London's exclusive luxury fashion fabric show

14 - 15 March 2018 One Marylebone London 10.00am - 6.00pm

Fresh faces at Textile Forum this October

Fresh faces at Textile Forum this October

Textile Forum’s 30th show lived up to expectations with attendance some 10 per cent higher than for the March show this year. While British designers made up most of the visitors, there was the usual sprinkling of overseas customers, this time particularly from Russia and Eastern Europe. “Textile Forum always has a high percentage of returning visitors who know that in addition to our regular exhibitors with their new collections  there are always new companies to explore and this October we had some fantastic first time participants,” says event director Amy Packham.  Among then was Vema, which produces its embroidered trimmings and appliqués on its own looms in Italy.  Paola Mazzuchelli, general manager, was “very happy" with the show and  delighted to meet “nice buyers who were genuinely interested". Also… Read More
Textile Forum sponsors Designer of the Year at Bridal Buyer Awards

Textile Forum sponsors Designer of the Year at Bridal Buyer Awards

Congratulations to Marguerite Hannah, designer for Alan Hannah, who won the Textile Forum sponsored Designer of the Year category at this year’s Bridal Buyer Awards. One of Textile Forum’s longest participating exhibitors Michael Bristow of Michael’s Bridal Fabrics presented the award to Marguerite Hannah, who is seen here with Alan Hannah. Well done everyone who entered the competition and we hope to see many of you at next month's Textile Forum. Read More
Textile Forum adds garment manufacturers show

Textile Forum adds garment manufacturers show

Centre for Fashion Enterprise’s Manufacturers Trade Show Relocates to Textile Forum The Centre for Fashion Enterprise(CFE), based at London College of Fashion, UAL is relocating its Manufacturers Trade Show so that it runs alongside luxury fashion fabric show, Textile Forum, at One Marylebone, London, from 11-12 October 2017. “The two shows will provide designers with an unrivalled opportunity to source quality fabric and garment manufacturing under one roof,” says Linda Laderman, co founder Textile Forum, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. CFE is London’s pioneering Fashion and FashTech business incubator whose purpose is to fast-track designers and entrepreneurs into successful businesses. Current businesses supported include Wales Bonner, Liam Hodges, Faustine Steinmetz, Roberts Wood and Alex Mullins. The Manufacturers Trade Show is a part of CFE’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures… Read More
Textile Forum relaunches its website in run up to autumn show

Textile Forum relaunches its website in run up to autumn show

As part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of London’s leading luxury fashion fabric show, Textile Forum is approaching its autumn event with a brand new website, which looks its best both on a mobile or laptop. “We are always striving to improve the Textile Forum experience for our visitors and exhibitors and the website is an essential part of keeping everyone informed,” says Amy Packham, event director.  “The new site provides plenty of space for even more pictures of exhibitors fabrics as well as atmospheric images from previous events to tempt buyers and also illustrate the uniqueness of our long-standing event.” Textile Forum continues to attract exhibitors to its luxury venue that are specialists in their field and at the next show in October there will be first time exhibitors… Read More
Embellishments and prints rule at Textile Forum –  Fabric suppliers move up a creative gear

Embellishments and prints rule at Textile Forum – Fabric suppliers move up a creative gear

For this March’s Textile Forum (15-16 March 2017, One Marylebone, London), there will be an even greater choice of embellished and textured fabrics for designers looking to be inspired. “Fabric designers have produced some of the most elaborate ranges we have seen at Textile Forum since the show was launched in 2002,” says co founder and organiser Linda Laderman.  “Suppliers have moved up a gear when it comes to creativity in texture, pattern and colour and are keen to introduce British quirkiness in design and artisanal techniques, to provide exciting collections to tempt fabric buyers. “While there is an overall mood of optimism among the majority of exhibitors, there is no doubt that trade is going to be more difficult this year and prices have risen a little. With the… Read More
Looking into the crystal ball for fabulous fabrics

Looking into the crystal ball for fabulous fabrics

Textile Forum is celebrating its crystal – 15th year – anniversary in 2017 with its biggest spring show since the event  was launched in October 2002. New exhibitors include companies from Holland, the UK and India and regular suppliers continue to expand and invest  in their collections so they can increase the fabrics available from stock as well as forward order, which all translates into more than 80 collections available to buyers from 15-16 March 2017 at One Marylebone from 10am to 6pm. “Suppliers recognise that they need to work even harder to ensure buyers are excited by their collections and remain confident and upbeat, despite what may be happening on the global politics front, including the uncertainty of what Brexit means for everyone,” says Textile Forum co founder Linda… Read More
Compliments all round for Textile Forum

Compliments all round for Textile Forum

Fabulous! Inspirational! Amazing! These were just three of the words that designers used to sum up their visit to Textile Forum last week. And it was truly a fantastic show with some of the most beautiful, creative fabrics we have ever seen on display It was the 28th Textile Forum and for those exhibitors and visitors who have been with us from the first show, they will surely have noticed just how far we have travelled- not just in terms of now being located in one of the most beautiful venues in London but in the breadth of the collections on display- but also in terms of the visitors we now attract, who come from all part of the design spectrum. A big thanks to all our exhibitors for putting on… Read More
Bennett Silks wins top fabric award

Bennett Silks wins top fabric award

Textile Forum exhibitor Bennett Silks has won the 2016 Premiere Vision Fabrics Imagination prize given to  "the boldest, most original, most amazing fabric in terms of decoration, technique, finishing, innovation and technology”. The winning design was a transparent print on crepe satin created by Daniel Henry, whose award-winning studio produces an eponymous collection for Bennett Silks. The design was selected from around 7000 fabrics entered by exhibitors at the September event and judged by a panel of 12 industry experts. Only six prizes are awarded to celebrate excellence in textiles and leather – three for each category. "As the first British company to win this prestigious award we are absolutely thrilled,” says  Mike Bennett. You can see the winning design and the full new season’s collection at October’s Textile Forum. Read More
Textile Forum is a one stop shop for luxury fabrics

Textile Forum is a one stop shop for luxury fabrics

Irrespective of currency fluctuations, uncertainly over what the future will bring since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, one thing is for sure: it is business as usual for the exhibitors participating in Textile Forum where there will be an abundance of luxurious, quality fabrics on display at One Marylebone, London, from 12-13 October 2016. “Fabric suppliers may well have taken a hit because of the poor exchange rate, but they are still investing in their stock collections and offering even more choice of qualities for autumn/winter 2017/8 and spring 2016 ,” says Linda Laderman, co-founder and organiser Textile Forum. This October, there will be more than 80 collections presented, including those offering  the very best woollens, silks, laces, cottons, prints and leathers,  for daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear, lingerie, childrendwear and accessories. Exhibitors… Read More

Brexit –  viewpoints

One of the issues around Brexit is the fear that garment manufacturers who rely on the flow of east European skilled workers may have difficulty in filling a skills gap. This is something top of mind for Jenny Holloway, who runs the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) which has been created to train a new generation of skilled workers ensure that the UK apparel manufacturing sector continues to thrive. It is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live fashion and fashion studio. Set up in collaboration with Fashion Enter, itself one of the largest training providers of apprenticeships within fashion apparel manufacturing  working with employers such as ASOS.com, Marks & Spencer, River Island and House of Fraser. The academy ensure students gain exposure to real "Best of British"… Read More

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