Attire Accessories - Mar/Apr 2018 (Issue 69)

ATTIRE 35 BRITISH CRAFT TRADE FAIR Kate Wimbush Stand 110 Kate Wimbush creates figurative jewellery and accessories with nautical and meteorological themes in silver and gold, highlighted with colourful resin. All of her work is handmade in her north Yorkshire workshop by the sea. Kate’s inspiration comes from her passion for the British coast and the wonderful weather it brings. The jewellery aims to bring colour and happiness to everyday life, and invoke memories of seaside holiday and (not so) sunny days. J Boult Designs Stand P7 J Boult Designs creatively combines a background in country pursuits with high quality design.The products are carefully made by hand in J Boult Design’s workshop in the Scottish Highlands, from waste materials collected on local estates, clay pigeon shooting grounds and farms. Each piece tells a story, being transformed from waste into a handsome, handmade product that every person can use. With attractive trade margins and an assurance on quality, consider J Boult Designs to be a part of your men’s collection this year. ➨ Homegrown talent What better way to celebrate the country’s best independent designer-makers than a stellar show such as the British Craft Trade Fair? The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is the UK’s most iconic home and gift trade fair. Whether you have a vested interest in the fashion accessory sector or any aspect of the home and gift industry, a visit to this year’s BCTF should be on your ‘must go’ list. The fair represents the largest collective of British craft and design in the world, with almost 500 makers represented, many of whom have fashion accessories as part of their range. It is a beautifully presented trade fair and if you have a sales outlet it is without doubt the very best place to view, select and order some of Britain’s most creative and forward thinking designer makers. Established more than 40 years ago the fair has gone from strength to strength over the years and is a firm favourite with buyers from the accessory, home, gift and greetings sectors. British made has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity with consumers over recent years and there have been several government backed marketing campaigns around ‘made in Britain’ that have helped the cause! BCTF brings together the very best of created British design and helps the buyer make an informed choice on buying British. Margaret Bunn has developed and managed the fair over the last 12 years and is very proud of her exhibitors who as she says in many cases represent some of the best and skilled designers in the UK. Margaret says, “British craft and design has over recent years come of age and is currently very cool with consumers wanting to buy fashion, home and gift that is hand made with integrity and passion. Our exhibitors have also become far more professional and much of this has come about as a direct result of our mentoring programme ensuring that exhibitors are ready to supply trade buyers.” Featured are just a few examples of what you can purchase at this year’s BCTF. IN BRIEF Show: British Craft Trade Fair Venue: The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate Dates: 8 th - 10 th April, 2018 Website :