What caught the eyes of buyers Hazel Walker, Jenni Taylor and Kim Lewis at the show
Paperchase’s senior buyer of cards and wrap Hazel Walker and card buyer Emma Clooney shares their thoughts and product highlights of the recent PG Live exhibition.
“A massive congratulations to the 10th PG Live – as always it did not disappoint! We always head straight up to Springboard to seek out the rising talent…which there was plenty of this year! We caught up with publishers we’d met for the first time at last year’s show and it was great to see how much they’d grown and developed their ranges.
Overall, it felt like everyone had really worked on adding lots of newness ready for the show and we’re excited to review the catalogues and samples so we can get some of it into stores soon!”
Top Picks: “A special mention should go to the Grumble & Co boys and their Alice and Wonderland themed stand – it looked brilliant! We did think the Belly Button Coco range really stood out – it was so lovely and colourful.”
Jenni Taylor, buyer greeting cards and dine of Fenwick (Bentalls in Kingston and Fenwick Bracknell) shares her views and product loves:
“What a fantastic show – it is where you always find the crème de la crème of card suppliers, companies and ranges. This show should run twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn as it is so good in so many ways.
It’s a real chance to see all the people who are passionate about cards in one building – and that makes it truly special, especially as it is such an amazing industry to be in!”
Top Picks: “With regards to new ranges I saw that caught my eye I would say the following:
- Megan Claire – Colourblock (my favourite range of the whole show) and Tutti Frutti
- Rosie Made A Thing – loved the new additions to Frolic
- Always Sparkle – Neo and Away with Words
- Mint – Glitterati
- Woodmansterne – lots of fantastic new humour
- Carte Blanche – Miami Vibes
- And…I am excitedly waiting for the launch of Proud Couture mugs!! (I buy ceramic as well).”
Longacres Garden Centres
Kim Lewis, card buyer of Longacres Garden Centres shares her faves about the show:
“I had a great day, as always at PG live. There was lots to see and tons of lovely new companies up in Springboard. It’s a fabulous opportunity to catch up with companies I already deal with and look at new product that they have to offer.
I really enjoy PG Live for its friendly atmosphere and I like the fact that it’s easy to walk around, making sure you see everything there is to offer. And of course there’s the amazing free lunch!”
Top Picks: “I have ordered the new Eternal sentiments cards on a spinner from IC&G for our Bagshot and Bybrook shops, using my Silver Ticket. The range is beautiful including such lovely words.
I loved the humour of Rosie Made A Thing, which I ordered from for the first time (using my Sunshine Ticket), for our Bagshot centre, as it’s so different from anything else I sell.
Thank you for a great show!”