World exclusive product launches, a brand new food emporium, live demonstrations, daily fashion shows and an engaging seminar programme, all sat alongside an unrivalled showcase of the highest standard of products spanning Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft, made this edition of Top Drawer the best yet.
This was just some of what visitors to January’s Top Drawer experienced as the event’s latest evolution presented four distinctive worlds – Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft – all under one, united Top Drawer brand, creating one major destination for design-led products and buyers from all over the world
“Our edit of the best brands and compelling new content created a must-attend event. Over the three days, Top Drawer was buzzing with a variety of UK and international buyers from fashion boutiques and gift shops to lifestyle stores and top multiple retailers. Feedback has been extremely positive and we are already looking forward to delivering the next edition!’ commented event director Alejandra Campos.
The launch of the Food Emporium saw the best speciality and fine foods from over 50 leading artisans, producers and brands addressing the growing interest in artisan food amongst retailers. Products, including drinks & confectionery, bread & baked goods, and oils & condiments, formed an impeccably curated selection of specialty food brands that were enthusiastically received by our food-savvy retail visitors.
‘We’ve sourced some great premium products in the new Food Emporium which enables us to sell something unique alongside our gifts and stationery. The Food Emporium has not only given us access to some well-priced gifts and seasonal products, but it also presented us with a good choice of suppliers local to us in the West Country’, commented Debbie Hicks of Stag Gifts & Stationery, Bath, UK.
Keith Brymer Jones, judge of BBC2’s Great Pottery Throw Down, drew huge crowds at the entrance to Home with daily live throwing on his potter’s wheel. He also spoke about his experience on the Great Pottery Throw Down and the programme’s effect on the pottery industry at Academy LIVE.
The Academy, Top Drawer’s online content platform of retail know-how, went live at Top Drawer with keynote speaker; lifestyle entrepreneur Charlie Gladstone from Pedlars, headlining the popular free talks programme that ran throughout the three days of the event.
Now established as one of Top Drawer’s main attractions, new design showcase Spotted always draws a big crowd. This January was no exception as Assemble, winners of this year’s Turner Prize, joined the impressive line-up of exhibitors in the comprehensive new talent hub.
The Gift world presented a first-class selection of brands and designers with products spanning Gifts, Stationery & Greetings, Wellbeing and Children’s.
The beautifully curated world of Craft returned for its third year, bigger and better than ever, with an impressive selection of carefully curated handmade products from over 150 of the finest contemporary makers.
Super-chic fashion shows on an impressive catwalk, featured some of the most covetable accessories for the spring/summer season with daily presentations of six trend-led scenes.
The next Top Drawer will take place at Olympia London on September 11th to 13th 2016