Gifts Today magazine

Autumn Fair open for business

Thousands of British and international retailers are already pouring through the doors of Autumn Fair 2015, which has opened for business  

With tens of thousands of new products being launched by 1,400 exhibitors - including the latest, must-have items for Christmas - the show offers the best sourcing opportunity for retailers in the second half of the year.

Already pin-pointed as hot trend products for Christmas 2015 - based on Autumn Fair web searches from tens of thousands of visitors - are items such as M:Tech Sky Drone, Wild West Faux Plants from Abigail Ahern, Pom Pom Poodle's Tamara Hat, Darth Vader Light from 3DlightFX and other Star Wars memorabilia.

Table & Kitchen has returned to Hall 3 for Autumn 2015. A strategic position for Table & Kitchen, which is located between Contemporary Gift & Home in Hall 3 and Home in Hall 2, the crossover buying potential of this crucial show sector is optimised.

As Table & Kitchen consolidates its position as a major gifting category, the majority of Autumn Fair exhibitors in this sector offer a great selection of fast-moving products targeted at Christmas buying. Specialist suppliers in the field have risen superbly to the challenge of delivering functional, desirable and luxurious gift items, often with a celebrity endorsement/license and wonderful packaging.

Autumn Fair represents the prime opportunity for retailers to do a last minute stock update from suppliers with plenty of product that’s ready for delivery before Christmas trading begins in earnest. The show is not just about Christmas, however, and also offers countless early previews of very hot new ranges, burgeoning trends and concepts that will be making an impact in spring/summer 2016.

50 suppliers from around the UK and wider world will showcase their latest products in Hall 3, including some of the biggest names in the industry: Churchill China, Fairmont & Main, Arthur Price, Creative Tops, Rayware, EPE, Ethos and T&G Woodware.

On display will be the best in traditional and contemporary table top design, ceramics, glass, woodware, alongside tablemats, textiles, cutlery, small appliances, there is a fantastic selection of product to source from in this part of the show. More design-led kitchen and tableware can be found in The Summerhouse group area and within the popular Designlab feature area, both of which are also in Hall 3.

The Cookshop & Housewares Association (CHA) will once again have a major presence at the show with a welcoming bar and lounge, underscoring the importance of Autumn Fair to this important trade body. This CHA Café will be surrounded by exhibitors who are part of the British Independent Retail Association buying group, BIRA Direct.

A CHA trail will make it easy for visitors to identify CHA members and companies offering relevant cross-over buying product located throughout the show.

Autumn Fair runs until Wednesday, September 9.

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