London's exclusive luxury fashion fabric show

16-17 October 2019 One Marylebone London 10.00am - 6.00pm

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
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

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