Top Drawer Autumn Winter 2018
I can hardly believe it’s been a month since we were at Olympia, London for our first trade show. It’s been a busy few weeks since the show, and it’s also given us time to reflect and think about our next steps.
To be honest, it all passed in a bit of a blur! There was so much planning pre-show, and then we had our set up day before we started trading. Thankfully our dear friend Becci was on hand to help, and I really don’t think I could have done it without her! Apart from her help and support, she also kept me sane, and we had so much fun….so much fun that I was really sad when it was all over, and she headed back to Bristol. We made lots of new contacts and got lots of great feedback and not least we also made some new friends!
Lovely friends and lot's of madness at TDW18
You may recognise some of these businesses. Companies that wowed us this year:
We’re now thinking carefully about our next steps and which direction we want to go….so watch this space, there are some exciting projects planned.
New York, New York!
So good, they named it twice! Isn’t that what they say? At the beginning of the month, we took to the skies and headed off on a 4-day whirlwind trip to New York City
It was go, go, go from the moment we landed, and I pounded the streets in an effort to see everything. That said, I obviously didn’t see everything in 4 days but managed most of the major landmarks….Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Centre, The Manhatten skyline, Times Square and we squeezed in 3 Broadway shows! ( my daughter India is studying Stage Management and is desperate for a career in The Big Apple! )
Although this wasn’t a work trip, I had to visit Saks and Bergdorf Goodman just to be inspired by their homeware and loungewear departments….always thinking about work! I dodged the rain in Anthropologie and noticed their mural looked a lot like a Tobias Hodson painting and loved their window displays.
We took a boat trip around the island, saw the sights and then it poured down! And then some! New York does everything bigger!!
Just before I left London, I noticed on Instagram that some of the brands I follow were in New York for NY Now, a big retail trade show, and I wondered if I could visit. Thanks to the lovely Hannah Turner, who designs and creates the most beautiful ceramics, I got the opportunity to go along to the show at Javits Centre on our last day in the city. Like the rest of our trip, it was a lightning visit, and I really needed more time.
After seeing Hannah and admiring her gorgeous stand I just had time to run around upstairs to see Jonathan Adler, and the man himself was there to show off his beautiful collection.
I could have just moved into Justina Blakeney’s lounge for Selamat Designs and met lovely Phoebe from Langdon Ltd, Australia who makes beautiful cushions which Anthropologie have snapped up….now there’s a thought!
Maybe next year Tobias Design might appear in New York….that would be exciting, and I certainly need to go back as there’s so much that I didn’t see….Greenwich Village, The Flat Iron building, Ground Zero memorial, Soho, Chinatown…the list is endless. So it’s goodbye to NYC for now and back to London to finish up preparations for our stand at Top Drawer next month.
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