Summer Fair - London’s Home & Gift Event

This year's Summer Fair will offer an essential mix of Europe's most established suppliers, alongside design-led ranges. Presenting home and gift, outdoor living, art and card, kids gifts, jewellery and fashion accessories, Summer Fair is London's only major buying event of scale.

Major European suppliers, each showing hundreds of product lines on large stands of between 80m² and 300m², include Coach House, One World Trading, Parlane, Stone The Crows!, The Libra Company, India Jane, Verceral Côté Table, and Pomax Home Collection.

"No other event in London has ever presented anything approaching Summer Fair's line up of major suppliers. Coach House alone sells 14, 000 different lines. Other London shows, such as Pulse, have an average stand size of 9m². Summer Fair presents an unrivalled offer of established, commercial suppliers, and new and quirky inspirational products, meaning retailers can buy in depth", commented event manager, Kate Ballard. Craig Masson from Rex International says: 'After the very successful first Summer Fair last year, we are really looking forward to the 08 show, and anticipate building on the success of the previous show; picking up new accounts, and of course having the opportunity to show our existing customers our latest ranges and exciting new lines for the upcoming Winter season.'

Creative BritainCreative Britain comes to Summer Fair. Originally launched at Autumn Fair two years ago, and hugely popular at Spring Fair this year, Creative Britain is aimed to help direct buyers to source UK designed work. Summer Fair will host leading UK designers, such as Susie Watson Designs, Emily Readett-Bayley, ByAsli, Arthur Price, Dartington Crystal and Define Home Accessories as well as design organisations. Emap TPS group event director Louise Young said: "Creative Britain is extremely popular with buyers to Spring Fair and Autumn Fair. Taking this initiative to London and highlighting the British brands at Summer Fair is a fantastic fit for the show. International buyers come to London to seek out British creativity, making Summer Fair a key destination."

Exhibiting at Summer Fair for the first time, 28 designers chosen from the cream of UK contemporary design, will be showing as the 2008 Metropolitan Works Show. Participating designers include new and established names such as Junior Phipps, Kim Thome, Ingrid Ruegemer, Sarah Eyton and Kai Chottai.

Queen of Shops, Mary Portas returns! Following the huge success of Mary's talk at sister show Spring Fair, organisers Emap TPS have arranged for Mary to speak at Summer Fair. Buyers at Summer Fair will have the chance to hear Mary Queen of Shops as she talks about the latest trends and her vision of the future of retailing.

Summer Fair will also be hosting the Gift of the Year Awards. This year, the awards, which are considered a mark of distinction for the winners and highly commended entrants, will be announced on Monday 23rd June. The GA will present all the winners and highly commended products in an exciting new stand exclusively at Summer Fair.

The UK's leading style magazine, Elle Decoration returns with an amazing new feature for 2008. Highly sculptural, the feature will prove popular for buyers looking to source future best-sellers hand-picked by the Elle Decoration.

Leading exhibitors include Coach House, One World Trading, Parlane, Stone The Crows!, The Libra Company, India Jane, Verceral Côté Table, Pomax Home Collection, Cotton Productions, Lisbeth Dahl, Linum, Biggie Best, GreenGate Copenhagen, Rice, Emily Readett-Bayley, Jansen International, Susie Watson Designs, Bahasa, King & McGaw, Furnantics, Febland, Hill Interiors, AW Morris, BBD Interiors, Moltex, Scatterbox, The Old Basket Supply, Terrace & Garden, Fallen Fruits, Culinary Concepts, MORE, Rosenthal, Alessi, Italesse, Holmegaard, Ekobo, Dartington Crystal, Arthur Price, Jersey Pottery, Rex International, Splash and Hoff Interieur.

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