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Scotland’s Trade Fair: Launch Gallery Unveiled For New Companies

Scotland's premier trade gift show has unveiled a brand new initiative for 2009 with the introduction of its Launch Gallery. Running like a vein through the middle of the Show, the Launch Gallery will highlight new and emerging companies within Scotland's Trade Fair Spring, which is being held at the SECC from 25-27 Jan 09.

This platform for up to 20 companies with design-led products will allow newcomers to showcase their products in a specific area and will enable buyers to find with ease these exciting, new and innovative companies.

Mark Saunders, from Springboard Events who organise Scotland's Trade Fair says: "It is often difficult for young companies to fully market themselves when they are just starting up. This initiative has been developed to give such exhibitors assistance with marketing support and a special stand rate.

"We already have a number of exhibitors in the Launch Gallery who have an array of inspiring products and great enthusiasm to be highly successful producers. This brand new Launch Gallery is our way of ensuring young, new talent is recognised and encouraged."

The Launch Gallery will include jewellery producers Tartan Twist and Pretty Pink, gift companies such as Mogwaii and Scott Inness, vintage home accessories from Wild Seed Gifts and knitwear and textiles from Courses n Wales (see below).

Buyers and visitors to the Show will also benefit from this new platform as it channels them into a designated area where new, young exhibitors are all grouped together. The Launch Gallery stands will all have a slightly different stand identity with white and black capping to make them distinctive.
Launch Gallery Exhibitors:

Mogwaii – Mogwaii designs are created by Scottish textile artist, Sarah Campbell. Sarah's unique approach to design combines bold colour and form with unexpected and delicate detail. Each item is hand crafted in the Mogwaii studio with rigorous attention to detail. Her latest creation is the Loopy Leasachs range of interesting animals (Leasach being a person from Lismore). So far there are Hebridean hares, hens and sheep and all with there own names, characters and compromised Iqs. These new items will be on display in the Launch Gallery. www.mogwaiidesign.com

Tartan Twist – Tartan Twist weaves the best of contemporary Scottish design with the rich inventory of traditional tartans to create a range of unique gifts destined to become modern classics. The collection has been created in-house using the highest quality materials. Our emphasis is on craftsmanship and attention to detail. www.tartantwist.com

Scott Inness –Scott Inness, based in Argyll, specialise in artistically designed gifts offering quality products specially created for their Scotland in Design Collection. The deep purple Bramble Thistle apron and tea towel range, launched in the latter part of 2007, has now been complemented with the addition of the rich pink and red tones of the Raspberry Thistle apron and tea towel range. They use traditional Scottish images with a contemporary design twist, and attractive, vibrant colours which reflects a brand set on showing Scotland of today. www.scottinness.com

Pretty Pink- Pretty Pink has an exciting choice of Brazilian handbags, jewellery and fashion accessories. Their quality products have been carefully selected to offer fashionable and unique styles, and range from exclusive handmade products from highly-skilled craftspeople, to contemporary pieces from up-and-coming Brazilian designers and manufacturers. Their handbags come in a variety of styles and materials ranging from real leather to recycled materials, whilst the beautiful jewellery ranges from contemporary chunky styles to more delicate items, and are made from materials such as natural seeds from the Amazon rainforest and semi-precious Brazilian stones. Pretty Pink has also started its own line of Eco-jewellery designed and handmade by Ilana Ewing. www.prettypink.eu

Wild Seed – Wild Seed has been created to help promote a sense of wellbeing by offering beautiful handmade gifts and home accessories inspired by the natural elements of the coast and countryside. All of the Wild Seed gift and home accessories are individually designed and hand crafted using timeless, vintage style fabrics. 'Harris Tweed' is widely used to offer exclusivity and longevity of the handmade gifts, and are complemented with 'Liberty of London' fabrics. www.wildseedgifts.co.uk

Courses 'n Wales -Courses 'n Wales is a fresh new knitwear and textile design company, based on the west coast of Scotland. Founded in 2007, Courses 'n Wales aims to offer its customers exclusive, fashionable products for a variety of occasions. It designs and produces knitted fabrics from new and innovative stitches and processes. Courses 'n Wales has quickly established a positive name for itself in the local fashion industry by supplying its unique line of knitwear products to fashion boutiques and websites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and across the UK. www.coursesandwales.co.uk



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