Attire Accessories - Mar/Apr 2018 (Issue 69)

ATTIRE 15 NEWS AND EVENTS The atmosphere was buoyant at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring in Glasgow, which took place from 21 st - 23 rd January. Despite some terrible Scottish weather with snow, rain and gales, retailers were keen to place orders and be inspired with new products, following the highly successful 2017 season. Praise was given to the high quality of products and exhibitors that make up Scotland’s Trade Fair, which has improved dramatically over the last decade. Gone are the days of ‘tartan tat’ and many visitors commented on the incredibly high quality, well designed and inspirational products that graced almost all stands. Textiles and clothing was a growth area for the 2018 show and was warmly welcomed. The Best Product Awards were judged at the opening of the show with the judges praising the innovation and strength of the entries. Judge Gemma McQue buyer from National Trust for Scotland said, “The entries were very strong and varied and we were particularly struck by the quality and production of the home-produced items. Packaging and presentation is all-important and many have this spot on.” BEST PRODUCT AWARD WINNERS: LAUNCH GALLERY Gold - Love Scottish Candles - candles Silver - More-2-Explore - child adventure belt Bronze - Hey Ewe - range of cards, bags and gifts CLOTHING&TEXTILES Gold - Blockart - scarf Silver - Eribe Knitwear - wrap Bronze - Green Grove Weavers - blanket JEWELLERY & FASHION ACCESSORIES Gold - Two Skies Ltd - leaf jewellery Silver - Cath Waters - bangle Bronze - Leather Guild – bag LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT 2018 AT SCOTLAND’S TRADE FAIR Diary dates Textile Forum 14 th - 15 th March, 2018 One Marylebone, London British Craft Trade Fair 8 th - 10 th April, 2018 Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate INDX Accessories 10 th - 12 th April, 2018 Cranmore Park, Solihull Pulse 13 th - 15 th May, 2018 Olympia, London Meet the Manufacturer 23 rd - 24 th May, 2018 The Old Truman Brewery, London New Ambiente partner country revealed The new Ambiente partner country has been decided on: India will take over the partner country globe from the Netherlands.This was announced by Messe Frankfurt at a festive ceremony on the penultimate day of Ambiente. “After Japan, India is now Ambiente’s second biggest Asian partner country, which gives us great pleasure,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, at the festivities for the current partner country. “With its population of over 1.3 billion, India has an incomparable diversity, a rich culture and a tradition of art and craft. It’s also among our absolute top countries in terms of exhibitors. I’m confident that its presentation will be a real highlight at Ambiente 2019.” The partner country globe is always handed over at a ceremony in honour of the current partner country.The country that receives the globe can then present itself at a special show at the next Ambiente.This year’s presentation was staged by the Netherlands. This was the eighth time that the partner country globe was handed to another country at Ambiente: After Denmark, France, Japan, the United States, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands, the Republic of India will thus be at the focus of visitors to the forthcoming show.The presentation of a partner country is one of the most popular shows at Ambiente, alongside the Trend Show, and draws large audiences. Visitors and exhibitors can already look forward to exciting stimuli as well as a new perspective on present-day Indian design. The next Ambiente will be held from 8 th to 12 th February, 2019. Visit