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Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2011

It’s that time of year again when we get out there to spread the word about Cable & Cotton, and this spring we had a stand at the Top Drawer creative trade exhibition at Earls Court, London. Not only did we get the chance to meet some of our fantastic current concession holders, but we also met some new ones who love our string lights as much as we do, and have decided to stock them in their shops all over the country. Our bright and cheery stand definitely managed to get passer-bys’ attention! But one of the other great things we love about Top Drawer is the chance to check out what else is on the market, which is why this exhibition is perfect. The Top Drawer exhibition showcases some of the best old and new designers from the worlds of fashion and accessories to gifts and home. As ever, there was an abundance of quality and innovative products on display, and one of the first we came across was SKK Lighting (see above); a supplier of fun to functional lighting solutions. What really caught our eye was the cute Teddy Bear lighting which looked just like a giant gummy bear; didn’t quite taste the same though...   For us here at Cable & Cable, what really grabs our attention are funky and innovative products we haven’t seen before, especially one’s with a retro twist. Thankfully, the whole vintage and retro theme dominated this year's exhibition, with the likes of Ary Interiors (think Moomins on trays, above left) and my personal favourite, Hello Geronimo (above right); a ‘collection of handmade embellished artwork that draws inspiration from texture, colour and embroidery’, giving a pop-art inspired result with a crafty finish. As mentione, top design was the name of the game, which is why the Wild & Wolf stand (see above) was a favourite. Specialising in nostalgic and design led gifts, we especially loved the cartoon-kitsch Rob Ryan ceramic collection (see to the right of picture above). It was great to see so many ethical products at the show as well, from home accessories (see nkuku for beautifully crafted furniture and accessories, above left), gifts (Betty & Betts for ethical and organic notebooks, above centre) and fashion (for great sustainable and functional bags check out Onya, above right). Going green has seriously never been easier! Didn’t manage to get to the show, but are interested in stocking our string lighting? Then just check out our wholesale page and get in touch for a chat about our product.