From hand-forged river rocks to naturally sourced materials and botanic-inspired collections - this year's designers were awarded the top accolades at the launch of New Designers 2023. The ND Awards are an integral part of the event, with accolades given to the most creative and forward-thinking exhibitors in the show, in partnership with leading design brands and organisations: Cole & Son, Creative Conscience, The Designer's Guild, Fashion & Textile Museum, Habitat, Hallmark, Hockley Mint, Marks & Spencer, Romo, Sanderson Design Group, Stephen Webster, Tu Clothing, and Weston Beamor. The prizes, which include cash, professional advice and paid work placements, offer graduates vital support as they embark on their creative careers.
Posted: 4 July 2023
Willemien Bardawil has created three exclusive designs for Original Duckhead umbrellas and bags, as a celebration of Spring, new beginnings and abundance of life.
The artist, founded her London studio in 2020, and has since collaborated with some of Europe's leading names, from homeware to luxury fashion. Her style draws on the figures of classical art – a celebration of the Divine Feminine at its most blissful, translated to a modern context through expressive lines and a playful way with colour.
Posted: 3 July 2023
Pure London, the UK's largest Festival of Fashion, has partnered with the Romanian Contemporary Jewellery Association (FRDVA) to showcase 24 Romanian fashion, footwear and jewellery brands including Bizar Concept, Carolina D, CHIC, Nissa, Desire Avenue, Maoro, Concept Nature, Ginette, HAIART, Hamza, Inga Valerie, Fena, Leonard Collection, Les Waves, Mark-Off, Monarh, MYSIMPLICATED, Narru, Diana Cojocaru, Nissa, Paisi, Papucei, Colloris and Stada Boutique.
Posted: 30 June 2023
Taking place from the 16th-18th July 2023 at the iconic Olympia London, Pure London will champion UK fashion with an extensive and diverse showcase of new and celebrated British brands including quintessentially British lifestyle brand Joules which returns to Pure London after nearly a decade of absence from the show and GWD the latest brand from retail legend George Davies. The UK is the third largest apparel and footwear market worldwide with a market size of approximately £58 billion
Posted: 30 June 2023
The Basket Room has collaborated with British Designer, Hannah Harrison for a second season on a capsule collection of handwoven basket bags for SS23. The collection named Watermelon Escape pays homage to the groovy 1960s with floral embroidery, psychedelic colours, tie-dye, and checks. Co-founder Holly McMullen who worked with Hannah on the original concept said, "I had an idea of a woven bum bag and wanted to create a design that was stylish but would also appeal to festival goers. Hannah took my original ideas and created what can only be described as a joyful explosion of colour and pattern."
Posted: 28 June 2023
When adults in the UK receive a gift card it is now more likely not to be a gift, with alternative uses for the versatile product outstripping gifting for the first time according to research from the Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA).
The study of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned for the association's 'What's in a Name' whitepaper (supported by KPMG and sponsored by Tillo), found that 54.1% of UK adults (equivalent to 28.8 million people) received at least one gift card in the last year.
Just under a quarter of the population (24.84%) received at least one as a gift from family or friends.
However, 29.26% received gift cards solely for non-gifting reasons.
Posted: 28 June 2023
Poetic Brands, a specialist in licensed apparel, has announced that it has signed a multi-year pan-European contract to design, manufacture and supply men's and women's apparel, accessories and beachwear for possibly the most recognised club on the planet: Pacha. Poetic Brands will be targeting all major European fashion retailers as well as online retail with a wide range of apparel, accessories, swim and beachwear, expected to be in-store from spring/summer '24. Elliott Matthews, Managing Director of Poetic Brands, says: "A pioneer of clubbing, dance and fashion, Pacha is both a venue and a worldwide brand that has revolutionized leisure and entertainment globally. It's a real privilege to work with this iconic brand. We're looking forward to producing fashion ranges of Pacha apparel and accessories."
Posted: 21 June 2023
Luxury children's clothing brand J&Josh has launched a range of clothing for boys aged two to eight years. Inspired by the best elements of classic French and Italian design, the 'made to play' collection has been crafted by specialist European manufacturers and textile producers with sustainability and ethical credentials, from the finest natural and sustainable fabrics, with a premium planet-friendly, hand-me-down quality.
Posted: 14 June 2023
Blade and Rose has been shortlisted in the Ultimate Junior Design Awards 'Best Heritage Brands' category, whilst also celebrating its 13th anniversary.
Founder Amanda Peffer says: "Based in Cumbria, we design and supply our beautiful collection from our Kendal HQ. Ensuring our product is manufactured to the highest quality using only sustainable materials is key to our success and this recognition really means the world to us."
Posted: 9 June 2023
Registration is now live for Autumn Fair, the UK's ultimate shop for shop, for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion. Taking place on the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham buyers now have access to register early for their free ticket. This August sees the launch of Connect @ Autumn Fair, the new meetings programme designed to transform the buying experience and offer a host of pre-show benefits for buyers to connect with hundreds of leading brands including Lesser & Pavey, Sass & Belle, Besp-Oak, Richard Cooper, Hill Interiors, Febland Group, The Satchville Gift Company, Edge Company, Bomb Cosmetics, Chalk UK, Heathcote & Ivory, Upper Canada UK, London Ornaments, Walton & Co, Wilde Java, Ancient Mariner, Final Touches, Indra Importer, McGowan & Rutherford & Originals, Kikkerland, Bookspeed, Joe Davies, Powell Craft, Richard Lang & Sons, Jellycat, Malini, Deluxe HomeArt, JJ Textile, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Hot Tomato, Inis - Energy of the Sea, The Art File, Paper Salad, Emotional Rescue, The Little Dog Laughed, Cardology, The Seed Card Company, RMS International, Ultimate Products, TY UK, Keel Toys, Sea Gems, Big Metal, Scream Pretty, My Doris, Jayley, Lighthouse Clothing, Lunar, and many more.
Posted: 8 June 2023