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14 in this issue 6 visual merchandising window display inspiration for your store 14 what’s new innovative gifts and gadgets 20 branding watches have stood the test of time 26 in focus brands with a social mission 34 trends men’s accessories is one of the fastest growing segments 38 insight how trade fairs are adapting to the new way of gifting 42 products cool, quirky and colourful products for every occasion



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With the silly season just around the corner, here is some visual merchandising inspiration for your store.




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product focus

As retailers are getting their stores ready for the silly season, here are some products that will surely fly off your shelves this Christmas.


his year we have seen some cool and quirky products in the market. We have a

look at the latest gifts and gadgets that created a buzz in 2019 and will continue to make waves in 2020.

conscious of ensuring it was small and

The ultimate travel companion

lightweight for maximum portability.”

COAT is a portable garment hook

Dubbed the gift you give the

that is compact, stylish and extremely

person that has everything, Dutton

versatile. Available in black, blue

says the feedback has been

and red, it has been created to travel

overwhelmingly positive.

wherever you do and enables you to safely stow your garment. Launched at Life Instyle last August,

“We left Life Instyle with new clients placing orders and a huge amount of qualified interest. Retailers’ feedback

founder Luke Dutton says COAT

focused on how well made COAT is

truly is a unique product. “There

plus how well executed the packaging

are many hooks that utilise suction,

is. That feedback was very satisfying

however, none that are designed to

as we’ve put a lot of effort in to all

be portable,” he explains. “We had

aspects to ensure COAT is viewed as

as much regard for COAT’s design for

a premium product at an affordable

when it isn’t in use, to when it is. When

price point.”

‘in use’ COAT had to be robust to do

Solving a problem

its job, however, when not, we were

Tools and gadgets company, November 2019  15

Dreamfarm, launched its innovative Ortwo late last year via a Kickstarter campaign. Only four days after introducing a crowdfunding campaign, the project had already reached its funding goal. PR and social media manager, Cate McDermott, at the time said there are many benefits to launching on Kickstarter including the exposure to a community of people who crave innovation and may not have come across Dreamfarm otherwise, as well as learning which countries the product is likely to do well in and where they should focus their marketing efforts. Ortwo is the world’s first pepper mill to combine the convenience of one-handed spice grinding, with the extra speed, ease, and an unmatched output of two. Ortwo’s custom designed, ultra-sharp ceramic grinder is fully adjustable with six settings from super fine to coarse, will never corrode or rust and is perfect for all spices―including salt. The wide-mouth, flat-bottomed glass spice jar is super easy to fill, dishwasher safe and tempered for strength, so whether you’re using it one-handed or two, this awardwinner really is anything but run of the mill. Ortwo Lite is a plastic version of Ortwo. Ortwo has been available for a while, but as a 2019 Red Dot Award winner as well as a 2019 gia award winner for product design, we think it’s still one of the best gadgets out there in the market.

A bold fusion of fashion and technology Lilly C is a wire-free range of charge purses available on the Australian market. Boasting incredible phone charging 16

product focus

power and classic styling, they’re on trend no matter what

Heap. For him, good design is where a

the season brings.

great idea meets beautiful execution―

Compatible with all Qi-enabled smartphones and designed for everyday use, the power is in your hands―literally. Simply pop your phone into the charging pocket for on-the-

simplifying and unifying form and function into practical minimalism. And so LAPOD was born.

go convenience, or place on top of the purse while catching

LAPOD holds all your laptop

up with friends. For added convenience a second phone can

accessories and peripherals in a

be simultaneously charged via the included cable.

cushioned storage pod. Access

There is a built-in super slim 4000mAh battery and an LED

whatever you have stored inside your

indicator shows remaining battery power. The purse features

lapdesk without disturbing your work

multiple card and cash pockets, is made from vegan leather

on top. Use the cable slot to plug your

and comes with a one-year warranty.

laptop into stored portable drives,

Lilly C is designed and distributed by CMI Accessories.

Great idea meets beautiful execution

devices or power packs. LAPOD allows you to single-handedly

objct co’s LAPOD stands for LAP desk + storage POD and is a

access whatever you have stored

great invention by Melbourne based industrial designer, Tony

inside your lap desk without disturbing November 2019  17

whatever you have on top. Everything is easily accessible when and where you need it. A cutaway slot in the work surface allows you to

With a greater tensile strength than steel and capacity to withstand more compression than concrete, it’s hard to find a better material

run cables or charge batteries without navigating

for LAPOD’s work surface than bamboo.

a ‘spaghetti junction’ at your feet or losing any

Bamboo’s material properties allow your work

valuable desk space.

surface to be strong, lightweight and

LAPOD’s storage pod is big to hold whatever you

very thin.

need including chargers, cables, a mouse, portable

Enhancing everyday life through

drives, USBs, webcam, tablet, stylus, etc.

clever organisation

Its storage-pod/cushion is made from high-

Starting off as just a little idea, Orbitkey was launched

quality rigid P.E.T. felt, which is extremely strong

in 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign which by the end

and is really built to last.

had 5,000 backers. After that it was all systems go.


product focus

Founded in Melbourne, Orbitkey was created to inspire and change the way people interacted and organised their keys; enhancing everyday life through clever organisation.

your bag and pockets from key scratches and puts an end to the dreaded key jingles and fiddling. The eco-friendly collaboration has utilised left-over bag production textiles to create five playful and bright

The Orbitkey key organiser transforms your cluster of keys into a beautiful and organised

designs, Black, Claret, Denim, Grey Marle and Tawny. “An ideal collaboration partner for us is a brand

stack―eliminating key jingles, scratches and bulk

whose core values are aligned with ours, yet they

associated with traditional key rings.

approach things a little bit differently,” says Charles

Orbitkey recently joined forces with Melbourne born baggage brand Crumpler for an exclusive

Ng, co-founder and design director of Orbitkey. “Crumpler has always been renowned for its playful

range of key organisers. The clever design keeps

and rebellious spirit, shown through the vibrant colours

keys stacked neatly, and protects the things inside

of their products and artistic brand direction.”

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will tell



Local watchmakers fight the influx of imports with designs better suited to the Aussie lifestyle.


oreign watch brands,

foreign watches in 2018, a slight increase from

particularly from Europe, have

2017, indicating the ever-growing encroachment

become the must have accessory

of these products in market.

for Australians in recent years with

This is frustrating data for local brands, such

expensive advertising campaigns and celebrity

as Adina Watches, which has been crafting

endorsements being hard to ignore.

and designing Australian made products from

However, locally made watch brands are now

its Brisbane factory since 1971 and believe their

fighting back, finding their own strength and

products are better suited to Australians’ needs.

appeal in market with time pieces that better

Founded by Australian watchmaker and current

reflect, and are more suited to, the Australian

managing director Robert ‘Bob’ Menzies, Adina

lifestyle and environment.

has grown from one dedicated man to a staff of 18,

According to official Swiss export figures, Australia imported roughly $273 million worth of

including Bob’s son Grant, building the craft of quality Australian watchmaking throughout generations. November 2019  21

Each year Adina produces over 40,000 artisan

“There are so many advantages to buying

watches from its Brisbane factory, available in over

Australian. Foreign watches have limited local

300 retail outlets nationally.

servicing options due to the exclusivity of the

Grant Menzies, general manager of Adina, says

brands, which creates a back log of repairs and

potentially consumers are missing out on the

more time the consumer will have to wait to get

advantages of what an Australian made watch

their watch returned.

can bring; from durability and quality aftercare

“In buying Australian you also help support

to supporting the local economy. He adds that

jobs, the retailers and more importantly, we feel

Aussies ought to explore their locally made options

we understand what Australians are looking for

before following movie star endorsements.

and have developed products that better suit our

“Not enough Australians realise that there is

unique and varied requirements.”

a locally manufactured brand in the market that

Adina has developed a reputation for making a

is second to none when it comes to quality and

range of watches, from the elegant and practical

functionality,” he says.

to the bulletproof, tough work watches that are



designed to withstand the harsh conditions of

from nursing, mining and corporate, to marque

the Australian bush. The Adina Countrymaster,

celebrations and evening wear. All, however, are

for example, is worn by farmers nationally and

designed with an Aussie mindset.”

is known for being a practical solution to their everyday needs. “You’d be hard pressed to find a farmer that does not have one of our watches,” says a wry

Adina Watches’ launch was inspired by the imports that were being brought into the country back during the Vietnam War. “Dad would speak with the retailers back then

smiling Grant. “I guess this is due to the reputation

and found out that a lot of soldiers were coming

we have built over time for delivering a product

home and selling the hundreds of affordable

that frankly not only does the job but goes above

and reliable Japanese watches they had bought

and beyond.

overseas with their duty pay checks.

“There are many industries and individuals for

“Aside from being able to have better control of

which we have developed an Australian made,

our quality, the future of Australian watchmaking is

practical watch that goes above and beyond,

one of the reasons why we have kept our business November 2019  23

in Australia after all these

“We have 300 or so

years. It would be very easy

retailers that sell our

to have all our components

products nationally and I

shipped to an assembly

am proud to say that I know

house in China negating the

each of them personally.

training and employment

Actually, my wife says I’m the

we provide the community,”

only man in the country that

says Grant.

could walk into any town in

The local service factor has

Australia and borrow $100

also been a massive winner

on a handshake. That’s the

for Adina and Grant says this

strength of our partnerships

is only expected to grow.

and I guess it’s the ethos that

“Having a watchmaker on

many Australians live by and

the premises is becoming a

you have to respect that.”

very powerful thing for the

From the independent

independent retailer. It’s that

watchmaker who services

old-fashioned service that

the everyday person on

Australians truly appreciate

the street to the high-end

and we are seeing a distinct

luxury jewellers, Adina has

swing by consumers looking

always respected the pivotal

for quality service to support

role that retailers play in

their purchases.”

connecting consumers with

Grant says his company prides itself on their

Adina Watches. As a result, building and

relationships within the

developing strong relationships

community and his team have

with retailers is one of the top

an incredible connection with

priorities for Grant and the

their retailers.

Adina sales representatives.




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in focus


GIFTS THAT GIVE Brands are looking to make the world a better place, one action at a time.


ecent research shows that an increasing number of customers make purchasing decisions based on the values they think a company holds. Also, most

consumers would have a more positive impression of businesses that give back to society, believing businesses have a responsibility to do social good.


Australians, more than ever, are looking beyond

that have a story to tell. Let’s meet some of the

the label to the impact their purchases have. With

companies and brands that are on a social mission

55 per cent of Australians displaying conscious

to create gifts that give back.

consumer behaviours, every buying decision has

Socks for the homeless

the power to change the world a little as we’re

Sexy Socks was born after founder Dave

seeing the beginning of a shift.

Hutchisson found a homeless man at his doorstep,

Australian businesses are attuned to this changing consumer sentiment with three quarters

cold and looking for some food. “I brought him in and gave him some food, and

(75 per cent) agreeing that businesses need to

set about finding some dry clothes for the man,”

adapt to consumer demand. More and more

he says.

brands are trying to make their products mean

“While he was changing, I began to realise

something by either partnering with a charity,

that there was no way that this man’s plight was

donating profits to certain causes or create

unique. How many thousands of people are

specific items for a special event.

either homeless or living in a shack in South Africa,

With Christmas just around the corner, consumers will be looking for special gifts

freezing and cold? Surely there was a way in which businesses can help?” November 2019  27

Committed to the idea of a-sock-for-a-sock, Sexy

role it is playing in teaching and inspiring the children

Socks promises to give away a free pair of school

who receive these socks, explains commercial

socks for every pair of Sexy Socks purchased.

director, Caryn Hanley.

“This is done via our regular ‘sock drops’ where the

“We seek out suppliers who are actively involved

team takes socks into schools in impoverished areas.

in giving back either to their communities or the

A pair is handed to every child at that school, and it

environment and were thrilled to find a brand that

is always used as an opportunity to teach children

does all that while having a lot of fun.

that making a living and making a difference aren’t mutually exclusive.” The socks have only just landed in Australia and

“Giving back doesn’t always have to be so serious. You can be outrageous and feel good about your choices at the same time,” she adds.

Buxton Hanley is its exclusive distributor. The

Body care range for domestic

company chose Sexy Socks to bring to the Australian

violence victims

market because it believes in its mission and the

In response to the growing epidemic of domestic

visible difference it is already making both in terms of

violence, a new not-for-profit company was

contributing socks to poor children, but also in the

launched this year.


in focus

The Melbourne based Me Too Foundation

will also aim to keep this issue in focus and hopefully

will donate 100 per cent of its profits to victims

give confidence to those women who may feel

of domestic violence in Australia through

paralysed to talk about their situation, and hopefully

registered charities.

empower them to make a change where needed.

Founder Andrew Curnow says domestic violence is a human rights issue that must be addressed. “Over 300,000 women in Australia are victims of domestic violence every year, and on average one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner,” he explains. The first range introduced by the company

“The ultimate objective of the range is to raise enough awareness and money to end the culture of domestic violence. To achieve this we need the support of thousands of retailers in Australia.” The national campaign was launched midOctober to drive awareness through traditional and social media.

includes body care products as well as some candles

Providing beds for the homeless

and cosmetic bag gift sets.

For Leonie Henzell, creating beauty’s got soul

Curnow adds that putting me-too branded products on shelves that will be heavily promoted

is all about legacy and human empathy. After selling and exciting Bockers & Pony in 2018, November 2019  29

she wanted to focus on a difficult problem in

gives companies or homes the opportunity


to start every meeting or meal on a kind note

“I want to do what I can do with my talents and

by having all attendees place a coin inside

resources to focus on the issue of homelessness,”

the ARK at the start. Once the ARK is full, the

she says. “I honestly believe that no one in Australia

money can be given to a charity of your choice,

should have to sleep on the street.”

as stated on every insert that goes with the

She came up with this idea to build a ‘for profit for purpose’ business to help the homeless in Australia.

designer moneybox. Miei Fiori, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit

Through much research and conversation, she

florist and gifting company established to combat

decided to help Simon Rowe and sleepbus.

poverty, is the first Australian organisation to

Rowe is an entrepreneur and former rough

participate in the ARK project.

sleeper who has created a trust-worthy charitable

Miei Fiori founders Rob and Lyly Greca wanted

organisation that ensures that the funds raised go

the charity or organisation benefiting from these

directly to providing impact for the people in need. beauty’s got soul is supporting sleepbus by giving a percentage of sales, not profits, to sleepbus. “I really want to inspire other business owners to ‘do what they can do’ as well. We are in a powerful position as business owners and whilst the contribution may seem small to start, I believe that the impact will grow. What if 10, 100, 1,000 or

“ The more people are i n v o l v e d, t h e bigger the difference we can all make .”

10,000 other businesses did this?”

Acts of random kindness

proceeds to be aligned with their own values and

Inspired by the idea of a charity box becoming

have settled on The Big Issue as the sole benefactor.

a permanent fixture in homes and business,

Recently their first ARK was emptied with all money

Carrol Boyes has created a unique centrepiece.

given to the charity.

Aptly named the ARK (Acts of Random Kindness), this limited-edition handcrafted ARK 30

“Any business is welcome to participate,” says Carrol Boyes Australia managing director, Caryn Hanley.

in focus

“It is all about being part of something positive and making a difference wherever we can.”

One for the doggies When Angela Infantino adopted a Great Dane x Labrador four years ago, little did she know how much her four legged friend would change her life. “The more people are involved, the bigger the

While shopping for a doggy bed and other

difference we can all make. Miei Fiori was a natural

accessories, Infantino quickly realised most items

choice for us to kick off with as everything they do

available are designed for smaller dogs, with

is aimed at making the world better. They only sell

an emphasis on being cute, and she wanted

sustainable and ethically sourced products, operate

something that looked good enough to be part

with a zero waste policy and donate 100 per cent

of the home décor.

of their profit to the Smith Family. The ethos of their

“I couldn’t find anything that was elegant and

business aligned so beautifully with the purpose

looked beautiful in my home,” she says. “So I quit my

behind the ARK that it felt like the right starting point.

corporate job and set out to find the best artisans to November 2019  31

create a collection of dog accessories and beds that

way for people to show their support while owning

would make people say ‘wow that’s beautiful’.”

a piece from Molly Barker.”

With a name inspired by her dog Molly, Infantino

New kids on the block

launched Molly Barker in October 2018. Molly was

Real Pretty Kind (RPK) is the new Sydney streetwear

a shelter dog and as she has brought so much joy to

+ lifestyle label that champions tween spirit.

Infantino’s life, it was important to her to give back

Founded in 2019 by designer Katie Rockliff, RPK is

where she can. And so Team Barker was born.

designed with one purpose: to have tweens’ backs.

“Team Barker was an initiate I created before I

According to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation,

chose the charity. I researched many charities and

one in four students report being bullied, and one

every one was worthy of assistance. But Assistance

in five report being cyber bullied. This can lead to

Dogs Australia brought me to tears after hearing

anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

how much the dogs improve the quality of life for

Meanwhile The Butterfly Foundation’s reports

individuals and their families. Also the fact that it

indicate two in three people are teased specifically

costs $35,000 to train just one dog seemed so

about appearance; approximately one in three

unattainable. They really need every cent.

young people are extremely concerned about body

“I think people genuinely feel good when they give back to the community. So Team Barker and #onteambarker was created to encourage our

image and one in two people holding themselves back from the things they enjoy because of it. “We believe this has to change,” says Rockliff.

followers to be part of a good cause. A portion of

“That our young people should feel empowered

profits from the sale of our t-shirts and bandanas is a

to live their best lives with more joy, and less of the rest. That’s why Real Pretty Kind is beyond proud to be supporting these two


in focus

incredible charities with a brand designed for every

to hero itself but rather the tween inside. And this

(tween) body where a percentage of RPK profits

dictated our design and the causes our charity

across our product range will be used to kick bullying

donations go to. And given bullying and negative

and negative body image to the curb.”

body Image stats were such key concerns for

Entering as a newby into the fashion game we felt strongly we had to bring something new and something positive to the table, explains Rockliff. “Feeling good in your own skin’s an essential part

tweens it was a no brainer to us. “Our label needed to be less about us, and more of a symbol that tweens rep on the street to show they have each other’s backs, and are cheering each

of Keeping it real + keeping it kind and of course,

other on as part of living their best life. And that’s

our idea of true pretty. So to really champion

something we felt good about bringing to the table.

tweens, we knew our product’s job mustn’t be

A label we can (all) be proud of.”


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While men might not spend as much money as women do, they are certainly a growing market when it comes to grooming, accessories and tech products.




raditionally it has always been the women that shop till they drop and men basically pay for the purchases, but how times have changed. The growth in men’s products

is fast outpacing that of traditional women’s products, so now is the time to start to cater for this trend and create a new retail experience. Men’s accessories is now one of the fastest growing segments in the industry as men are putting more effort into their appearance as well as accessories such as bags, watches and gadgets. Whether you are solely a menswear retailer, or looking to create a unique offering within your store, these are the areas to pay attention to.

He’s got the look While the gender neutral trend has really taken off, this hasn’t stopped men from seeking out more traditional male grooming products including skincare, haircare and just basic hygiene. When Tooletries launched four years ago in the US, founder Josh Cockburn and his brother Saul were looking for a brand dedicated to men’s products and grooming. Men are always hard to buy for so starting their own company was the perfect place to start. Last year the brand was officially introduced to Australia at Life Instyle, where the brand exhibited in the newly created section Men Instyle. “Tooletries is the only brand dedicated to men’s grooming storage solutions,” Cockburn said at the time. November 2019  35

“Our products are designed using hard lines

men’s accessories is one of the fastest growing

and strong edges, which men find appealing, yet

categories in the gift industry, something US

they are functional and easy to use. We find a lot of

company Mad Style recognised four years ago

women buy our products for men because of the

when it launched its Mad Man division.

organisational aspect of the products―they solve an

Mad Style was one of the first to introduce men’s

issue by decluttering and organising your bathroom

gear and accessories into the gift industry and it has

sink or shower.”

proven to be one of the company’s strongest and

Subscription services are another way to tap into this lucrative market. Oscar Razor is an Australian-

fast-growing categories, says owner Douglas Stein. “The brand name, Mad Man, generates huge

owned alternative to Dollar Shave Club, offering

interest and many one liners for all involved―

razors and complimentary skincare via a subscription

everyone seems to know or have a comment on

or on demand. However, owner Oscar de Vries adds

a ‘Mad Man’. We are the one-stop-shop for all

another benefit to his service by partnering with

products ‘men’; we offer the most comprehensive

Beehive Industries.

men’s gifts and accessories range in the marketplace.

By contracting Beehive Industries for its

Our products fill life needs for all men (and many

logistics, Oscar Razor helps fund important

women) across many areas, they offer value and

social support programs including training

features not available from other brands.

opportunities for people in need. “The more we sell, the more revenue Beehive

“The success we have experienced with the men’s category has been overwhelming, we have gone

generates, so it’s a great partnership,” he explains.

against the odds of retail and seen double digit

“We’re up against the world’s biggest razor brand

growth year-on-year since launching, hence it being

in Gillette, but customers love us. We now have

the area we have decided to grow internationally.”

over 2,000 reviews with an average 4.8-star rating

Peggy and Finn is another brand launched out

and are the highest-rated razor on ProductReview.

of a ‘personal need’. Its collection includes printed, so I am confident that we match them on

ties, bow ties, pocket squares and socks created by

quality and we beat them on cost and convenience

Australian designers and artists.

with free home-delivery.”

Besides the quirky and innovative designs,

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

the products come packed with an eco-friendly

Accessorising has always been a women’s domain

cardboard wrap and are sent in 100 per cent

with handbags, scarves and shoes. However,

biodegradable, compostable satchels. Also, all



its products are ethically sourced

And of course there are the smart

and made from sustainable materials

products including our trusty phones

including bamboo, timber or

which are capable of so much more

organic cotton, the company says

even compared to a year ago. Then

on its website.

there is Alexa, Google Home, etc,

Toys are not just for boys

there is no end to the smart gadgets

From a young age men like their toys

coming our way, while virtual reality

and this continues into adulthood,

literally takes us to a whole new world.

however, their taste in the kind of

This year’s gadgets have more to

gadgets and toys changes. With

offer than last year’s, and next year’s

today’s technological advancements

toys will take it to another level again.

products such as smart TVs, games and

When it comes to technology, there are

iPads are high on every guy’s list.

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A gift to REMEMBER A gift is simply not a gift anymore. We want to know where it came from, who made it, and how it was made. So with these changing buying habits, how are gift fairs adjusting to this new way of gifting?


oday’s gifting patterns

of consumer goods, says Yvonne Engelmann, head

have changed. Consumers are

of Living and Giving. Particularly in giving, a product

looking for a story, an experience

area that covers a large number of different sectors, it

and of course a concern for

is vital to have a clear product policy.

the environment. There is also digitisation, urbanisation, innovation and diversity. Ambiente showcases the latest trends in the world 38

“Moreover, it must have a broad base with a large number of target groups and it needs to be efficiently organised,” she says.


design, and others want to know the story behind the product and the size of its ecological footprint. There is a tendency to be more cautious in one’s buying decisions, and an increasing number of people now see consumerism as a question of personal attitude. Classic gifts with a focus on regional artisans are what the Gifts Ideas hall is all about. Gift buyers will value the Ambiente Academy as a knowledge and networking platform that will help them develop creative ideas and convince “In 2019 we successfully adapted the concept store trend for this product area and divided gift

consumers to buy gifts in stores. Moreover, the academy will be full of inspiring alternatives to

brands into two: Urban Gifts and Gift Ideas. As a result, retailers could be even more focused in their search for innovative products, strategically selecting supplementary products that perfectly matched their corporate identity.” The Urban Gifts hall is both trend and designfocused. Some consumers prefer gifts made from high-quality materials, while some prefer a functional

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A selection of accessories in all three sections are creative, trendy, unique and contemporary including products connected and inspired by the theme of urban travel and mobility; urban and lifestyle accessories; and unique, customised and handmade items. The International Housewares Association has tapped into smart technology with its Smart Home Pavilion and Smart Talks stage. Introduced a few cash gifts and will also give buyers an even better

years ago, the Smart Home Pavilion has grown by

understanding of their youngest target group.

leaps and bounds as more people are integrating

Young buyers are cashed up but very selective

smart technology into their lives and homes.

in their purchasing. A target group whose values

Products such as smart takeaway coffee cups,

include more mindful and proactive consumption

drinking bottles and even pet accessories have

and puts a major emphasis on digital networking

become great gifts for any occasion

and individual appeal.

including Christmas.

Global Sourcing Giving Hall features products

The IHGF Delhi Autumn Fair in October

for large volume buyers of gift items. This is

showed its commitment to sustainability. In

where gift items and artisan products from the

keeping with the theme of ‘Refuse, Reduce,

entire world can be sourced by importers and

Reuse, Repurpose & Recycle’, colossal

wholesalers wanting to buy in bulk.

installations of animals, butterflies, trees,

The way we relate to gift giving has changed― the art of giving today is all about getting it right, with presents that are both alluring and welldesigned. Last year, Maison&Objet introduced new categories in line with the smart gift trend including Paper Touch, Connected Life and Creative Gift―these are three categories for inspirational gifts all part of the Smart Gift area. 40


etc, at the fair venue, made from 50 tons of

manufacturing takes centre stage and the idea of ‘zero

industrial waste including plastic, metal, wood

waste’ spurs many to think outside the box.

and fabric, perfectly exemplified amalgamation

In housewares, gifts and decorative, an

of traditional Indian lifestyle values and

extensive mix of customised and innovative

practices with reimagined creativity using cast-

decoratives and collectibles appeared

off everyday materials.

alongside an eclectic range in modern,

Expressing cosmic representations that present

directional and unusual medium to high-end

ecological balance, between nature and humans,

lines that emphasise material, design and value

the installations were a means towards a powerful

addition in home accents, knick knacks as well

messaging of Indic beliefs and practices anchored

as utilities.

on the five great elements of cosmic creation―Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Varuna (water), Prithvi (earth) and Akash (sky/space/ether). A substantial amount of products at the show were influenced by what’s going on in the world around us. Treasuring the environment has become top priority and ethical style is gaining momentum. Responsible BACK TO CONTENTS

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Cool, quirky and colourful gifts & gadgets for every occasion


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3 1. Gibson Gifts tropical fish pen, wholesales for $1.50. Gibson Importing Co, 03 9581 3666,, 2. Intrinsic bracelets, wholesale for $15.90. Intrinsic Enterprises, 08 8232 2366,,,, 3. IS Gift Luckies mixed pack beer socks, retails for $34.95. Independence Studios, 1800 819 270,, 4. DC Grand Jester Studios superheroes limited edition range, wholesales from $228.65 to $340.90. Jasnor (Australia), 03 9562 9900,,,, 5. Cool Stuff Cushy Frizzee Light Up Llama, retails for $4.95. TNW Australia, 02 9559 1300,,,, November 2019  45

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