Next year’s Home show has put together a kitchenware advisory panel comprising some of the best-known buyers in the housewares industry.
Show organiser Clarion Events says the idea is to make Home an essential event for the kitchenware market, and that the advisory panel will help it achieve that with its combined expertise, knowledge and experience.
Representing department stores, multiples and independents, the new panel consists of Louise Stuart, head of buying, cooking and dining at John Lewis; Matthew Canwell, director of buying for Lakeland; Steamer Trading managing director Ben Phillips and Martha Ferguson, owner of north London cookshop Papylon.
Clarion says their role is to help guide and develop the show, and provide cookshop buyers with “a buying experience that is second to none”.
Ben Phillips is already a big enthusiast of the show, which launched last year.
“Home really is an inspirational show for us,” he said. “Being one of the first events of the buying season, we can approach new ideas and products with clear notepads and empty shelves after a busy Christmas trading period – ready to be filled. We see a lot of more unusual, fresh exhibitors at Home that help to give our shops a strong spring launch.”
Home 2013 is set to grow by 45% over the inaugural event, and will present a selection of new kitchenware products from some of the world’s most influential brands – many of which are exclusive to the show.
They include culinary scented candles from Jonathan Adler, Finnish kitchen textiles from Kauniste, culinary collections from Robert Welch and new products from Jamie Oliver’s JME Collection, along with lines from Royal Doulton, Bugatti, Nick Munro and Alessi.
Home is co-located with Top Drawer, both shows taking place at Earl’s Court, London, from January 13 to 15 2013.