Gifts Today magazine

Autumn Fair now open!

New brands, engaging content, and a full line-up of inspiratonal speakers and seminars - that's the promise of UK-based Autumn Fair, now open until September 7

Buyers and retailers from across the nation were bright-eyed and ready to do business as they gathered at the NEC Birmingham for the first day of Autumn Fair 2016. They were joined by an inspiring line-up of industry experts, seminar speakers and over 1,400 brands, suppliers and retail services to initiate prime-time buying season in style.

Commenting on her visitor experience so far, Coralie Keech, owner of Daisy Chain Gift Company says: "Each year I come to the show, I'm looking for the 'wow' moment and so far I've seen some great new pieces. The Ted Baker collection at Wild & Wolf is so perfect it's definitely my 'wow' moment for today. Hopefully I see some great new things tomorrow too!"

Emphasising the cross-sector buying nature of the show, Gill Hague, director of Season’s Gallery & Gifts adds: "The show is brilliantly edited which has helped us buy more in one day than we normally would over two days! We have placed several orders across fashion, accessories, handbags, toiletries, gifts and greetings."

Renowned as an inspiring and informative hub for the home, interiors, gift and wider retail industry, Autumn Fair boasted a full content programme throughout its first day to help guide buying decisions for the seasons ahead. Highlights included an exclusive Trends Briefing by Lisa White of WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, a Social Media Masterclass for Business by Lauren Brown and Peter Andrews of Introtweet, and the Fashion and Accessories Catwalk, which brought to life the WGSN trends for SS17.

Elsewhere on the show floor, Suck UK unveiled their whimsical Cat Napkins for the first time not only to visitors, but also to founder Jude Biddulph. The product was borne out of the company’s inspiring Project X competition; the 22 staff at Suck UK were asked to nominate a team leader to head the product development, which by secret ballot landed in the hands of designer Andy Mason.

Biddulph comments: “It was poignant for us to launch Project X at Autumn Fair. This is the only show we do in the UK and is a real benchmark for us and a crucial date on our calendar; all of our product launches are based on the Autumn and Spring Fair show dates.”

Other highlights from day one included the launch of the annual Gift of the Year from The Giftware Association, centred around an inspiring concept, fantastic design and great delivery of product. This was also reflected in their all new branding, which was unveiled at the show today.

i2i Portfolio Director, Naomi Barton rounded up a buoyant opening day. She says: “Positive vibes from visitors radiated the floor today, and were echoed by the wide spectrum of exhibitors including those within the new show area, The BIRA Collective. We look forward to welcoming visitors for the remaining days of Autumn Fair, for what is sure to be a highlight in their buying calendar.”

Highlights over the next few days include:

* Contemporary Gift & Home: This year, Autumn Fair has teamed up with bira and BHETA in the creation of a dedicated area for members: Contemporary Gift & Home will see its supplier members show their contemporary home and giftware in an inspiring new format and host customers in hospitality area, the bira bistro.
* Jo Malone will lead the lineup of inspirtational speakers with a key note speech on Monday 5th. In addition, free seminars will cover a variety of topics around ecommerce trading in the dedicated E-Commerce Theatre, courtesy of speakers such as award-winning blogger Jen Stanbrook.

* Meet The Experts
comprises a full lineup of industry names who will host one on one retail clinics offering visitors the chance to speak directly to experts concerning their own retail challenges.

* Look out for new exhibitor iconic cast iron cookware brand Le Creuset

Autumn Fair will remain open until 4pm on Wednesday 7th September and is not to be missed.

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