Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Bramley launches skincare new skincare range

With nature as their foundation, alongside centuries-old botany, Bramley has combined the knowledge of expert plantsmiths and therapists with ingredients from native flowers & herbs found in wild British meadows to create powerful, natural skincare.

Bramley Skin offers a complete range of treatment-led, 100% natural skincare.

The new 22-piece collection features products specially developed to help support skin's natural function with a blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and powerful botanicals. Designed to deliver long-lasting results, every step in the skincare collection combines Bramley's unique apple extract with essential oils and nature's most active, science-backed ingredients.

The new collection comprises cleansers, micellar cleansing water, and more.

Posted: 14 September 2023

Pure x JATC announced 2024 theme – ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’

Pure London x JATC, the UK's largest festival of fashion, has revealed its theme, 'Cabinet of Curiosity' for the first combined show in February 2024.

Created in collaboration with the show's trend agency partner Vesuvius, Cabinet of Curiosity will set the scene for this landmark event that will offer buyers a transformed show with an increased number of inspirational fashion designers and brands.

Trend Forecaster, Malaika Ewande, Founder of Vesuvius said, "The main inspiration for the theme was this undeniable fact that we have been seeing markets melt into each other on several levels in the industry, so much so that the resulting products invite curiosity and mystery in the best way possible!"

Posted: 11 September 2023

That's a wrap at Autumn Fair!

Thousands of retailers including Sainsbury's, Next, Dunelm, Boots, Ocado, Waterstone's, Osprey London, Brand Alley, Tropic Skincare, Scribbler, Clintons, Oliver Bonas, Fenwick Ltd, Cardzone, Lakeland, M&S, Matalan, Pengethley Garden Centre, Aldi, Tesco, TJX Europe, Toys R Us, The Works, WHSMITH, and The Walt Disney Company,to name a few, converged at the NEC Birmingham from the 3rd – 6th September to shop the show for their next bestsellers across a huge breadth of product categories within Home, Gift and Fashion. Many enjoyed special features including the New Product Showcase and the Gift Of The Year Showcase which took centre stage in Hall 6 as well as an insightful and visual content programme on the Inspiring Retail Stage & Moda Catwalk.

Posted: 11 September 2023

Top Drawer Announces a host of new and exclusive brands

Retailers are in for a treat this September, as Top Drawer prepares to open the doors to its biggest collection of new and exclusive brands to ever attend the A/W show. Over 35% of the exhibitors will be making their show debut this season, bringing both a dynamic new energy and a wealth of exciting products to Olympia London; from cutting-edge technology to one-of-a-kind crafts and artisanal goods, there's something for everyone to discover - here are just a few of the new names that visitors will be able to meet:

Posted: 7 September 2023

The Royal Horticultural Society appoints Threadbare to produce apparel range

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the appointment of Threadbare, a family-run fashion house where style and quality meets the needs of everyday life, to produce a wide range of apparel for women, men, children and – in a first for the RHS – dogs!

The first collection launches in time for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire (19-23 July 2023), and features eight pieces consisting of two tops, one pair of trousers and one dress – each in a choice of two colourways.

All the designs used in this collection have been inspired by assets from the RHS Lindley Collections, the world's finest collection of botanical art. The partnerships with the RHS will be highlighted on the Threadbare website.

Posted: 5 September 2023

Successful first day of trading at Source HOME & GIFT

The new responsible sourcing show, Source Home & Gift, which opened Sunday welcoming an international line-up of audited manufacturers championing responsibly and sustainably made products, has reported a very successful first day of trading. Taking place across four days at the NEC Birmingham and running parallel to Autumn Fair, Source Home & Gift has tripled in size from the first edition in February, with a diverse showcase of homewares, furniture, gifts, toys, textiles, packaging, and stationery and greetings producers and manufacturers from over 300 exhibitors from over 14 countries including Bangladesh, China, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uganda, UK, Uzbekistan, and Egypt.

Posted: 4 September 2023

Inspiration flows on day one at Autumn Fair

Drawing buyers from across the UK, Ireland and across the globe, the leading wholesale marketplace for home, gift and fashion, Autumn Fair opened Sunday with a spectacle of newness and source of inspiration from over 500 exhibitors. Buyers from Homebase, Graham & Green, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Card Shop, Mothercare, Paper Tiger, The Olive Branch, Wilkies, John Lewis & Partners, Mooch, The Cotswold Shop, Ashwood Nurseries, and many more flocked to the show enjoying a host of special features including the New Product Showcase, Connect Buyers Lounges, and captivating fashion brought to life on the Moda Catwalk.

Posted: 4 September 2023

Digital Academy invites you to a panel discussion with women in the design industry

Women's power is at work in the next episode of the Digital Academy: three top international designers and architects share their views on the challenges, opportunities and successes of women in architecture and design-related fields. Esha Gupta, Founder and Editor, Design Pataki, India, Molly McGowan, Management Partner, Ennead Architects, USA, and Shida Salehi, Founder and Principal, Customs Bureau, England talk about their different experiences and share their requirements for the future. The discussion will be hosted by Mike Chapman, co-founder and executive producer of the television series ByDesign TV.

Posted: 1 September 2023

Autumn Fair opens this Sunday!

Autumn Fair, opens this weekend and is the UK's leading wholesale marketplace for home, gift and fashion, hosting over 500 exhibitors and thousands of inspirational new products vying to be retail's next bestsellers ahead of the industry's most profitable time of year. Leading retailers including Aldi UK, John Lewis, B&M, Boyes Stores, Marks & Spencer, British Garden Centres, Card Factory, Dobbies Garden Centre, Harrods, Holland & Barrett, JoJo Maman Bébé, Matalan, New Look, Next, Sainsburys, Squire's Garden Centre, The Works, Toys R Us, TJX, Dunelm, Homebase, Home Bargains and many more, have joined the new connections programme Connect @ Autumn Fair. With this, the latest insights and trend-led content, plus the new responsible sourcing show Source Home & Gift, visitors will be taken on a voyage of discovery. Source Home & Gift has a compelling line-up of over 300 audited, quality global manufacturers who pride themselves on responsible manufacturing and sustainable production. Buyers attending the NEC this September will be dazzled by the combined 800 exhibitors, spanning across 6 halls, shaping a must attend Autumn Fair and Source Home & Gift this season.

Posted: 1 September 2023

Ben Massey appointed as NAJ Chief Executive Officer

Ben Massey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), with the announcement made at the NAJ Summit.

Ben Massey's appointment comes after sustained growth for the Association across membership and its education offering. Ben transitioned to Principal Officer last year, helping lead the NAJ's Senior Management Team, building stronger links within industry and in government and ensuring the effective implementation of the Association's strategy. He now becomes CEO with immediate effect.

NAJ President Gary Wroe said: "I would like to express my gratitude to Ben on behalf of the National Committee for his dedication and hard work during the recent structural and strategic changes. His contribution has been vital to the Association's progress and accomplishments."

Posted: 29 August 2023

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