Spring Fair 2016: Fair Trade & Trends


We’re Lisa and Maria, two students from Birmingham School of Jewellery interning for the week. Back in February we joined Just Trade on their stand at the NEC Spring Fair 2016

We were set the task of exploring the 14 halls packed with various retailers, many of which included fellow Fair Trade companies. We had a fantastic time chatting to the exhibitors and finding out more about their stories and the groups they work with. In addition, Laura asked us to check out upcoming trends and see what exciting new products will be on the market in the Autumn 2016.

Aura Que’s selection of contemporary accessories is by British designer Laura Queening, who told us about her hands on approach to working with communities in Nepal. Using her own fashion knowledge, combined with traditional Nepalese techniques and their materials, Laura has helped empower disabled and disadvantaged people; all while creating beautiful design led pieces suitable for a western audience, but with an Asian influence. In particular, her Ista Felt Tote in Black/Grey we think will be great for Autumn/Winter as fits with the ‘Elemental’ trend forecast of minimal shapes, tinted greys and cool tones.

Artisans Fair is bought to you by Traidcraft, who specialise in developing

high quality, fair trade products from South America, Africa and Asia. They collaborate with craftspeople by using their complex, traditional skills and help to refine designs to bring a range of vibrant home wares to the UK. With a focus on recycled/upcycled and natural materials, Artisans Fair encompasses the fair trade ethos wholeheartedly. The colourful Baskets caught our eye and we think they’re on trend for ‘Off Beat’ and ‘Artisan’ this Autumn/Winter. Using bright and vibrant colours including tomato red, apple green, and Indiana blue with off white, the shapes are playful and have a hands-on, eco feel.