As part of its 2018 show offering, Autumn Fair is launching Global Handicraft, a showcase of artisanal products from across the world. The £3billion UK craft industry is growing by 4.5 per cent per year, and the artisanal trend has become a key feature of the home and gift market globally too.
Global Handicraft at Autumn Fair 2018 will see manufacturers feature bespoke ranges, from jewellery to fine ceramics and from exotic textiles to quirky lighting, allowing retailers the opportunity to be the first to stock the rare products. The showcase, which will run for the full length of Autumn Fair at NEC Birmingham from 2nd – 5th September, 2018, will also feature live demonstrations by talented craftspeople and seminars for retailers on how to take advantage of the booming handicraft market.
Louise Young, the managing director of Spring and Autumn Fair at Ascential Events, said: “With this new section, buyers can get their hands on products that are handmade, inspiring and steeped in culture, and get their orders in ahead of the competition. Global trend forecaster WGSN has been tracking this trend for a long time and also predicts it will become increasingly important across all interiors categories in the seasons to come.”
Posted: 11 July 2018