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13 ways to add a touch of pink this spring

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Pink. Love it or hate it, pink is set to feature heavily within the homewares industry this spring. Already announced as the lead colour for Spring 2016 in the Pantone Fashion Colour Report, colour experts have described this on-trend colour as one which will transcend cultural and gender norms by evolving into an innovative, unisex hue. […]

Melbourne 2015, Home & Giving + Fashion Fair – Wrap Up

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Melbourne 2015 Home & Giving + Fashion Fair, Australia’s largest gift, home and fashion trade fair Housed across two huge venues, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Showgrounds, buyers discovered over 500+ exhibitors, thousands of brands and countless products. After a fantastic five day event, it is time to reflect on the event highlights. Retailer Members Lounge AGHA […]

Melbourne 2015 Best Stand Awards

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From chalk board feature walls to ocean inspired fixtures, the winners of the Melbourne 2015 Best Stand Awards share their secrets behind their success. According to Best Stand Awards judge, Kellie from AUSVM, the overall standard of the exhibitors’ stands was higher than ever before. Best Small Stands Beacon Imports (MCEC) Since 1997 Beacon Import Pty Ltd has […]

A return to childhood

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Remember the days when you were a kid at school and some of the most important parts of the day were making sure you stayed within the lines when you were colouring in? Now, adults all over the world are channelling their inner-child and making a return to their pencil cases, with the recent rise […]

Renewing and restoring retail

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We’ve all heard about the doom and gloom out there for small retailers, especially bricks-and-mortar stores, given Australia has some of the highest retail rents in the world. Coupled with the introduction of big, international brands into the local market, it’s been tough for small, independent shops in the last few years. There have been […]

Trend report: Palm Springs

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Inspired by the Californian city of Palm Springs, once the playground of mega Hollywood stars including Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, this trend is all about stylish poolside glamour, bold, bright colours and mid-century furniture. Think of it like the grown-up sister to the ever-popular tropical trend, but with less kitsch […]

Chocolate Rain: why throw away your memories?

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AGHA Marketing Manager Paris Dennett reflects on Chocolate Rain; an inspiring brand out of Hong Kong  that explores the magical life of Fatina, a doll who lives on an archipelago where music, secrets, family, creativity, time travel and of course dessert are fundamental. With a mushroom hair style based on the bowl cuts her mother […]

Christmas comes early

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Featuring several new ranges for the festive season, HorganS has just launched its stunning Christmas range. The Sydney-based wholesaler has released a Scandinavian range, a vintage-inspired collection with a European feel and two others based around beautiful pastels and sparkling silvers. The team chose different looks that would sit comfortably within their current range and […]

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

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Move over tacky stubby holders, bottle opener keyrings, plastic road signs and furry clip-on koalas – Australian souvenirs are on their way up and heading into the realm of design and good taste. Sure, a cuddly kangaroo is very sweet, but Australian designers are really starting to up their game in the souvenir stakes. “I […]

Interview with Shaynna Blaze

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We chat with The Block judge about her love of mixed metals, her new book and why Pantone Colour of the Year, marsala, does not work in the home. What is your new book, ‘Design with Colour and Style’ about? It’s about putting the personality into the home. We’re caught up from selling houses in getting your […]

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