Gifts Today magazine

Retailers invited to spot the next big thing at Pulse 2013

With Pulse’s new dateline, bringing the show one month earlier (12-14 May) there are just a few weeks until the show opens its doors to retailers looking to get ahead of the game and spot upcoming trends set to hit the high street over the coming months.

With over 270 exhibitors who are exclusive to the show, and hundreds more that have never been seen before at any trade show, Pulse really does present the best opportunity for retailers to find something unique and different that will drive customers to their stores.

As part of Pulse’s unique offering retailers can discover never-seen-before designs from the likes of Taste Taiwan (our brand new Taiwanese design pavilion), novel designs from artists selected and supported by the Prince’s Trust, distinctive and handmade gifts and homewares from Design Factory, and the ever-popular UAL student innovations on the Selected by Central Saint Martin’s stand.
Taste Taiwan/Adaptive Design, will be exclusively showing at Pulse in 2013. Further supporting the international design offering that Pulse is renowned for, Taste Taiwan will be bringing eight up-and-coming designers who will be bringing dynamic, sustainable and experimental products to the show. Their eight artists include Affordance, Cache-Cache Design, KIMU and Le Mouton Noir & Co. Join Taste Taiwan at 10.30 on Monday 13th May for their Opening Party on stand J10.
The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity and, exclusively for Pulse 2013, they have selected a handful of talented young designers who have established their businesses with the backing of the Trust. From screen-printed accessories from the likes of Harlen to Yinka Ilori’s up-cycled homewares, retailers can discover something truly different from these designers.
For the first time at the show, Design Factory has independently selected seven fresh new designer makers who demonstrate creativity in craft practices. All chosen for their innovation and high quality design, the collective includes designers who have utilise traditional techniques to enhance modern designs.
The Selected by Central Saint Martin’s stand has become synonymous with Pulse in recent years and is a popular stand within the Launchpad area at the show. Following hundreds of applications from students at UAL, eager to have their commercially-ready products showcased in front of leading high street retailers, Central Saint Martin’s have selected 18 graduate designer-makers to join them at Pulse. Including Home Sewn Knits, a creative craft company that encourages personalisation of their products, and Kangan Arora’s handcrafted textiles, inspired by vibrant Indian street culture.

With over 600 stylish design-led suppliers, alongside the untapped talent from the likes of Taste Taiwan, Prince’s Trust, Design Factory and Central Saint Martins, retailers visiting Pulse will have an unrivalled opportunity to discover a truly unique collection for their store.

Show Director, Raj Gill comments “I am very excited about what the show has in store for retailers this year. Pulse is a hotbed of young design talent which, when positioned alongside the commercial brands such as Nkuku, Cubic, RJB stone, Two’s Company by Mulhouse, presents an exciting opportunity for retailers to find a point of difference for their stores this summer and beyond.”
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