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6 In this issue... REGULARS 13 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 18 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 23 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 29 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 51 Gift trends for 2022 The bestselling gift trends for 2022 56 Pantone inspiration Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022, is a gorgeous shade that can inspire your business purchases. From products to stock to the décor of your store or the colour of your web page, here’s a pick of items in this striking hue.... 61 Easter Gifts With Easter fast becoming a popular event in the UK for consumers to unleash their creative flair – this products are the perfect in-store items to stock 64 Milestone moments We spotlight the best anniversary gifts on the market 67 Kitchen & Houseware Kitchenware & houseware that make a house a home 73 Mother’s Day A sentimental gifting day, Mother’s Day is the perfect event to drum up sales – and the store and window décor options are endless… 134 Interiors: Bathroom products Bathroom furniture and accessories to create the ultimate self-care space 136 Interiors: Colour Wheel Brighten up your customer’s living space with these yellow interior offerings 138 Interiors: Soft furnishings Soft furnishings can make a house go from cold to warm in an instant – check out this array of bed linens, pillows, table linen and throws… 51 January/February2022 61 BUSINESS ADVICE 48 FSB FSB’s National Vice-Chair Martin McTague looks at how the UK government must offer support to small businesses in order to help their fight against climate change 81 ACID Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), looks at why brand clearance is critical in trademark protection

7 CONTENTS SHOWS 89 Spring Fair The inspirational and unrivalled marketplace for home, gift, fashion and design returns for 2022 with a stellar lineup of newness and much-loved favourites 120 Top Drawer Spring As one of the first shows of the year, Top Drawer S/S22 is where you see new launches first 123 Creativeworld The international creative sector is looking forward with anticipation to Creativeworld, from 29th January to 1st February, 2022, in Frankfurt am Main 129 Scotland trading Mark Saunders, Director Scotland’s Trade Fairs looks at whether Scotland trading will be a bleak midwinter or tidings of comfort and joy FOCUS ON 35 Company profile Having overcome challenges as a startup, D & J Glassware is now a mainstay of the gift industry, having built up a loyal customer base over the past twenty years… 40 Company profile The Puppet Company has a range of toys for both children and adults alike – and there are some surprise hits within the product offering… 86 Company Profile Lawrence Savage, UK Marketing Manager at ExaClair gives us the lowdown of what to expect from the company in 2022 130 Up & Coming The Canned Wine Co. was launched as a way to innovate sustainably in the wine industry – and despite the pandemic throwing up some problems, Founder Abi Chell is enjoying early success 40 157 ATT I RE ACCESSOR I ES 147 Editor’s Letter 148 Industry news All the latest from the world of accessories 151 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 153 Step into summer Footwear for the warmer months 157 Company profile Jewn Founder Nigel Mitchell documents the company’s evolution since its inception in 1996, and how’s its managing to weather the COVID-19 storm 163 Moda preview Now taking place as Spring Fair’s fourth destination, Moda offers an array of fashion, footwear and jewellery brands perfect for 2022 buying 164 INDX preview INDX Accessories returns to a live format to play host to a plethora of forwardthinking innovative and independent design talent 166 Pure x Scoop preview Scoop x Pure reveals rococo-inspired creative campaign for AW22 169 Up & Coming Titi Adesa Creative Director and Founder, Titi Adesanya, talks us through the company’s ethos on circular fashion, and how the footwear brand’s designs complement its conscious fashion DNA perfectly 172 Retailer interview Owner Mollie talks about how fashion and accessories retailer Pretty Parade Boutique has gone from strength to strength 178 Blog Gift Focus Editor Louise Prance looks at how even small businesses can play their part in the fight against climate change… 153

9 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover This issue’s cover is brought to you by Lesser & Pavey. The company develops its own ranges of Giftware & Housewares and works on bespoke projects for customers using the expertise of its in-house design team. Lesser & Pavey also licenses artwork from popular artists. Time to strategise With the craziness of the festive period out the way, you may be enjoying the slower pace and making time to take stock of what’s to come in the year ahead. However, while your store is undoubtedly quieter now Christmas has been and gone, this is the perfect time to drill down and focus on your marketing, buying and merchandising strategies for 2022, if you haven’t already. Likewise, if there’s one thing that certainly isn’t taking its foot of the pedal, it’s the show circuit. And one of the year’s biggest events, Spring Fair, is set to whet your appetite for the array of wonderful product available, as well as industry talks, resources and buying inspiration. Check out our show preview and exhibitor spotlight from page 89. As the first magazine of the year, we like to give you a full array of features and this issue we focus on, wait for it, Mother’s Day, Easter, Anniversary Gifts, and Kitchenware & Houseware products – we have all bases covered for the lucrative Q1! With the recent Cop26 event still prevalent in my mind, in this issue’s Editor Blog on page 178, I look at ways in which the independent giftware market can help reduce their environmental footprint, and help tackle the ongoing climate crisis. We, of course, still have our regular features, so delve in to read industry news, discover the brand new products on the market, and get some expert business advice. Happy new year! Louise Prance Editor EDITOR Louise Prance +44 (0)1376 535 613 EDITORIAL MANAGER Danielle Harvey SALES AND EVENTS DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 538 490 ACCOUNT MANAGER Sharon Dengate +44 (0)1376 535 601 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Sarah Hill, Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor +44 (0)1376 535 616 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Lorna Butcher WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley SUBSCRIPTIONS +44 (0)1376 514 000 KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Gift Focus and Attire Accessories are solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Gift Focus is published six times a year. ISSN 1758-0897 @giftfocus @giftfocusmag @gift_focus Gift Focus magazine is proud to be associated with and supporters of:

We look forward to late April when the industry comes back together at the UK Food & Drink Shows, encompassing Farm Shop & Deli Show, Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show. Make sure you come along to Farm Shop & Deli Show to build your network face to face, touch and taste the latest product launches, discover business building insight and save time by seeing everyone in the same buzzing space. This is a trade event. No under 18s will be admitted. Register free at Informing, inspiring and connecting the industry Where the specialist retail sector meets

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Industry news FANATTIK WINS BEST FAMILY BUSINESS AT THE BUSINESS MASTERS AWARDS Fanattik, the pop culture specialist ended 2021 on a high, winning a Business Masters award at a ceremony held in Manchester. The gift and collectibles company, a licensee for Hasbro, Universal Studios, Microsoft, ViacomCBS and others, supply all levels of European gift retail and this award crowns what has been an amazing year for the boutique gift supplier, which is also in the running for a Gift of the Year award with its SpongeBob SquarePants premium bottle opener. Anthony Marks, Managing Director at Fanattik, says, “At the start of this year we moved into Fanattik HQ, launched our Dungeons & Dragons and Magic the Gathering collections as well as doubling our office team. Next year is going to be equally a whirlwind year as we pick up the keys to our second warehouse in February and have plenty of anniversaries to get our teeth into such as the 40th of E.T and Knight Rider as well the blockbuster that will be Jurassic World Dominion, which we are also a gift licensee for.” The Fanattik team was out in force to pick up the business award, in what was an emotional evening as it was the first time many of them had been out together since winning Northwest Business Of The Year organised by the Federation of Small Business just prior to the pandemic. Fanattik will be visiting London, Nuremberg and New York Toy Fair as well as the Las Vegas Licensing show, so if any retailers would like to join the Fa-nattik family on their fan focused journey, then fire an email over to Catch up on all the latest in our news round up ENESCO’S PETER RABBIT BABY COLLECTION ACHIEVES BEST PRESCHOOL GIFT RANGE AWARD Enesco has received the Best Preschool Gift Range award from the Progressive Pre School Awards for its Peter Rabbit baby collection. The collection is now the company’s most recognised both in the industry and with consumers. The collection has now won a prestigious Gift of the Year award in 2020, the changing bag won the gold in the UK Mums.TV, Mums Choice Award in 2020, while the pram organiser won silver in the UK Mums.TV Baby and Preschool awards in 2021. The backpack is also shortlisted in the Mother and Baby Awards 2022, in the best changing bag category, winners announced on 23rd November, 2022. The collection is in stock now for immediate shipping. Visit INDUSTRY NEWS 13

UK CONSUMERS SPENDING MORE WITH SMALL BUSINESSES DUE TO SOCIAL MEDIA, AMERICAN EXPRESS SHOP SMALL RESEARCH REVEALS New research from American Express Shop Small shows that social media has driven UK consumers to spend more with small businesses in the last 12 months. With social media being key for businesses and customers to stay connected and engaged during the pandemic, nearly threequarters (72%) of UK adults who follow more small businesses on social media now than they did 12 months ago are spending more with them. In total, UK consumers have spent £3.7billion with small businesses they follow on social media in the last year. While following small businesses on Instagram is more prevalent among females and those under 35, those aged 55 and over are the most likely to have spent with them (68%), compared to 59% of those aged 35 and under. The research also reveals nearly half of followers (47%) are more willing to spend more money with a business they follow on social media. Restaurants have benefited the most from the power of social media, with their followers on average spending £50.80 with them in the last year, followed by clothing businesses whose followers have spent an average of £32.60. UK consumers’ support for small businesses goes beyond financial benefits. Over half (55%) of those who follow small businesses say following makes them more willing to tell their friends and family about the business, while 52% care more about the success of the business and are happy to buy the business’ products. Over a third (35%) of small business followers say they are more willing to support small businesses since Covid-19. Michelle Ovens, Director of Small Business Saturday, said, “Digital channels have been a lifeline for businesses during the pandemic and this research shows just how much that converts into income for the smallest businesses. Building relationships online can open up huge opportunities for retail and hospitality and we have seen just how much the public have embraced those relationships over the last year. With Small Business Saturday coming up, businesses have a great opportunity to engage with customers through social, to build even bigger reach via things like the friends and family referral (55%!) and make this festive season a commercial success once again.” THE PUPPET COMPANY SIGNS SOFT TOY CONTRACT WITH WWF-UK The Puppet Company, the largest wholesaler of puppets and soft toys in Europe, has announced that it has signed a contract with WWF-UK as the new supplier of the soft toys sent to supporters who take out a WWF-UK animal adoption. The Puppet Company has also announced its accreditation with the eco label Blue Angel. The Puppet Company is the only UK toy company accredited and one of only two toy companies in Europe to be awarded this certification for soft toys, which reduces impacts on the environment. Family business The Puppet Company produces a huge selection of puppets and soft toys played with around the world and is passionate about both our products and the environment. German eco label Blue Angel has been leading the way for environmentally friendly product design over the past 40 years. It helps customers select environmentallyfriendly products by certifying that the environmental impacts usually associated with soft toy products have been minimised. Owner and Co-Founder Sue Lockey says, “We are delighted to be working with WWF-UK and are committed to supporting them as they continue their mission through the supply of our bespoke soft toys, used as optional extras in the animal adoption process to help raise vital funds to support WWF’s work. As the only UK toy company with Blue Angel certification, we are continuing to develop sustainable products. We are really excited to introduce new ranges of Eco puppets and soft toys made from recycled plastic over the coming months as we build on our commitment to supporting the environment.” WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Its mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. Lauren Wiseman, Environmental Manager for WWF (UK) said, “WWF is committed to ensuring all aspects of our adoption packs, including our soft toys, are produced to the highest environmental standards. The Blue Angel certification assesses several aspects of toy production, from raw materials to labour conditions, to ensure that toys are produced with sustainability in mind. WWF-UK are grateful to The Puppet Company for collaborating with us to bring Blue Angel to the UK soft toy market and hope this will inspire others to follow suit.” Janine Braumann, Blue Angel, stated “We are very pleased that The Puppet Company has risen to the challenge and achieved the strict requirements of the Blue Angel, with more sustainable toys to follow. Consumers place high demands on toys and naturally want them to be free from hazardous substances. This is why the Blue Angel criteria places such a strong focus on the avoidance and minimisation of harmful substances, as well as on the verification of compliance through periodic tests.” 14

BHETA ADVISES ON IMPENDING PLASTIC TAX LEGISLATION The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a webinar aimed at all UK housewares, DIY, garden and small electricals suppliers on the implications and preparations required ahead of the forthcoming Plastic Packaging Act (PPA), which comes into force in April 2022. The key speakers were Paul van Danzig and Alyce Morris from BHETA business service provider, Wastepack who outlined everything that supplier companies need to do to comply with the forthcoming legislation. Under the new legislation, from April 2022 all plastic items used in the packaging of products must include a minimum of 30% recycled content, or face taxes of £200 per metric tonne of chargeable plastic packaging components. All suppliers whose products include any plastic component – recycled or not – must submit details to HMRC from April 2022, if the volumes involved meet the ten tonne per tax year threshold. An important learning from the webinar was that even suppliers who are below the volume threshold would be advised to keep records in case of audit – even if they do not have to pay the tax. The legislation may affect any home or garden business that manufactures or imports plastic packaging, including ready packaged goods. The webinar also covered off certain single-use products that might be categorised as packaging for the purposes of the tax and followed on from BHETA’s successful lobbying campaign to clarify the definition of plastic packaging. This lobbying led to the exclusion of multiuse plastic such as home storage containers, lunchboxes and garden planters and storage from the scope of the legislation. BHETA Marketing Manager, Steve Richardson, who co-ordinated the lobbying initiative said, “The amended legislation follows the principle BHETA championed that ‘single use plastics’ are much more challenging for the environment than ‘multi-use’ products. In accordance with this, members need to be aware that any plastic packaging or single use items for home and garden will be liable to the plastic packaging tax. The draft legislation also sets out that single use plastic items for home use, such as carrier bags and plastic cups, are within the scope of the tax.” ETHICAL GIFT AND HOMEWARES BRAND, GREEN & HEATH, ENTERS THE PET MARKET WITH NEW LUXURY PET ACCESSORIES RANGE This month, UK-based, ethical gift and homewares brand, Green & Heath, is introducing a new range for pets. With the launch of a line-up of personalised, embroidered luxury pet accessories, Green & Heath aims to provide beautifully designed pet products that enhance home décor. The range boasts an array of premium velvet accessories including cosy, personalised pet beds, toys and bow ties. Soft, machine washable and designed to last, the range is certain to be a hit with furry four-legged friends and owners alike. As with all Green & Heath products, the pet accessories collection shares the same premium quality and is lovingly handmade in the UK using locally sourced, sustainable materials. Aligning with Green & Heath’s values of creating products for the home that are beautifully and long-lasting, the new collection builds on the Rococo and Baroque styles that first inspired the brand’s creation. Established in 2020 by female entrepreneur, Ellen Green, Green & Heath is passionate about creating elegant, high-quality, sustainably sourced, handmade homeware products. All Green & Heath products, including its new pet accessories range, are designed and handmade in the UK by a team of skilled artisans. The lifestyle brand carefully sources materials locally, where possible, to ensure it invests money back into the community and to help keep emissions low. All Green & Heath products are produced with zero air miles. Green & Heath’s pet accessories are filled with high-quality, soft stuffing using padding off-cuts, resulting in less waste while retaining comfort and durability. Discussing the new collection, Ellen said: “A range of pet accessories seemed liked a very natural fit for Green & Heath. Over the last two years, more and more people have welcomed pets into their home and made them part of the family so, I thought why not let them experience some Green & Heath luxury too? As a dog lover myself, I’ve always wanted to create highquality accessories for my dog Bodhi that I know are going to last but that also compliment the style of my home, and that’s the ethos at the heart of our new range. We wanted to create pieces pet owners can be proud to have out in their homes, pieces that work with their interiors, rather than fighting against them. As always, it was also important to us that the collection be as sustainable as possible, which is why we keep all manufacturing in the UK and fill each piece with premium off-cuts, ensuring a reduction in waste while retaining the opulence and quality our products are known for. “We wanted to create pieces pet owners can be proud to have out in their homes, pieces that work with their interiors, rather than fighting against them.” Green & Heath’s pet accessories are available in three colourways – Blush and Claret Velvet, Royal Navy and Mustard Velvet, Teal and Seafoam Velvet and are all machine washable. Pet beds can be bought online in three sizes, large, medium and small and both the beds and toy bones treats can be embroidered with a name or special message in order to create a custom item for your beloved pet. INDUSTRY NEWS 15

TEXTILE MANUFACTURER ULSTER WEAVERS RELAUNCHES AS HOMEWARE BRAND Textile manufacturer Ulster Weavers has announced it will relaunch as homeware brand. The 140-year-old textile manufacturer from Northern Ireland is going through its biggest change in generations as it repositions its business as a contemporary homeware brand targeting the millennial audience. The company, which has customers in 50 countries, is introducing new contemporary kitchen textile and homeware collections that are inspired by the places and culture of Northern Ireland as part of the major brand relaunch. Ulster Weavers has its roots in Northern Ireland’s famous linen industry, having been founded in 1880, and today is renowned for its vibrant textiles, with products including tea towels, aprons and oven mitts. The new collections will also include a range of home furnishing items in contemporary designs, which will be unveiled at Spring Fair in Birmingham in February 2022. The brand relaunch is allied to a pledge by Ulster Weavers to grow sustainably, with a commitment to align its strategy with UN Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11, 12 and 14 and to make approximately three quarters of its new retail products in Northern Ireland. As a result of the relaunch, Ulster Weavers plans to increase turnover 100 percent between now and September 2024. Gillian McLean, Managing Director of Ulster Weavers, says, “Ulster Weavers has been linen makers and shapers since 1880. But we are set to go through the biggest change that the company has experienced in at least a generation, as the launch of our contemporary kitchen textile and homeware collections repositions our brand to connect with young millennial families worldwide. “The roots that ground us are a powerful combination for a brand in today’s marketplace – from our linen heritage and provenance to our local craftsmanship, textiles specialism, and quality of design and product. In a highly competitive category, we now need to retell our story, connect with a new and burgeoning audience and deliver on our purpose to enrich homes and lives everywhere. She adds, “Our commitment to operating sustainably for the benefit of our customers’ businesses and our consumers’ lives is a key part of our strategy and makes business sense. Producing locally, responsibly, and sustainably not only supports the social and economic welfare of our local community but also protects the environment for future generations.” Visit 16

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On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad INDX Housewares and INDX Linens combine for February 2022 showcase The INDX Home group has unveiled plans to run its next Housewares and Linens shows simultaneously, creating an unmissable homewares buying experience. Taking place at exhibition venue Cranmore Park in Solihull on 22nd - 23rd February 2022, the combined showcase will offer retailers an inspiring product mix featuring the latest innovations and seasonal trends from an expertly curated exhibitor lineup, and the team organising the show are looking forward to welcoming suppliers and buyers from all homewares sectors. Rachel Breen, Head of Homewares, AIS, said, “We had a fantastic response to both our INDX Housewares and INDX Linens 2021 shows, and in collaboration with these communities, we have decided to run the next editions simultaneously. When we return to Cranmore Park on 22nd - 23rd February, we’ll be bringing together retailers and exhibitors from the Housewares and Linens categories and we look forward to welcoming everyone to an exciting industry showcase.” Covering Cookshop, Small Domestic Appliances, Tabletop, Linens, Soft Furnishing, Home Gift and Home Fragrance, the twoday show will be open to all retailers, providing a convenient opportunity for buyers to view an inclusive selection of market leading brands, under one roof and at the same time. To date, the exhibitor line-up will include RKW (Tower, SMEG), ESG (Daewoo, Hairy Bikers), Denby, Portmerion (Royal Worcester, Wrendale), Dartington, Pure Tabletop (Joules, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens), Bedeck, Deyongs, J Rosenthal, The Fine Bedding Company, Belledorm, Biederlack, Showerdrape, Vantona, Pownall & Hampson, Norfolk Feather, Malini, Small World, Captivate Brands, Meyer UK, Thermos, Taylors Eye and Wax Lyrical. Maintaining its inimitable buyer and business focus, visitors attending INDX Housewares & Linens can expect a friendly, relaxed, and professional buying environment in which to network and connect with the industry. INDX Housewares & Linens offers free entrance, free on-site parking and complimentary refreshments to all visitors, and registration can be completed by visiting the INDX website: Visit SCOOP X PURE LAUNCHES A/W CAMPAIGN AT OLD TRUMAN BREWERY Following the success of the last show, Scoop and Pure London will once again collaborate and unite to showcase the most exciting Autumn/Winter 2022 collections from the best in show designers and labels across the Scoop and Pure London rosters. Under the creative direction of Scoop founder and MD, Karen Radley, Scoop X Pure will co-locate at The Old Truman Brewery on Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th February 2022 bringing together the very best premium and ready-to-wear collections. Karen Radley, Founder and Managing Director of Scoop and Creative Director of Scoop x Pure commented on the forthcoming show, “We were really delighted and overwhelmed with the response to last season’s residence at the Old Truman Brewery, so much so that we’ll be returning there for the Autumn/Winter 22 collection launches. Following the success of the midweek show, mindful of health and safety regulations and the well-being of our visitors and exhibitors, we have announced new dates from Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th February 2022. My focus this season will be introducing fresh talent and new designer collections with a strong focus on sustainability.” Pure London will return to London Olympia on the 17th - 19th July 2022 and Scoop will also take place in July. Visit, 18

 SPRING FAIR LAUNCHES 15-MINUTE CURATED MEETINGS Following its successful beta trial at Autumn Fair in September 21, Curated Meetings is supercharging new business and scaling up for its official launch at Spring Fair on the 7th – 8th February 2022 at NEC Birmingham, offering more space, meetings, and sectors. Curated Meetings are short, pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings between vetted buyers and relevant brands based on mutual interest to drive new business opportunities together. Designed to offer a platform for bespoke, highly pertinent and time efficient business meetings between buyers and brands, Curated Meetings delivered over 300, 15-minute face-to-face meetings at Autumn Fair, generating thousands of pounds of business and an incredible return on time for participants. For Spring Fair, the Curated Meetings team has doubled and the programme now includes brands across all sectors including home, gift, lifestyle, fashion, accessories and jewellery, such as JJ Textile​, By Molly & Izzie​, F & J Collection​, Sass & Belle, Bachmann Europe​, Fawn & Thistle​, Blue Stem Group​, ECOYA, Bamboo Tree Ltd​, Field Luxury Watches​, Tallon International​, Silver Jewellery Cavern​, Wellness by Manuel, Grabo International, Corincraft Ltd.​, Dainty London​, Arc de Noa, Soake​, Giffi Creations, AK Frames​, McAlister Textiles​, Global Vision Direct - Artisan Furniture, FYG, Letterbox Love, Ballard & Hill and more. Averaging £330k in buying power, leading retailers confirmed for Spring Fair include John Lewis, Bloom & Wild, Geek Retreat, Denby Retail, Houstons, Frankly, Forest Holidays, Nest, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Fy!, Hw2, Midcounties Coop Food, Nature’s Kids, Everything Outdoor, Lovey Dovey, Burton Blake, Clinton Cards, Applegreens, La Di Da – Interiors, The Rusty Fox, Museum Selection, Yorkshire Willow, Jackson’s Boutique Graden Centre, Bagstage, and White Chimnies Venue. Buyers will supercharge their sourcing experience by prescheduling the new brands they want to meet with products they love, see the products up close and talk directly to business decision makers able to forge great deals – and enjoy a £250 travel expense subsidy. The Spring Fair halls are filled to the brim with incredible brands, and inspiring speakers on the Inspiring Retail Stage. The meetings will take place in the private, luxurious Curated Meetings lounge for uninterrupted conversations and complimentary food and drink. Visit 19 NEWS & EVENTS

Spring Fair announces powering change manifesto for 2022 Spring Fair, taking place from 6th – 9th February 2022 at NEC Birmingham, has revealed that its manifesto for 2022 is Empowering Change. The manifesto will set the agenda for the live show’s Inspiring Retail Stage as well as a year-round content programme. Outlining the Empowering Change manifesto, Suzanne Ellingham, Head of Content, Hyve Group plc says; “Retail is in a state of incredible transformation. Technology enables customers to shop anywhere, any time, and in any way that they want. The competitive landscape has changed, and even online retailers are now facing increasing costs and hostile marketing conditions. In a time when staying the same means you are moving backwards, expecting different results from the same tactics doesn’t make sense. I am really excited about this year’s Empowering Change editorial theme. The schedule will be packed full of incredible speakers and participants, helpful and inspiring insights, newness as well as the essential trends for 2022 and beyond.” Created as a platform to champion retail, the Inspiring Retail Stage’s full schedule of live content from experts in their field will provided exclusive insights, trend reports, keynote conversations, and panel discussions on the key topics facing retail. Each of the four days of the show will cover a dedicated theme correlated to the Empowering Change manifesto. Sunday 6th February: Future of retail is collaborative At a time of incredible change, we are seeing more and more examples of highstreets and retailer groups working together to entice people back onto the high street, to improve the shopper experience, and to support each other. Pre-Covid everyone was competition, now the competition are online giants who can race to the bottom on price and deliver tomorrow. Has UK retail realised that there is enough room for everyone in the high street and by working together as retailers, retail districts, and local authorities? Can they recreate the magic of the high street and connect even more with their local community? Is the future of retail success collaboration? Monday 7th February: Sustainability and Innovation now Consumers have never cared more about where their products come from, what they are made from, who makes them and what makes you different as a retailer or brand. What are your values, do you live them, and can you prove that? This day is all about retailers and global organisations sharing their journey, both the highs and the lows with each session packed with practical take aways to give you the confidence to continue to do things differently because it’s the right thing to do, and how you let your customers know that so that they know you are who you say you are. Tuesday 8th February: Changing mindsets – being comfortable with the unknown in order to thrive For many of us change is difficult and a step into the unknown. For those who own businesses it can also be a leap of faith and stressful. In the current business environment asking ourselves (and the people around us) to change the way that they think and do things is incredibly difficult. But it is necessary to change when retail is transforming more each year than in the last 5 or 10. Today’s schedule is packed full of insight into how to change mindsets in order to thrive, how to build that culture within your business and learn from other business leaders as they share how they have navigated unprecedented change in order to grow. Each session is insightful, practical and geared towards helping give retailers the tools to succeed in an ever-changing world. Wednesday 9th February: The way we do things Often change isn’t overhauling your business but taking small steps towards a better future. During the final day, Spring Fair collaborates with its wellbeing and charity partner The Retail Trust to deliver a host of meaningful and useful business workshops and tools to help guide us towards better business. The full Inspiring Retail Stage line-up will be announced in the next few weeks. For further information please visit 20

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23 BRAND SPANKING NEW Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market CINNAMON AITCH Cinnamon Aitch has an abundance of lovely new items just launched. Over 30 gorgeous new greetings card designs have been added to the bestselling ‘Margo’ range, which now includes ages and exam captions alongside more fantastic birthdays and blanks. Featuring more furry friends and adorable critters, each colour popping design is printed on 350g FSC approved board and made entirely in the UK. From perfect poodles to banjo playing cats, what’s not to love! Look out for eight new stunning melamine coaster designs that complement the card range. All are beautifully made in the UK and retail as singles, or bundles of four tied up with string and finished with a recycled tag. RRP: Cards £2.50, sold in sets of six. Coasters £3.50 each, £15 for a pack, sold in sets of three. T: +44 (0)121 773 6833 E: BEST KEPT SECRETS The team at Best Kept Secrets says, “We have been working extremely hard and are so excited to have several new products for our customers and yours. “We have redesigned our ever popular Just Because range. When we first launched this range five years ago the demand for these occasion candles blew us away. There was clearly a real gap to be filled in the scented candle world market. There literally is a phrase or saying that is just perfect for every family or friends’ celebration. “The excitement does not stop there, there are Three Lites Tea Lights to match! In the same vein as our existing Just Because candles, we have brought this innovative gift right up to date with a gloriously, colourful design. With their clever little sliding boxes they simply are the most perfect gift. “Both are a fabulous addition to our ever expanding range of products. As our customers know, colour, sparkles and incredible fragrance is what we do best at Best Kept Secrets.” T: +44 (0)1670 512 222 E: REEVES & REEVES Reeves & Reeves will be introducing a stunning new collection of sterling silver charm necklaces in 2022, with a wonderful selection of pearls and textured silver and 18k gold vermeil charms. This collection is truly captivating and you can have real fun choosing and swapping your charms. The sterling silver chains are a lovely, contemporary large link. Team with hoop style earrings to finish the look. There will be many other pieces introduced to existing collections, with the team having had lots of fun creating new lines to wow consumers with. T: +44 (0)1460 221 630 E: 

24 MISS MILLY Despite the difficulties of online jewellery design and buying, British jewellery and accessories brand Miss Milly has come up with a stunning collection for Spring and Summer in a beautiful palette of happy colours. And the adventures in colour continue with some brave and bold combinations, mixing pastel shades with brighter tones to great effect. As yellow comes into the forefront in both interiors and fashion, Miss Milly has prettily introduced a gentle lemon to several jewellery lines. The softness of the yellow contrasts with bold turquoise and vibrant royal blue, and blends with pale green and lilac ice cream pastels. Owner Sarah Watmore said, “We have had some dreamy colours to work with for this season. It’s been fun playing with the palette and materials to see which ones work best with different substrates. The end result being that usually a mix of resin and hand-painting creates the best results and we can’t wait to share them with retailers.” The new jewellery collection combines previous season bestsellers with new designs and works in harmony with a scarf collection that covers almost as much of the colour spectrum. Sarah explains, “The previous habit of the fashion elite reinventing the colour wheel every season has been declining and this process has sped up with the pandemic and our desire for greater sustainability. Savvy consumers know what colours they like to wear and ‘colours of the season’ now have more longevity. Coral, which was the colour of Spring/Summer 2020 is still in Pantone’s top 10 for 2022, as is aqua.” Not ordered from Miss Milly before? There is a low £100 minimum and no minimum order quantities. There may be a sales agent in your area – full location and contact details are on the website in the Wholesale section – or register online for trade pricing and ordering. Call the team for an introductory chat who will happily put a first order together for you to a specified budget and any colour or style preferences. T: +44 (0)1905 622 509 E: MORI MORI, the multi award-winning baby essentials brand, is delighted to announce the launch of its first ‘Playtime’ toy and baby book collection. The toy range is made sustainably from FSC beechwood, FSC MDF and painted with non-toxic paints, giving parents peace of mind that their little ones and the planet are kept safe from harmful substances and manufacturing processes. It features tactile shapes and textures, which encourage the development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape and colour recognition, creativity and cognitive development, and is the perfect collection to ignite the ‘learning through play’ adventure for babies and toddlers aged 12m+. Featuring a soothing soft pastel colour palette, the collection coordinates with the most stylish of nurseries and playrooms, offering timeless appeal so the toys can be passed down from generation to generation. The ‘Hello Baby’ book collection is available in three colours – blush, blue and grey – and is the ideal gift for expectant parents so they can capture every special moment and milestone from before their baby is born and through their first year. The wooden toy collection includes star, cloud and heart teethers, a rattle ring, grasping toy, shape sorter, baby milestone blocks, rainbow stacker, and the Hello Baby Book. RRP: £9.50-£22 JOE DAVIES A huge trend for 2022 is nature and being in the garden, combining this with the UK’s love of gonks Joe Davies introduces its new range of garden gonks. The brightly coloured characters have succulent beards and flowers on their hats, these cute gonks are all set to help in the garden with their watering cans, trowels and plant pots. Customers will have an eye-catching display for their stores as well as adding charm to consumers’ patios or garden. There are many more gonks and gifts on Joe Davies stand at Spring Fair. Visit Hall 4 – C10/D11. Awash with harmonious pastel tones the new Equilibrium Elegant Pastel Collection from Joe Davies creates a subtle sophisticated look for every occasion. Dreamy shades of pink, serene tones of lilac and tranquil touches of mink make up the stunning colour palette, ahead of Spring season ahead. Stylish necklaces, bracelets and ear-rings make up this collection. T: +44 (0)161 975 6300 | E:

25 BRAND SPANKING NEW JANICE DAUGHTERS Introducing a new jigsaw puzzle, ‘Life on the Allotment’, illustrated by Janice Daughters. This is Janice’s third jigsaw design published by Gibson’s Games and is a colourful and interesting puzzle that will keep buyers amused for hours. The allotment is full of quirky sheds of all shapes and sizes that are very individual and loved by their owners. The abundance of vegetables and salad produce, along with garden tools and equipment, will only add to the challenge and enjoyment of finding that right piece to fit the puzzle and bring the allotment alive. Janice has really enjoyed illustrating this jigsaw and it’s only in the last few years she has diversified to this genre, having been more associated with designing greetings cards and publishing them under Art By Janice. As a versatile artist she loves the challenge of different forms of artwork and hopes to continue producing more jigsaw puzzle designs. Find out more about ‘Life on the Allotment’ and her other jigsaw puzzle, ‘Motoring Memorabilia’ and ‘Pots and Penny Farthings’. PINTAIL CANDLES New this year to the Pintail Candles Elements range is a fabulous Lavender & Bay. Sunny, relaxing Mediterranean days are wonderfully captured in this candle. With a gentle, calming aroma of fresh lavender, soft fragrant herbs and warming hints of amber and musk. This soothing fragrance is beautifully presented in the Elements styling with exquisite line drawings in calming lavender tones matched with a complementary wax. Using fine fragrances, each candle is hand-poured in the traditional way in the company’s South Lakeland studio. The team uses ingredients sourced as close to home as possible and even the candle tins are made in Britain. The Elements range presents 12 of Pintail Candles best-selling fragrances. It is a carefully curated collection to create a range showcasing the different fragrance groups and a coordinated palette of colours. The new Lavender & Bay fragrance is available in two sizes. A large triple wick size retailing under £15 makes a fabulous present or a centre piece for the home. Or for a little bit of self-indulgence, there is a small size retailing for under £6 at retail. T: + 44 (0)1539 559 007 E: EXACLAIR ExaClair, the UK supplier of Clairefontaine, has launched a new stationery gift box as part of its Kenzo Takada collection. Named after its brilliant designer who sadly passed away in 2020, the collection is inspired by the luxury home and lifestyle K-3 brand. It incorporates items that carry the Kintsugi mark, which is a tribute to an ancient Japanese art that invites people to repair a broken object by highlighting its scars with gold leaf instead of hiding them. This latest gift box contains a selection of premium stationery products with new designs that feature the K-3 Sakura and Maiko themes. These combine intricate floral imagery in tranquil pastel colours with geometric and organic shapes that feature vibrant reds and pinks. Items within the gift box include two notebooks, one fine art pad of assorted maya papers, one memo pad, 10 correspondence cards and envelopes, a calligraphy glass pen, one 10ml bottle of red and gold glittery Shogun ink and one of the admired scented Jacques Herbin candles; nor inspiration, bleu plenitude, ambre insouciance or brun provenance. Lawrence Savage, Marketing Manager at ExaClair, comments, “This new gift box release further expands upon the concepts behind the original Kenzo Takada stationery range. Recognised globally, Kenzo was one of the most prominent fashion designers of his time and these stylish stationery items pay tribute to his creativity.” T: +44 (0)1553 696 600 E:  PERSONALISED MEMENTO COMPANY The Personalised Memento Company (PMC) knows that retailers and consumers are always on the hunt for new products, and as such it strives to launch high quality pieces on a regular basis. Amongst the company latest offering is this cute, personalised, dinosaur white wooden moneybox. The fun, colourful design and durable wooden material make this perfect for a young child’s first moneybox. The moneybox is available as part of a variety of new ranges for PMC as part of its Spring/ Summer 2022 collection; so there’s sure to be a design to suit every child. PMC supplies retailers with a comprehensive catalogue of nearly 5,000 products covering all recipients and occasions. PMC is the UK’s leading supplier of personalised gifts using the latest personalisation technology. Visit the trade website today to discover more and to register for your trade account. E: @personalisedmemento

26 BRAINSTORM The EUGY range is set to become a collectable craze for 2022 having grown in popularity as the range has expanded. Distributed exclusively in the UK by Brainstorm, EUGY by Dodoland is an eco-friendly craft collectable and allows children to create their own 3D models using 100% sustainable, biodegradable card each printed with natural eco-friendly inks. The simple numerical sequence assembly belies the intricate creations children can make and each results in a cute and sturdy animal or creature that they can collect and display. There are currently 40 in the range with new additions for 2022 including Hedgehog, Rhino, Bumblebee, Chameleon, Unicorn Sky, Raptor, Crocodile and Kangaroo. Brainstorm will introduce new EUGY phases throughout the year which will also be supported by PR and marketing campaigns with promotions already scheduled in popular titles Animal Planet and National Geographic Kids. Bespoke and eco-friendly POS is also available for EUGY display including an FSC Certified FSDU and CDU options. T: +44 (0)1200 445 113 ANCIENT WISDOM Ancient Wisdom Aromatherapy shea body butter and slightly scented shea butter are ideal for everyday use after bath or shower as well as for body massages. The body butters contain essential oils and are vegan. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter helps moisturise and nourish the skin, and its high fat content makes it an excellent natural emollient and humectant, locking in moisture and keeping skin hydrated. It ensures that the skin’s natural oils are preserved. Say goodbye to bad hair days with this solid shampoo bar, which will leave your customer’s hair soft, conditioned, shiny and free from build-up. The product works well in hard water and you can choose from six different fragrances, with enough choices for any hair type. The Wild Hare Shampoo bars are handmade in Yorkshire, suitable for vegetarians and vegan and are plasticfree, palm oil free, SLS, SLES paraben free, and are kind to you and to the earth. Due to the sizes they are travel friendly. T: +44 (0)114 272 9165 E:

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