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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

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

BCTF 2022 Award Winners

The 2022 BCTF Award winners were announced on Monday April 11th in an emotional ceremony that saw the amazing British craft community raise a glass together for the first time since 2019. The award sponsors included some of the UK's greatest champions of British crafts and consistent supporters of the British Craft Trade Fair, an event which is unique for its exclusive focus on handmade British products and inspires great loyalty amongst exhibitors and retailers alike. The incredibly eclectic mix of talented designers and partnerships who make up the BCTF community once again ensured that deciding upon the winners was an extremely difficult task. Along with excellence of design (rich on the ground at BCTF!) many judges were moved by the compelling personal stories they heard from exhibitors and the powerful emotion they were able to channel into work of an exceptional quality and resonance

Posted: 5 May 2022

Future For International Trade Conference speakers advise on how to proceed in the current environment

The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.

Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.

Posted: 29 April 2022

Suppliers and visitors celebrate being back at Scotland’s Trade Fair

In hot sunshine, rather than Glasgow's usual inclement January weather, Scotland's Trade Fair returned to the SEC in Glasgow with a fantastic range of suppliers and products.

Buyers were delighted with the quality of products, the huge number of new suppliers and the general level of innovation and originality of products. And being back at an in-person Show was widely welcomed by visitors as they could see and touch the products and connect with the suppliers in person.

Yvonne Carr, Visit Scotland Buyer said: "This Show is so important for us to source and support Scottish producers and we have loved seeing so many new companies. The Show is just not long enough for us to complete all our buying!"

Posted: 13 April 2022

HOMI Special Edition reports sustainability focus

HOMI Special Edition, the trade fair for furnishings and home accessories for contemporary living, ended on a positive note, hosting 352 brands, 40 percent from 27 different foreign countries.

Alongside the variety of products offered throughout the exhibition, there was an events programme packed with in-depth discussions, workshops and talks focusing on the main themes of interest to the HOMI community, organised in collaboration with institutions and industry experts.

The themes were diverse, ranging from the retail experience to living spaces and trade.

Posted: 11 April 2022

Scoop celebrates 21st show anniversary; takes place at Olympia West

This July, contemporary designer women's wear show Scoop, celebrates its 21st show anniversary and has announced it will take place at Olympia West, London on the 17th – 19th July.

Under the creative direction of Scoop International founder and MD, Karen Radley, Scoop will showcase the very best premium and ready-to-wear women's and men's clothing, accessory and lifestyle collections.

Looking forward to next year, 12-14th February 2023, Scoop London will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

Posted: 8 April 2022

Pure London announces extensive international programme

Pure London, which returns to Olympia London on the 17-19th July, has announced its investment in an extensive International programme.

This incorporates a comprehensive Agent Network in over 30 countries created to make the show the UK's most exciting international fashion event showcasing brands from as far afield as Peru and Australia.

With governments in many markets using events to drive exports post-pandemic, the new international team is also securing subsidies from key countries including France and Poland to bolster its international brand offering.

Posted: 7 April 2022

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