Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Newness coming to Manuscript Pen Company

Manuscript Pen Company is excited to announce the introduction of new products this March. The new additions to the Manuscript portfolio will bring a fresh look and feel to our product lines, featuring modern designs and innovative materials. We are sure that our customers will be delighted with the new additions to our collection. From sleek and sophisticated writing instruments to modernized accessories, Manuscript Pen Company's new products will add a fresh touch to your writing experience. With a selection of colors, materials, and finishes, you will be spoilt for choice finding the perfect pen or accessory to make your writing experience unique.

Posted: 21 March 2023

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Traditional toys on top in £3.6bn market

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA), organisers of the Toy Fair, and The NPD Group announced their annual industry insights at Toy Fair 2023, held at Olympia London, from the 24th to 26th January. Against a challenging economic backdrop in 2022 that saw UK toy sales decline three percent to £3.6bn, it was traditional toy categories – plush (soft toys), building sets, action figures, and vehicles – which drove toy sales, with all four categories seeing positive growth during the year. The best performing category of 2022, plush (soft toys), up a significant 29% YoY, delivered exceptional results for the toy industry due to its popularity with a wide audience, and its collectability appeal.

Posted: 17 March 2023

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Crafter’s Companion's Craft Club exclusively available at QVC UK

Crafter's Companion is launching its brand-new Craft Club series exclusively available at . Crafter's Companion made its QVC debut with founder and creative director, Sara Davies back in August 2022. The Craft Club, is a collection of monthly kits that includes all the supplies needed to create a craft project or learn a new creative technique. The first is a Memory Album Kit which will be available from the 1st of March until the 31st of March

Posted: 16 March 2023

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London Stationery Show announces LaunchPad winners

After dozens of entries and a scrupulous round of judging, London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the six businesses who have won the annual LaunchPad competition. LaunchPad aims to shine a light on emerging businesses looking to break into the stationery industry and showcase their unique products to a wider audience. The opportunity allows the winners to exhibit alongside market-leading brands at London Stationery Show and meet top buyers visiting the UK's leading trade event dedicated to arts & crafts, greeting cards, paper products and writing instruments. The lucky winners also receive a range of marketing support, plus 50 per cent off a stand at London Stationery Show 2024

Posted: 14 March 2023

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Corinne Lapierre's new collection

Corinne Lapierre has once again been inspired by the wondrous natural world in the design of her new Beetle Appliqué Hoop Kit. Its shimmering shades and intricate forms caught her attention and imagination. "With a daughter studying entomology, I have discovered the incredible miniature world of insects, beetles in particular, with their marvelous patterns and colours," says Corinne. This new design will be the 12th in Corinne Lapierre's increasing range of bestselling Hoop Kits.

Posted: 13 March 2023

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Manuscript Brands partners with artPOP! as new distributor

Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is expanding their brand portfolio with the addition of artPOP! as the new UK and Ireland distributor. This appointment bolsters their carefully selected existing product portfolio. artPOP! is a fresh, modern art brand that features bold, clean lines and a signature colour scheme of magenta. With artPOP!, users can create works of art that are truly unique. The brand offers a wide range of art products, including infinity markers, paints, pencils, brushes and more. artPOP! products are all housed in design-led packaging that sets this brand apart on the shelf!

Posted: 9 March 2023

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Fox & Butler's new notebooks

Fox & Butler – purveyors of luxury greeting cards – has unveiled its new collection of notebooks, journals and jotter pads marking the brands arrival into the premium stationery sector. Building on the success of the brand's launch at Spring Fair, the range has expanded to 65 cards in the collection which have proved to be a huge hit with retailers and consumers alike.

Posted: 8 March 2023

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Sam Ryder - Behind the sparkle

Crystal Parade has been lucky enough to work with some very talented fashion designers, dressmakers and costumiers, and in recent months working closely with stylist and GQ Style editor Luke Jefferson Day, helping out with some very special outfits... Last June for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Crystal Parade played a small part in dazzling the crowd outside Buckingham Palace. In collaboration with Luke and his design team, the company supplied the Preciosa and Zodiac crystals used to embellish the stunning Union Jack outfit worn by Sam Ryder for the Saturday night concert.

Posted: 7 March 2023

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Mitsubishi Pencil UK Ltd appoints new MD

Mitsubishi Pencil EU (MPEU) has just announced the appointment of Neil Jardine as Managing Director of its UK office. Mitsubishi Pencil is the owner of well loved pen brands POSCA and uni-ball. Neil joins Mitsubishi Pencil UK after 25 years in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, the bulk of which was as Director of Take Home at Greene King. Neil was also Sales Director at Sara Lee DE UK, and he masterminded the move by Disaronno to establish their own subsidiary in the UK (Disaronno UK Ltd).

Posted: 2 March 2023

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Registration for London Stationery Show is live!

London Stationery Show is thrilled to announce that registration is now officially open for this year's event. The 2023 show takes place between 16th - 17th May at the Business Design Centre. Hosting a curated collection of industry icons and rising stars, London Stationery Show is the ultimate place to source products for next season. With all the best stationery, arts and crafts, paper product and writing instrument brands on offer, retailers will discover a host of original pieces to build an inspiring product range and attract their buyers

Posted: 28 February 2023

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