Top Drawer visitor numbers rise 12%

Retailer attendance at last month’s Top Drawer exhibition at Olympia in London was 12% up on numbers at last year’s equivalent show.
Organiser Clarion Events said the event attracted a large number of key buyers from stores that included Harrods, the Saatchi Gallery, Fenwick, John Lewis, Anthropologie and the Conran Shop. International visitors were also up by 40%.

“Top Drawer always attracts great press, which is a definite bonus to showing there,” said a spokesperson for Big Tomato Company, which won the Top Drawer Award for Best New Home Product for its 12 Days of Christmas tabletop range. “We were pleased to open some great new accounts and pleasantly surprised to see some excellent overseas buyers.”

Meanwhile, Clarion has announced a shift in dates for next year’s autumn show. “The change of dateline to September 16 to 18 will help retailers plan their buying with ease and increase international attendance, as Top Drawer will no longer clash with Maison et Objet in Paris,” said show director Raj Gill.

“This will give retailers the full opportunity to attend two market-leading events within the autumn buying season.”

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