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4 In this issue... REGULARS 8 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 15 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 24 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 29 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 75 Trend-led What’s hot for 2023 and beyond? Discover the most on-trend items to feature instore for the year ahead 81 Hop to it The Easter celebration continues to increase in popularity as a décoropportunity. Stock these products to capitalize on the event 85 A moment in time Anniversaries of any kind are prime gifting opportunities. Check out this plethora of products 89 Made for mums Sentimental and heartfelt gifts are the order of the day as consumer’s flock to spoil their parent on Mother’s Day 98 Heart of the home Check out this round-up of the best kitchenware items to stock 101 Interiors: Colour Wheel A shade rather than a colour, pops of black can really add a fashionable and modern touch to any room 102 Interiors: And so to bed There’s no room worthier of attention than the bedroom. A person’s sanctuary, these interior products will make any room ripe for more than just sleep 104 Interiors: Let there be light Getting the lighting right in any room sets the stage for the right atmosphere. These items not only look great, but will create the perfect ambience 29 January/February 2023 24 85 89 81 75

5 CONTENTS SHOWS 31 Spring Fair Discover bright new finds at Spring Fair 2023 FOCUS ON 57 Company Profile Marketing has been key to unlocking growth for Brainstorm, and the company continues to invest heavily in coordinated consumer marketing initiatives. Find out more… 63 Company Profile Sue Morrish joined Eco Friendly cards in 1996 with no knowledge of cards, yet the company is still a roaring success. Find out more about the company 69 Company Profile After meeting through their respective husbands, Stacey and Jude combined their creative prowess and launched Molly Mae, to widespread industry success. Read their story… 98 BUSINESS ADVICE 115 ACID Are some forms of theft more equal than others? Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), talks about Banksy 117 Understanding crypto Daniele Servadei, CEO of Sellix offers her top tips for retailers adopting crypto payments 120 Shopping unique to you Sherwen Studios has identified a fivepoint checklist for how retailers can implement personalised shopping experiences online 122 FSB Martin McTague, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, looks at e-commerce in an ever-changing society 31 57 104 63

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Established in 1971 by Chairman and Co-Founder Ronnie Pavey, Lesser & Pavey has become a leading UK Trade Supplier of Giftware & Homewares. By priding itself on fantastic quality at great value for money, the brand The Leonardo Collection has become renowned worldwide. Future focus And so a new year begins! Welcome to the first issue of 2023 – I’m already excited about the year ahead and all the wonderful collaborations, features, industry news, new products, company insights, and business advice to come. And let’s not forget the shows. January sees the annual Spring Fair event, which is set to bigger and better than ever before – with 14 sectors within four destinations across 8 halls, they all offer thousands of much loved and established favourites alongside an array of sustainable and new brands showing for the first time. Of course the show aligns with Moda, which is also showcasing a curated offering of fashion brands. We have a comprehensive preview of both events – check it out and see what’s on offer! This issue we’re focusing on companies Earth Squared, Molly Mae and Brainstorm. Interested in how they’ve established successful businesses and remained steadfast amidst many recessions, pandemic and cost of living crises? Check out their insightful stories. And of course, that’s not all. There are retail gifting opportunities aplenty coming up, so to this end we’re focusing on Mother’s Day and Easter gifts, as well as kitchenware and anniversary gifts. Read on and indulge before getting prepared for a lucrative year ahead! Enjoy the issue! Louise Prance Editor Louise EDITOR Louise Prance +44 (0)1376 514 000 EDITORIAL MANAGER Danielle Harvey +44 (0)1376 535 611 SALES AND EVENTS DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 ACCOUNT MANAGER Lauren Redford-Hughes +44(0)1376 535 609 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor, +44 (0)1376 514 000 ARTWORK AND CONTENT COORDINATOR Lorna Butcher DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Katie Laley WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Gift Focus and Attire Accessories are solely owned, published and designed by KD Events and Publishing Ltd. 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:

Industry news ENESCO ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH ETTAVEE Having enjoyed previous product collaborations with names including Pottery Barn Kids & Teen, Erin Condren and Anthropologie, contemporary gift retailer – Enesco – is delighted to announce a brand-new collaboration with EttaVee. The partnership was brokered by EttaVee’s licensing agent, Jewel Branding & Licensing. EttaVee is represented by Start Licensing in the UK EttaVee is a lifestyle brand that expresses optimism and joy through the expressive use of colour. Created by American artist, designer and social media influencer – Jessi Raulet – her hand-painted, colourful and bold designs have been featured on home décor, stationery, tech accessories, textiles and apparel. Now, in this brand-new collaboration with Enesco, Jessi’s ability to craft vibrantly optimistic colour palettes packed with good vibes, will be applied to homeware, décor, and ladies’ accessories. Items in the new EttaVee collection will include acrylic storage trays, stainless steel water bottles, mugs, cooling wine bags, wall art, multifunctional trays, phone stands, aprons, square and curved pouches, keyrings, umbrellas, scarves and compact mirrors. Within the new EttaVee collection are two different designs, applied across all of the items in the range, including In The Groove and Jessi’s Garden. Both designs feature bright, bold and totally cheerful colour pallets, with In The Groove featuring a psychedelic wave pattern, whereas Jessie’s Garden includes a big and beautiful abstract floral print. With items in the new collection attractively packages and point of sale branding available, as pieces from EttaVee start with a SRP of £4.95, the very reasonable price point ensures this collaboration is sure to be a big, bright, colourful hit with your customers. Catch up on all the latest in our news round up 8

CURIOUS UNIVERSE AWARD SUCCESS Now in its 10th year, the Bath Business Awards recognise the importance of celebrating the positive accomplishments of all Bath-based businesses and acknowledge Bath as a great place to live, work and do business. They toast successes, celebrate achievements and highlight successful and innovative businesses doing great things across the region. Bath-based arts, crafts & toy company, Curious Universe, has been awarded the prestigious Bath Business Awards 2022 SME Business of The Year. Already listed in the Sunday Times 100 earlier this year in recognition of its significant achievements and growth, Curious Universe is also a finalist in the National Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards. Listing the company as one of the best in the country, it has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year category. John Styring, Curious Universe CEO, recently underwent a gruelling Dragon’s Den-style presentation process to make it to the final selection in this prestigious awards platform. “2022 has already been an incredible year of growth and development for the company. These awards are the icing on the cake in recognising the passion and commitment across all members of the Curious Universe team,” comments John. “Winning the Bath Business award SME Business of The Year award and being shortlisted among the great and good both locally and on a national level is a real testimony to what we have and continue to achieve across all areas of the business. We are investing heavily in our product development and employee opportunity programme. This, coupled with our continued focus on sustainable ways of producing and marketing our ranges will help us to develop and maintain our growth within the community and on an International playing field.” CRYSTAL ART BUDDIES NOW AVAILABLE Named Best Licensed Toy, Best Collectible Toy and Best Creative Toy at the BlogOn Toy Awards 2022, Craft Buddy’s latest collectible toy range, Crystal Art Buddies have finally launched this month. Available online and also at major nationwide retailers including Hobbycraft, B&M, Forbidden Planet and ToyTown, the first series of Crystal Art Buddies (‘Buddies’) features 25 of your favourite characters from the Disney, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Marvel and LOL Surprise! universes. Suitable for kids over aged 6, the Buddies are perfect gifts and stocking fillers for the festive season. As one of the most innovative crafting companies in the UK, Craft Buddy’s flagship brand Crystal Art was recently awarded Highly Commended in the Best for Children category in Craft Beautiful magazine’s Best of Craft Award 2022. With its new Buddies range, Craft Buddy have combined the hugely popular diamond painting craft with the world of collectible figurines. There’s been a huge buzz on social media surrounding the launch, with the product championed by many influencers, culminating in the multiple award wins at the BlogOn Toys Awards, which were voted for by toy industry influencers and bloggers. “The response the Buddies have received so far has been mind-blowing! After the early reaction we received when we debuted the Buddies at the Toymaster May Show, and Autumn Fair in September earlier this year, we knew the Buddies would be popular. Then, the exclusive launch to consumers at MCM London Comic Con in October was a wild success!” said Gary Wadhwani, co-director of Craft Buddy, “We’re very confident that the Buddies will be a big hit this holiday season. There’s a huge demand for new gifting ideas that are also priced competitively; and as Christmas looms, Buddies are perfect for stocking fillers or party gifts for family members of all ages.” Sergio Anna, Craft Buddy’s Head of Product commented “With the successful launch of the Buddies and also the recent Star Wars Crystal Art Collection, we’ve established a strong brand affinity among the fans of our licensed partners. With the upcoming Disney D100 100th anniversary celebrations, we’re excited to work with Disney to create more never-seen before Crystal Art products, which will be launched in Q1, 2023.” For any trade sales enquiry, please reach out to the trade team at INDUSTRY NEWS 9

CLARION RETAIL ANNOUNCES NEW INTERIORS OFFERING – THE HOME INTERIORS SHOW Clarion Retail has revealed details of a new offering for the interiors, accessories and lighting industry, Home Interiors Show. Produced in collaboration with key brands from the industry, the show will make its debut at the January Furniture Show held at the NEC Birmingham, followed by the first full inaugural event to take place in September 2023 at London - Olympia. Born out of a collective desire to see a wider representation of exhibitors and buyers at industry events, improved ROI and a fresh event experience, Home Interiors Show has been cocreated with key UK brands including; Gallery Direct, Pacific Lifestyle, Riva Home, där Lighting Limited, CIMC home, Hill Interiors and Libra. Peter Delaney – Managing Director, Gallery Direct, commented: “Our peers have felt frustrated that the UK home interiors sector does not offer an all-encompassing trade show for our valued clients. We need a new, on-trend format, that we believe Clarion can deliver, in a cost-effective and creative manner. We know our audience is time hungry, so want to be part of a single show format in both January and September, the busiest buying windows. We feel the new Home Interiors Show is the answer that will tick all the boxes.” Andrew Hutchison - Director, Pacific Lifestyle, added: “We exhibit at a lot of events but do not feel like the quality or quantity of buyers is always there, for our business. We feel it would be more beneficial for companies like ourselves to attend two key national events under one organiser, for improved communication and cost benefits. The proposition with the Home Interiors Show offers a solution that’s in our peak selling times, and will take place in key locations across the UK.” This new UK show will be dedicated to the interiors, accessories and lighting industry. There will be a curated selection of exhibiting brands with exclusive product launches and an expected 10,000 new and trend-led products from across the UK and Europe. A VIP Programme will facilitate business opportunities and a trends installation, in partnership with The Better Trends Company, will produce exclusive design and decor forecasts. Expert talks and interactive content will provide buyers with the latest insights, advice and inspiration. Hall 2 at the January Furniture Show, 22-25 January 2023, will be the first taster of the new event, serving the central and northern buying community. While the September show in London, taking place alongside Top Drawer, 10-12 September 2023, will be ideally placed to capture the high-concentration of Southern buyers, which dedicated research has shown do not travel to events outside of the Capital. Insight has highlighted the key time for lighting companies to launch new products is September, and so having a dedicated show that captures this peak buying window was key in shaping the Autumn proposition. The show will provide a new home for all lighting companies both in the UK and internationally. Zoë Bonser, Clarion Retail Portfolio Director, said: “We are excited to be launching this vibrant new event series for the industry, and to be doing so from such a unique position in collaboration with key leaders from the industry. Over the past few months we have gathered and analysed customer insight, listened to the industry’s pain points and responded to their needs. We are delighted to be creating something fresh and new, that is more in line with what the retail community wants for the future and that also puts the buyer at the heart of the experience, to give them exactly what they need.” Trends is the buzzword for the show. This vibrant aspirational marketplace will not only be packed with the latest product lines but also feature retail theatre experiences and expert trend advice, making it a must-visit event for the buying community of; independent retailers, department stores, multiples, online retailers, interior designers, architects, hotel and hospitality buyers, contract and furniture buyers. INDUSTRY NEWS 11

MADE IN BRITAIN APPOINTS THREE NEW NONEXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTORS FROM MEMBER COMPANIES DARTINGTON CRYSTAL, TRENT REFRACTORIES, BEAVER BRIDGES Made in Britain, the trade association representing close to 2,000 SME manufacturing businesses across the UK, has appointed three new Non-Executive Directors to its board, as it marks 10 years of growth: Warren Gell, Global Global Commercial Director, Dartington Crystal; Katy Moss, Managing Director, Trent Refractories; Henry Beaver, Chief Executive Officer, Beaver Bridges. They join existing Made in Britain board members: Prof. Chris Harrop OBE, ESG Strategy Director, Marshalls plc (Chairman); Camilla Hadcock, Owner and Director, Roach Bridge Tissues; Peter Atmore, Head of Global Sales and Marketing, Fracino. Made in Britain members enjoy licensed use of the Made in Britain registered collective Mark, which shows clients, consumers and shippers that they can trust that a product is of truly British provenance and that it has been made to the highest manufacturing standards. Additionally, members receive support across exports, sales, marketing and PR via information services and events; feature in a searchable Product Directory used by consumers and procurement professionals to source British-made goods; and have free access to the organisation’s Green Growth sustainability programme developed specifically for manufacturers. Made in Britain Board Chairman Chris Harrop OBE said: “In the tenth year of the Made in Britain initiative, we are delighted to welcome to the board three outstanding individuals, who represent the innovation, ambition and resilience of the UK manufacturing sector today. The last decade has seen the Made in Britain Mark become a well known and well loved symbol of high quality and British provenance, and our organisation is committed to becoming a yet more influential voice for manufacturers in the years ahead.” ACID CEO DIDS MACDONALD OBE., WINS THE ENTERPRISE NATION LEGAL AWARD 2022 ACID has announced CEO Dids Macdonald has won the legal category in the UK Enterprise Nation Awards 2022. According to ACID: “It is a fantastic outcome for ACID and all designers as it further amplifies our combined voices for the importance of IP design law reform. “Dids has worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to raise awareness for issues within the landscape of intellectual property (IP) and the design industry. Her unique view of how IP works (and does not work) originates from her experience of being a designer. She understands and can personally empathise with designers and creatives. She knows how it feels to be copied firsthand and thus appreciates the tribulations facing designers to stand up for their IP rights. “Over the years, Dids, at the helm of ACID, has created a strong and supportive design community and constantly and continuously campaigned for design law reform. Through ACID’s benefit schemes, with the help of our legal affiliates, members have been supported to succeed against IP infringements, including successful mediations. Our ACID logo carries weight to it, to stamp the threat of deterrence against copycats and our ACID IP Databank ensures designers have 3rd party dated evidence. “Our successful campaigns are supported by industry leaders and listened to by the Government. Our influence is due to the recognition of our unique knowledge and support from our designers’ input, which we admire and appreciate. Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID, said, “I’m delighted to be honoured by such a prestigious organisation. Enterprise Nation is such a great resource for SMEs. By ensuring that IP creators continually have the best possible practical tips and advice ensures IP as a positive force for growth. Paramount is the need for strong protection in, sadly, a world of copycats, so IP knowledge is strength!” “We would like to thank everyone who voted, we really appreciated your support. Also, a huge thank you to all our members and diverse creative designers who champion us and engage in our combined aims. The larger our community, the greater our voice is for positive change. “We have recently launched the ACID IP Charter to further the aims of a united design community, asking people and businesses to stand up for respect, ethics, and compliance in the design industry. If you’d like to become a signatory, you can sign here. In early 2023, Dids will be in talks with the Government for the 2023 Design Consultation. “We have asked for input from designers and created ACID’s Top Ten suggestions to propose IP reform to the IPO. Created by designers, for designers. A large element of such suggestions is aimed at cracking down on David vs Goliath situations in our continued fight for lone, micro, and SME support against the behemoths. You can view our Top Ten here. “If you would like to know more about how being a member of ACID can benefit and strengthen your IP strategy, you can take a look here, email or call our membership team on +44 (0)845 644 3617.” 12

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On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad IHGF DELHI FAIR SPRING 2023 SET TO BE BIGGER THAN EVER IHGF Delhi Fair, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is slated to be bigger in its Spring 2023 edition to be held from 15th to 19th March 2023. Resuming its earlier form and stature with each successive show, this fair will be a full capacity show. The response and revival can be attributed to exemplary growth in exhibitor participation as well as buyer attendance in the past three editions. The upcoming 55th edition is structured with a larger display with over 3000 exhibitors, theme as well as collective displays, several curated lines and design affirmations with a cross section of exhibitors ranging from medium and small exporters, artisan entrepreneurs and designers to India’s leading manufacturer exporters. A choice of over 2000 products and more than 300 trend specific design developments across 14 display segments, defines this show held at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi-NCR. In the show’s broad based segments of Home, Fashion, Lifestyle, Textiles and Furniture, the product range will feature housewares, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decorative, lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery & accessories, spa & wellness, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys & games, handmade paper products & stationery and leather bags. Collectively they offer a full spectrum of thoughtfully curated concepts and products at a single platform. Added attractions like Theme Pavilions, Trend Areas, Craft Demonstrations, Ramp Presentations and Knowledge Seminars, besides Buyer Lounges and Refreshment Zones would make attending the show a truly wholesome experience. This five days’ trade appointment is a sustained, proven and progressive resource for importers, wholesalers, retail chains and design professionals. Pre-registrations have already begun. IHGF Delhi Fair is organized twice every year in Spring and Autumn editions, by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the apex organization representing handicraft manufacturers and exporters in India. EPCH facilitates its 10,000+ members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Beyond providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers and sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers, facilitating harmonious business. London Stationery Show expands into the arts & crafts industry The team behind London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the show’s expansion into the arts and crafts industry. As the UK’s only trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry this is an incredibly exciting development that will see a broader range of products on offer than ever before. According to Mintel’s UK Hobbies and Interests Market Report for 2022, one in five adults have embarked on a new hobby since the outbreak of COVID-19. With people spending more time at home now than they did prior to the pandemic and a subsequent rise in concern for achieving the perfect work/life balance, more people are reaching to arts and crafts to destress and detox from the digital world. In a recent survey conducted by London Stationery Show to its database of independent retailers, art materials came out on top as the most popular product type stocked in store. This surpassed all other categories including notebooks and journals, diaries, writing instruments, and greeting cards, to name but a few. 32% of respondents also stated that arts and crafts are currently the biggest area for growth in their business, emphasising the increasing popularity of these products amongst consumers. Sandra Jervis, owner of Creative Cove in Lampeter, is a regular attendee of London Stationery Show and arts and crafts is a crucial part of her store offering: “Arts and crafts products are now my biggest sellers. My customers are increasingly falling in love with craft kits, not only because they are an opportunity to try something new, but because they represent great value for money. The products I sell have a really premium feel and make great gifts. Arts and crafts really do sell themselves!” 67% of survey respondents stated that they attend London Stationery Show to source arts and crafts products for their store, with an average of £47k being spent individually on arts and crafts stock per year. For art material and crafting companies choosing to exhibit at London Stationery Show, the demand for their products has been apparent. Paul Sacki, Director at Jakar International, and exhibitor at London Stationery Show cites: “The exhibition is an essential platform for us to showcase new art material product ranges to existing and potential customers and is always extremely successful for us. With no other exhibition in the UK catering for arts and crafts materials, London Stationery Show is a vital date in our calendar.” London Stationery Show is focused on supporting this evergrowing industry and is delighted to be a platform facilitating the connection between arts and crafts suppliers and stockists. 15 NEWS & EVENTS

INDX HOMEWARES OPEN FOR REGISTRATION Independent home retailers can now register for what show organisers are coining INDX Homewares’ and INDX Furniture’s “biggest and best” show schedules yet. Curated by buying group, Associated Independent Stores (AIS), INDX is celebrating 10 years as the leading order writing show in 2023. The shows have continued to evolve over that time, with this year’s being backed by leading trend agency, Scarlet Opus, which guides AIS members through the complex consumer landscape. Scarlet Opus was appointed to work with AIS and INDX Shows in 2022 and produces regular product and consumer trend reports for the buying teams to ensure its members can stay ahead of the retail curve. Visiting AIS members of the February show will be able to hear from Director of Consumer Behaviour Insights and Trends at Scarlet Opus, Phil Pond, who helps build world class retail environments. INDX Furniture is the first in the calendar on 21-23 January with 28 suppliers and a range of exclusives, show offers and deals for visitors. Highlights to be expected include the introduction of three new suppliers: CALA ITALIA, a brand-new Italian upholstery manufacturer; SIREN, a versatile soft cover for contemporary and traditional designs; and BELL & STOCCHERO a high-design cabinet. This year there will also be 24 new suppliers at the Homewares Show on 21-22 February including Riva Home, Potters Crouch, Burton McCall, Herdy, Swan, D.A.D, Georg Jensen, and LIGA. Seven suppliers will also be returning including Le Creuset, Beam, Turner Bianca, Joseph Joseph, Sodastream, Waltons, and Frass & English Soap Company. One of the many draws to INDX Homewares for independent retailers is its ability to provide access to 36 leading brands from 10 leading electrical suppliers, each of which has a range of brand-new products lined up for launch including a virtually assisted kettle. Rachel Breen, Head of Homewares said: “When we speak to our suppliers, members and show visitors, we really listen to the challenges they’re facing and want to ensure our shows are where they feel they can get business done. Many of the key suppliers are now starting to streamline their trade show attendance, and we are incredibly proud of the fact many are prioritising the INDX schedule, evidenced in the range of new contenders and returning residents. “We also continue to keep a close eye on the changing demands on the industry. We are aware that buying patterns are constantly changing, so it’s important that we are able to be flexible to this in order to best serve our members. “As we approach our 10-year anniversary in 2023, it is clear that a more consolidated show offering is the best way to cater to the modern market. We’re therefore adjusting the way that we deliver them so that everyone involved is able to draw the maximum benefit.” Since its inception in 2013, INDX Shows have been able to welcome a focused selection of buyers and exhibitors to its dedicated exhibition space, Cranmore Park, Solihull, every year. Pure London introduces Pure Edge Pure London, the UK’s leading trade fashion buying event taking place from the 12th14th February 2023 at the iconic Olympia London, reveals exciting new destination Pure Edge which joins and compliments the returning GEN Z destination. Pure Edge invites visitors to engage with the next generation, providing a new home for alternative lifestyle collections from around the world. Firmly rooted in inclusivity and diversity and offering innovative, creative collections which inject colour, confidence and creativity. Pure Edge stands firmly left of centre. Exhibitors will be independent, unapologetic, and diverse, proudly embracing difference in all its glory and offering bold collections that make a statement and demand zero-judgement. Head of Pure Edge, Carole Hunter says, “We are incredibly excited to introduce Pure Edge to Pure London this February and buyers won’t want to miss the diverse and innovative designers we will be showcasing. This new destination compliments the energetic and youthful Gen Z destination and embraces difference in fashion and all the brands are offering something truly unique.” Encapsulating the energy and mood of young fashion, Gen Z is your destination for trend-led and ready-to-order fashion, and street style collections. Returning to Pure London this February the exciting destination will host a thrilling line-up of young, edgy, and fun collections from new and exciting designers. 16

JEWELLERY & WATCH RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM NEC With over 100 exhibitors, Jewellery & Watch (J&W) is the biggest returning jewellery showcase in the UK bringing together the best in fine jewellery, silver jewellery, fashion jewellery, and jewellery designers. Perfectly timed with the international calendar and buying cycle, J&W will be located in Moda at Spring Fair from the 5th – 8th February at NEC Birmingham, presenting new collections and a sparkling line-up of designers including Breuning, Gecko, Sea Gems, D&X London, Herbert Marx, MG Diamonds, London Pearl, Scream Pretty, Jackie Brazil, Kali Ma Designs, Perfection Jewellery, Love Kiki, and Reeves & Reeves. Alejandra Campos, Event Director, Moda says, “I am delighted to announce that Jewellery & Watch is back. The beginning of a new journey offering all the vital ingredients to fully support this exciting industry. Working closely with key stakeholders – from associations such as NAJ and key media to clients and buying groups – we are, together, building a strong international platform. With Birmingham’s history and heritage in the jewellery sector, there is no better place to host it than Moda @ Spring Fair 2023.” For further information please visit and Harrogate Fashion Week to be the largest show to date On Sunday 5th February at 9am the doors to Harrogate Fashion Week will open for the eight edition. Once again organisers Sarah and Wendy are delighted to announce it will be the largest show to date. The show is held over three halls at the Harrogate Convention Centre, which is set right in the heart of the beautiful spa town with hotels, guest houses, restaurants and bars all on its doorstep. Harrogate has a reputation as a great place to do business and network after hours. The town is centrally situated in the heart of the UK with easy access by road, rail or air. Leeds/Bradford Airport is only a 20-minute taxi ride and has regular flights from Heathrow, Dublin and Belfast. LNER has direct trains from London or connect via York or Leeds to cover the whole of the country. For 25% discount with LNER see the HFW website. For those choosing to drive, all the hotels offer ample parking along with a large number of spaces at the Convention Centre itself. Come and be inspired with a fabulous selection of brands showcasing womenswear, accessories, lingerie and footwear attracting buyers from across the country eager to buy A/W 23 collections from current suppliers and more importantly to browse new labels to refresh your offering and beat the competition. Brands returning after a great show in July include Dolcezza, Tinta, Taifun, Carla Ruiz, Pomodoro, Smith & Soul, Rino & Pelle, Marble, Tilly and Grace, Alison Sheri, Alice Collins, Elisa Cavelleti, Saint james, Alquema and Hatley. New collections joining the show for February include Sahara, SMF, Nomads, Geox, Access, Gabrielle Parker, Aggel Knitwear, Bibi Bijoux Jewellery, Capuccino, Kate and Pippa, Nila Rubia, Pia Rossini, Christine Felix, This Girls Curiosity and Nissa. The latest category to join this fast-growing show is lingerie with the following brands signing up – Maison Lejaby, Chantal Thomass, Lingadore, Iconique, Blackspade, Miraclesuit and Secret weapons. So now even more of your buying needs can be catered for. The footwear offering at the show keeps growing, with new signings for the February event from EMIS, Geox and Brenda Zara, joining our regular shoe brands of Lotus, Bagatt, Capollini, Carmela and XTI. To register for your free fast track entry go to www. where you can also see a full list of brands showing. For special accommodation rates go to the website as above and click through to Visit Us where you will find a link to our official agents NuBreed Hotels for availability and discounted rates negotiated. 17 NEWS & EVENTS


BRAND & LIFESTYLE AWARDS 2023 OPEN FOR ENTRIES Entries for the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards (B&LLAs) 2023 are now officially open – with next year seeing the event moving to a new venue, as well as introducing a new category. The event – now in its eighth year – will take place on Thursday 27 April 2023, at a lavish afternoon event at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London. Over 500 retailers, licensees, brand owners and representatives are expected to attend. The deadline for nominations and entries across all categories is Wednesday 8 March 2023. The entry and nomination process for all categories is free and via online submission – all the forms can be accessed from the dedicated B&LLAs website by clicking here. The B&LLAs 2023 will look to reward brand and lifestyle licensing activity which has taken place in the UK between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022, across Product, Retail and Property categories. In addition, the Brand Ambassador Award will also be presented to a special individual (brand owner, licensor, retailer, licensee or supplier), acknowledging their contribution to the brand licensing sector. This year will also welcome a new accolade: The Brand and Lifestyle Licensing Rising Star Award – sponsored by Brand Licensing Europe’s Retail Mentoring Programme. The new award recognises and rewards excellence among those ‘new to the brand licensing sector’ in the UK who have shown real potential in the continued evolution of the sector. It is open to all young professionals aged 35 or under (on 27 April 2023) with a maximum of five years working experience in the brand and lifestyle licensing sector. “We’re delighted to sponsor this new category at the B&LLAs. BLE’s Retail Mentoring Programme is all about showcasing the best of brand licensing to retailers who are either new to their role or new to licensing,” commented Laura Freedman-Dagg, head of retail, Brand Licensing Europe. “Over the years we’ve seen some exceptional people come through the programme, many of whom have gone on to brilliant roles in all areas of licensing. It’s a real honour to bring fresh talent into the industry and a rising star category couldn’t be better aligned with the Retail Mentoring Programme. This year we’re excited to bring a group of retail mentees to the awards to take part in a celebration of best-in-class brand licensing.” Moda puts the spotlight on footwear, announces design collaboration with De Montfort University Moda, which has become an integral fashion destination at Spring Fair and takes place from 5th – 8th February 2023 at NEC Birmingham, has announced a collaboration with De Montfort University with a design competition for final year BA (Hons) Footwear Design students. The initiative showcases incredible young talent and the future of footwear design. All 16 of the students have been invited to display their innovative designs at Moda and from nine finalists the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday 5th February. Visitors to the show will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite design and the design with the most votes will receive the Buyer’s Choice Award. Alejandra Campos, Event Director, Moda says, “We are delighted to collaborate with De Montfort University supporting the local talent and the future designers to the footwear industry. The standards were very high and the innovation and creativity from the students is inspiring. I can’t wait to see their work on display at Moda and give these unbelievably talented designers the opportunity to show their work to a global audience.” The nine finalists are: Baldeep Nangla (Bobby), Woosung Kim, Gyoungryoung Kwak (Lynn), Cameron Murdoch, Jong Won Kim, Madison Harwood-Scott, Jemma Swales, Jihwi Ahn, and Alfie Payne. Their project brief was based on the Quagga, an ill proportioned cross between a horse and a zebra that was native to South Africa and unfortunately hunted to extinction in the 1880’s. The Quagga was one of nature’s hybrids that adapted its size, camouflage and natural survival capability with its surroundings. Incredibly, the Quagga is considered to be a worthy candidate to reverse engineer its genetic makeup and therefore ‘another’ biological ‘Quagga project’ is in progress to create the breed again, and hopefully reintroduce back into the wild. The Quagga evolved through specific conditions, so students were tasked to create footwear that also evolves through certain conditions and the framework was designed to disrupt the classic creative process. The Quagga was not able to maintain its own sustainability, but students could incorporate this within their product design if appropriate. Nanette Westberg-Brown BA(Hons), PGCAP, FHEA, Senior Lecturer for Footwear Design & Programme Leader for BA Footwear Design says, “The Quagga project is a unique concept that allows students to really push their design boundaries and explore niche footwear theories and innovations. The results are equally as unique as the brief! The work that the students have produced is a testament to their commitment of footwear studies; having started the programme during the pandemic and resulting lockdowns, they have overcome the challenges of facing reduced access to our facilities and practical prototyping, to excel in their creativity and design ideations. I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved so far, and I’m excited to see where their future careers within the industry takes them.” As the leading destination for footwear in the UK, Moda in February 23 will also present the industry’s most sought-after brands including Fly London, XTi, Refresh, Carmela, Chatham, Mustang, Alpe, Thomas Blunt, Lunar, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Michelle, Top Staka, Lazy Dogz, and many more. and 19 NEWS & EVENTS

AT THE SOURCE Source Home & Gift, taking place from 5th – 8th February at NEC Birmingham, has launched to unite the best manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world with key retailers, brands, contractors and interior designers who are looking to find new suppliers or explore private label opportunities. Here, Source Home & Gift Director of Sourcing Suzanne Ellingham tells us more… “Coming out of the pandemic, life has changed within retail for retailers and wholesalers. Research by the economist in November 2021 shows that 93% of companies involved in retailer were actively looking to transform their country sourcing strategy and that 92% were transforming their supplier relationships. Reading between the lines, companies were burnt with supply chain disruption and increasing costs, and where they can they are simply de-risking their supply chain by diversifying their county spread, which makes complete sense. However, if you layer over this that buyers simply don’t want to spend as much time on a plane, and also a desire for better, more sustainably made goods, we can see an opportunity to build a show that can really deliver. “There is a huge gap in the market for a true responsible sourcing show for home and giftware in the UK, even Europe. Source Home & Gift reflects a new vision for sustainable, ethical and inspirational product sourcing and will unite accredited and audited manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world with high-profile retailers, brands, and designers who are looking to responsibly and sustainably source new products. “Source Home & Gift will bring over 200 audited, quality manufacturers from around the world, to the NEC to help buyers source fantastic products from great manufacturers with great processes. We have manufacturers from China, India, Egypt, Peru and even the US. It’s important to me that our show is international and has a fantastic mix of large-scale manufacturing capabilities as well as beautiful handicrafts from around the world. What is even more important is that this show is a trusted platform, every manufacturer, or maker, that exhibits at the show is able to work in the UK and supply to Europe comfortably. We are bringing the best responsible manufacturers to the show and working with governments around the world to find the best exporters with good working practices. “We will be welcoming producers and manufacturers from over 20 countries, amongst these are four dedicated country pavilions including China (showcasing 70 quality manufacturers in total), two Indian Pavilions (organised by EPCH (handicrafts association) and HEPC (handloom producers association), and an Egyptian Pavilion. “We are creating a trusted platform where buyers, sourcing and procurement professionals can have confidence that if they find someone they want to work with, then that exhibitor will not fail in their internal audits. The accreditation process of sourcing new suppliers is time consuming and often fraught with issues. By ensuring all our exhibitors have already achieved the necessary accreditations and audits, we can make the sourcing process more efficient. “We are working with governments and agencies from across the world, to bring best in class manufacturers and artisan producers to the UK to share their capabilities with the UK market. Balancing scale and quality across key buying categories, with a range of minimum order values and range of finishes, the new show puts the entire supply chain at the fingertips of buyers for homewares, gifts, furniture, textiles, toys, stationery, and let’s not forget packaging. We are taking the pain out of global sourcing, saving buyers flights around the world by bringing manufacturers right to them. The proposition of a trade show of fully audited manufacturers that at least have a Sedex audit has proven exceptionally popular with all major retailers and wholesalers. It makes Source Home and Gift a must attend event for every buyer or procurement head we speak too. “Sourcing sustainable materials and products is not as easy as it sounds. It’s always challenging because good products and sustainability is more than just what a product is made of. It’s about the carbon footprint, it’s about the labour processes, it’s about the supply chain of getting that product from a to b, and many many other considerations. Even the word sustainable means a million different things to different people. There is nothing stopping anyone from sourcing sustainably, but the reality is that finding manufacturers that not only have great products, but consider their carbon footprint, and their working policies, and still can deliver a well-made product at a good price point, on time, is the holy grail. For us it is about championing responsible manufacturing with people who are doing things in the right way. They may not be 100% there, but no one is, it’s about working with global manufacturers who are fundamentally doing the right things in the right way and are on that improvement journey alongside their own customers. “It’s important to us that we build a show full of manufacturers and makers that become trusted partners for their customers. We want to challenge buyers to source better and show them some of the best manufacturers in the world, who can take their ideas and ranging requirements and turn that into fantastic products that will sell in their store or showroom. We want to help everyone find a better manufacturer to work with, so that ‘not knowing who to work with’ is no longer a viable reason to not have better products.” 20

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24 Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market EPE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED The Latticia® OT (One Touch) automatic bean to cup coffee machine creates top-tier barista style drinks from the comfort of your own kitchen. Thanks to its double foaming function, the new technology (otherwise known as the LATTEperfection System) enables higher temperatures to get that milk well and truly foamed – complete with a fine-pored froth! What’s more, by clicking on the One Touch button you can choose from a Café Crème, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and Milk froth with just one (simple) touch – not to mention the super silent grinder which grinds the coffee extra quietly. The coffee strength and grind can also be adjusted to suit individual tastes. This must have electrical kitchen appliance also features an XL water tank (1.5l) and bean container (250g) which has been specially created ‘extra-large’ to enable coffee enjoyment in the smallest of spaces. The practical Double Cup mode is a real time-saver too as it allows preparation of two identical drinks simultaneously. LAYERTREE LayerTree has designed a bird feeder that can be used with almost any type of bird food. Two size of inserts are provided for the tube so that you can adjust the flow rate of seed (smaller gap for fine seed and larger gap for chunky seed or mealworms). The bespoke stainless steel feeder tray has been designed with perforated seams to allow rain water to drain away, keeping the bird seed dry. The ‘twist & slide off’ cap takes seconds to remove for regular refilling but covers and protects the seed from the elements when the feeder is in use. FSC certified wood sealed with a 100% plant based & VOC free oil. Oil is pet friendly & offers UV and anti-fungal protection. Oak may naturally silver slightly over time. Wood is natural material therefore the grain & colour may vary slightly from images. WHOT! WHOT! is the original matching game that has been a family favourite since 1935. Now the infamous British card game has launched a Super Mario edition in time for Christmas. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your cards by matching symbols, characters or numbers. Invite your friends and family to the Mushroom Kingdom with this beautiful new Super Mario edition of WHOT! Take turns matching shapes, numbers, and characters including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach and Toad, and be the first to get rid of all your cards. Use the special Bowser and Bowser Jr. WHOT! cards, which can represent any number or shape you choose, to reverse the flow of gameplay and disrupt your opponents’ schemes! With 53 high-quality playing cards, this is the perfect time to take a break from stomping Goombas and enjoy this classic card game, with a special Nintendo twist. Ideal for playing at home, on holiday or on the move, this game comes complete with the Official Nintendo Licensed Product seal, so you can be confident that you’re buying a quality product, that’s perfect as a gift or treat. JARAPA Jarapa recycled glass lamps and lampshades are manufactured here in the UK using high quality fittings and local craftsmanship. The lamps and shades now have the Made in Britain status which the company is very proud of. Jarapa hsas also been sourcing fabrics locally - often roll ends of designer fabrics - to make limited-edition shades, while the velvets come from The Netherlands. Jarapa, established for over 18 years, source, manufacture and wholesale recycled homewares including glassware, rugs and glass lamp bases. All glassware is 100% recycled sourced from the EU to keep product miles low.