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Pulse 17 - Discussions you should attend

This Sunday the 14th May sees the kick off for Pulse London, an annual trade event for inspired living accessories, gifts and fashion. It is located in London Olympia which I personally love to visit as it is always so well organised, spacious but not TOO big. So you can definitely see the lot in one morning or afternoon. As always, wear comfy shoes and have a backpack with you to store all of the brochures; and don't forget to have your biz cards ready!

If you are just entering the scene as a new designer maker and considering exhibiting during Pulse, I would highly recommend it. Like Top Drawer, it is very focused as a show, and there is a general friendly buzz in the air, with lots of visitors making the rounds and lots of orders being placed. As a buyer, it has a great mixture of more established and new brands so you can always see first hand the new collections for those you already buy from as well as meet the makers and get some fresh inspiration for the shop(s) you look after.

Attending talks

I wanted to focus a little bit more on the benefits of attending this event if you are starting out your journey as a new maker/ brand. There are plenty of talks that take place every day that can help you navigate the world of wholesale trading as well as offering plenty of advice on how to connect with your audience through successful marketing and online/ social media.

Kicking off on the 14th May at 11am, is decorative artist and maker, Bridie Hall</