London's exclusive luxury fashion fabric show

13 - 14 March 2019 One Marylebone London 10.00am - 6.00pm

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
Textile Forum’s charity partner celebrates 160 years of supporting employees in UK fashion and textiles

Textile Forum’s charity partner celebrates 160 years of supporting employees in UK fashion and textiles

Last night, 16th June 2016, at The House of Lords Textile Forum’s charity partner, the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust celebrated over 160 years of its work and outlined  plans to double the amount of children it supports by 2019. Meg Lustman, CEO of Hobbs and chair of the trustees, called on the 100 guests to help the charity increase its awareness within the industry and reach its goal by referring families to FTCT for grants and distributing information among colleagues and staff. Textile Forum will continue to play its part by once again providing space alongside the busy refreshment area at the October exhibition for FTCT to promote the charity’s work. Among the guests at the reception were  Steve Rowe (Marks & Spencer), Liza Webb (Jaeger), MPs, representatives from trade organisations including UKFT and the British… Read More
Record visitors and exhibitors to March show

Record visitors and exhibitors to March show

The March Textile Forum was our best spring show – with more than 75 collections on show over two floors – and a record number of visitors for the first event in the year. There was the usual broad spread of visitors – independent designers, those working for major manufacturers and brands, tailors, the designers and seamstresses from the costume departments of leading theatre, opera and ballet companies, bridalwear specialists, lingerie experts, and next generation designers - the list goes on. While the majority of visitors were UK based the number of international visitors increased with representation from Israel, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia adding to the mix. Among the visitors were potential exhibitors for the autumn event which will be staged from 12-13 October 2016 again at One Marylebone, so… Read More
Happy 20th, Michael

Happy 20th, Michael

Congratulations to Michael’s Bridal Fabrics celebrating its 20th anniversary this May – and its 21st appearance at Textile Forum. This family business was started by Michael Bristow and Kim his sister-in-law and since then more family members and friends have been drawn into the fold. Michael’s wife Lynn, who joined 17 years ago, and his son Barry, who came into the business about 11 years ago aged 18, are among the staff of 17. The business, which was run from home for the first few years, now operates from 5,000 sq ft premises acquired in 2012. There are two aspects of the business that Michael  believes have contributed to its success: the breadth of its collection, which he claims is one of the largest offered in Europe, and the personal… Read More
Textile Forum March – Doors open soon!

Textile Forum March – Doors open soon!

Textile Forum is just around the corner London is really the greatest fashion capital in the world, British Fashion Council chairman Natalie Massenet declared at  London Fashion Week last week – and great fashion is made up of the creative use of fabric. At next month’s Textile Forum there will be more than 70 collections of fabrics on show – woven, knitted, plain, printed – from leading suppliers from the UK, Continental Europe, the USA, Japan and Thailand. To maintain their position in the global marketplace, these suppliers continue to invest in the people and processes that together deliver innovative fabrics season on season. “Textile Forum is unique in that our suppliers are geared up to provide the swatches, sample lengths and low minimums that our visitors need,” says Linda Laderman, co founder. “And that is a requirement from individual… Read More
2016 March Textile Forum builds on success of 2015 October show

2016 March Textile Forum builds on success of 2015 October show

Building on the success of its largest show in October, the next edition of Textile Forum (9-10 March 2016, One Marylebone) has attracted a number of new and returning suppliers who will be showcasing luxury fabrics and trimmings for spring 2017 and stock lines. “Sourcing luxury fabrics has never been easier for designers,” says Textile Forum co-founder Linda Laderman. “Our venue One Marylebone provides an elegant, spacious backdrop that complements our exhibitors collections, which is why some of the biggest names in the fashion industry have already registered to attend the March event." Among the first-time exhibitors is Hand & Lock, the famous embroiderers, whose work can be found within the collections of the top couture houses and  bespoke military outfits created by Savile Row tailors. The company will be… Read More
Textile Forum’s biggest show a huge success

Textile Forum’s biggest show a huge success

Textile Forum’s biggest show to date was a resounding success with a record number of exhibitors, 46 showing in excess of 70 collections, and a record number of visitors. “It was a far cry from the first show in 2002 when we had just 10 exhibitors,” explains co founder Linda Laderman, “but the need for an event offering luxury fabrics to designers looking for small minimums and stock is even more important today than it was 13 years ago. We will be building on the momentum for our next show.” This October’s show provided a great showcase for visitors looking for menswear fabrics.  First time exhibitor Dashing Tweeds showed its Lumatwill fabric, which combines British wool, woven in the Scottish Borders, with reflective yarn from 3M; there were also ranges… Read More
Copyright challenge splits designers

Copyright challenge splits designers

Law firm Bird & Bird raises awareness of IP issues at Textile Forum  Designers, who this week took part in an interactive copyright challenge at Textile Forum, the London luxury fashion fabric show, were split as to whether one fabric design infringed the copyright in another. The challenge highlighted uncertainties and myths that often surround intellectual property rights in fashion designs, according to intellectual property lawyers at Bird & Bird. “Given the recent spate of copyright and design infringement actions involving parties in the fashion industry, we thought it important to raise the issue at the show, which is attended by designers who have considerable experience in the industry as well as those just starting out,” explains Textile Forum co-founder Linda Laderman. In the unique challenge, visitors were presented with… Read More

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