Gift Focus inc Attire Accessories - July/August 2022

 WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE STATIONERY MATTERS AWARDS 2022 The industry came together on in May at the Business Design Centre to acknowledge and celebrate this year’s Stationery Matters Awards winners. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the latest and greatest products in the stationery industry and the organisers are delighted to say that the standard of this year’s entries was truly outstanding. This year’s judging panel was made up of individuals from companies that span the breadth of the stationery industry. This includes Ruth Burgess (B&M), Judy Bendall (Blenheim Palace), Tallie Patterson-Gordon (Coleman Group), Joe Guest (Cult Pens), Claire Marsom (Hallmark), Alanah WhittakerThompson (Morrisons), Kat Squire (Papier), Katherine Walsh (Southbank Centre), Anna Balan (The Courtauld), Chris Workman (The Giftware Association), Elizabeth Lovatt (V&A), Andrew Foster (WHSmith), Hannah Fisk (ZSL). All shortlisted products could be viewed and enjoyed by visitors at London Stationery Show, as they were displayed for all to see at the Stationery Matters Hub. Head of Marketing Ella O’Keefe remarked, “We felt it was important that all finalists were celebrated for their fantastic products and that is why we decided to create a dedicated space where visitors to London Stationery Show could appreciate such brilliant innovation within the industry.” Alex Butler, Event Director of London Stationery Show, stated, “It was wonderful to see the industry come together to acknowledge and celebrate our finalists. All were so deserving of an award, and we thank them all for entering. The ceremony was a lovely way to end such a great first day at our 2022 event.” THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS ARE: Arts & Crafts Product of the Year Frisk - Frisk Watercolour Hot Pressed/ Smooth 300gsm Paper Pads (A6-A3) Children’s Stationery Product of the Year Once Upon A Tuesday - Co-Parenting Family Planner for Kids 12 month Diary/Organiser/Calendar of the Year HELLO TIME - HELLO TIME Planner Filing and Storage Product of the Year CCGlobal - Spectrum Noir Universal Black Pen Trays Gift Packaging and Wrap of the Year Storigraphic - Op Art 3 Op Art Series Licensed Stationery Product of the Year Manuscript Brands - Lego Colour Pencil 12 Pcs with topper Notebook/Journal of the Year MD Paper - MD Paper Notebook Journal Codex 1 Day 1 Page Novelty Stationery Product of the Year Manuscript Brands - Lego 2.0 Convertible Ruler with Minifigure Social Stationery Product of the Year Sun-Star Stationery - PIRI IT’ STICKY MEMO Sustainable Stationery Product of the Year Coffeenotes - Tailor’s Collection Wirobound Notebook (Navy Wool) Working from Home Product of the Year Perfect Planner Company - Business & Lifestyle Planner - Entrepreneur Edition Writing Instrument of the Year Kaweco from Studio Pens Ltd. - Kaweco Collection Iridescent Pearl Fountain Pen 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; bestsellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings, and beauty staples in Gift, from brands including Gift Republic, Kikkerland, Lesser & Pavey, Joe Davies, Richard Lang & Son, Candlelight, The Seed Card Company, East of India, Bomb Cosmetics, and Upper Cananda UK. Daniel Mayhew, Event Director, Autumn Fair says: “Off the back of two incredible Autumn and Spring Fair’s we head towards this September’s Autumn Fair in a very positive and buoyant mood. Our fantastic exhibitors and so many of the industry’s leading bellwethers continue to support the show and many use it as the only platform to showcase their new collections. Each season they experience the invaluable benefits of committing to such a longstanding and trusted show which attracts so many purchase-ready buyers. With four months until we open our doors to Autumn Fair I’m delighted to report that most sectors are already over 75% booked with many of our must-see and much-loved brands returning to the show.” Paul Hooker, Joe Davies, champions the show’s vibrancy and timing, saying; “Autumn Fair is an important event in our calendar, it’s a really vibrant show and the perfect setting for customers to see our range first hand. The timing is great too, allowing independent retailers a unique opportunity to prepare and make the most of the busy trading period.” 19 NEWS & EVENTS