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
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
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
Autumn Fair, the successful marketplace for wholesale home, gift, and fashion taking place from the 3rd – 6th September 2023, sees the launch of Connect @ Autumn Fair. Endorsed by leading UK retailers such as John Lewis, WHSmith and Choice, Connect @ Autumn Fair is a transformational new approach to buying, designed to revolutionise the traditional trade show model by connecting retailers and brands on a scale never achieved before.
Posted: 23 February 2023
The organisers of National Stationery Week are thrilled to announce the first official sponsor as globally renowned Maped Helix who will start the week off colourfully with #CreativityDay on Monday 15th May 2023.
Lianne Fletcher, Head of Marketing at Maped Helix, said the historic firm is delighted to be announced as the first headline sponsor: "National Stationery Week is a fun but meaningful campaign that encourages the nation to put pen to paper. With Maped Helix known for the quality of its stationery products that have lasted the test of time, we were keen to be involved with this fantastic event and celebrate all things stationery!"
Posted: 23 February 2023
After a strong initial launch in North America in 2022, anticipation is building towards the next h+h americas set for June 21st-23rd, 2023 (Wednesday – Friday). The event will take place again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont/Chicago. The June dates have been carefully selected to provide buyers with seasonal offers from the entire handicraft industry.
Posted: 21 February 2023
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced a licensing agreement with US-based family-owned fabric manufacturer Riley Blake Designs to bring RHS-inspired cotton quilting and sewing fabric to a large number of online and physical outlets worldwide. The range includes multiple products, from quilting fabrics (both by-the-yard and in various sizes of pre-cut bundles) and ribbons, buttons and trims (all coordinated with the fabric collections) to quilting and sewing patterns and a number of DIY project kits such as quilt kits, table runner kits and pillow cover kits.
Posted: 16 February 2023
Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld joined forces for the first time from February 3rd-4th to 7th, 2023, to inspire as the global hub for upcoming lifestyle trends. They reflect the increasing merging of lifestyles and focus on the top theme of sustainability. 4,561 exhibitors occupied the entire Frankfurt exhibition center on 352,950 gross square meters and impressed 154,000 retailers from all over the world with their innovations. Participants from more than 170 nations celebrated the personal encounter.
Posted: 13 February 2023
Made in Britain, the trade association representing close to 2,000 SME manufacturing businesses across the UK, has appointed three new Non-Executive Directors to its board, as it marks 10 years of growth: Warren Gell, Global Global Commercial Director, Dartington Crystal; Katy Moss, Managing Director, Trent Refractories; Henry Beaver, Chief Executive Officer, Beaver Bridges.
They join existing Made in Britain board members: Prof. Chris Harrop OBE, ESG Strategy Director, Marshalls plc (Chairman); Camilla Hadcock, Owner and Director, Roach Bridge Tissues; Peter Atmore, Head of Global Sales and Marketing, Fracino.
Posted: 10 February 2023
Just about a month before the Oscars in Hollywood, Creativeworld honours the most innovative new products with the Oscar of the hobby, craft and artists' supplies sector. The Creative Impulse Award was presented today on the opening day of the leading international trade fair. The crowds at the ceremony were huge and the excitement about who will win an award in one of the five categories was palpable.
Posted: 9 February 2023