Behind the Brands
From childhood toy to design icon
The popular 90's Troll is back but not as you know it. Meet Jesper Sommer, co-founder of bySommer who together with the Thomas Dam family, the original creator of Trolls, takes us on a wonderful journey that sees the much-loved Troll redesigned and reinvented, from classic childhood toy to a design icon for the home.
Get a dose of dopamine for the home at W.A.Green
Zoe Anderson, owner of home and gift boutique W.A.Green in Shoreditch, discusses the importance in sourcing products that embrace colour and instil happiness. Hear what Zoe looks for when choosing her suppliers to curate a truly unique gift offering.
Step into the magical world of Gisela Graham
Gisela Graham, The Summerhouse exhibitor, offer a wide range of beautifully designed gifts including an impressive and unrivalled collection of Christmas products. Piers Croke, Marketing Director of Gisela Graham, discusses the importance of diversifying, the strengths and glories of English retailing and why Spring Fair is a crucial event in their calendar.
A breath of fresh air: Maison Berger Paris
The Spring & Autumn Fair team went on the road to visit home fragrance pioneers, Maison Berger Paris in their newly refurbished fragrance museum in Normandy. Discover the story behind the brand’s rich history and get a first-hand look at what makes Maison Berger’s patented 2-part burner system so special and unique.
“The bare essence of what we are selling is based on stylish travel and adventure. Everything we sell has a story. Moving people is something as a company we have defined as a value which we carry with us. Moving people is what it is all about”.
As Christmas approaches, we've sat down with Christmas.co.uk, a multi-channel e-commerce start-up, to find out more about what retailers are doing for the holidays.
Paper Mirchi, a greetings wholesale brand, was established when founder Rani found a gap in the market for handmade cotton paper wrappings and notebooks.
Keel Toys are making sustainable changes including the launch of their new sustainable soft toy range Cuddleco.
Ladelle was set up nearly 30 years ago with the goal of designing and creating beautiful high-quality homewares. They now offer an extensive range of kitchen accessories.
We sat down with Widdop & Co Director Stephen Illingsworth to find out how the gift company has changed over the past century and to discover their plans for the future.
Ceramics styled by life: Denby Pottery
Established in 1809 on a seam of clay found behind the factory, Denby Pottery is a part of the country’s home and gift heritage. Learn about the history of Denby and follow the journey of the plates, cups, bowls, and jugs they create, designed for the consumer of the era.
Creating cool concepts with Lund London
Launched at Spring Fair, Lund London design and create contemporary stationery and gifting for men and women. Genuinely in love with the products he and his team of 10 create, hear from Dan how three years into their journey, Lund London is designing with the environment in mind and collaborating with museums, galleries and concept stores to produce products that are new and exciting.
Bringing creative designs and fabulous fragrances together: The Somerset Toiletry Company
Offering diverse ranges of cool, quirky and classic body and bath products, Sakina credits the appeal of The Somerset Toiletry Company to the imagination of her talented design team. They create exciting new products that combine beautiful packing and fabulous fragrances with ingredients that actually work. See how they bring their ideas to life.
Wraptious, powered by artists
Stockport-based Wraptious, the brainchild of owner Simon Wadsworth champions artists like no other. His innovative company's USP is born from a love of art and giving a platform to all artists. See how a simple idea makes a brand.
Make yourself at home with Honey Bee Home
Birmingham-based Honey Bee Home simply buzzes with style thanks to its owner, Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence. See what it takes to run your own successful online home and lifestyle shop. Whether you’re already running your online store or you’re thinking to take the plunge, this is one to watch!
Enter the wonderful world of Hill Interiors
Follow Ben Hawkins, Buying Director of the inspirational home, furniture and lifestyle supplier, Hill Interiors as he gives us a glimpse into his world. Travel, family vibes and the key to bringing a product to life - find out what makes Hill Interiors so special.
How to diversify your in-store offering - Part 1
Indies that take advantage of the booming beauty and wellness markets can move their businesses beyond their core offering and to the next level. See how Oxygen Boutique diversified to include beauty and wellbeing products to their fashion offering and saw great financial results.
How to Diversify Your In-store Offering: Part 2
Hear how Port Talbot-based giftware retailer, Selections diversified their in-store offering with jewellery and saw glittering results.
Making stylish statements with Big Metal
From humble beginnings producing wood carvings to having his pieces feature in a blockbuster film, Big Metal have some big successes and big ambition under its belt. Hear from designer and owner, James McGrath on his journey to the top.
Pampering the senses with Sandy Bay
What started out as candles left as a calling card, Sandy Bay has caught the attention of Buckingham House through their hand-poured products. Find out how Sandy built her business into one of the country’s heritage brands.
The Puppet Company: stuffed full of joy
Husband and wife, Sue and Peter Lockey have grown their company from selling puppets at Glastonbury to becoming Europe’s largest puppet supplier. Discover how their love of puppetry has driven their business.