It is with mixed feelings that we announce our Managing Director Ken Johnson has made the decision to retire at the end of May 2018. Ken has more than earned some time off however he will be a huge miss to us all.
Ken has enjoyed a career in the ceramic and gift industry spanning five decades, starting thanks to Anthony Wood and his father Gerald, Ken was fortunate enough to sell their products in London in the Swinging 60’s followed by regular trips to the USA and Canada where he first met Enesco and Mr Gene Freedman, someone who has been a huge influence on Ken’s career and whom he regularly quotes, ‘the best is yet to come!’. Some year later Ken joined Border Fine Arts, who in 1989 became the agents for Enesco in the UK and Ireland. Enesco Ltd as it is known now was formed in 1993 and Ken has been at the helm for the last twelve years.
When asked for a comment, Ken states ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and the many wonderful people I have met over the years. I am looking forward to a relaxing summer.’
Our loss will certainly be the gain of Kens five daughters and grandson Solomon. We wish Ken a very long, healthy and happy retirement.
The Pulse awards celebrates the very best in innovation and design. Judged by leading retail experts including Sarah Sevier, Head of Retail at the V&A, Kris Manalo, Senior Buyer at Heal’s, Katie Law, Deputy Literary Editor of The Evening Standard, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns and Barbara Chandler of the Evening Standard. Announced during the recent show at Olympia, London, these awards were given to exhibitors with outstanding products and exceptional stand design.
Best Newcomer - Winner Lucy Tiffeny, Runner up - OFFDN
Best Brand Presentation - Winner Yod and Co., Runner up - One we made earlier
Best New Product – Makers and Brands. Winner- XD Design – Bobby Urban, Runner up PR Home
Best new product – Living - Winner Gedigo OY Ab, Runner up - Ark Colour Design
Best new product – Fashion - Winner ROKA, Runner up - Jessica Wilde Design
Stoneglow have recently been invited by John Lewis to do the store window for their flag ship Oxford Store. They have worked with John Lewis for over a decade and this was the first invite, which is a reflection on the journey Stoneglow have been on in recent years, where their brand has been evolving into a desirable home fragrance premium brand.
John Lewis currently stock four Stoneglow ranges, which is unprecedented, and The Luna Collection was selected by the buying team to be showcased due to its high-end look and key price points. The end result looks amazing, which is a reflection on great team work at the Stoneglow Head Office.
This is an important step for Stoneglow, premium positioning on one of the world’s busiest highstreets and in the UK’s favourite department store too!
The window display runs until the 11th of June and then they will set up in Peter Jones until late July.
The Me to You brand continues to be a best-selling licence for the Personalised Memento Company. The latest additions to their popular range include new mugs for him, which are perfect for Father’s Day. These adorable designs can be personalised for any recipient, so they aren’t limited to just dads. Visit: www.personalisedmemento.co.uk E: >