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Jordan Evans / 21 Jul 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Tweedmill
For decades Tweedmill has been delighting buyers and customers alike with their gorgeous...
Jordan Evans / 01 Jul 2020
Home & Gift Virtual schedule revealed
The organisers of Home & Gift have announced the launch of Home & Gift Virtual 2020, a t...
Jordan Evans / 24 Jun 2020
Behind The Brand: Devaiya Oils
After experiencing the benefits of essential oils for herself, Ruby Sagu knew she needed...
Celine Dibert, Press Loft / 24 Jun 2020
Getting ready for Christmas PR
Christmas happens twice in the world of PR. Every year, around mid-June to mid-July, bra...
Jordan Evans / 23 Jun 2020
Gift of the Year launches Gifts of Hope Awards
The Giftware Association has been so inspired by the specialist products, ranges and he...
Caroline Gardner / 10 Jun 2020
The Art of Journaling with Caroline Gardner
There are plenty of reasons that journaling is on the rise and becoming increasing popul...
Jordan Evans / 09 Jun 2020
#GiftThemThanks: New campaign ‘gifts’ back to key workers
The Giftware Association (GA), is calling on its members and gift companies across the U...
Jordan Evans / 04 Jun 2020
Meet The Maker: Sue Pryke
With a background firmly rooted in the crafts, Sue Pryke has built a career that has see...
Jordan Evans / 28 May 2020
4 Free Tools for Amazing Content Creation
From engaging blog posts to a captivating social media strategy, it’s never been more ...
Ian Pattison, Google Cloud / 27 May 2020
The Future of Retail: 2020
Ian Pattison, Head of Customer Engineering, Retail CPG & Travel at Google Cloud has shar...
Jordan Evans / 26 May 2020
NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: The sculpture celebrating and supporting the NHS
Created by sculptor Thomas Meadows and the artisans in their Exmoor workshop, Clapping H...
Jordan Evans / 21 May 2020
Facebook shakes up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops
Shaking up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops, retailers will now have the...
Halcyon Naturals / 15 May 2020
The Halcyon Naturals simple guide to lifting low moods
Mood management can be easily done at home as part of your daily routine to stay in happ...
Jordan Evans / 13 May 2020
How Instagram is helping foster small business love
This week Instagram launched their ‘Support Small Business’ sticker, giving its user...
Jordan Evans / 12 May 2020
3 reasons you should have a Pinterest marketing strategy
Used by more than 300 million people world-wide each month and reporting a 60% year-on-y...
Tea Robinson / 05 May 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Eleanor Tomlinson
With over 200 bespoke commissioned artworks under her belt, Yorkshire born & bred artist...
Jordan Evans / 30 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT LAUNCHES HARROGATE @ HOME
The organisers of the Home & Gift show have today announced the launch of Harrogate @ Ho...
Kat Maclennan / 24 Apr 2020
How to Plan for an Impactful Re-opening
As a Visual Merchandising Consultant, Kat Maclennan has spent her career collaborating w...
Jordan Evans / 22 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND We Love Seasons
We Love Seasons focuses on offering contemporary products for Easter, Halloween and Chri...
Jordan Evans / 17 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND BESPOKE AROMA
Education worker turned aromatherapist, Jo Evans, owner of Bespoke Aroma, launched her v...
Charlotte Simpson / 16 Apr 2020
Top Tips for using Instagram Live and Live Video for your brand
Many may be a bit hesitant as the word ‘live video’ can be out of someone’s comfor...
Catherine Erdly / 16 Apr 2020
4 steps to create a plan of action to help your business thrive
We are living in extraordinary times. The impact on everyone's lives have been immediate...
Jordan Evans / 09 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Peper Harow
Ensuring customers are stylish from top to toe, with their lovely range of stylish socks...
Kate Hardcastle / 08 Apr 2020
5 WAYS HOME & GIFT EXHIBITORS AND RETAILERS CAN SURVIVE THE CURRENT CLIMATE
Kate Hardcastle MBE, often referred to as The Customer Whisperer, is a leading expert in...
Kelly Grant / 07 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Home & Gi...
Jordan Evans / 02 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND VENT for Change
The brain-child of environmental and social entrepreneur, Evan Lewis, Bristol-based VENT...
Jordan Evans / 01 Apr 2020
A Celebration Of Snail Mail
As we move into April the US is celebrating National Letter and Card Writing Month but, ...
31 Mar 2020
Harrogate Convention Centre commissioned as temporary NHS hospital
You may have seen some media reports regarding one of the Home & Gift Show’s venues, t...
Jordan Evans / 25 Mar 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Little Blue Nest
Uninspired by the abundance of typical baby textile patterns on the market when she beca...
PR Dispatch / 20 Mar 2020
3 ways for small businesses to move forward in uncertain times
The current challenging and tough climate is forcing a lot of small business owners to f...
15 Mar, 2019
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Behind the Brand Samantha Holmes

Welcome to our new series of Behind the Brand! Our new campaign drawing on the energy and talent of our brands who will be on show at Home and Gift 2019! We are excited to invite Samantha Holmes to take part in our new blog initiative Behind the Brand so you can find out more about their latest ranges and what they have planned for the year ahead.


Introduction about your brand

For me, my brand is all about natural luxury, softness, timeless design and craftsmanship. I work with small producer groups in Peru who translate my designs into clothing, fashion accessories, baby gifts and homewares, crafted in finest quality alpaca wool. I launched in Scotland 16 years ago and now supply small independent retailers throughout the world.  Alpaca has seen an extraordinary rise in popularity this past 10 years and is no longer the second runner to cashmere.

 What are your top products this year/set for 2020?

My top product for this year will continue to be our best-selling Alpaca Travel Shawl & Pillow which is a big jersey shawl rolled inside a drawstring cover – you can use it as a cover up, blanket, pillow or backrest, on holiday, or at work, Summer or Winter. Also my customers love my alpaca fur because it’s irresistibly soft and ethically sourced.  No alpaca has been harmed or killed for their fur.  Our alpaca fur slides, fur hot water bottles and fur baby booties are particularly popular. For Winter 2019/2020 our new Alpaca Fair Isle collection of hats, gloves, scarves and babywear which will feature a quirky alpaca leitmotif is set to be a top seller.

Could you tell us about your latest collections/ranges?

The increasing popularity of alpaca has seen an inevitable rise in price.  We do not want to compromise on quality however, so will retain our premium collection with our signature alpaca yarns. The new addition will be our Alpaca Fair Isle collection which will sit approximately 20% below the premium collection in price. Traditional fair isle with a twist.  More playful and quirky.  Brighter and busier on the eye, the range will comprise giftable hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and babywear with an engaging alpaca leitmotif.

Any big trends you've spotted for 2020/21?

Alpaca, of course, especially the animal itself.  We’ve had unicorns, we’ve had flamingos.  Now it’s llamas and alpacas!

What makes your company stand out from the rest?
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The quality of our products, our commitment to flexible, personal customer service and the fact that we are still alive and kicking after 16 years!

What can we expect from you at Home & Gift 2019?

A small, but beautiful stand with unique designs, a strong brand story and a loyal customer following.    


 

 

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