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Giftware Association news Gift of the Year 2015


Gift of the Year 2015 winners who exhibited at Home & Gift spoke enthusiastically about the competition and how their businesses are developing. My Gifts Trade not only won


the Made in UK category for Hinchcliffe & Barber’s Songbird Grey Ceramics, but also scooped The Judges’ Choice award with the same range. My Gifts Trade director Paul


Connett said that winning had “opened doors”. Anna Rigby of John Lewis had voted for the range, but the company was advised by the retailer at a GA Meet the Buyer event that it should consider widening it as JLP would need more product before merchandising it in its stores. “We listened to what they


Simmons said: “Gift of the Year has a lot of credibility and holding it at Spring Fair certainly drives people to the stand. We have given out the winners’ cards to our stockists so that they can display them next to the products. We are now working on a range to enter into the 2016 competition. It would be nice to win two years in a row!” Demand for The Art File range


FORM continues to increase, according to sales co-ordinator James Mace. It won the Card and Wrap category


as a first-time entrant and the three skyline cards – of New York, Paris and London – “sell tremendously well”. Two more will be added towards the end of the year.


Laura Colebrooke


said and their feedback has helped. We have expanded the range with the same designs and now have gardening products and more homeware. Nearly everything we have produced they like and they have signed off most of it.”


Stone Glow Candles won the Home


Fragrance category with its Modern Apothecary Candles and the range was due to go into John Lewis stores at the end of July. Stone Glow chairman Perry


“Gift of the Year has a lot of credibility and holding it at Spring Fair certainly drives people to the stand.”


Internationally-known designer


Nick Munro presented The Giftware Association’s prize for students at this year’s Pewter Live event, the annual competition staged by The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to promote the versatility of pewter and its use in the manufacture of contemporary household objects. Laura Colebrooke of Truro College


won the award for her ‘Camelia’ make- up brush set, which was adjudged to be on-trend and have real commercial viability. Highly commended for The GA prize was Stacey West from Plymouth College of Art and Design whose Found Treasures hand-made necklace mixed pewter with silver and precious gemstones. As winner, Laura will benefit from


free membership of The GA – should she decide to go into business when she leaves college – and free entry for her designs in Gift of the Year 2016 or a future competition, as well as free publicity in the gift trade media. The GA signed up 45 retailer


subscribers and 12 new members at Home & Gift.


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12 Giftware Review & Home Interiors September / October 2015


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