Home & Top Drawer Autumn: biggest show to date

An ‘unparalleled’ autumn edition of Top Drawer and Home attracted an A-list of industry influencers from over 65 countries, according to organiser Clarion Events. 

Top Drawer and Home unveiled their ‘biggest autumn show to date’ at Olympia in London last month. The event ran from September 13-15, and while Top Drawer was ‘thriving,’ the second edition of Home autumn grew by over 40%

International buyers flew in from 65 countries, generating an overseas attendance increase of 16%. UK buyers included representatives from Anthropologie, Harrods, Heals, John Lewis, Liberty, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, National Gallery Company and Topshop.

At the Home show, big name design brands such as Alessi, Garden Trading, Forma House and LSA International showed alongside a strong intake of new exhibitors, with Anna Jacobs, Voyage Maison, Ulster Weavers, Dankotuwa Porcelain and Swarm Design England joining established Home acquaintances such as Black+Blum, Ella Doran Design, Makers & Merchants, Make International and White Brand Agency.

Laurence White, director of White Brand Agency, said: “The Home Spring and Autumn events are the only shows for us in the UK. It’s great to be surrounded by quality ‘design’ brands and we see an excellent mix of existing and new customers with very few time wasters.”

Top Drawer’s line-up of UK and International brands included Bramwell Brown, Nkuku, Wild & Wolf, Cubic, RICE, True Grace and Caroline Gardner within Gift; Chrysalis, Pilgrim and Orla Kiely within fashion; and 1973 Ltd, Katie Leamon, Marby & Elm, Polite Company and Roger La Borde within the greetings card sector.

Show highlights included Academy Masterclasses, which offered short seminars and presentations, with a .keynote address by designer Wayne Hemingway on how ‘creative-led regeneration’ is benefitting retailers,

Spotted, the ‘new talent’ section of the show curated by style writer Charlotte Abrahams, returned with 10 brand new names and some of the best from 2014’s showcase.

With a major re-branding and the planned addition of new elements such as speciality and fine food, the Home & Top Drawer Spring 2016 event will run from January 17-19.

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