Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Poetic Brands' new footware division

Poetic Brands, the leading and innovative apparel licensee, has announced the launch of its newly developed footwear division. The first signing for this new division is Original Squishmallows – the lovable, ultra-soft, collectible plush phenomenon from Jazwares. Producing children's footwear and slippers initially, this partnership is the perfect way for Poetic Brands to showcase their new line. Commercial Director of Poetic Brands, Anne Bradford has spent six months developing the new product line and says...

Posted: 28 April 2023

Kite Packaging leads the way with new app

The employee share-owned company is paving the way in the UK packaging scene as the first to launch an app to support customer ordering. The app, which runs on all smart phones and mobile devices, will make the experience of purchasing packaging a notably smoother and faster transaction for Kite's credit account customers. Customers will be able to sign in to the app using their existing login details to access their tailored products at their contracted prices as well as their payment, shipping and order history. Pending orders can also be viewed and tracked within the app.

Posted: 26 April 2023

Commemorative hallmark has been approved

To celebrate the coronation of King Charles III a commemorative hallmark has been approved. Based on a medal by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and using artwork supplied by Thomas Fattorini, the mark depicts the King's head against an oval background. It can be applied to gold, silver, platinum or palladium items, by any of the four UK assay offices. The approval process involved the assay offices considering a selection of possible designs and submitting two to the British Hallmarking Council which chose the design depicting the King's head.

Posted: 24 April 2023

INDX GIFT FOOD returns in 2024

With admission reserved for retailers only, INDX Gift Food is a unique trade show, attracting department stores, category specialists, high street retailers, boutiques, garden centres, delis, farm shops and e-tailers. Organised by Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the UK's top buying group for fashion, home and leisure, and held at West Midlands exhibition centre, Cranmore Park, INDX Gift Food brings together an unrivalled selection of leading brands, all under one roof.

Posted: 21 April 2023

New beauty launches from Mad Beauty

Shining a spotlight on some of the most enduring characters and much-loved icons of the last century, Mad Beauty's newest Disney Princess range, Pure Princess, captures the eternally inspirational Disney Princesses Tiana, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle and Cinderella, reimagined in a timeless pencil art style that's fresh out of the Disney studio. Consumers can bring a touch of Disney magic to their beauty regimes with this range of dazzling cosmetics from innovative stacking lip and cheek tints to shimmering lip glosses, versatile eyeshadow palettes, reusable cleansing pads and iconic cosmetic bags.

Posted: 19 April 2023

New scents from Pintail Candles

Myths and legends surround the new Muguet and Magnolia fragrance from Pintail Candles. This spring, floral fragrance features the bell flowers of Muguet, also known as lily of the valley. The flower is associated with bringing good luck and eternal happiness and is given to friends and loved ones especially in the month of May. In mythology, it is said that the ancient god Apollo created muguet so his nine barefooted nymphs had a soft and fragrant carpet on which to walk. With such a rich tradition to live up to, this new fragrance does not disappoint.

Posted: 17 April 2023

Royal Selangor's tributes to Battersea Power Station

The Battersea Power Station, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, is one of the British capital's most conspicuous buildings. The building's quartet of elegant white chimneys is a prominent feature on the banks of the Thames. The power station opened in the early 1930s and remained in operation for 5 decades. Today, the building is refurbished and is the heart of a vibrant commercial and residential precinct. The regenerated Battersea Power Station is host to a unique blend of restaurants, shops and cultural spaces - one of which is Royal Selangor, set to open in September this year. To commemorate the opening, Royal Selangor introduces the understated Battersea capsule collection, comprising lifestyle essentials and décor, that pays homage to the heritage building.

Posted: 14 April 2023

New Love Lane collection from Joe Davies

One of the key trends in home décor continues to be miniature houses and the new "Love Lane" collection from Joe Davies has this look nailed! This pretty, shabby chic range of wooden home décor includes photo frames, table plaques, tea-lights, coaster sets and much, much more. Each piece features a row of softly coloured pastel houses and carries a special sentiment message - a fitting addition to any home!

Posted: 12 April 2023

Opticaid proud of new collection

Opticaid UK is proud of its first eco collection of fashion reading glasses and sunglasses. There's over 30 reading glasses and 20 sunglasses made from recycled water bottles and car head light surrounds. The readers are available in six reading strengths and retail from £14 and the sunglasses all with UV400 lenses, from £15. The recycled water bottles are cleaned and shredded into pellets, then coloured and melted to create new frames. The resulting modified polycarbonate material is tough, heat resistant and lightweight – a win win for eyewear. Whilst the lenses are still made from new "virgin" material the team are looking to change this in the future as technological advances are made.

Posted: 10 April 2023

10 new cocktail glasses from Designs by Lolita

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of American glassware brand, Designs by Lolita, Enesco is delighted to launch a new collection of celebratory cocktail glasses. What all started with a girls' night out two decades ago when Lolita personalised and sold her first Marini glass, to mark the momentous occasion, the US designer is launching a new set of Martini-inspired cocktail glasses, in a nod to that now infamous night. With 10 new Cocktail glasses to choose from, with designs inspired by iconic cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan, Negroni and Lemon Drop, customers will be spoilt for choice.

Posted: 7 April 2023

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