My Day at Top Drawer London

I've never been to Top Drawer London but as Honey Bee Home grows, I've made it an essential in my calendar now. Read all about my first time there, what I learnt and who I met.


Oh my word, what a fab day. I quite enjoy my little trips to London. Although, I always come back exhausted. Does getting on and off the Underground do this to anyone else?

Anyway, I went there with the intention of learning, catching up with Amy from Mister Berwyn and finding a new supplier or two. I'm happy to report that I accomplished what I set out to do.

I'd planned to attend three of the Paperfest talks that were on the schedule for that day. The first one was by Polly Alexandre. She is an international success coach for women entrepreneurs. She shared her thoughts on how your money mindset I'd planned to attend three of the Paperfest talks that were on the schedule for that day. The first one was by Polly Alexandre. She is an international success coach for women entrepreneurs. She shared her thoughts on how your money mindset can change how you approach business and change for the better. I missed the first part of her story (my map reading skills aren't great) but the rest of her talk was very inspiring.

Next up was the Exploring Colour Workshop with Farrow and Ball from Joa Studholme. Joa is the fabulous lady who creates and names the brand's paint colours. What a fun job. She has been with the company for over 20 years and you can tell that she's passionate about her work. It was fascinating to hear about the random everyday occurrences that inspire the colours that are on the walls of homes all over the country. Farrow and Ball are a heritage brand, proud of their British roots - which I find hugely appealing.

The final talk was meant to be about visual merchandising but Elena Fantuzzi couldn't make it, unfortunately. Instead, a Q&A session took its place. I didn't ask a question but made notes on what was said. One tip I left with was to buy what sells. An obvious statement but it makes sense, when you think about it. Honey Bee Home has a very particular aesthetic; customers tend to know it for black, white and gold home accessories. So, for the next couple of collections, I'm going to stick closely to the brand colours and see what the reaction is.

Finally, I managed to catch up with Amy from Mister Berwyn. Her brand is filled with fun and colourful designs, from her own imagination. Some of the collection has even picked up by John Lewis. She lives in Wales, so we have to catch up trade shows. Totally worth it - she's fab!



What a day! I'd have loved to stay over but the schedule wouldn't allow. However, I'm back in London next month for a fab workshop with Topology Interiors, in collaboration with MADE.com. I'll be learning to draw furniture. It's part of a campaign to launch their Talent Lab. I'm so excited. 

See you soon! Thank you for stopping by. 

Melly 

xox


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