Spring Fair, the UK’s leading marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift and Fashion which returns to the NEC Birmingham NEC from 5th – 8th February 2023, opens its doors this Sunday to the UK’s independent retailers and multiples including TK Maxx, Homebase, Funky Pigeon, Chester Zoo, WHSmiths, Asda, Next, Dunelm, River Island, Fenwick, Blue Diamond, John Lewis, Clinton Cards, HobbyCraft, Dobbie, Soho Coffee, The Hut Group, Ebay, Scribbler, Debenhams, Poundland, Sanctuary, Wayfair, Primark, Poundsaver, National Trust, Toy R Us, Chester Zoo, Quiz Clothing, Argos, Sainsburys, Ann Summers, V&A, NotOnTheHighStreet, NewLook, Hallmark, Deichman, Harvey Nichols, Aldi, and tens of thousands more, all looking to discover their store’s next bestsellers amongst the thousands of new products being showcased and launched.
As the definitive ‘shop for shops’, Spring Fair has supported the retail industry for over 70 years and now encompasses the UK’s longest running fashion buying show Moda, offering retailers unmissable cross-buying opportunities across home, gift and fashion, and access to up-and-coming new design talent and hundreds of exciting brands which exhibit exclusively at Spring Fair.
Nicola Meadows, Portfolio Director at Spring & Autumn Fair says; “I am delighted to be back at Spring Fair in my new role as Portfolio Director and I am extremely excited to be onsite. With thousands of inspirational brands filling the halls with the latest best-selling products across Home, Gift and Fashion and hours of informative free content, this year’s Spring Fair is set to offer retailers a truly international and vibrant showcase with newness and sustainability top of the agenda.”
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
Buyers keen to discover the hottest new designs to launch this season should make a beeline for the New Product Showcase in Hall 4. Offering a curated edit from across the show of the most exciting, brand-new product launches of the year, the showcase will provide retailers with the chance see these innovative new products before anyone else.
Look out for the Debut and First showcases in Beauty & Wellbeing, Housewares, and Greetings & Stationery featuring brand new designers showing at Spring Fair for the first time.
With consumers increasingly purchasing more mindfully, buyers can visit the Sustainability Showcase on the Power of One® stand in Hall 4 to see a selection of some of the best sustainable products. The show has also created a handy Sustainable Trail. Look out for the green leaf icon on exhibitor’s stands to identify brands who are part of the Sustainability Trail helping buyers easily identify sustainable exhibitors and make more educated buying choices.
The Power of One® stand will also be hosting experts from Products of Change. Products of Change are a global educational hub driving sustainable change across consumer product markets and beyond. Returning as the headline sponsors for the Power of One® campaign, their experts will offer 121 meetings and advice to help businesses become more sustainable.
INSPIRING RETAIL STAGE
Featuring leading industry professionals and rising stars, the Inspiring Retail Stage line-up features over 40 speakers, sharing exclusive market intelligence, insights and valuable industry information all designed to provide buyers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, understand critical market trends and themes, and connect with leaders in the field. Located in Hall 6, the Inspiring Retail Stage has a jam-packed programme with trend updates, e-commerce advice, sustainability guidance and business tips across the four days.
Join retail entrepreneur and TV dragon, Theo Paphitis who will be in conversation with The Sun’s Business Editor, Ashley Armstrong on Tuesday at 2.30pm, looking at some of the current challenges facing businesses across the UK today, and the opportunities that arise out of tougher trading conditions.
The Style Sisters will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on the hybrid home on Tuesday at 10.10am.The retail market has an opportunity to capitalise on growing demand for highly functional, yet fabulously designed products for the home, as consumers adapt to a new way of living.
The stage will also host trend updates with TrendBible. Trend Update: 2024 Home and Lifestyle Trends will uncover how householder behaviours and lifestyle choices are set to underpin product and design trends for the home over the next 12 months and beyond. Trend Update: Celebration and Gifting Trends for 2024 will provide vital insight into the key trends impacting consumers and the opportunities which will elevate celebration, occasion and gift ranges to new levels.
Following a successful four-year partnership with Autumn Fair which has supported around 40 start-up businesses so far, Spring Fair now hosts the #SBS winners offering them a free stand worth thousands of pounds within the dedicated #SBS Village situated in a key position within Hall 4.
TV dragon and Small Business Sunday creator Theo Paphitis says: “Exhibiting at Autumn Fair, in the #SBS Village, has meant the world to our #SBS winners since 2018, helping many of them on a fantastic growth path for their business models. I am delighted that we have extended the partnership to Spring Fair, where this year’s Exhibition winners will have an even more valuable opportunity in the early part of 2023. This is an exciting development for #SBS, one of the UK’s leading small business initiatives, and I am looking forward to visiting the show and meeting all our brilliant and deserving winners.”
Twelve new winners and two past winners who had been unable to exhibit previously, will present their designs, including beauty and wellbeing brand Glamavan with their biodegradable and sustainable glitters; botanical cast fragrance diffusers from The Fox Glove Tree; indulgent bath and body care by Awesome Botanicals; and organic and cruelty-free skincare and candles by Okiki. Gift sector winners include thoughtful sign language gifts from Give Gifts; Glosters Pottery with their range of ceramics created by the sea in Porthmadog, North Wales; wallpaper, prints and luxurious limited edition cushions with the wow factor by Sally Brown; an innovative new dry wash shampoo from TingTang; beauty gifts from Wolf & Griffin; Kitsch Republic with their range of fun homewares and gifts, mosaic kits from China Petals; and Chocolate Moments, the business behind the UK’s first bar of chocolate combined with crunchy crisps offering a unique combination which gives you the best of both sweet and savoury worlds.
Visitors will also be treated to the unique handmade toys from The Wonky Woolins; and inspirational creative, physical, musical, literacy, numeracy, social and scientific learning activity packs from Busy Brain Activity Packs.
Natalie Dawson from Awesome Boanicals says; “I am so grateful to Spring Fair & #SBS for selecting me as one of the winners, I am so excited to be here and grow the wholesale side of the business.”
Within Home, Living & Décor and The Summerhouse buyers will discover newness and the most stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles, housewares, art, and decorative interior and outdoor accessories from the UK and around the world. The Summerhouse welcomes back Malini, Bloomingville, MyGiftsTrade (including Urban Nature Culture), Hot Tomato, The Libra Company, Terrace & Garden / Casa Verde, Present Time, Jellycat, Stone Glow Candles, Hug Rug, RoseHill, Biggie Best, Morgan Wright brands including Also Home and Rain & Humble, DeluxeHomeart, VanillaFly, and Gallery Direct who is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
New to Spring Fair, visitors will be delighted to discover one of Scandinavia’s leading wholesalers, Wikholm Form, bringing their comprehensive range of products, decorations, furniture, and accessories made from ceramics, glass, wood, metal, basketware, leather and textiles.
Spring Fair welcomes back an array of home and outdoor lifestyle brands for the 2023 event in February, including Coach House, McGowan & Rutherford, Art Marketing, Kaemingk, Mint Interiors by Kettle also featuring Mambo Outdoor Living, London Ornaments, Bakers, Ascalon, Ivyline, Minster Stylish Living, Dutch Import & Daughters, Waltons of Yorkshire, Lows of Dundee, Sparta Decor, Tweedmill, Chic Antique, Fifty Five South, Hanlin, and Hill Interiors. Voyage Maison rejoins the Spring Fair line-up at the front of Hall 6, while lighting industry leaders Searchlight will present a mixture of decorative lighting. Hunter Price and their new Billie Faiers range can also now be found in Home, Living and Décor sector.
Serving up the best in culinary must-haves, from the latest innovations in cookware to the most beautiful table décor, visitors to Housewares will encounter kitchenware and dining ideas from Apollo Housewares, Honest Bottle, Artisania, Kin Limited, Captivate Brands, David Mason (Design), Goodtobee, Jomafe, International Cookware, Juice and Jam, Kuhn Rikon, Olivawood, Pendeford Housewares, T&G Woodware Ltd, RKW, Ultimate Products, Blue Stem Group, JVL Products, and Ulster Weavers. The BIRA/BHETA Village also returns.
New to the show are Pure Table Top, pitched as ‘the home of beautiful tablewares’, their collections feature much-loved brands including Joules, Olly Smith, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, each with their own signature style.
The Everyday sector in Hall 1 continues to meet the growing demands for everyday affordable items and this season sees an abundance of newness and innovations from Avron, Hovemint, Summit part of PMS, Shatchi, Tallon, RSW, Gem Imports, Import Distribution, RMS International, Pricecheck, Gifts 4 All Occasions, Dina International, Whitefurze, Anand International, Winners Europe, Arix Europe, RAM Enterprise, Rayburn Trading, and 151 Products.
The flourishing Gift sector continues to offer everything you want to gift and be gifted with. Curated to create special moments from the show floor to your shop floor, explore an array of best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised gifts.
Visitors will discover the latest designs from Sass & Belle, DCUK, Burgon & Ball, Fallen Fruits, Satchville Gifts, Woodstock Chimes, Widdop & Co, Lesser & Pavey, Fountasia, Gingko, Portico Designs, Thumbs Up, Coulson MacLeod, Thumbs Up, Gift Republic, History & Heraldry, Kikkerland, Bookspeed, Enesco Gifts, Puckator, Joe Davies, Half Moon Bay, Powell Craft,Richard Lang & Sons, Shoeless Joe, Abysse Corp, University Games, Elgate, Rubies Masquerade, Straits Trading, La De Da! Living, British Fossil, and Giftware Trading. The debut Design First area offers a first-time showcase to new brands including Fox Under the Moon, Nzuri Trading, Dunked, and Loyal Candles.
With indulgent products for the mind, body and soul, the Beauty & Wellbeing sector features products that pamper, groom, spritz and energise with a huge rise in sustainable, vegan, and ethically made and sourced products. From holistic home-fragrance and beauty staples to hair care, male grooming and styling kits, this is where the most sought-after beauty and wellbeing products glow. Visitors will discover Bomb Cosmetics, Luxscent, The English Soap Company, Feel the Glow, Kushboo Soaps, Bath Bubble & Beyond, Clarityblend, Fruu, Heathcote & Ivory, Sevin, The Highland Soap Co, The Somerset Toiletry Company, and Upper Canada UK Limited. Don’t miss FaceWise, the low salicylate skincare from award-winning British actress, director, producer and entrepreneur, Sharon Maughan; and Labre’s Hope, a social enterprise that employs people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk, to handcraft luxury soaps and candles made ethically and sustainably.
Aaron Probert, founder of Labre’s Hope says, “At Spring Fair, we will be showcasing our range of products which features a variety of unique selling points such as palm-oil free, aromatherapeutic and plastic free. We believe Spring Fair will be a key part of supporting us in our vision becoming a national health and beauty brand which transforms community across the UK.”
As the biggest showcase for greetings and stationery in the UK, the Greetings & Stationery sector goes from strength to strength. Look out for the most creative, fun and colourful greeting cards, wrapping papers, stationery and paper decorations, from Vent for Change, Cardgains, Ling Designs, The Great British Card Company, The Art File, Wrendale Designs, Dandelion Stationery, Museums & Galleries, Paper Salad, Louise Tiler, Emotional Rescue, Five Dollar Shake, Out of the Blue Studios, The Seed Card Company, Artebene, Rachel Ellen Designs, Hootyballo by Club Green, Crumble and Core, Dyson Designs, and many more showcasing their latest designs.
The GCA Debut edit returns with a host of new exhibitors including striking black & white illustrations of unusual and endangered animals from Wild Lines, eco-friendly collections from The Little Green Paper Shop, as well as the latest designs from Eat The Moon, It Takes Heart, KDee Designs, Say it with Songs, Not at all Jack, Angies Folk Art, and T’ART Designs.
Bringing the festive season to life, from small seasonal decorations to life-size Santa’s and show-stopping festive trees, explore the magical Christmas, Floral & Seasonal Decorations sector at Spring Fair with Christmas Inspirations BV, Festive Lights, Country Baskets Imports, Lotus Imports, Gifts 4 All Occasions, Davies Products, Sincere and Swift Imports.
The Party & Celebrations sector is full of exciting new finds which bring joy to every occasion. This is THE place for: vibrant decorations, fancy dress costumes, balloons, Halloween items, Christmas favours and party tableware, which will make your customers the life and soul of the party. Look out for Amscan, Rubies, Gemar Srl , Oaktree, Unique Party, Hootyballoo by Club Green , Eurowrap, and Pioneer.
Home to the finest, most magical children’s toys and gadgets, Kids, Toys and Play offers a celebration of the most beautiful, handcrafted toys, brain-teasing puzzles, must-have high-tech gadgets, and craft gifts for all ages. Tap into the hottest toy trends and those elusive Christmas hits from leading brands including Kandy Toys, Blue Sky Studio’s, Aurora World, The Puppet Company, Keel Toys, Thames & Kosmos, The House of Marbles, Orange Tree, Noble Collection, Big Jigs, Inside Out Toys, Mai Clothing, Willsow, Happy Little Doers, Djeco, House of Puzzles, Click Europe, Kiddicraft, and Ty.
The UK’s longest standing fashion trade show Moda has become an integral fashion destination at Spring Fair. Offering a treasure trove of fashion, Moda expands over two halls this season and presents a fresh edit with four clearly defined sectors: Womenswear, Footwear, Fashion Accessories and Jewellery & Watch. Carefully curated to inspire and help retailers with their sourcing for the new season, buyers will be able to preview the latest collections from over 300 UK and international leading brands as well as a host of new names.
Renowned for its stunning array of collections, visitors to Moda will discover many of the leading womenswear labels. Look out for the bold brights from Jayley, a collection of sought-after Godske brands including Robell, Tia, Noen, and Fransen, creative and original new designs from One Hundred Stars, the colourful, feminine and sustainable womenswear from Danish brand Soyaconcept, and the new season collections from Saloos, an internationally recognised brand committed to quality, style and comfort since 1995. Other designers to discover include Fika, Decollage, Lighthouse Clothing, Jessica Graaf, The Bamboo Wardrobe, UbU Clothing, and Cottonreal.
As the leading destination for footwear in the UK, Moda welcomes back the industry’s most sought-after brands including Fly London, XTI, Refresh, Carmela, Chatham, Mustang, Alpe, Thomas Blunt, Lunar, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (who will be attending the show on Sunday), Anne Michelle, Top Staka, Lazy Dogz, and many more.
The latest handbags, purses, luggage, hair accessories, scarves, hats, and statement pieces from coveted brands in Fashion Accessories including Ashwood Leather, Powder, My Doris, Miss Shorthair, Miss Milly, Zelly, Eyelevel Sunglasses, LuggageLocker, Nova Leather, POM (Peace of Mind), G H Stafford & Son Ltd, W Brown International, Henderson, Miss Sparrow, Pure Fashions, Red cuckoo, and Earth Squared, Jazzibags, Woodbridge Bags, Suzie Blue, and Waterhaul.
With over 100 exhibitors and perfectly timed with the international calendar and buying cycle, Jewellery & Watch (J&W) is the biggest returning jewellery showcase in the UK bringing together the best in fine jewellery, silver jewellery, fashion jewellery and jewellery designers including BKT (Rings) Ltd, TWJ (Diamonds), Herbert Marx, Hanron Jewellery, Jeypore Creations, Deil Joseph, Breuning GmbH, Sea Gems, Scream Pretty, Gecko, MG Diamonds, Morrish, Perfection Jewellery, Ping Ping Jewellery, Jackie Brazil, Leslie Donn, Goodman Bros, Big Metal, D&X, Town Talk Polish, Gracee Jewellery, Isles & Stars, Clementine Jewellery, Chris Lewis Silver, Reeves & Reeves, The Old Farmhouse Jewellery, Esoteric London, LBJ Jewellery, London Pearl, and many more. Aside from the latest jewellery collections, there is a dedicated area for jewellery creation where precious and semi-precious stones, jewellery components and services, can be found.
Moda also hosts its own Stage, with an inspirational line-up of catwalk shows, seminars, workshops, and awards across all four days of the show. Providing hours of free trend inspiration and business insights, the Moda Catwalk is the show’s must-see highlight. Kicking off at 11am and running at 1pm and 2.30pm each day, visitors will be inspired to start their buying at the Moda Catwalk. See the latest womenswear, footwear and accessories brought to life as the styled outfits showcase how to build looks and ranges for AW23/24 from the show floor itself. Key trends include Sundial, The Vibe, Electric, and Different Angles. Buyers will also be presented with beautifully curated sponsored scenes from Saloos, Jayley Collection, Lighthouse Clothing, and the footwear headline sponsor is Lunar, a global footwear brand offering a vast and unique range of colourful and elegant designs.
De Montfort University Footwear Showcase
In an exciting collaboration with De Montfort University, Moda will showcase the designs of 16 final year BA (Hons) Footwear Design students who have each designed a piece of footwear to a set brief. From nine finalists, the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday 5th February on the Moda Stage. Visitors to the show will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite design and the design with the most votes will receive the Buyer’s Choice Award.
New Jewels Bursary
The New Jewels Bursary in collaboration with the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), and sponsored by Curteis Creates, launches this season to offer an up-and-coming jewellery designer access to invaluable advice and support.
The New Jewels bursary is the fruit of a collaboration with the NAJ and shared goals and values to support and celebrate the new talent in this sector. The competition aims to give up and coming jewellers a platform to launch their designs to the trade. The finalists will showcase their designs with Jewellery & Watch and the winner will be announced on the opening day.
As the buyers one-stop marketplace for everything new and on-trend for 2023, Spring Fair is the leading Home, Gift and Fashion buying showcase. It runs from 5th – 8th February 2023 at NEC Birmingham. For further information please visit www.springfair.com