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Trends

Ambiente pinpoints sustainably inspiring lifestyle trends

Opening up their 2017 trend report with the keywords Sustainably Inspiring, Ambiente organiser, Messe Frankfurt, asserts that “honest handling of materials and the clarity of design as well as surprising patterns and textures” are setting the style bar for coming seasons.       Creatives and designers are forging boldly ahead in new directions without “straining for superficial effects.” Buyers should have confidence in the powerful attraction of authentic design. Some of the trend ideas are notably masculin... Read More...

Europe opens for business and sets the seasonal trends

This weekend the industry will gather at one of the world’s most important trade events, which brings several key sectors together under one roof at Messe Frankfurt, Germany.   Paperworld, Creativeworld, Christmasworld and Floradecora are the dream team for the start of the season, taking place from 27 – 31 January. Across 17 exhibition halls, visitors will be able to broaden their horizons with a wide variety of inspirational ideas from the individual sectors and product segments. At Christmasworld it will be all about ... Read More...

Spring 2017 lifestyle trends

Top Drawer is an essential destination for discerning buyers on the hunt for inspiring merchandise and future trend insight.   One exhibitor we'll definitely be paying a visit to is British home textiles designer Jan Constantine, who is to launch her new Tropical range at the show. This striking collection of hand embroidered cushions, throws and accessories is inspired by 'the return of the house plant', currently gripping interiors everywhere and also updates the long-term tropical flamingo and pineapple prints with a bo... Read More...

New Products

Greetings Debut at Spring Fair 2017

The British are thoroughly spoiled when it comes to the amazing variety of available greeting cards, an industry where the UK leads the rest of the world and which grew in the past year to an overall worth of around £1.7bn.   This is one area where you should try to be bold and ... Read More...

New S/S17 Greetings Card Launches

Fay's Studio The fantastic British greeting card industry where the UK leads the rest of the world, has grown over the past year or so to achieve an overall worth of around £1.7bn.   This figure includes around £200mn spent on 900 million Christmas cards, while over three qu... Read More...

2017 New Product Preview

We’re heading into that time of year when the buying really begins for the majority of retailers. Christmas is still to come and yet in less than a month festive stock will have been cleared and the trade will be looking to the next round of exhibitions for merchandising inspiration. ... Read More...