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With the bathroom renovation well planned and work commencing in the next couple of weeks, it is only normal that I start dreaming of the perfect products to go with the perfect bathroom, right? Top Drawer is a great destination for UK and international lifestyle brands to present new ranges and best sellers in the curated and complementary worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
With each world showcasing an expert sector edit, this is where the leading brands, designers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors come to do business with the most successful creative retailers and contract buyers from across the UK and beyond. Here's who caught my eye from their list of exhibitors this year.
Baxter of California
This is arguably the original modern-day male grooming system. Born in Beverley Hills in the 1960s, the brand has gained a loyal following and a solid reputation for quality. Their secret is continued innovation, epitomised recently by a complete reinvention and re-launch of the brand using state-of-the-art packaging and improved formulations that combine the trusted traditions of science with the finest natural ingredients.
I am definitely getting my hands on their products to make a surprise gift for the hubby. So when he opens the Lusso Stone Piana Matt grey vanity unity, he's likely to find something as cool as Baxter of California!
Founded in Sweden by Monica Kylen, L:a Bruket's vision is to work closely with nature rather than industrialise it- and use organic ingredients wherever possible. With products covering skincare, cleansing, homecare and much more besides, this all-natural and predominantly unisex range is near unmatched in its incredible diversity and quality.
Their scented candles are made of wax from organic soy,hand poured into mouth blown glasses by skilled craftsmen. The rich scent and the glass design brings a wonderful ambience to any room. Some of the candles will boost your energy levels when you are feeling tired and weary, while others will help you relax and unwind.
Photos: L:A BRUKET
Marvis is a classic toothpaste from Italy created using traditional methods to guarantee a rich, creamy paste. What makes Marvis unique is the range of exotic flavours – enticing and addictive tastes that produce a whirlwind of sensations. Marvis search the world to bring you irresistible new and original flavours that turn the simple act of teeth brushing into a daily pleasure of discovery and taste.
Plum & Ashby
Scented candles are ideal to add a wonderful ambience to any room and can help you relax and unwind. Hand-poured and made in England, Plum & Ashby, will add some candle-lit cosiness to your home. With 60 hours of burn time, 100% natural plant wax and the finest ingredients, their special candles come in a sprayed white glass vessel and a lovely numbered box with a vintage inspired design.
Photos: Plum & Ashby
These highly scented soy wax candles come with a side of sass and a cheeky attitude. Hand-made in London, Litwicks was set up by a one woman band. Now stocked across the UK, they make the perfect gift, so we'll see them flying at Top Drawer.
The Harrogate Candle Company
Innovative Range: The WoW Collection: Wax, on Wax...Layered Candle. HCC are thrilled to introduce the new WoW Collection. A beautiful and stylish new collection, these candles offer both an elegant piece for the home together with a scent experience like no other. they are also launching their gorgeous Mood Melts at Top Drawer.
Charlotte Rhys is firmly entrenched as South Africa’s leading luxury bath, body and lifestyle brand and is rapidly establishing within the international market. All formulations are conceived according to the following criteria: Green, Safety, Efficacy, Sustainability and Fair trade.
They strive to utilize ingredients and packaging which are environmentally friendly, South African in origin and sourced from sustainable resources. Their products are vegan friendly and as a result are 100% endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty. Oh, and they are beautifully presented in sophisticated and elegant packaging.
Jessica Russell Flint is a colourful fashion and lifestyle brand with a range of beautiful giftable accessories in luxury packaging as well as a newly launched silk fashion range.
From silk eye masks adorned with pom pom trims, or effecting the whole alphabet, to silk scarves, giant washbags in tassled gift boxes, limited edition prints, mini make up bags, cotton handkerchiefs to silk shirts and camisole dresses the range has something for everyone.
Photo: Jessica Russell Flint
Bags and everyday accessories. Designed by an architect and handmade in Sweden out of vegetable tanned leather. Inspired by the patterns and structures that surround us, architect and designer Cecilia Eduards creates everyday accessories made to last.
Eduards Accessories’ idea is to take the qualities and materiality from architecture, transform them in accessory design and create items to be loved for years to come.
Photos: all Eduards Accessories
A globally successful contemporary women's fashion brand. A design aesthetic of stylish simplicity combines Australian and Scandinavian influences with an ethical foundation. Elk works with independent and ethically sourced artisans both locally and across the globe who use handcrafted techniques to create our designs.
The innovation and variety of materials we use is a signature of the Elk design philosophy. The collections include jewellery, leather goods, scarves and footwear as well as womens clothing. Established in 2004, with over 1200 stockists worldwide.