WALKING STICK SPECIALIST CLASSIC CANES
Founded in 1982 at the proverbial kitchen table, Classic Canes is now an
internationally renowned family business, known for the quality and style
of its products. A range of more than 700 walking sticks, seat sticks and
umbrellas is supplied to retailers in 40 countries.
Classic Canes was created when Ben and Diana Porter discovered
that the woodland surrounding their house, a former hunting lodge in
Somerset, was naturally growing suitable raw material for country walking
sticks.They sold the wood they cut to the Coopers walking stick factory
in Surrey and bought back finished sticks to offer to local retailers such
as tobacconists, leather goods and gift shops. Invoices were written by
hand and deliveries were made from the back of Diana’s car in between
The young company started exhibiting at trade fairs in the late ’80s,
which broadened the customer base to the rest of the country and abroad.
The variety of sticks offered expanded too, with Classic Canes introducing
brightly coloured and patterned canes in ladies’ sizes to the UK market.
Previously, women had to make do with a man’s stick, cut down to size.
When the Coopers factory closed, other sources of production had to
be found. In the late ’90s, the Porters’ son Johnny established the Classic
Canes workshop to make small production runs of rustic walking sticks.
In 2003 the Porters’ daughter, Charlotte Gillan, joined the family
firm, having previously worked in the luxury goods industry. She became
Managing Partner (and later, Managing Director) in 2011.The number
of employees also gradually increased and today ten people work at
Charlotte comments, “It seems a long time since my parents started
the business.Then we had walking sticks stored in the kitchen and
we’d label and package them at the kitchen table. Sometimes the stock
overflowing into our bedrooms! The company has grown steadily since
then, always insisting on top quality products and offering a dependable,
knowledgeable service to our customers. We have many customers who
have been with us for several decades and I hope that many who are
stockists now will still be buying from Classic Canes in another 35
For more information on Classic Canes’ incredible heritage and to view
the full collection available, visitclassiccanes.co.uk
Scmyk Accessories launches in the UK
Dutch jewellery label, Scmyk (pronounced smik)
Accessories has launched its latest collection in the UK.
Aiming to make women feel good about themselves and
body-positive, the brand’s founder and designer Mariëlle
van Bergen hopes to spread happiness and boundless
inspiration with its handmade and hand-finished designs.
She graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute
in 2007 and worked as a designer for a well-known
fashion label before establishing Scmyk in 2012. In
2013, she added a fine jewellery element to the label’s
collections, featuring gold and rose gold plating.
With all Scmyk pieces being hand-finished or
handmade, Mariëlle’s ethos is to maintain a balance
between modest pricing and a high-end appearance.
The UK is the fifth country that the brand has
released its ranges
in, marking a
landmark in Scmyk’s
progress. To find
out more about the
Unibox voted winner of the SDEA
Best Stand Award at EuroShop 2017
A leading panel of industry experts voted Unibox winner
of the SDEA Best Stand Award at the world’s largest
shopfitting, display, PoP and exhibition systems show
Retail display and lighting technology specialists,
Unibox, faced stiff competition from many British
and European companies exhibiting at the show. Alan
Pegram, SDEA President and Managing Director of
Global Display, was in no doubt that Unibox was a
worthy winner. He commented, “All the stands were of
a very high calibre but Unibox had the best use of space
and clear messaging.”
Nick Wraith, Managing Director of Unibox, was
delighted to be crowned the winner of the SDEA Best
Stand Award. It was the first time that the organisation
had taken its prestigious award to an international show
so a great achievement for Unibox to be its first winner.
The award was presented to Director, Cliff Thornton
on the Unibox stand by SDEA Director, Antony Behiels.