Billed by organiser Clarion Events as “the world’s only curated lifestyle show, Top Drawer A/W 2016 will feature a first class selection of British and international designled brands, many of them preparing exclusive new launches for the exhibition.
Visitors can anticipate a sparkling edit of new products at Top Drawer, where passion for design and quality shine through at every level.
You can look forward to seeing products from hundreds of exceptional UK and international brands across Home, Gift, Fashion, and – for the first this September – C raft. From the quintessentially British to Europe’s most directional labels, exhibitors have been cherry-picked for their outstanding design and originality.
With an expertly curated pick of the very best products and brands showcased in stunning contemporary spaces, Top Drawer is the destination that creative retailers go to for the season ahead.
The Home arena – already impressive during the 2015 showcase – has grown 30% bigger this year, with exciting new homewares, furniture and lighting displays in the pipeline, from companies such as: Alessi, Also Home, Au Maison, Black+Blum, Canvas Home, Forma House, Garden Trading, Grand Illusions, Leonardo, Makers & Merchants, Make International, Parlane, Seletti, Stelton, Skandium and Umbra and more.
With an entire floor dedicated to Fashion, Top Drawer presents a world class edit of designled apparel, fashion accessories and jewellery, ranging from cutting edge to classic looks. This year, new features include a trend-led catwalk feature and Jewellery UK Collections zone.
Amongst this year’s fashion line-up are star players: A zuni, Amadoria, BCharmed, Cluse Watches, Newgate Watches, Nordahl Andersen, Otis Jaxon, Pilgrim, Rodgers & Rodgers, Ted Baker, Tyler & Tyler, Zadig & Voltaire and Caddogan Cufflinks .
Top Drawer’s world of Gifts has serious seasonal appeal, with an exceptional choice of design-led UK and international brands across the Giftware, Children’s, Wellbeing and Greetings & Stationery sections. With great cross-over buying opportunities, these diverse categories offer a refreshingly innovative choice of new products for a sophisticated store offer.
Key giftware brands already confirmed for this year’s show include Bombay Duck, Rice, Cubic, Chase & Wonder, Caroline Gardner, Kikkerland, Nkuku, Miss Etolie, Phaidon, Rice, Scandi Chic and Wild & Wolf.
For the first time this year Greetings & Stationery will incorporate PaperFest into its exciting greetings and stationery section. Already attracting some of the very best UK and International brands, such as 1973 Ltd, Ohh Deer, Notable Designs, Go Stationery, The Art File, Stone Marketing and Wrap, PaperFest adds another dimension of creativity to the mix with its inspiring designers, printers and makers, as well as expert speakers, panel discussions and interviews.
Top Drawer will also host their inaugural PaperAwards, supported by paper connoisseurs, G.F. Smith. Finalist and winners work will be showcased at PaperFest in the Greetings & Stationery section at Top Drawer from September 11 – 13 2016.
Responding to the increasing demand for high quality artisanal items with provenance, CRAFT makes its debut at the autumn edition this year. Following its successful introduction and three year run at the spring edition of Top Drawer, this curated showcase of handmade products will become a biannual feature of the autumn event.
Talented makers from a broad range of disciplines have been carefully selected to show their wares; objects with heart, soul and individuality. Covering ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles, woodwork, prints, fashion and jewellery, there will be a wide array of unique and beautiful handmade pieces on offer.
Spotted makes a welcome return to Top Drawer in September. Curated by design journalist Charlotte Abrahams, this section introduces buyers and press to specially selected fresh new talent, whose market ready products are on show for the first time.
New this year are the Men Only and UK Debut trails. Men Only is a skilful edit of products exclusively for Him. This trail helps you pinpoint great, original men’s gifts and accessories at a range of price points across the show. UK Debut will showcase Top Drawer’s commitment to introducing its visitors to the new and the best of worldwide design talent, a brand new trail where you’ll discover exciting international names who haven’t shown in the UK before.
Firm favourites Product GB and ECO Trail will also return to Top Drawer, led respectively by House & Garden Features Director, David Nicholls and Architect, Designer and TV presenter Oliver Heath. These two features enable buyers and press to seek out products made using materials sourced in the UK and designed and produced locally – and those with strong ethical and eco credentials.
This impressive array of expertly curated, exclusive brands and new products across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft makes the A/W 16 edition of Top Drawer one not to miss. Held at London Olympia from 11 – 13 September, this light-filled contemporary backdrop offers comfortable spaces and a relaxed environment in which to source products, meet with designers and stay ahead of the trends.
Buyers can register for a free pass, and find full event information at www.topdrawer.co.uk