Trendsetters of the future ready to impress at Autumn Fair 2019

  • Design and innovation-led showcases to place emphasis on newest and most trend-worthy products

Autumn Fair, the most important marketplace for home and gift retail, is to host up-and-coming brands in its dedicated First and Collective showcases – a platform for only the most unique and quirky manufacturers that are first-time exhibitors at the show.

Across four showcases, DesignFirst (Gift and Fashion sectors), ToyFirst and Design Collective, selected brands will have the chance to display their products for receptive industry buyers during the year’s most important selling period, with retailers looking to make final preparations before Christmas. With Autumn Fair’s re-edit for 2019, these exhibitors will also benefit from the show’s move to the NEC Atrium and revamped sectors, which are set to provide optimal visibility and footfall.

Each of the showcases will focus on brands that strive to break new ground with ranges of trend-led, carefully crafted and innovative products.

Addressing the needs of buyers from across the Living and Accents & Décor sector, Design Collective will bring to the table only the most exciting and inspiring products. Amongst the exhibitors taking part in the showcase will be the nature-inspired wood furnishings of Liv Cornall Design and Earthy Petals, the designers supporting Indian artists by striving to keep their centuries old handcraft traditions alive.

DesignFirst (Fashion sector) will focus predominately on handcrafted items, with the likes of Welsh-heritage accessories designers Pretty Little Props and bright and bold clay jewellery makers No Shrinking Violet joining the showcase.

With cross-buying opportunities with the Living and Accents & Décor sector, DesignFirst within Gift will place emphasis on giftable homewares. It’ll be welcoming the likes of Stropt, who’ll be bringing their razor sharpening leather strops to the show, whilst Humblewood will be on hand to talk about their collection of Scandinavian, Shaker and Japanese-inspired homeware collections.

Finally, in ToyFirst, visitors can expect to meet the likes of boutique wholesaler Lello – who specialise in all kinds of beautiful designs coming from Australia and New Zealand. Also showcasing will be film and TV inspired games and puzzles maker, Rachel Lowe.

Jessica Dawnay Event Director of Autumn Fair said: “The First initiative was such a positive fixture at Autumn Fair 2018 and this year’s Spring Fair that we simply had to bring it back for 2019. Design Collective, DesignFirst and ToyFirst are all about ensuring that the best and brightest newcomers to retail are able to get the exposure they need to secure those business-making orders and develop the client relationships that will ensure their stability for years to come.”

“These incredible new retail talents are really bringing a strong sense of optimism to the sector at the moment so we’re very privileged to be able offer them a platform to really shout about themselves. For visitors it’s going to be an unmissable aspect of this year’s show, potentially saving them from hours of online research into the best new suppliers to suit their needs. By bringing together these brands we’re making it easier than ever for visitors to get to know the up-and-coming suppliers, before they’ve truly made it.”

The First and Collective showcases will run throughout the entirety of Autumn Fair (1st to 4th September 2019 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre). Register to attend for free here:

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