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Autumn Fair preview


Autumn Fair to light up the retail world


The Light Show makes its debut


The industry is geared up for Autumn Fair 2015 and a stunning showcase of the best new products from 1,400 exhibitors across 13 different market categories. With tens of thousands of new launches that offer superb cross-over


buying opportunities and countless sector-specialist products, the show is organised by i2i Events Group and runs from September 6-9 at the NEC Birmingham. The categories are: Gift, Contemporary Gift & Home, Children’s Gifts,


Toys & Gadgets, Volume Gift & Home, Brands of China, Greetings, Gift & Craft, Fashion Jewellery & Accessories, Home, Table & Kitchen, Body & Bath, Retail Shop, The Summerhouse and – an exciting new introduction for 2015 - The Light Show. The Light Show at Autumn Fair will be the only Lighting Industry


Association-endorsed decorative lighting event taking place in the UK this year, incorporating such market-leading luminaries as Dar Lighting, Searchlight, Interiors 1900, Impex Russell, TP24, Endon Lighting and Illuminati. Alongside some of the most well-known and successful bellwether brands


in the business, Autumn Fair will host hundreds of new companies and first time exhibitors in what promises to be an essential destination for retailers in search of the hottest new products and trends ahead of Christmas. The unrivalled new product display to be showcased at Autumn Fair will


include the biggest and best selection of Contemporary Gift & Home products available to the UK and wider European retail trade ahead of Christmas. Major industry suppliers including Enesco, Junction 18, Wild & Wolf, Heaven Sends, Disaster Designs, Rex International, RJB Stone and Temerity Jones London will all present their new lines within this show sector.


Located within Contemporary Gift & Home in Hall 3 will be the must-see


Designlab feature area, a unique showcase of cutting-edge design-led product. Also exclusive to Autumn Fair in the second half of 2015 is The Summerhouse collective of luxurious, design-led gift and homeware from 16 handpicked companies from around the world. The content programme at Autumn Fair is designed to guide visitors


through some of the challenges facing bricks and mortar retailers, from how to identify the next big thing to visual merchandising and photography, and provide inspiration for the season ahead. The WGSN-supported Trends Theatre, located in Hall 2 will provide a


wealth of ideas and inspiration. WGSN will provide forward thinking design direction for the retail community via three macro trend concepts to be presented via daily webinars, while retailers and business leaders will share the secrets of their success. Another important centrepiece


for the show is the Ecommerce Theatre, situated within the buzzing Retail Shop area in Hall 5. Ecommerce seminar content will address some of the most challenging issues faced by retailers, with session topics ranging from social media to Search Engine Optimization and website design. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)


has once again partnered with Autumn Fair for 2015 and will be at Hall 4 Stand N31-N32. UKTI contributes to the content programme at Autumn Fair and this year presents iconic British designer, Emma Bridgewater as the keynote speaker. Emma will discuss her brand’s export journey from the eCommerce theatre on Tuesday September 8 from 14.00 – 14.30.


See Melanie Skyes on the Fashionette stand at Autumn Fair, Hall 5 Stand A72 - B73


38 Giftware Review & Home Interiors September / October 2015


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