustainability is at the heart of the collection, reflecting the Museum's aim to become a leader in sustainable retail.

The Beach Clean notebook is made from waste from seas and coastlines and sustainably grown cork, and the blue whale pendant and brooch are made from single tagua nuts – an environmentally sustainable seed

Posted: 12 May 2022

aden + Anais launches new organic collection

aden + anais, the brand widely known for its iconic muslin swaddling, sleeping, feeding and bath time products, has launched an organic collection.

This consciously curated collection is made exclusively using 100% organic cotton muslin and is the first collection by aden + anais to be GOTS Certified - from farm to final product, aden + anais produces to the strictest ecological, social and processing standards.

The colour palette across the designs is delicate and soft, inspired by the forest, in warm tones of blue, wheat, grey, sage, blush and amber. It comprises three distinctive hand printed designs: animal kingdom, earthly and outdoors.

Posted: 11 May 2022

Hyve Group launches fashion podcasts across its portfolio

The Hyve Group plc, organisers of a portfolio of fashion events including Pure London, Pure Origin, Scoop, and Moda at Spring & Autumn Fair, is launching a new fashion podcast, Fashion Questions, to give voice to a powerful network of fashion industry insiders.

Each episode of Fashion Questions will focus on a different question with a different change maker to understand their thoughts on what the answer could be.

A range of experts and retailers are lined up to talk about everything from why we are still talking and not doing when it comes to the circular economy, to why is everyone so crazy about Miu Miu's micro miniskirt?

Posted: 9 May 2022

One Week Until London Stationery Show 2022

There is now just one week to go until doors open to London Stationery Show. The stationery event of the year will be back in action from 17th - 18th May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Buyers and brands from around the world will be coming together for three days of business, education, and creativity at the UK's only event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 9 May 2022

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