Gift Focus inc Attire Accessories - March/April 2024

35 LONDON STATIONERY SHOW PREVIEW London Stationery Show 2024 has a lot to write home about. Taking place on 14-15 May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition covering gift stationery, writing instruments, arts & crafts and office supplies has an alluring exhibitor lineup, added features and new enthusiastic owners. Gift Focus grabbed a sparkly highlighter to ensure retailers do not miss out on this lucrative and ever evolving product area. While we may be living in a digital world, the stationery sector is proving its mighty endurance, with product innovation continuing to perpetuate the consumer’s interest and desire, be it in accessible writing instruments, wonderfully designed journals, the latest desk accessories, not to mention arts & crafts developments. And there’s nowhere better to see this wondrous cornucopia of products than at the London Stationery Show in May (14-15) at Islington’s Business Design Centre. Bringing the old and the new London Stationery Show 2024’s strong roster of exhibitors is a feast of many leading brands as well as new designer names, including Crayola, Leuchtturm1917, Blueprint Stationery, Stone Marketing, ExaClair, Daler Rowney, Royal Talens, Manuscript Brands, Jakar International, Studio Pens, Pentel, Snopake, Staedtler, IG Design Group, Sinclairs, Stabilo, Pukka Pads, Edding, Hahnemuehle, Ultratape, The Pilot Pen Co, Zebra Pen, Nu:notebooks, Tallon International and many more. This will be the show’s first outing since being acquired from Ocean Media Group by Max Publishing at the end of last year. LSS is a great fit for the company, which also owns the Progressive Greetings Live greeting card trade show as well as several leading B2B titles, including Progressive Greetings and Progressive Gifts & Home. Chantelle White continues with LSS as its event manager while Chris Leonard-Morgan, who founded the show back in 2012 is back in the fray, with the news that he has joined the team as a special advisor having been very warmly received by the stationery community. Chris is in no doubt that: “London Stationery Show is in good hands! Max Publishing is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities and synergy which exists with its market leading titles to take the London Stationery Show and stationery itself to a higher level and wider audience. I feel very happy that I will be a part of it rather than just watching from the sidelines!” Registration for buyers, wholesalers, overseas distributors and licensors has now gone live with the agenda of workshops and talks to be revealed shortly. LSS will also include a display of Stationery Awards finalists, with the winners being announced at the end of the first day of the show at a free to attend event held in the Jack’s Café area at the BDC. A CORNUCOPIA OF PRODUCTS Big moves in London Stationery Show IN BRIEF: WHO: London Stationery Show, WHERE: Business Design Centre, London WHEN: 14-15 May, 2024