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Poldark range Cornish jewellery company, St Justin Ltd has been appointed by licensor ITV Studios Global Entertainment to produce a range of official Poldark licensed jewellery and giftware. St Justin started business over 30 years ago in


the small mining village of Pendeen in West Cornwall, where it used local tin from nearby Geevor Tin Mine in the production of pewter jewellery and giftware. The company has built up a strong reputation


for producing affordable high quality products in pewter, silver, bronze and Cornish tin with all items made by hand at purpose built premises near Penzance. The range features many traditional designs that are influenced by nature, history and the Celtic origins of Cornwall. St Justin worked alongside production company Mammoth Screen and


licensor ITV Studios Global Entertainment to prepare the launch of this exclusive range of jewellery and giftware that is inspired by the story’s mining settings and Cornish filming locations, as well as pendants that have been designed to reflect the styles worn in the series. The initial collection is being produced in Cornish tin. Although the tin


mines of Cornwall are now closed, most of the products will be handcrafted from 100% Cornish tin, which St Justin have managed to buy following the discovery of a large quantity of ingots from a shipwreck.


BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year 2015 winners


The annual BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year award ceremony was held at Autumn Fair 2015, the fifth annual competition to be held during the show. The winners are: Luggage & Travel


Winner: Garment Mate by Gate8 Luggage; Highly Commended: Urban Junk UK Backpacks by Urban Junk Fashion Handbags Winner: Wander Mini Bag by Disaster


Designs; Highly Commended: Olivia Bag by Swag and Tassel Small Leathergoods Winner: Billfold by Bond and Knight; Highly


Commended: Personality Leather collection by Dalaco Fashion Jewellery Winner: Write On Pencil ring by Me and Zena; Highly


Commended: Allumer Match Firework by Allumer Jewellery Fashion Accessories Winner: Dunaway Accessory Hanger by Roods and


Perches; Highly Commended: Leopard-print book cover by Bagabook Made in Britain Winner: In the Shade collection by Hatastic; Highly Commended: Satchel Print bag by The Design Mould


Card sales rise across the UK


The latest annual report from the Greeting Card Association found that card sales across the UK increased in value to £1.6 billion, as the British population bought 879 million single cards in the last year and Christmas card sales alone reaped £174 million. Everyday cards accounted for 76 per cent of total sales and the average retail price rose from £1.44 in 2013 to £1.55 in the past year. The report, which does not cover print-on-demand cards sold online or


packs and boxes of Christmas cards, is managed by independent research analyst Ebiquity. It confirmed that the UK market has moved out of recession with sustained growth in sales across all occasions.


10 Giftware Review & Home Interiors November / December 2015 St Justin launches officially licensed New appointments at Spring Fair


Two new senior appointments have been made for Spring Fair as part of a raft of initiatives being implemented for the 2016 edition of the show. Nick Davison is the new Portfolio Director for Spring


Fair and Saul Leese joins as Head of Marketing for the exhibition, due to take place from February 7 – 11 at The NEC, Birmingham. Nick, who joined i2i Events Group in 2007, is already a


familiar face to both retailers and exhibitors, having started out as an event director for garden centre industry exhibition, Glee, before moving onto Autumn Fair. Spring Fair’s new Head of Marketing, Saul Leese, also


has an impressive career in the exhibitions industry and joins i2i Events Group from London-based event, 100% Design. This year sees the introduction of The Wish List, which


gives buyers the opportunity to save and print ‘shopping lists’ of their favourite items from a comprehensive database of Spring Fair exhibitors’ products. Further changes to Spring Fair for 2016 will include an improved layout, which


Saul Leese


will further enhance the show’s superb cross-over buying opportunities across 14 different product sectors. See our full show preview in the next issue for more information.


Carte Blanche Makes Online Shopping Easier Than Ever


Gift and greetings card supplier, Carte Blanche Group, has unveiled a raft of improvements to its Trader Site online ordering facility, in line with its ongoing commitment to improve service levels for independent retailers. The Trader Site now boasts improved


menus and filtering systems which make products much easier to find. Clearer product flags also ensure that customers can clearly see which products are in stock, as well as the date when unavailable products are due back. Improvements have also been made to the checkout process, meaning that orders can be made in just a few clicks of a mouse. Customer Relations Manager, Chris


Barrett, comments, “We’ve listened to our customers to ensure that our Trader Site really delivers in terms of the service they


Nick Davison


should expect. As well as improvements to navigation and ordering process, we’ve also made changes to ensure the site is Mobile Friendly. For anyone who hasn’t yet placed an


order via the Carte Blanche Trader Site, an introductory 10% discount will be applied to their first order.


John Lewis goes Dutch


UK department store John Lewis has taken its first step into mainland Europe with plans to open concessions in seven branches of Dutch department store de Bijenkorf. The first three shops will open in


Spring 2016 in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, followed by openings in Eindhoven, Utrecht, Amstelveen and Maastricht the following year.


The Netherlands stores will be


focused on the John Lewis own-brand home and lifestyle products, rather than the fashion offer. Further international shop-in-shops form part of the company’s future strategy, following on from the 14 outlets it has already opened across Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea.


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