Potentially one of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday (if we’re ignoring the fact that holidaying with Idris Elba is at the top of the list), the weekend past I made my way down to London for my seasonal visit to home and gift trade show, Top Drawer.
I wrote a post previously on what to expect from a trade show as a blogger, stylist or student, but to sum up, Top Drawer is a place where brands showcase their latest collections to buyers under one roof, from department stores to independent boutiques, so said buyers can put their orders in ahead of time. It’s also a great way for press, bloggers and designers to discover new trends, see how the market’s developing and meet new brands.
As a content creator and designer, I have the pleasure of working with the show as a media partner, which means discovering the brands that I think you will like and sharing them on Apartment Number 4.
This season didn’t disappoint and today I wanted to highlight 18 brands that I loved – some old favourites, some new obsessions. Let’s start with…
Potentially my favourite find of the whole show, Chickidee is one of those brands that captures my style completely – as in, can I have one of everything please? From pink pompom cushions to whitewashed wooden photo frames, the vibe was Californian to a tee.
Although Also Home has undergone a transformation in terms of branding for autumn/winter, it was nice to see the brand still retaining its effortless design and chic styling for the new season. Every time I visit Top Drawer I snap a picture of, what is potentially, the comfiest bed I’ve seen, and every season I want to climb straight into it and sleep for a week.
Selling all areas of homeware, from mirrors to vintage paint, for me personally, faux flowers and planters are where Grand Illusions really stands out from the crowd – and the brand didn’t disappoint this edition. From weathered finishes to Eastern inspired motifs, this collection had all the ingredients of a winning range.
A favourite of mine, Nkuku focuses on ethical, eco-friendly and handmade homeware, working with artisans all over the world to create individual designs, using sustainable materials that embrace traditional skills. If there’s one brand you check out today, let it be this.
As well as homeware, Top Drawer offers retailers the chance to shop stationery and gifts, including greetings cards such as these from Ohh Deer. One of my dreams is to one day own a cool indie homeware/gift shop and I can guarantee that Ohh Deer will be one of my first buys.
Specialising in super stylish clocks, Karlsson was actually a brand I discovered on holiday years ago and have loved ever since. How cool would this book clock look on my fireplace in my office? You can shop Karlsson Clocks on Red Candy by clicking here.
A reigning name in vintage, bohemian style, Ian Snow is a brand created by Daisy and India Snow, inspired by their father Ian and his global travels. Working from their Devon farm to source artisans all over the world, the brand offers everything from print filled textiles to clothing, accessories and incense.
Another favourite of mine, Rice DK manages to make kitsch look stylish, and isn’t afraid of colour, prints and injecting an element of fun into every product they produce. I didn’t even know I needed a pink rolling pin until now, but hey ho – off to the shops I go.
Have a Look
Focusing on Danish design without the expensive price tag, Have a Look is a glasses brand where every pair of reading glasses is £30. Founded by creative duo Mette Wotkjær and Christina Kattrup Schrøder, this is a new brand within the UK market and certainly one to watch if you’re into quirky, design-led glasses.
Offering a capsule range of UK designed, made and finished loungewear, homeware and lifestyle products, Chalk is inspired by the British coastline and is definitely a brand to watch for the season ahead. I’m predicting big things, watch this space.
With my love for all things crystal related, you can imagine how excited I was to be introduced to Decadorn – a British jewellery brand that showcases and celebrates the raw, natural beauty of semi-precious gemstones. I fully intend to write a bigger profile on this brand and can’t wait to show the full collection in the coming months.
Raine & Humble
Established in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia, Raine & Humble has since developed into a global brand, which is now available in the UK, Europe and the US, as well as its homeland down under. Specialising primarily in soft furnishings, it’s also nice to see the brand diversify into accessories such as the most stunning feather cutlery set.
Eponymous label Caroline Gardner is best known from its statement stationery – and this season didn’t disappoint. Gardner’s distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.
Any brand that puts the god that is Louis Theroux under the spotlight is a brand for me. Rumble Cards offers fun, quirky and humour-filled greetings cards and wrapping paper, all designed in East London. Pick up your own Theroux card right here.
Lindform is a Swedish homeware label founded in 2007, drawing its inspiration from Scandinavian nature with its organic tones and simple shapes. Designed to bring harmony to a space, the collection also contains influences from Japan, whose minimalist style marries well with Lindform’s Nordic design.
Parlane might be a brand you’re unfamiliar with, but this wholesale brand is actually stocked around the country in a growing number of independents. From faux plants to quirky vases, photo frames and trend-led accessories, it’s definitely a brand to consider if you’re looking for inexpensive home updates. You can shop a range of Parlane products here.
Handcrafted in London, Rachel Jackson is a stunning jewellery brand which is regularly featured in the likes of Vogue, Elle and Grazia, as well as being worn by Jessie Ware, Fearne Cotton, Ellie Goulding and more. One of the most beautiful pieces that caught my eye has to be the birth stone necklace, which has been added to my Christmas wish list as we type.
S’ip by S’well
Last but not least, S’well is a brand I suspect we’re all familiar with, which offers reusable, double-walled, stainless steel bottles. A new addition to the family is S’ip – a smaller, more travel appropriate bottle which has all the same functionalities as its big sister, but a smaller profile, which is slightly easier to carry on your journey.
There you have it, my full rundown of the brands that caught my eye at this season’s Top Drawer. The show closes its doors tonight but there is still time to visit if you’re looking for autumn/winter product inspiration or want to catch one of the many retail and design talks. For more information, visit the website here.
For full disclosure, I am an official media partner to Top Drawer but reviews and thoughts are always my own, only showcasing brands that embody the values and style of Apartment Number 4.