British talents line up for Best of Britannia

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October show to feature Bark, Myia Bonner, Pip Jolley and Smith/Grey.

A group of 15 young British design talents are set to showcase their work at the trade and consumer-facing show Best of Britannia (BoB) in October, including Myia Bonner, Clarice Price Thomas, Ros Millar, Pip Jolley, Jessica De Lotz and Mirri Damer.

The London-based show, which launched in 2012, aims to target buyers from stores across the UK with products created or designed in the UK, including jewellery, watches, furniture, accessories and clothing.

This year’s show will feature a host of jewellery designers, including Smith/Grey, Momocreatura, Ros Millar, Rosita Bonita, Niza Huang, Alexa di Castilho, Anna Lou, Bark Jewels, Claire English, Clarice Price Thomas, Dynasty Jewellery, Jessica De Lotz, Pip Jolley, Myia Bonner and Mirri Damer.

The event will open with a trade and buyers-only day on October 2 at the Farmiloe Building in London, before opening its doors to the wider public on October 3 and 4.

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Best of Britannia, which dubs itself Britain’s largest pop-up shop, will undergo expansion in 2014, with more than 200 brands scheduled to exhibit this autumn. The show is expected to attract around 4,500 guests over the three days.

BoB has also named British design entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway as a non-executive director. He said of his involvement with Best of Britannia: “I decided to get on board with Best of Britannia because they are definitely on to something. The time is right for it, but we need a lot more British manufacturers and British brands to support it.

"I want to add my voice, making that happen and to be a part of an independent organisation that is committed to persuading the market to continue its move back home. Britain leads the world when it comes to design, if we can make more local manufacturing ingenuity available to designers then we can go from strength to strength.”
 

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