Top Drawer Announces Stellar RetailFest Line-up for SS19

The SS19 edition of Top Drawer announces an incredible line-up for RetailFest, their complimentary programme offering a series of insightful panel discussions, interviews, practical masterclasses and clinics with leading names and brands across the lifestyle sector.

Join an industry expert panel of Penny Green of Kikki.K, Sidonie Warren, founder of PaperSmiths and Audrey Woollen, founder of Urbanic, as they discuss trends in Stationery and Greetings for the season ahead. Global leaders in the Marketing industry, Google, will give visitors and insight into ‘Building Marketing Campaigns That Convert’, delving into ways to simplify and reinvigorate your approach to marketing your business, with their panel of experts form the Google Digital Garage. For a head start on next season’s colour and design trends, visitors can attend discussions with House Curious’s Sommer Pyne and Louise Healy-Adonis from Flamingo Global, and join our expert panel including Founder of Press Loft, Nicola Snell and Buyer at Heal’s. Emily Dunstan, as they explore how to use the latest trends to drive your brand’s success.

Join Elena Todary of Collaborative Store, found of Amara, Sam Hood and Elle Decoration UK’s Content Director, Pip McCormac as they discuss the ever changing landscape of high street retail and the growth of the online marketplace, along with the challenges and opportunities these represent for independent brands and retail today, in our Thought Leader Interview - The Future of Digital For Independent Retails.

Founder of Taylor Morris, Hugo Taylor will discuss combining creativity with entrepreneurship to achieve global success, with a product and business developed from scratch, and the role that social media has had in this. Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder of global fashion PR agency, will share her expertise on how to establish an authentic brand identity that will pass the test of time. Having worked on countless campaigns for leading fashion brands before founding children's fashion company 'Scamp & Dude’, Jo has a unique perspective on the importance of unique brand story-telling to engage an audience and inspire brand loyalty.

For a sneak peek into the social media workings of cutting-edge Greetings & Stationery brand, Mean Mail and creative marketing agency, Hustle & Fox will offer visitors the opportunity to learn how to simplify and reinvigorate their relationship to marketing their business.

Join founder and director Olivia Wollenberg, of the ‘healthy sweet treats’ range, Livia’s Kitchen, as she shares the inspiration behind her brand and the secrets to becoming a start-up sensation, discussing everythig from launching a brand with retailers to her creative process. Learn how to increase your productivity and work smarter, not harder while running your own business with a panel discussion led by Shahroo Izadi, Author of The Kindness Method, Kerry Lyons, founder of the Imperfect Life and Kim Balusbraniam founder of Inimitable.

A host of demonstrations and clinics are also on offer, providing visitors with hands-on practical guidance to improve their businesses including a discussion with the winners of the SS2019 Spotted and PaperAwards, on how to make your product stand out and how to turn your passion into a career. SS19 RetailFest speaker Sommer Pyne from online lifestyle shop House Curious says ‘ When I started my online shop Top Drawer was my go to for inspiration and I’ve returned every year. To come full circle and to be part of this year’s incredible panel line up at RetailFest is very exciting’. The Full RetailFest programme is now online

RetailFest is free to attend for visitors attending Top Drawer. Registration for Top Drawer is open now, visit to guarantee your place.
Held at Olympia London from 13th-15th January 2019, Top Drawer will present a global edit of over 1,500 design-led brands across nine curated lifestyle sectors: Home, Gift, Fashion, Greetings & Stationery, PLAY, Spotted, Food Emporium, Table and Wellbeing. For more information visit

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