From Independent 14 January 2015
The Maltese Islands were beautifully represented at one of London’s most iconic luxury events this week, when Maltese entrepreneur and aroma therapist Stephen Cordina exhibited his fragrant collection of home and beauty products at the world-famous Top Drawer Fair in Olympia.
Bringing together an inspirational showcase of thousands of carefully selected British and international suppliers and designers, Top Drawer is London’s largest design-led gift trade event. This is the first time that a Maltese company has exhibited at the fair, and Mr Cordina’s products have already generated plenty of attention from international retailers and buyers.
Speaking at the fair, Mr Cordina, who is accredited through the British Complementary Medical Association and the Swiss Federation of Professionals, said: “I am delighted to be exhibiting, for the first time, at this top London fair and to be presenting my products to buyers from all over the world. So far we have had a high level of interest in the Stephen Cordina Collection and in Malta itself. My strategy for 2015 is to further establish myself in Malta, as well as to furtherbreak into markets such as Great Britain. I look forward to working with Malta Enterprise and the High Commission in London, both of which have already given me great support.”
Maltese High Commissioner to the UK, Norman Hamilton, visited Mr Cordinaon his stand and was impressed by the innovative collection presented, as well as Mr Cordina’s determination to showcase the Maltese Islands. "It has been a pleasure to visit this prestigious fair and to view a Maltese artist and entrepreneur exhibit his own brand to such high standards. Stephen Cordina is surely making a name for himself and Malta in London," he said.
Mr Cordina is the first modern day creator of distinctive fragrances based on Maltese flora and on the Punic Times. His candles that, when melted, turn into a body lotion, have been a hit, as has his range of bathroom products.
Following on from the fair, the range of Aroma & Therapy products will be permanently on sale in the UK, as well as in Malta and five other key European locations.