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UK & Eire rights for global icon Miffy to be managed by Rocket Licensing

UK & Eire rights for global icon Miffy are to be managed by Rocket Licensing.

After DRI Licensing's decision to wind down the company it became paramount to find a new home for Miffy. The brand Miffy has been carefully nurtured and grown over the last 20+ years and, according to Mercis, it was important to secure this foundation, but also build on the program to further stimulate visibility and growth.

According to a press release, "We believe that award winning agency Rocket Licensing has all the prerequisites to jointly fulfil this mission and are pleased to announce our partnership in the UK and Eire. Finding synergies between our existing partners and Rocket's established network of best-in-class licensing partners forms a solid base to further build the brand across all categories and age groups."

Posted: 3 June 2022

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The Giftware Association collaborates with The Great British Exchange

The Great British Exchange and The Giftware Association have announced an exciting new partnership to create opportunities for suppliers, designers and manufacturers to utilise a network of pop-up locations across the UK. Using the combined skills of both organisations to successfully propel British brands to the next level of their journey. The exciting partnership comes hot on the heels of GBE awarding the Gift of the Year judges choice winner an exclusive pop-up deal in a John Lewis of their choice.

Posted: 2 June 2022

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Pure London announces empowering change theme and keynote speakers

Pure London, the UK's leading trade fashion buying event taking place on 17th – 19th July 2022 at Olympia London, has announced that 'Empowering Change' is the overarching theme for the show, and reveals two exciting retail industry legends as keynote speakers; Ed Burstell and Alan O'Neill will bring their retail leadership and international experience in fashion to the Pure London audience.

On Monday 18th July, retail executive Ed Burstell will discuss fashion expansion, growth and bounce back. His adept leadership of Liberty during his near decade at the department store saw double-digit year-on-year growth driven by a renewed focus on young British designers like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, as well as spearheading a host of collaborations with brands like Nike, Barbour, and Levi's, to highlight Liberty's renowned floral prints.

Posted: 30 May 2022

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NAJ names further additions to the NAJ Summit 2022

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has announced further additions to its schedule for the NAJ Summit 2022, including Better Business seminar speakers and new brands entering the Supplier Showcase on Sunday, June 12.

Curated with independent retailers in mind but suited to cross-trade professionals, the Supplier Showcase and Better Business seminars will take place on one-day with protected time in the schedule to ensure attendees don't miss out.

Joining the Supplier Showcase are British brand, CW Sellors, Hatton Garden-based supplier, Artisan, and natural diamond supplier, Dimexon, which is also sponsoring the Designer Retailer of the Year category at the NAJ Awards 2022. Previously announced exhibitors include Clarity Jewellery, Hockley Mint, TickTock Depot, JewelCounter, The Jewellery Show, Fei Liu, TH March, Diamnet, the Guild of Valuers and Jewellers, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Sierra Consultancy.

Posted: 26 May 2022

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Autumn Fair almost fully booked

Autumn Fair, taking place on the 4-7th September at NEC Birmingham, is now almost fully booked and a host of industry leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections.

Timed to get retailers ready for the Golden Quarter, retail's busiest and most profitable time of year, the market's most innovative and inspirational brands are returning to the September show including stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles and decorative interior accessories from Coach House, Hill Interiors, and the newly launched Mint Interiors by Kettle, within Home; hand-picked and curated Summerhouse stalwarts Pacific Lifestyle and Gallery Direct; best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings.

Posted: 20 May 2022

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Gift of the Year award winners revealed

The great and the good of the giftware industry gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in May for the inaugural Gift Awards, recognising the very best products and retailers in the UK. This event marked a significant, unified step forward for the UK gift industry, with the Giftware Association's Gift of the Year awards and The Greats gift retailer awards joining forces in one glittering ceremony.

The black tie awards event was attended by suppliers and retailers, making it one of the largest events in the home and gift calendar. We celebrated 22 category winners from Gift of the Year, as well as the finalists for The Greats, with the fantastic Willsow taking home the coveted Judges' Choice Award after winning in two other categories.

Posted: 18 May 2022

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Vivobarefoot joins forces with One Earth on fundraising collaboration

Minimalist footwear company Vivobarefoot and philanthropic organization One Earth launched the Take One Step for One Earth fundraising collaboration.

The partnership raised awareness of on-the-ground climate solutions and drove donations to three Indigenous-led projects.

Vivobarefoot unveiled co-branded trainers for adults and kids - the Primus Lite III & Primus Sport (for kids) in One Earth Neo Mint - and encouraged customers to engage with the campaign through social media.

Vivobarefoot matched any donations customers made to these projects through thr Vivobarefoot or the One Earth landing page.

Posted: 16 May 2022

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The Natural History Museum shop launches new collection

The Natural History Museum shop has launched a collection celebrating 'Hope', the famous blue whale skeleton that plunges through the heart of the Museum's Hintze Hall, welcoming visitors and acting as a symbol of hope for a sustainable future.

From exclusive jewellery and marine-inspired homeware to educational gifts and books for children, everyone can enjoy the range of products, all inspired by the Museum's most iconic exhibit.

Sustainability is at the heart of the collection, reflecting the Museum's aim to become a leader in sustainable retail.

The Beach Clean notebook is made from waste from seas and coastlines and sustainably grown cork, and the blue whale pendant and brooch are made from single tagua nuts – an environmentally sustainable seed

Posted: 12 May 2022

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Hyve Group launches fashion podcasts across its portfolio

The Hyve Group plc, organisers of a portfolio of fashion events including Pure London, Pure Origin, Scoop, and Moda at Spring & Autumn Fair, is launching a new fashion podcast, Fashion Questions, to give voice to a powerful network of fashion industry insiders.

Each episode of Fashion Questions will focus on a different question with a different change maker to understand their thoughts on what the answer could be.

A range of experts and retailers are lined up to talk about everything from why we are still talking and not doing when it comes to the circular economy, to why is everyone so crazy about Miu Miu's micro miniskirt?

Posted: 9 May 2022

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Scream Pretty unveils fourth design collaboration with make-up artist Hannah Martin

British jewellery brand Scream Pretty has unveil its fourth design collaboration with make-up artist Hannah Martin.

Having launched in with 18 pieces across two drops, Scream Pretty x Hannah Martin Bridal has been designed by Hannah and Scream Pretty to bring playful accents to any occasion outfit."

The collection features delicate tennis-chain waterfalls, pearl details and art-deco inspired motifs crafted from recycled sterling silver, and gold-plated recycled sterling silver.

Hannah says, "My first taste of designing was my wedding rings and I've always dreamt of creating my own collection. We've been building to this bridal capsule since I launched my first range with Scream Pretty so to finally unveil what we've been working on is amazing. The new collection compliments our previous designs, whilst adding more classic touches that will work perfectly for weddings, parties and everyday jewels.

Posted: 3 May 2022

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