Scout new talent at Top Drawer

The Autumn/Winter edition of London trade show Top Drawer opened its doors today (Sunday September 10).

Organised by Clarion Events, the exhibition will run at Olympia until Tuesday (September 12).

A total of 1,500 UK and international design-led brands are displaying their wares across four sectors: Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.

Making its debut at the Autumn/Winter 17 edition of Top Drawer is the Food Emporium, where retailers looking to deepen their product offer can source foodie gifts from some 80 artisans, brands and producers.

Another feature of the show is the return of ‘Spotted’, which Clarion Events describes as ‘a thrilling introduction to today’s most innovative, market-ready new products and designers, across all of Top Drawer’s sectors’.

The Spotted section is curated by journalist and writer Charlotte Abrahams, who specialises in design and the applied arts. She writes regular features and columns for the national press, including ‘The Financial Times’ and ‘The Guardian’.

She said: Selecting for Spotted is always exciting and the showcase of new designers just goes from strength to strength. The fact that we can put together such a large selection of new companies is evidence of the wealth of design that exists in the UK today.”

Speakers at the show tomorrow (Monday September 11) include:

* co-founder Holly Tucker, who will talk on the theme of ‘Keeping creativity at the heart of your company’. She will discuss her creative process and inspirations, as well as challenges faced and lessons learned. Her story told through a presentation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

* Farrow & Ball colour consultant Joa Studholmr will explore how to use colour to create a subtle scheme or make a striking statement for your retail space, studio or home.

* UPS marketing retail manager Sandrine Lagrost will offer advice on ‘how to take your business global’ by connecting with customers and suppliers around the globe.

There will also be a masterclass on ‘10 ways to improve your website and attract your dream customers’ and a panel discussion on ‘licensing your brand’.

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