A FEW NICE BRANDS I FOUND AT THE SPRING FAIR
So after a whirlwind trip to the Spring Fair at the NEC yesterday I thought I would share a few of my highlights from the show and some cool brands which I came across. The Spring and Autumn is one of the biggest events showecasing big and small wholesalers for the gift and homeware sectors. There's a heck of a lot to see and do but it's always nice to have a walk around, network and check out what the retailers are going to be buying for the year ahead.
I always head straight for Coach House who are the big players, we used to have an account with them (pretty hard to get one these days) and their showroom up north is AMAZING. They cover every sort of style and look in interiors you can imagine (as you can see above) and I feel they always set the tone for the most current looks which will hit the shops. Chances are you've stumbled across many of their products in your local interior stores and bigger online shops too. Here are some of the styles which they nailed for the Spring Fair; 70's style is huge, so are pops of yellow, large indoor trees and dark interiors (still).
The show is focused on the wholesale market so not many of the exhibitors sell directly to retail but I managed to find a few brands who do and I think you'll like so here they are!
NICE BRANDS FROM THE SHOW
Wonki Ware, stocked at Conran and Liberty, is the most simple and beautiful collection of pottery from South Africa, with a beautifully soft pastel and light colour palette. I love the wonky lines and abstract print which seem to be a big thing in ceramics at the moment.
I absolutely love this brand and saw them in their first year of exhibiting 2 years ago. I've been in touch with them over the last couple of years and I'm so glad to see their collections growing massively. Their core product at the start were these amazing neon perspex boxes and picture frames but they now do stunning watches, different boxes and more unique accessories. You can go direct to their site or see the collection at Amara HERE.
NICE WHOLESALERS YOU MIGHT SPOT IN THE SHOPS
Many of the big wholesalers like Cozy Living and Parlane International, are still self-branded in other retail shops so they arent hard to find if you know them.
PARLANE INTERNATIONAL were one of my favourites from last year have an amazing selection of faux plants and foliage, again if you visit the website HERE you'll be able to search for local stockists but the PR lady did tell me that Wayfair stock some of their fauxs!
COZY LIVING below who have some glorious pieces, including furniture and lots of gorgeous accessories. Again they're a wholesaler so you can't buy direct from them but you can see a list of UK stockists HERE - they're obviously becoming very popular with boutique interior stores across the country.
This stand below was from a wholesaler called Present Time who had some lovely products but I'm yet to find out where we can buy from online...i'll keep hunting and let you know. They had a lovely selection of pastel coloured textiles and homewares with an urban edge, these peachy and yellow tones were everywhere.
What better way to round up the day with a spot of live cooking in Hall 9 with the lovely Joe Wicks who cooked up the most delicious prawn and noodle dish! He was at the show to promote his first collection of cookware including pots and pans, tupperware and water bottles, launching in all the major retailers this August!
So thats my little round-up! For now, I'm putting my feet which were so so knackered by the end of the day, but a great fun day it was, as always.
I would love to know if you're familiar with any of these brands? Have you been to the show yourself?