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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

school runs.

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

Classic Canes.

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

years’ time.”

For more information on Classic Canes’ incredible heritage and to view

the full collection available, visit

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

new international

landmark in Scmyk’s

progress. To find

out more about the

label, visit

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

this year.

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.