Tag Archives: arts and crafts

The Classics | The world in Colour – Crayola’s 120 years of arts and crafts innovation

Vivid Goliath’s EMEA brand director of the Crayola division, Leon Jarmolowicz will tell you that last year, the brand – one synonymous with the arts and crafts sector had a year so good that it placed the firm ‘comfortably within the top ten suppliers in the UK and Eire.’ Not …

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Cra-Z-Art owner LaRose Industries acquires Mattel’s Arts, Crafts and Stationery business

LaRose Industries, the owners of the Cra-Z-Art brand a globally revered name in the classic toy, arts and crafts, and puzzles space has acquired the Arts, Crafts, Stationery (AST) business from Mattel. The deal includes the popular RoseArt and Rose Moon brands as well as the rights to produce and …

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Tech firm BitOGenius turns kids’ art into playable video games with Pixicade

The tech company, BitOGenius is looking to revolutionise the STEAM toys category with the launch of Pixicade, a new system that turns children’s artwork into original, playable video games. Created by a team of game design experts and educators at the US-based business, Pixicade turns artwork into playable video games …

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Homegrown | One man’s JUNKO and a transatlantic sales story

The next in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, this week, ToyNews catches up with the toy inventor, Peter Rope to learn about the international expansion of his flagship JUNKO brand – a popular attraction …

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Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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Craft Buddy secures major licensing partnership with Disney for new licensed Crystal Art ranges

The arts and crafts specialist, Craft Buddy, has struck up a major licensing partnership with Disney to bring a raft of new licensed Crystal Art lines to market in spring next year. The range will be based upon some of Disney’s most iconic and popular characters. The license will be …

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Cra-Z-Art opens first international sales office in Manchester as it eyes European growth

The popular arts and crafts kits, puzzles, and school supplies manufacturer, Cra-Z-Art has opened its first international sales office in Manchester as the company continues to see steady international growth. The new office will be headed up by the toy industry sales veteran, Oliver Williams. Located in Manchester’s city center, Cra-Z-Art’s …

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Inside Out Toys brings ReCycleMe arts and crafts products into its sustainable-focused portfolio

The family owned and run small business, Inside Out Toys has underlined its dedication to the sustainable toys market with the introduction of ReCycleMe branded arts and crafts ranges to its toys and games portfolio. It marks the first time the company has entered the arts and crafts market. “Fun2Give …

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Craft Buddy lands major toy retail partnerships in Germany in time for key Christmas shopping season

Craft Buddy is eyeing European expansion having secured a new retail partnership with two of Germany’s biggest toy retailers, Muller Handels GmbH and ROFU Kinderland Spielwarenhandels. The move sees the firm’s flagship Crystal Art brand become available in all 500 Muller stores, and 95 ROFU outlets ahead of Christmas. “In …

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Craft Buddy is ramping up its UK retail partnership with Norton PR campaign

The arts, crafts, and hobby specialist, Craft Buddy is ramping up awareness for its popular Crystal Art brand ranges through a new targeted B2B campaign for 2020 and 2021. Already firmly placed within toy, gift, and hobby markets across Europe, Craft Buddy is looking to expand the Crystal Art brand …

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