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Pulse 2018 opens this Sunday

The boutique trade event for independent retailers, Pulse 2018, opens its design-friendly doors this Sunday 13 May, and runs through to Tuesday 15 May

A beautifully curated, boutique trade event for inspiring new gifts, modern living and fashion accessories, Pulse 2018 will open its doors at Olympia London this weekend, running 13-15 May.

The UK's most exclusive and trend-led event for new product, brand launches and inspiration, Pulse has a strong emphasis on emerging designer-makers, unseen international brands and new launches across all product sectors, allowing independent retailers to source extraordinary products in one easy, buying location.

Designed for buyers who are searching for the next must-have product and the freshest design talent. Pulse is where trends are born, where you will find your next best sellers that will really enhance your stores offering. With the ever growing demand for new product, Pulse is perfectly suited to all year-round buying.

ShopTalk programme
Pulse 2018 will deliver its ShopTalk programme – a series of cutting edge talks and engaging panel discussions will be streamed across the three days of the UK’s most exclusive and trend-led event for new product, brand launches and retail inspiration across living, fashion accessories and gift.

ShopTalk is the UK’s most inspiring conference for independent retailers and is expertly devised to support retail businesses, giving the audience the tools to transform their business. A stellar line-up of inspiring speakers from the retail world, that include the V&A, Not on the Highstreet, Heal’s, Patternity, the Biscuiteers, Sophie Conran and many more, will come together to discuss the current issues and topics pertinent to the retail sector.

The range of topics being addressed include: how to create compelling physical retail experiences in the context of what feels like a digital retail apocalypse; how to build an Instagram community that buys; key techniques and tools to offer top-class customer service; top tips for PR on a budget; top tips for curating products and merchandising on a budget; how collaboration and community can breed success.

Exclusive Trends from USP
Working with world-class trend agency Unique Style Platform, Pulse offers up exclusive and expert trend predictions for the seasons ahead.

Multi-sensory / Sickly Sweet / Hyper-Real / Unsettling / Kitsch

Dripping, melted surfaces combine with iridescent shine to form a strange and subversive, yet hyper-feminine mood. Candy colours and ice cream pastels clash, creating a sweetly sinister palette. Bubblegum and pale pink combine with mango, lemonade and a soft coral, while bright magenta, cyan, vibrant violet and fresh spearmint provide a bright pop.

Intellectual / Eclectic / Enriching / Timeless / Thoughtful

The library informs a luxurious mood, blending the past with the present and combining fine art with a retro 1970s feel. Supple leathers and rich interior fabrics inspire tones of warm cinnamon and chocolate brown, contrasting with deep violet and a saturated amparo blue. A greyed off duckegg provides a neutral base, while vibrant coral and canary yellow add a bold pop.

Crafted (pictured, Yod & Co.)
Homespun / Unfiltered / Repurposed / Simple / Comforting

Rustic materials, handmade objects and an appreciation for heritage and sustainability create a contemporary craft aesthetic, warmed by the past.
Vintage and time-worn mid-tones, dominated by a dusty heather, are contrasted with a rich plum and deep chestnut. Warm cream and mint work as neutrals, while berry adds a pop of brightness.

Inner Balance
Spiritual / Mysticism / Connected / Celestial / Transcendental

Dream-like landscapes and ethereal, elemental surfaces inform an otherworldly mood that is both serene and uplifting. Crystals and gemstones inspire shades of amethyst, malachite and rose quartz, while muted lime, melon and antique white add freshness to the palette. Semi-precious stones and crystals influence fashion, jewellery and homeware, inspiring elemental surfaces and materials. The night sky informs decoration, with pattern and motifs referencing celestial bodies and the power of astrology.

The 2018 edition of Pulse takes place this May 13-15 at Olympia London, make sure you register to visit now at

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