Taking a break.

Creative Download will be taking a break from writing the weekly blog. Our workload is quite hectic at present as we are working on a project in Dubai with a retail store group plus several projects back in the UK.

In addition to this, Creative Download is currently having its website redesigned and we are hoping to launch this around Easter.

In the meantime, thank you for following Creative Download and you can still follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

We will be back at Easter!

Thank You.




Euro Shop 2020 Dusseldorf

EuroShop is a trendsetting retail trade fair, held every three years in Dusseldorf. During the 5 days of the exhibition,  2,500 exhibitors from around 60 countries will present their products and services. EuroShop attracts over 110,000 visitors from around the world to find solutions for their businesses. Anything from Shop Fittings, Store Design, POS Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Food Tech & Energy Management through to Event Marketing and Retail Technology.

Creative Download took time out from its busy schedule to attend the show for a couple of days.  It was great to network with suppliers and make new contacts. The show is a must for anyone in the retail/visual merchandising industry although do give yourself 3-4 days to see everything! Despite taking over 400 photographs, here is just a small selection.

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Ambiente 2020 – Frankfurt

Last Friday the international consumer goods industry welcomed Ambiente in Frankfurt.

This leading global trade fair in all matters of tableware, kitchenware, household goods and leisure as well as gifts, interior decoration and interior design.

Ambiente is the central hub of the entire consumer goods industry. Exhibitors from over 90 countries will be acting as trendsetters in and beyond the year 2020.

Here is a selection of photographs from this great trade show.

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The Spring Fair 2020

This year’s Spring Fair at the NEC, Birmingham opened on Sunday. Diverse, relevant, exciting, The Spring Fair is the definitive marketplace for the home and gift industry. This is a great way opportunity to find new suppliers and product inspiration, with over 50,000 retail professionals and 2,500 exhibitors.

Once again Creative Download were part of the Design/Product Styling team on The Portmeirion Group exhibition stand.

This year Spode is taking centre stage with the 250th anniversary. Spode has become an iconic British brand renowned for its timeless heritage style that remains relevant to the most stylish of modern-day homes.

With its ranges from Sophie Conran, Botanical Garden and Wrendale, this iconic British company is renowned for selling ceramic tableware, cookware, giftware, glassware and home fragrance.

The Spring Fair is open until Thursday 6th February.

Look out for next week’s VM blog that comes from the trade show Ambiente in Frankfurt.

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Christmas World – Frankfurt

Christmas World in Frankfurt is the world’s biggest trend and order platform for the international seasonal and festive decoration sector. With more than 1,080 exhibitors from 45 countries offering a unique spectrum of new festive and seasonal decorations, whether for consumers at home or large-scale projects such as shopping malls, hotels, and department stores.

Christmas World brings together manufacturers and retailers, as well as major commercial buyers from all over the world.

Creative Download had the opportunity to visit the trade show to source new suppliers and research Christmas trends for 2020. Although we could have spent another day at the show, over the 2-day period we certainly walked a few miles but came away with some good ideas. It was well worth the visit and a must to visit again next January.

Here is a just a selection of the 500 plus photos that were taken.

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Visual Merchandising Students at Windsor College.

The British Display Society recently visited Windsor College and spent a day with their Visual Merchandising students.

Windsor College gained the BDS “Centre of Excellence” Award as they offer great facilities and superb VM syllabus for their students. This Award is open to any educational establishment that offers courses in Visual Merchandising.

Myself and my BDS colleagues Barbara Chapman and John Abbate gave the students a talk/presentation which was well received by the tutors and the students.

It was a pleasure to listen and talk to the students as to what inspires them, what motives them and to view the students work. Their work ranged from initial sketches, designs to model making to prop building to dressing the mock-up windows.

Given the level of passion and enthusiasm, it proves that there is certainly a generation of inspiring and up-and-coming Visual Merchandisers in the making.

It is so vital that anyone wishing to move into the VM industry must undertake VM training and learn all the principles. Don’t forget that the BDS offer an On-Line VM Course, which is a great start to the industry. Check out the website and sign up. At the end of the course, you will receive a recognised Certificate and you will become a Member of The British Display Society.


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Selfridges – Happy New Decade


Selfridges in Oxford Street have launched into 2020 with a storewide concept entitled Happy New Decade.

With an abundance of vibrant colours, stunning window concepts and eye-catching displays around the store, Selfridges are helping customers look towards a brighter future by celebrating the most joy-inducing ideas in Fashion, Beauty and Home.

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Merry Christmas from Creative Download

Creative Download would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the readers of its weekly Visual Merchandising Blog in 2019.

It’s a light-hearted view of retail from various parts of the world including the great city of London which is renowned for its excellent retail store windows and instore visual merchandising.

There are major changes due in 2020 for Creative Download. There will be the launch of new and exciting website which is currently being built. The weekly VM blog will continue although in due course it will be moved over to the new website. Current followers do not have to do anything. You will continue to receive the weekly updates.

In addition to this Creative Download is working on a number of new projects/contracts both here in the UK and overseas so quite an exciting time for the business and retail.

The current Creative Download website is still running and enquiries are always welcome. Simply scan the QR code to visit the website.

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

With Kind Regards

Iain Kimmins FBDS

(Fellow of The British Display Society)



Christmas at Claridge’s in Mayfair

Capturing the glamour, romance and timeless traditions of Christmas, Claridge’s in Mayfair unveils its 10th anniversary tree. The work of legendary designer Christian Louboutin.

This immersive installation invites guests on a journey, transforming the lobby into a frosted forest. At its heart is a traditional tree in gold and red, dressed with fairy lights and gingerbread stilettos – and topped with a gold-leaf crown.

Alongside the tree, The Loubi Express is stationed in the lobby. Passengers are invited to step aboard this enchanting red carriage and take a seat in restful red velvet interiors, where just four tables create an intimate setting. Enjoy a glass – or share a bottle – of Laurent-Perrier or try one of an exclusive collection of cocktails specially created with Christian Louboutin. Accompanying the drinks are canapés and a selection of Claridge’s Bar sharing dishes – all served to your lamplit table by the Cocktail Conductor.