A decade on from the first John Lewis How We Shop, Live and Look report, which looks back at the products and trends that shaped the year, we are a nation that has fallen out of love with DVD players and fidget spinners and gained a burgeoning obsession with air fryers and pizza ovens.
Over the last 12 months, we've seen customers return to shops, especially on Saturdays for a family day out where footfall is up 11 percent.
During the height of lockdowns, 81 percent of our sales came via the internet, this has fallen back to 57 percent with many dwelling in stores and hospitality and catering sales up 20 percent versus last year.
Posted: 1 December 2023
BAEKKE, the Danish sustainable jewellery brand, has announced a partnership with Wolf & Badger, the B Corp-certified platform curating over 2000 independent brands globally.
BAEKKE joins Wolf & Badger, known for championing skill, craftsmanship, and ethical production. BAEKKE's innovative jewellery, featuring interchangeable coloured beads, aligns seamlessly with Wolf & Badger's commitment to sustainability and ethical craftsmanship.
Founder Lene Schødt says: "Being part of Wolf & Badger is a fantastic end to our year. We've always looked to them for inspiration, and now, to be live on their platform is a real dream come true. This collaboration is a testament to our shared values of ethical production and quality design."
Posted: 30 November 2023
Registration is now live for Spring Fair, the UK's most popular, diverse, and trend led marketplace for home, gift, fashion and everyday.
The show will welcome the return of hundreds of retailer's favourite brands such as Suck UK, Oli Olsen, Paladone, Rock Luggage, Turner Bianca, Pacific Lifestyle, Garden Trading, Heaven Sends and many more, who have flocked back to the next show taking place from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham.
Attend the show to discover the new collections from all these returning brands exhibiting alongside hundreds more sought-after brands.
Inspiring retail's creators and curators, Spring Fair has brought the industry together for over 70 years so retail's people can discover the latest products and trends.
Posted: 30 November 2023
Europe's fastest-growing sourcing show, Source Fashion, has announced its trend partnership with retail trends consultancy Insider Trends, and launches a Transparency Report and webinar exploring what transparency and accountability really looks like in retail.
Exploring whether retail can ever truly consider itself sustainable when it's all about the sale of new things; how even resale, repairs, and rental have an environmental impact and are treated as add-ons for businesses who make money selling new products; and a move away from terms like 'sustainable', the Transparency Report outlines how fashion and retail can move forward.
Suzanne Ellingham, Director of Sourcing, Source Fashion says; "We're delighted to continue our partnership with Insider Trends."
Posted: 27 November 2023
Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the UK's leading design and intellectual property (IP) advocacy organisation, and SnapDragon Monitoring, a renowned online brand protection and reputation management specialist, and have forged a strategic partnership aimed at safeguarding design businesses from the perils of counterfeits and IP infringements.
In today's landscape, counterfeiting poses a significant threat to all industries, as counterfeiters continually exploit genuine brand success to produce low-quality imitations of coveted products.
These counterfeit goods not only erode brand revenues and compromise IP, but also endanger consumers due to the use of toxic materials.
A recent SnapDragon survey discovered that nearly 20 percent of UK SMEs have fallen victim to counterfeit product sales, resulting in severe financial losses for 93 percent of them.
Posted: 24 November 2023
The first combined Pure London x JATC show, the London festival of fashion, at Olympia London from the 11-13th February 2024 will host an enlarged POP destination which leads the fashion conversation with the newest, most diverse fashion collections and embraces inclusivity with gender fluid, culturally inspired collections.
Buyers will discover an array of new brands and returning favourites who are creative, fun, cultured and environmentally tuned-in. Inspired by pop culture, POP offers a diverse selection of alternative streetwear, gender fluid collections, vintage labels, festival fits and tech infused pieces.
Set to have big impact this season is Audrey Hamilton Apparel, an Irish premium fashion brand designed by pop and abstract artist Audrey Hamilton.
Posted: 23 November 2023
This is it, the final two weeks of the largest competition in the gift and homeware world, Gift of the Year awards, and a chance to enter your fabulous products and get them seen by the buyers and retailers who judge the competition.
Be quick to meet the 30th November 2024 to enter...
The competition is a great way to get products and business noticed, from just entering the competition businesses get collateral to shout about their nominated products and guaranteed for them to be seen by the audience that matters – buyers and retailers.
At each competition stage that entrants make it through to, they get extra opportunities to raise their profile, and their exposure will be raised from extra PR and promotions from trade press and partners.
Posted: 22 November 2023
Kite Packaging, a leading UK supplier of innovative and eco-friendly packaging, has added a brand new range of bubble mailers to its offering.
Available in twelve sizes in gold or white, this comprehensive range caters to the diverse packaging needs of any business and is particularly great for those with a large product profile.
Kite mailers comply with Royal Mail's PiP guidelines and can help businesses calculate and regulate their shipping costs to avoid any surprises.
Air-filled bubbles also keep overall package weights to a minimum whilst providing an effective, shock-absorbing barrier which cushions and minimises the risk of damage occurring during handling or transit.
Posted: 17 November 2023
The inaugural combined Pure London x JATC show, the London festival of fashion, at Olympia London from the 11-13th February 2024, has joined forces with Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) to spotlight a myriad of contemporary Turkish fashion brands.
The showcase will include inspiring Turkish fashion brands, Zems, BSL, Shendel, Kozan, Punkyfish London, Mag Initials, Nescarf, Nina Atelier and Fonem.
New to Pure London x JATC, BSL is one of Turkey's leading street style and womenswear fashion brands with a loyal and growing following of over ½ million Instagram followers.
The collection is inspired by strong women, reflects the trends of the season and combines style with elegance and comfort.
Posted: 13 November 2023
With just weeks until the big day, new research shows that 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas as they did last year. 73 percent worry about finding the perfect gift and 98 percent are keen to support local businesses.
Despite cost of living concerns, over 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas, with 33 percent spending more, according to new research from local gift card champions Town & City Gift Cards.
28 percent of people say they'll be spending £751-£1000 this Christmas, with the need to purchase gifts for friends and family given as the reason for Christmas spend staying the same or increasing.
Posted: 8 November 2023