Modern Retail

What do Vogue, Tamara Ecclestone, Sophie Conran, Holly Tucker and Elle Decoration UK have in common?

Top Drawer

They will all be at RetailFest in the September edition of Top Drawer.

The September edition of Top Drawer announces a stellar line-up for RetailFest, their new complimentary programme that offers a series of insightful panel discussions, interviews, practical masterclasses and clinics with the leading names in lifestyle.

Renowned British interior designer Sophie Conran will discuss combining creativity with entrepreneurship to achieve success, and Not on the High Street founder Holly Tucker presents a seminar on how buying decisions are influenced today’s challenging retail environment.

For a head start on next season’s colour and design trends visitors can attend discussions with Elle Decoration’s Pip McCormac and Kris Manolo from renowned homeware retailer Heals, while Vogue Living’s London Editor and author of Chic Shopper, Fiona McCarthy, outlines her top tips for working with press and generating press coverage for your brand.

Annie Sloan, one of the world’s most respected leaders in paint and colour, will carry out a live demonstration of how to utilise trends in paint colour, and share her expertise on how to explore colour to create a subtle scheme or make a statement.

For a sneak peek into the social media workings of a world-leading fashion and lifestyle brand, and to gain invaluable advice on how to grow your own social media presence while increasing sales, visitors can join a fascinating panel discussion with Boden’s Social Media Content Producer Lucy Nicholls and founder of GrlPwrGang, Kirsti Hadley. A host of demonstrations and clinics are also on offer, providing visitors with hands-on practical guidance to improve their businesses.

Abigail Warner, producer and presenter of RetailFest says “We are delighted to be hosting the first ever RetailFest at Top Drawer A/W18. Combining the world of retail, design, entrepreneurs and celebrity, RetailFest provides inspiration, practical advice, insight and creative activities for the design-led retailer. The event continues to be complementary to support the industry and further build networks in the design-led retail communities. This season are also trialling initiatives to support the exhibitors including a pre-show breakfast seminar on trends and opportunities to pitch to leading retailers.”

View the full RetailFest programme online:

The RetailFest is free to attend for visitors attending Top Drawer. Buyers can register at

With a unique selection of over 1,000 design-led lifestyle brands and thousands of new products across FASHION, HOME, GIFT, CRAFT, WELLBEING, GREETINGS & STATIONERY, PLAY and SPOTTED, Top Drawer offers buyers a one-stop shop to source from the very best brands and up-coming names; as well as the perfect and most inspiring environment to learn about retail business, network and discover the latest trends.

The next edition will be held in the unique Olympia London during 9th – 11th September 2018. Registration is now open at

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