Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

THE JOYS OF SPRING he inspiring and unrivalled marketplace for giftware and crafting returns for 2022 with newness and much-loved favourites The heart of UK retail, Spring Fair is the UK’s largest marketplace for the home, gift and fashion retail industry. As it returns for its first live event since 2020, the reaction so far from brands and buyers is resoundingly positive. Following on from the astonishing success of Autumn Fair, Spring Fair looks set to be bigger and better. With floor space almost sold out across every sector, Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham on the 6th-9th February 2022, is not to be missed. There are four key buying destinations to get excited about – Home, Gift (incorporating Greetings, Floral, Party and Christmas), Fashion and Design & Source – all offering a treasure trove of much loved and established favourites as well as an array of new brands showing for the first time. Daniel Mayhew, Event Director at Spring Fair says: “Spring Fair was sorely missed this year and following the hugely successful Autumn Fair, the Spring Fair team are working hard to make the show better than ever. We’ve spent many months researching the market, talking to our customers, listening and learning, and feel confident that Spring Fair will deliver the best possible experience across its four days. Visitors will discover the most inspirational and exciting brand line-up and stock rich exhibitors, as well as the newness, cross-buying opportunities, and sustainable products that are so key to buyers and their customers now.” As a leading, definitive marketplace for wholesale home, gift, fashion and sourcing, Spring Fair, is known as a nucleus for creativity, inspiration, trends, and order writing, as well as bringing the industry together, building communities, nurturing collaboration, and facilitating relationships that last. With its unparalleled cross-buying opportunities, Spring Fair creates a compelling and unmissable platform for buyers to touch, feel, and experience the latest products, trends and innovations across home, gift, fashion, and sourcing – from across the UK and overseas. In the burgeoning Gift sector situated in the heart of the show, buyers will discover Widdop & Co, Kikkerland, Lesser & Pavey, Sass & Belle, Puckator, Ashleigh & Burwood, Abysse, Joe Davies, House of Disaster, Powell Craft, Rex London, ChalkUK, Gingko Designs, Retreat Home, Shoeless Joe, and The Company. The number of inspirational crafting brands showcasing at Spring Fair continues to grow and buyers will discover the latest collections from brands including Stitching Me Softly, Stitch Happy, Stitch with Skye, Artcuts, Pretty Craft, and Crafty You Crafty Me. As a buyers one-stop marketplace for everything new and on-trend for 2022, Spring Fair is an ultimate buying showcase. It runs from 6th-9th February, 2022 at NEC Birmingham. For further information please visit Crafty You Crafty Me Stitch with Skye 31 SPRING FAIR 2022