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Top Drawer announces Academy line-up

From smart advice on shop sharing to 'life as a potter' presentation from BBC2's Great Pottery Throw Down judge Keith Brymer Jones, we outline the series of challenging and informative talks at the upcoming London show

Dive deep in to the issues that matter for retail success as Top Drawer’s Academy goes Live in a series of challenging, illuminating and informative talks: Top Drawer brings together a host of expert voices to share experience and knowledge helping you stay ahead of the retail curve.

Talks run throughout the three days of the event, and are free to attend for all visitors. Highlights include Turner Prize winners Assemble, BBC2’s Great Pottery Throw Down judge Keith Brymer Jones, lifestyle entrepreneur Charlie Gladstone from Pedlars, social media expert Warren Knight and cult textile designer Ella Doran.

Fashion comes to life daily in the super-chic Fashion Show featuring some of the most covetable fashion accessories for the Spring/Summer season.

DAY 1 – Sunday 17 January 2016
11-11.30 - FASHION SHOW - Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery 
11.40-12.20 - ACADEMY LIVE - The buyer’s guide to fashion forecasting and trend hunting for SS16 Geraldine Wharry, Fashion Trend Forecaster & Designer
12.40-13.10 - FASHION SHOW - Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery
13.20-14.00 - ACADEMY LIVE - Using social media to generate sales leads Warren Knight, Business Builder, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker
14.10-14.50 - ACADEMY LIVE - 11 secrets to growing your business using ecommerce Alex O’Byrne, Director, WeMakeWebsites
15.00-15.30 - FASHION SHOW - Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery 
15.40-16.20 - ACADEMY LIVE - Assemble – Turner Prize Winners 2015 – Made in Granby Lewis Jones and Fran Edgerley, Assemble
16.30-17.10 - ACADEMY LIVE - The power of design storytelling in the digital age - Rani Saad, Founder & CEO, In the Window

DAY 2 - Monday 18 January 2016
11.00-11.30 - FASHION SHOW - Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery
11.40- 12.20 - ACADEMY LIVE - Creating your cash flow Johnny Martin FCA, The Numbers Coach
12.30-13.10 - ACADEMY LIVE ‘Life as a potter’ – Creating stylish yet practical products! Keith Brymer Jones, Potter, BBC Two Presenter/Judge and Head of Design, MAKE International
13.20-13.50 - FASHION SHOW Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery 
14.20-15.00 - ACADEMY LIVE Using social media to generate sales leads Warren Knight, Business Builder, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker
15.10-15.40 - ACADEMY LIVE How to do it yourself - 20 simple tips for creative entrepreneurs Charlie Gladstone, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, the man behind Pedlars 
15.50-16.20 - FASHION SHOW Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery 
16.30-17.00 - ACADEMY LIVE Smart advice on shop sharing and popping up and staying up Abigail Freeman, Marketing & Partnerships Director, We Are Pop Up

DAY 3 - Tuesday 19 January 2016
11.00-11.30 - FASHION SHOW Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery
11.40- 12.20 - ACADEMY LIVE Using social media to generate sales leads Warren Knight, Business Builder, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker
12.30-13.10 - ACADEMY LIVE The survivor sofa story – as applied to the VIP indigo lounge Ella Doran, Founder, Ella Doran Designs
13.30-14.00 - FASHION SHOW Showcasing the latest trends in accessories and jewellery

Top Drawer will present a carefully edited, global cross-section of products from the finest brands and designers across its sectors of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. Over 1000 exhibitors will showcase Interior Accessories, Kitchen & Dining, Furniture & Lighting, Outdoor Living, Stationery & Greetings, Wellbeing, Children’s, Fashion Accessories and Jewellery at the UK’s leading Design led buying event, which runs from 17 - 19 January 2016 at London Olympia.

For more information please visit www.topdrawer.co.uk



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