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Success takes feature to Autumn Fair

DESIGN Lab is an exciting new feature launching at Autumn Fair International for the fi rst time this year to showcase the unique work of 14 cutting-edge designer-makers.

This exclusive platform will shine a spotlight on the best of design innovation within the contemporary gift and home sector, from companies that have never been seen at Autumn Fair. Nick Davison, portfolio director show organisers i2i Events, said: “Design Lab is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to helping contemporary gift businesses showcase their fantastic products and unique design talents to the largest gift retail audience of the autumn buying season.” Exhibitors include: Men’s Society, Jollysmith Design,

Metz Textil Design, Pushka Knobs, Burgerplex Ltd, Pokket GmbH, Crafted Lines, Creature Clothes, Rafi nesse & Tristesse and Iozzolino Design, a brand new company based in Ireland that has chosen Design Lab at Autumn Fair as its fi rst ever trade platform. The launch of Design Lab at Autumn Fair, which runs at Birmingham’s NEC from September 1-4, follows on from its successful debut at sister show Spring Fair International 2013.

To Russia with paper

PAPERWORLD organisers Messe Frankfurt have strengthened their position in Russia by joining forces with Skrepka Expo.

The move means the two trade fairs will take place

next March at the Crocus Expo Centre in Mowcow as Skrepka Expo Powered By Paperworld, giving the Russian offi ce and stationery market one platform for further growth.

The cooperation between these two strong exhibition brands will begin with a Paperworld Russia Pavilion at the autumn edition of Skrepka Expo in September.

Indian summer

IF YOU fancy an Indian summer trip to source ethnic products for your card shop, the 36th Indian Handicrafts & Gift Fair takes place from October 15-18. With more than 2,300 leading Indian manufacturers and exporters, the event New Delhi is Asia’s biggest show of handicrafts, gifts, textiles and jewellery.


A NEW zoned fl oor plan will enable visitors to Brand Licensing Europe navigate the vast array of brands more easily than every before. BLE 2013 tables place at London’s Olympia from October 15-17 and in the Brands area will be giants such as Coca Cola, Adidas, Nike, and Jelly Belly, along with The National Trust, WWF and the V&A, plus sporting and arts names from Manchester Utd to the Royal Ballet.

Chewits confectionery and the legendary guitar brand Fender are attending for the fi rst time, while in the Art Design & Illustration area Belle & Boo make their debut together with Fatina Dreams and Gorjuss. From Mini to Mercedes, Neil Diamond to Marilyn Monroe, there’s a match for everyone at the show this

year – and greetings card publishers are also in on the act with American Greetings, Carte Blanche, Deer Little Forest, Hallmark, Holy Mackerel, Paperlink, Paper Rose and The Square Card Company, already confi rmed as exhibitors. “There is a good reason these consumer brands come to BLE,” said BLE event director Darren Brechin, “They’re looking for the chance to make new partnerships with manufacturers, retailers or service providers so that, together, they can create meaningful new ways to connect with consumers and to grow their business. If you want to work with them, BLE is where to be.”

Last chance for Xmas stock-up

A GOOD percentage of completely new exhibitors and innovative companies mean Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn offers retailers and buyers a last chance to stock up pre-Christmas.

The key autumn trade show for the country is on course for another successful event at the SECC, Glasgow, on September 22 and 23 with a great track record for written business from independent shops throughout Scotland. In the Launch Gallery,

introduced last year for start-up companies under two years old, there is a selection of highly original and commercial goods already, with handmade ceramic and enamel jewellery from My Cherry Pie, hand-printed textiles from Rhubarb & Ginger, and Angel’s Share Glass’ blown glass whisky- styled gifts.

The fair has also attracted exciting new exhibitors for the main show, such as Bulloch

Cowell’s traditional Scottish gifts, Craic’n’yarn knitted goods and scarves and contemporary coloured fashion items from Meena Handbags along with the many established brand names including Pigment Productions, The Just Slate Co, Scott Inness and Indulgence Jewellery.

Mark Saunders, MD of show

organisers Springboard Events, said: “The unique strength of Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn is that written orders are always strong at the show. “It’s a fi nal opportunity for

retailers to fi nd additional stock for the Christmas period. Many suppliers are exhibiting impulse purchase, well designed and commercial gift ideas which are perfect for small presents and stocking fi llers.”

Graduates show off talent

THE latest talent has been on show at the New Designers 2013 which brings together more than 3,000 of the UK’s innovative graduates under one roof.

The 28th edition of the show at the Business Design Centre, in Islington, presented examples of outstanding graduate design across a host of creative disciplines, and was divided into two parts.

Part 1 ran from June 26-29 showing work by graduates in contemporary applied art; ceramics and glass; fashion, textiles and

accessories; jewellery and precious metalwork. Part 2, from July 3-6, focused

on furniture and product design, visual communications including graphic design and illustration; spatial design and, for the fi rst time, Prime Cuts, a new feature covering specialist motion arts disciplines,

including fi lm, animation and costume design.

Both sections included One

Year On, a curated showcase of designers in their fi rst year of business, selected by an expert panel for entrepreneurial fl air and exceptional quality of their work.

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