Showcasing the very best in gifting and home ware, this year more than 1,300 UK and international suppliers were present at Autumn Fair in Birmingham UK, as independent retailers and buyers from UK and overseas, including Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands and Spain, looked for inspiration ahead of the next big gifting and home occasions. At the Trends & Inspiration Catwalk, daily fashion shows took place, presenting the latest colors, accessories and clothing lines from Autumn Fair exhibitors. Global trends forecaster WGSN also gave its first ever live presentation at the event, highlighting the trends it believes will come to the fore in spring and summer 2018.
Second largest trade show in the UK
Autumn Fair is the second largest trade show in the UK and the most-attended home and gift event in the UK after Spring Fair. It covers key buying sectors including gifts, home ware, jewelry and greeting products and attracts UK and international buyers from independent and major multiple retailers to e-commerce specialists and department stores. Autumn Fair is an Ascential event. Ascential plc is a global business-to-business information company that informs and connects the business world in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions & Festivals and Information Services.
Highlighting the importance that the retail industry puts on Autumn Fair, over four days, buyers from Tesco, Fenwick, Wayfair, Debenhams and John Lewis paid a visit to the event, along with independents retailers like Steamer Trading, Follie Ltd, House of Cards, Inside Out and Everything Rosy Interiors.
Exhibitors reported strong visitor interaction with Ged Mace, Managing Director of The Art File, commenting: “We had our best performance at an Autumn Fair in our 20-year history. We opened new accounts including a number from overseas and spoke to a host of important buyers, which will support our next phase of business with these customers.”
Inside Retail Hub
The new Inside Retail Hub proved to be a popular destination throughout Autumn Fair. A series of workshops took place, with retailers able to learn about creating professional in-store displays, utilizing social media channels and improving engagement with customers.
Looking ahead to next year, Louise Young, Divisional Director – Retail at Ascential, which runs Autumn Fair, commented: “This year’s Autumn Fair has seen exhibitors step up again in how they present their latest ranges. In particular, Home, Lighting and Contemporary Gift provided retailers with a feast of visual theatre in terms of styling and the many room sets now incorporated on stands.
Spring Fair, the sister event to Autumn Fair, will run from 4-8 February 2018, with Volume opening one day earlier.