Active Creators 2015

Duncan Shotton Design Studio will be exhibiting next month at the Tokyo Gift Show, in the Active Creators area, Tokyo Big Sight, West hall, booth 4301, 4th-6th February 2015.

Active Creators is a collection of 36 booths, each housing a young, active brand/designer, and each of whom will be launching a brand new product at the fair.

Over the past two years, I’ve designed and produced two lines of original design products, Rainbow Pencils in 2014, and Sticky Page Markers, which join the family this year.

Our wholesale business has grown gradually and organically, and our stuff now appears in some really cool places across the globe, but we’ve never really pushed this area of the business.

Late last year whilst exhibiting at designboom mart (which is much more of a design exhibition/market than a trade show), the fab girls at Mikke Remikke recommended Active Creators in order to meet Japanese retail store buyers and press. That was absolutely what we we need right now, so I applied on the same day (which turned out to be the deadline), using my laptop and pocket-wifi from behind our little stand. After applying, I received an automated email from a Mr.Nakajima, saying “thank you for your application, it will be reviewed and we will get back to you etc…” About 30 minutes after that, I started chatting to a few business men and women that were browsing the mart, and mentioned that I had just applied to Active Creators. As we exchanged business cards, one of the guys cards read “Mr.Nakajima.” and he turned out to be that very Mr.Nakajima. In December I found out we’d been selected as one of the exhibitors for Active Creators. Good old destiny ay?!

This is our first proper trade show, and the first time we’ve got our own exclusive space to exhibit from, so it’s really exciting! ^_^

Alongside our original products, we’ll be exhibiting and promoting our collaboration designs (Clouds, Tapes, UFOs, Plates), plus a totally BRAND NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH, in collaboration with EntreX Inc., which is still top secret! (all we can tell you at the moment is it’s going to be SUPER! ^_^)

Perhaps most of the people who plan on visiting will have already jumped to the Japanese link below, but if you’re reading in English, I hope to see you there! More info on how to attend the Gift Show can be found here.

日本語 LINK :
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