Don’t worry, I’m not about to describe some questionable y-fronts or risque lacy thongs that I found in a top drawer!

Top Drawer is in fact London’s largest design-led gift trade event and I went along to experience it for myself. We are potentially thinking of exhibiting this year or next to showcase our mighty fine things to an audience of wonderful buyers so thought it was best to go and see what it was all about first hand.

First impressions, this place is massive! Extraordinarily large stands from well known brands in the TOP DRAWER area, perfectly formed stands in the HOME section all the way down to small plinths featuring new start ups in the SPOTTED area. Overwhelming how many people were there and the array of different products on offer. It was a visual treat and makes me very excited for when we open our own shop!

But for now, I thought I would share a few of my favorite people and their products from the day (and the links to their websites in case you wanted to spend some of your pennies).

The wonderful Ruth Jackson and her incredibly delightful range of greeting cards. Simple designs but each one hand finished with a real pencil shaving. Ingenious and beautiful!

All the way from America, Produce candles were bringing the cool to the fragrance section! Taking inspiration from the harvest and farmers markets their wonderful candles pack a punch in the scent department whilst looking oh so cool at the same time.

Over at the SPOTTED section were some fabulous new brands and products on display. One of the products that stood out for me were these gorgeous fine bone china gold mugs from the East-London design brand Alfred & Wilde. Along side these delightful mugs sit an array of bold prints, tea towels and stationery that mix the clean lines of Scandinavian design with the energy and vibrancy of Hackney. Its a winning combination.

And last but not least I had to feature these little beauties! I absolutely love these quirky and eye catching prints from the series ‘zoo portraits’. From the dapper to the just plain cute, these snap-happy animals have a dress-code to match their personality. These bizarre yet beautiful creations can be purchased from Ever Made so pop over and have a look at over 30 animal portraits in the series.

Lucy Glen