Top Drawer show attracts ‘very high calibre’ crowd

Exhibition organiser Clarion Events reported a ‘very high calibre of buyers’ at the Autumn/Winter edition of Top Drawer, with many of the 1,000-plus exhibitors taking orders within the first 30 minutes of the trade show’s opening day.

Visitors to the fair, which took place from September 9 to September 11 at London Olympia, included representatives from retailers Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis & Partners, Fortnum & Mason, Marks & Spencer, Fenwick, Liberty, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Scribbler, ASOS, Next, Paperchase and Oliver Bonas, along with museum groups including V&A Enterprises, The Design Museum, Royal Collection Trust and the TATE Group.

This edition of the show saw the return of established sectors Home, Gift, Greetings & Stationery, Fashion, Craft, Food Emporium and Spotted, and the introduction of PLAY: a new sector dedicated to ‘all things kids’, with buyers offered an edit of products for children within fashion, interior accessories, toys and gifts.

Also making its debut was the first RetailFest: an educational programme that included presentations from celebrity Tamara Ecclestone; designer Sophie Conran; Holly Tucker, the UK Ambassador for Creative Small Businesses and founder of online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com; and Annie Sloan, a world-leading expert in decorative paint, colours and techniques.

Sophie Conran also lent her expertise alongside Heals’ Kris Manalo, Farrow & Ball’s Charlotte Cosby and Chalk & Moss’ Anna Walton, as they unveiled trends for the new season using exhibitor products in original window displays.

Clarion Events said: ‘After a successful September edition, Top Drawer continues to demonstrate that even within a challenging retail environment, the show remains a must-visit destination for buyers seeking the newest names, latest products and trend insight.’

Top Drawer will return to Olympia London from January 13 to January 15 2019. For more information, visit topdrawer.co.uk.

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