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Sydney Gift Fair is less than four weeks away and it’s proving trade fairs are still very much relevant in the industry with more than 80 new exhibitors, including 40 first-timers! Whether you’re sourcing for gifts or homewares, you’ll find plenty in the interiors space, including a few of our favourites. And they’ll all be showcasing their latest exciting products so it’s a great place for designers and retailers to spot trends too.
Joan Pereira from homewares brand Madras Link, says: “AGHA provides a wonderful environment to connect with retailers across Australia. They provide an engaging experience for even the busiest of buyers who are looking for new and exciting products. It is also an opportunity to see the ranges in full and meet with designers who are behind the story of the products and to feel inspired by the stunning trends, colours and designs of the season ahead.”
Amongst their locally designed cushions, napery, decor accessories, furniture and rugs, Madras Link will be showing bright prints to see you through the remainder of summer, beautiful rust and green tones for autumn and then a luxe, moody palette for winter with tactile textures.
Hannah Gordon from beautiful ceramics brand Robert Gordon, says: “The fair’s an exciting opportunity to showcase all our new product. In this world of ever changing technology there is something very special about stepping onto a stand and experiencing the feel of the product first hand.”
She adds: “We are excited to introduce several new ranges, both Australian made and imported. We feel there is something for everybody in this new offering, from the simple clean lines in our new hospitality dinnerware to beautiful hug me mugs with butterfly decals originally hand painted by Robert’s sister Annie.”
The Sydney Gift Fair is Australia’s largest industry-led gift and homewares trade exhibition and it takes place at Sydney Olympic Park from 24 to 27 February. There’ll be hundreds of well-known and brand new exhibitors showcasing a huge range of new products and innovations to tens of thousands of retailers from across the country. This free trade exhibition is the most important sourcing opportunity for retailers seeking new seasons ranges and products to sell.
Wayne Castle, CEO of the Australian Gift and Homewares Association (AGHA) and organisers of the event, said: “For more than 40 years, the Sydney Gift Fair has been the essential vehicle connecting both wholesalers and retailers in the industry. In light of the ever-changing retail environment, never before has this marketplace been more important to the industry. An encouraging indication as to the buoyancy of the market, the Sydney Gift Fair is welcoming more than 80 new exhibitors, including more than 40 first time exhibitors, which will give retailers the opportunity to expand their ranges in upcoming retail campaigns.”
Fab Habitat, known for their amazing indoor/outdoor rugs, have been exhibiting at Sydney Gift Fair since 2010. Ruchin Gupta says: “Independent retailers as well as emerging online retailers continue to visit trade fairs, since they provide the only real opportunity to meet the largest cross section of vendors as well as to feel and experience new products first hand. Every fair we try to bring new styles in existing categories as well as adding completely new categories.” This year, they’re adding furniture, baskets and cushions.
Sydney Olympic Park, the home of the Sydney Gift Fair since 1998, is located conveniently between the Sydney CBD and Greater Western Sydney retail centres and serviced by extensive transport and parking options. Held on a single level and under one roof, this event provides visitors with the ideal sourcing experience.
Returning again this year is the highly anticipated “Design Life Sydney” feature which presents the best aspirational and premium products that the industry offers. This premier display section will attract traditional and online retailers seeking top-shelf products to sell next season.
The Launch Pad will also return with an array of emerging entrepreneurs showcasing original and innovative products, offering retail buyers an opportunity to source cutting edge designs that are normally hard to find, all in one location.
For further information on AGHA Sydney Gift Fair including free registration, free parking options and transport services provided by the AGHA, visit sydneygift.com.au or call 1300 441 384.