The cool musical vibes set the tone for visitors of Top Drawer (which opened its doors at London’s Olympia on Sunday with today, Tuesday 15 January, the final day of the show).
Visitors are being treated to a vibrant mix of design-led greeting cards, gifts, homewares, jewellery, fashion, craft and tasty comestibles!
Here, PG Buzz serves up a visual smorgasbord of the show:
Top: The Top Drawer’s overarching message is that it is offering an ‘out of the ordinary’ experience, not least offered by the varied portfolio of products from exhibitors.
Above: Its own stores are beloved of stationery fanatics, but the Aussie-based purveyor of Swedish-designed stationery was a beacon for retailers now it is moving into supplying wholesale. Penny Green (pictured), director of wholesale and retail Europe said she was inundated with interested retail stockists.
Above: Archivist, co-owned by William Allardice (right) brought its letterpress products to life by having an active press on its stand that made prints for retail customers.
Above: Danish start-up Growing Greetings got off the ‘ground’ through Kickstarter, attended The Ladder Club last year to ‘cultivate’ its idea of combining seeds of micro-greens with greeting cards, and at Top Drawer it was feted in the Spotted awards, much to the delight of founder Guilia Cavalli (pictured).
Above: Top Drawer marked Five Dollar Shake’s launch of Never Stop Chasing Rainbows, its inaugural range that features bio-degradable glitter and the cards are wrapped in compostable packaging. Sophie Nuthall, the publisher’s design studio and product development manager (pictured) told PG Buzz that the intention is that there will be a gradual transition to using this more environmentally-friendly sparkle across its portfolio.
Above: English Graphics’ founder Heather Marten attracted a lot of attention for its Top Drawer launch of biodegradable eco-flitter being used across its product portfolio.
Above: The winners of the Top Drawer SS19 PaperAwards and members of the GF Smith team.
Above: In what was her first Top Drawer as GCA ceo, Amanda Fergusson chatted to Alan Harnik of US’ Notes & Queries next to the GCA members’ feature display of exhibitors’ fresh new products.
Above: The Canns Down Press gang were there is force to celebrate the art publisher’s new thrust under the creative direction of second generation management of Alice Johnstone and Julia Hartford.
Above: Having met when they all worked for Watermark, Under One Cloud (owned by made up of two husband and wife teams: Kong and Alice, and Alex and Lauren), marked its Top Drawer debut.
Above: Hannah Coulson of Coulson Macleod was all smiles as the company’s mini-boxed Eco-Concertina cards went down so well at Top Drawer.