There’s nothing like being able to handle a fabric and with Textile Forum back in October designers will be able to engage all their senses, including touch, when sourcing at the UK’s luxury fashion fabric show (13-14 October 2021, One Marylebone, London).
After an 18-month hiatus, Textile Forum exhibitors will once again be offering quality fabrics with a low minimum order and speedy delivery as many collections will be available from stock.
“The response to Textile Forum’s return has been extremely positive with both suppliers and buyers excited about being able to make contact in person. As well as fabrics, there will accessories, trimmings, buttons, linings, and a group of garment manufacturers supported by UKFT, all in one place,” explains event director Amy Packham.
Among the exhibitors at the October show will be Litmans, which is now also selling the Knipidee range, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics, Pongees, The London Embroidery Company, Graham Smith, Carrington Fabrics, Partap, Bridal Fabrics, The National Weaving Company, Laurent Garigue, Henry Bertrand and James Hare.
New fabrics from Pongees include an larger selection of colours within its tulle range and it has also updated its shade cards to include a large feeler. While most of its sales are within the women’s, bridal, lingerie and interiors sectors, Pongees is seeing increased interest from tailors and menswear designers so will be launching a specialist catalogue that covers this sector at Textile Forum.
Sustainability is topmost in mind for Michael’s Bridal Fabrics that has introduced a new book for fabrics that are available in an eco friendly version. There are qualities that are exact replicas of fabrics it already runs, such as crepes, satins, mikados, organzas and tulles, with some, or all of the yarns, replaced with recycled versions.
Fabrics in natural products, such as organic bamboo, oranges, bananas, milk and rose petals can also be found in the collection, alongside organic cottons and viscose designs, where the trees that are cut down to be turned into wood pulp are replaced with new ones. Also new are fancy tulles featuring organic cotton or recycled polyester yarn for the embroideries.
New from Bernstein & Banleys is the Suffolk Collection, a pure silk jacquard woven exclusively in the UK. It works as an outer fabric for waistcoats and period style frock coats for instance, as well as a lining.