A Closer Look at the Spring Fair 2015 Trade Show
With trade show season in full swing today’s post (and a few more to follow) are all about the “sneak peek”. A quick preview of some new products that will be launched at this weekend’s Spring Fair 2015.
Held at the NEC in Birmingham, Spring Fair 2015 runs from the 1st – 5th February. The trade show will play host to over 2500 exhibitors, showcasing 300,000 products. Divided into 13 sectors, the show attracts visitors from across the globe. While I can’t show you everything to come I’m hoping this series of quick looks will inspire and get you excited for the show.
Must-See Greetings Cards Exhibitors
Blue Eyed Sun – Stand 4L66
Blue Eyed Sun will be launching a new everyday range called ‘Enchantment’. 45 cards based on original machine stitched artworks. Created by market leading textile designer, Jo Corner, each greetings card is hand finished with jewels. This beautiful new card range includes 13 open birthday captions and 32 occasions cards. Enchantment cards are printed on FSC-approved board and come cello wrapped with a recycled kraft envelope. Measuring 165mm x 165mm square, the cards will retail at £2.99.
Laura Sherratt Design – Stand 4F132
Laura Sherratt will be showcasing new range ‘Arty Krafty. 30 handmade greeting cards printed on a Kraft backdrop. Designs feature bright line drawings and new wooden button embellishments. The range is made up of birthday cards (including special designs for relatives) and occasion cards. Measuring 150 x 150 mm in size, each comes matched with a bright colour envelope and cello bag. As with all of the Laura Sherratt range, the new Arty Krafty cards are made by hand in the UK; printed on a heavy weight board, which is sourced from The Lake District. The cards will retail at £3.25.
Show Offer: 5% off ( this can be used at our online shop using code: 2015).
Lucy Monkman – Stand 4J07
Lucy Monkman will be unveiling new designs across several popular ranges. The ‘Dotty Message’ greeting card range features fun animals paired with versatile messages for any occasion. Supplied with Eco-Friendly Kraft envelopes, the range has cards for every day and Christmas. There will also be new designs in the ‘Coloured With Love’ range. Outline cards perfect for colouring; allowing an extra special touch of creativity to card-giving occasions. Look out for the new seaside themed card, which is ideal for the coming Summer season. Last but not least, you will also be able to see the recently launched ‘Badge Cards for Friends’. A range designed to send a mini present and heartfelt message. The range features ten characters with detachable character badges. The ‘credit card’ size of the designs allows it to be popped into a pocket, a purse or a pencil case; keeping the message close. New ranges will retail between £1.95 and £2.50.
Show Offer – Tell Lucy your favourite character from the ‘Badge Cards for Friends’ range to receive a complimentary badge.
Tache Crafts – Stand 4D116
Our final ‘must-see’ exhibitor for the day is Tache Crafts who will be introducing visitors to their brand new pug-themed greetings card collection. ‘Podgy Pugs’ is a series of delightful designs inspired by pugs and the ‘over the top’ outfits their owners dress them in. As with earlier designs from Tache Crafts, we can expect these greetings cards to be the highest quality From the FSC-approved, recycled board to the quality envelope complete with co-ordinated designer lining. The new cards will retail at £3.99.
The Must-See Gift Exhibitors
Urban Graphic – Stand 4F84
Urban Graphic will be showing a new range of plates, mugs and egg cups developed with Minneapolis art director and designer Phil Jones. An assortment of beardy artwork decorates the porcelain ceramic wares. The plates, mugs and egg cups will be presented in a set of 2 and there are 2 pairs to choose from; Bernard and Samuel or Hubert and George. A fun gift idea … and not just for people with beards! Also look out for new pencil sets, temporary tattoos and two new card ranges featuring matte textured board and a beautiful letterpress style created with limited colour palette and de-bossed finish.
For more information please visit the Urban Graphic website.
Stoneglow Candles – Stand 5K51
Stoneglow Candles are having a great start to the year as one of the finalists in this year’s Gift of the Year Awards. They’ll be exhibiting two of their latest ranges. Home fragrances from the Art Collection; five fragrances available as scented candles, reed diffusers and refills. Also on show will be the new ‘Modern Apothecary’ collection. The new range uses an exclusive blend of natural wax with beautiful appearance and un-paralleled fragrance. The range is presented in apothecary-inspired packaging given a fresh, modern twist. Prices range from £16 – £25.
For more information please visit the Stoneglow Candles website.
Keep This Design – Stand 6S24
Keep This Design will be delighting Spring Fair 2015 visitors with their reusable crackers. No longer just for Christmas, Keep This Design will be showcasing their new range of ‘Mini Favour Gift Box Crackers’. A unique wedding favour that can be filled and decorated by the wedding party to their own taste and requirements. Also look out for their Eco-friendly ‘Gift Box Crackers’ in the fun ‘Hellbore’ designs. Both the Mini Favour Gift Box Crackers and the Hellbore Gift Box Crackers have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Gift of the Year awards. Prices start from £2.95 for Mini Favour Gift Box Cracker and £3.75 for Hellbore Crackers.
Keep This Design will also be exhibiting at the Wedding Show at the BIC in Bournemouth 6th-8th February, Stand W62.
For more information please visit the Keep This Design website.
Perkins & Morley – Stand 4H100
Perkins & Morley will be launching new additions to their popular ‘Animal Ink’ range. As well as expanding the range to include 12 new greetings cards, the much-loved designs will also be available on mugs, key rings, coasters, clocks, notebooks & fridge magnets. All of the new products are designed and manufactured here in the UK, supporting local craftsman. Be sure to look out for the Animal Ink Puffin Clock, which recently received a ‘highly commended’ award in the Best Product category at this year’s Scotland’s Trade Fair.
For more information please visit the Perkins & Morley website.
Sophie Allport – Stand 6Q39
Designer homeware brand Sophie Allport will be bringing 3 new ranges to the Spring Fair 2015 visitors this weekend. Their signature collections will have new additions in gardening, chicken (shown above) and swallow themes. The stylish illustrations will be presented in a soft colour palette and Sophie Allport’s hand-written style text. Look out for designs on tinware, ceramics and much more.
For more information please visit the Sophie Allport website.
Greetings & Inventions In Store at Spring Fair 2015
For our final sneak peek of Spring Fair 2015 we’ve got amazing greetings cards, cool gifts for kids and a handy invention that will banish badly wrapped gifts forever. So without further ado, let’s take a final look at the new products that will be launched at this weekend’s Spring Fair 2015 International trade show.
Paper Rose & The Art Group – Stand 4K04
Paper Rose and The Art Group will be releasing a wide range of new greeting cards across several ranges, with designs to suit every taste. The beautiful ink illustrations of the ‘Flower Show’ collection (shown above) will see six new additions for Spring Fair 2015. The cards utilise a 6-colour hexachrome printing technique, resulting in bright, zingy colours, which pop out from the page. Also look out for new ranges: ‘City Life’ by recent graduate Clair Rossiter, ‘Mug Shots’, ‘Love to Bake’ and ‘Sweet Tooth’. New greetings cards will retail between £1.65 and £2.99.
Colourful Dove will be exhibiting their range of new tableware for children. The boxed gift sets include plate, bowl and beaker decorated with bright, modern designs. The sets will be available in 4 animal designs; pink elephant, green crocodile, blue monkey and orange lion. Celebrating quality and craftsmanship, the china tableware sets are hand-decorated in England.
For more information please visit the Colourful Dove website.
Paper Salad – Stand 4J107
Paper Salad will be showcasing their new card collection ‘Candy’ at this year’s Spring Fair. The fun and appealing designs are printed with extra special, super bright inks and finished with lots of sparkly flitter. Using an FSC-accredited board, each card is matched with a bespoke patterned envelope. the cards will retail at £2.75 each.
Offer: free delivery on all orders placed at the show.
For more information please visit the Paper Salad website.
Lux Wrap – Stand 4H28
Lux Wrap will be launching their brand new product “speedy gift wrap”, which is specially designed for awkward shaped gifts. The product has recently been announced as a finalist in the Gift of the Year Award 2015. The wrap is made of beautiful satin smooth, pearl film material. Available in 8 designs; silver, gold, red, pink, mauve, white & double-sided print. Designed to be used without need of scissors or sellotape, you can see speedy gift wrap demonstrations throughout the show at the Lux Wrap stand.
For more information visit the Lux Wrap website.
Five Dollar Shake – Stand 4K110
Five Dollar Shake will be launching 4 new luxury card collections at this year’s Spring Fair International. Pictured above is one of the new cards from the Sugar & Spice collection. 12 gorgeously illustrated new baby designs. Cards feature a specially sourced cream board, printed with a delicate glitter process. Each greetings card is then finished with genuine crystals and hand-tied with baker’s twine. Also look out for new male card range ‘Chin Chin’ and ‘Walking Through The Clouds‘, which has an everyday / occasion collection and wedding range.
For more information please visit the Five Dollar Shake website.