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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