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1973 Ltd – H16 A Piece Of – E22 Abigail Warner Ltd – A7a Alec’s Cards – A12 Alice Atwell – U27 Alice Palace – F8 Alison Hardcastle – B7 Allihopa – E11 Alljoy Design – B20 The Almanac Gallery – G25 Alternative Image Co – F25 Archie Grand – G9 Archivist – G32

Art Angels Publishing – H27 The Art File – H14 Artistson Cards – D18 Artpress Publishing – H11 The Art Rooms Ltd – E8 Becky Baur – K35 Bee Jewellery – Z6 The Bees Knees – K11 Belinda Northcote – Q44 Belly Button Designs – H9 Berni Parker Designs – D24 Big Jon – K25 Bird – K19

Blue Eyed Sun – E12 Bluebell 33 Ltd – H5 Brainbox Candy – K20 Buttongirl Designs – K17 C&W heArt Graphics – D11 Cardelicious – F14 Caroline Gardner – P12 Cath Tate Cards – A6 Catherine Ward – D13 Cinnamon Aitch – D20 Claire Close – K23 Clear Creations – B5 Colcards – H32a Comic Art – K37 Cracker Cards – D4 Custard – F16 Cut Back Cards – F13 Dean Morris Cards – G10 Dipingo Design – C17 The DM Collection – F19 Dry Red Press – F28 East Of India – Q40 Elspeth Thomson – A8 English Accent – B9 Esmie – F21 Evie & Me – C19 Five Dollar Shake – G8 Flytrap – K33a Fotovio Gmbh – D6 Frankie Whistle – F17 Gabrielle Izen – D14 Gellie Design – B12a Green Gables – B16 Hels Bells Design – G31 Holy Mackerel – E19 Hunky Dory Designs – D19 Hype Associates – C11 I Drew This – C16a I Ended Up Here – D7 Imogen Owen – K26 Jane Bannon – F16 Jane Means – H18 Jessica Hogarth – C18 Judy Lumley – G33 Juniper Tree Card Co – F23 Kathryn Ferrier – H33 Katie Leamon – K15 Lagom Design – G24 Laura Darrington – D12 Laura Skilbeck – B12

Lazzaro – G28 Linda Wood – E27 Linoking Cards – F16 Lip International – F12 Lonetree Cards – D9 Lou Mills – C15

Love Faith And Hope – K13 Love From Lemonade – B10 Lucilla Lavender – D10 Lucky Bird – F20 Lychee – F26a Lynda Loves – C20

Mac & Ninny Paper Co – K5 Mad Lou Publishing – F6 Madame Chalet – K35a Moongazer Cards – E17 Neale Dataday – G5 Nella Cards – E7 Noah’s Ark Ink – C26 Paper Bird Publishing – H28 Pearl And Black – C12 Pelletier & Co – H24 Penny Lindop – A5 Pennychoo – G13 Periodic Society – E13 Perkins & Morley – F15 Petra Boase – C13 Pleased To Meet – H19 Pocket Typewriter – H30 Polite Cards – K31 Pootle – C14

Port And Lemon – P54 Portfolio – G17 Prey UK – C4 Publishers Group UK – H34 Real And Exciting – H21 Redback Cards – F10 Regisposta – H23 Reliefprint Press Cards – E15 Rocket 68 – C16 Rosanna Rossi – E24 Rosehip Cards – F11 Rosie Wonders – C5 Rossi 1931 – H10 Ruth Jackson – E23 Ryland Studios – D17 Sabivo Design – C22 Sally Scaffardi Design – C8 Sarah Ray – K39 Schnucki Images – D26 Select Cards UK – F5 Sloane Stationery – F7a Something For The Girls – G7 Square Card Co – K12 Stone Marketing – E5 Stop The Clock – C9 Stormy Knight – K15a Studio Seed – B8 Susan Entwistle – C24 Susan O’ Hanlon – K16 Temporary Measure – T61 Think of Me – F24 Tony Fernandes – B14 Trumpers World – F27 Twice As Nice – H12 Two Little Boys - E11A The Typecast Gallery – D16 Undercover – K3 Urban Graphic – H1 Velvet Olive – C10 Vintage Playing Cards – K6 Wild Clove – F26 Wooden Postcard Co – B6 The Wrap Paper – F9 Wrendale Designs – K29 YCUK – G12

Nostalgic giggles

WELL-known for their superb collection of best-selling retro greetings cards, the Alternative Image Company are introducing a new range of more than 100 all- occasion black and white, and colour designs. The new cards complement their classic bestsellers to

increase the great mix of nostalgic humour, retro fashion and vintage celebrity. Additional images, including Christmas and Valentine’s Day, will be added throughout the year. The blank inside cards are printed in the UK and individually cello-wrapped with a scarlet envelope. Stand F25– T: 020 3478 4804 38

Confidence building

As the economy begins to recover, customers are starting to buy more so things are looking more hopeful for retailers and, with the first trade show of the new year about to take place, the growing confidence should see a good time had by all.


MPROVED retail confi dence bodes well for the fi rst trade show of the new year as a reinvigorated Top Drawer Spring has seen growth, and an additional event to attract the buyers. Organisers Clarion Events have created the UK’s biggest design-led fair to kick off the buying season with more than 1,000 selected exhibitors taking over the entire Earls Court complex from January 12-14. Home, the additional section has doubled in size since its launch in 2012 with a 40 per cent increase for 2014, and the addition of premium makers’ event Craft offers retailers galleries and collectors a unique opportunity to see the work of 100 contemporary designer-makers working in a wide range of disciplines. As well as an impressive line-up of industry experts in the seminar programme, Top Drawer itself brings together more than 800 of the fi nest hand-picked exhibitors, who will present thousands of product launches and exclusive brands across fi ve sectors – Gift, Fashion, Children’s, Greetings & Stationery, and Wellbeing. In the Greetings & Stationery section alone there are more than 150 stands from new launches such as Noah’s Ark Ink, through to well-known known smaller publishers like Laura Darrington. Then there are more established brands including

The Alternative Image Company, Dean Morris Cards – about to celebrate 15 years in business – Cinnamon Aitch, Berni Parker Designs, Cath Tate Cards, The Art File, Holy Mackerel, and Blue Eyed Sun who are all showcasing new and expanded ranges. New to Greetings & Stationery is an exclusive area for established design-led greetings card publishers and suppliers of stylish stationery, making it even easier for retailers to fi nd the most infl uential design-led suppliers and products. This space is located around the new circular networking Stationery Bar between aisles G and H.

Top Drawer 2014 will see the seventh edition of Spotted, bringing together the fi nest and newest design talent. Curated by independent design writer Charlotte Abrahams, Spotted introduces innovative designers to the UK market to launch their ingenious and original products. Charlotte said: “Spotted focuses on companies and designer makers who are new to the UK trade fair circuit, while Spotted+ gives the most popular names from the previous show the chance to return and build on that success. For this show, Charlotte has chosen 11 designers for their commercial readiness, quality and individuality, including Foldie with their fun folding t-shirts, printed cards from Studio Scrase, WitShop’s quality gifts and cards, hand-printed designs from Justine Ellis, Cosmos by Petra Borner with her monochrome prints, colourful prints and cards by Francesca Iannaccone, and handmade wooden cards from Made In Dad’s Shed.

Running alongside Spotted is Spotted +, where popular brands from the previous show get a chance to return and further their commercial success – this year it reintroduces fi ve

exhibitors Rose Hill Designs, Pen On Paper, Which Glasses Are Which?, Identity Papers and Kate Moby. Rose Hill Designs acquired numerous valuable

contacts from many infl uential retailers at Top Drawer Autumn. Her graphic greetings cards and prints with a retro edge are now available in at least 20 different stores across the UK. At the show, she secured several commissions, one of which was for a high-end London department store.

“The quality and diversity of all three shows is second to none,” said Top Drawer brand director Ian Rudge, “it really is an unmissable event for any senior retailer or interiors buyer.”

The show is open from 9.30am-6pm on Sunday and

Monday, and to 5pm on Tuesday.

Things of note

CARD publisher Two Little Boys have expanded their offering with Things notebooks being launched at Top Drawer. With 10 titles, including ‘things to worry about when I have nothing better to do’, ‘things to do when I can be arsed’ and ‘things I should do just in case I don’t win the lottery’ there’s one for everyone!

Stand E11A – T: 020 8400 3606

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