The Textile Forum is open!

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The Textile Forum opened yesterday in London’s One Marylebone showcasing over 80 collections of luxury fashion fabrics. Exhibitors include Holland & Sherry, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics, Pongees, AW Hainsworth, Marco Lagattolla, GH Leathers, Offset Warehouse, Nunoya, Chrisanne Clover, Forest Digital, Hand & Lock, Darquer, James Hare and many more. The Textile Forum is open until 6pm today and registration is free.

Largest Textile Forum opens next week

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Solstiss Autumn/Winter 2016

The largest Textile Forum spring event takes place next week at One Marylebone, London, with over 70 collections of luxury fashion fabrics on show. “British Fashion Council chairman Natalie Massenet declared that London is the greatest fashion capital in the world and fabric plays a huge part in justifying this accolade,” says Linda Laderman, Textile Forum co-founder. “To maintain their position in the global marketplace, fabric suppliers continue to invest in the people and processes that together deliver innovative fabrics and we are delighted to be able to showcase exceptional collections from the UK, Continental Europe, Japan, Thailand and the US.”

Among the first time exhibitors is Offset Warehouse, offering a wide range of ethical fabrics including collections produced from banana stalks; advancements in digital printing are available from exhibitors such as R A Smart and Forest Digital, alongside the artistry of embroiders from Hand & Lock. “Textile Forum is unique in that our exhibitors are geared up to provide the swatches, sample lengths and low minimums for sampling that the majority of our independent designer visitors need as well as the volume orders,” adds Laderman. The Textile Forum is open from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday and Thursday 9 and 10 March 2016.

March Textile Forum welcomes new exhibitors

Building on the success of its largest show in October 2015, 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. Among the first-time exhibitors is Hand & Lock, whose embroidery work can be found within top couture collections and bespoke military outfits created by Savile Row tailors.

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Bella Tela

Hand & Lock will be displaying samples of its intricate handwork and also looking to secure entries for its international embroidery competition to discover the next generation of embroidery designers. Some of the returning exhibitors are Laurent Garigue, Solstiss, Henry Bertrand, Bennett Silks, Makowers, Ringhart Fabrics, Tiss and Teint, G H Leathers, Bernstein & Banleys and Alan Litman. For the first time the show will be welcoming a garment manufacturer – London-based Plussamples, which specialises in working with ‘difficult’ fabrics.

“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.”

Copyright challenge splits designers

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Law firm Bird & Bird raised awareness of intellectual property issues

Earlier this month, designers took part in an interactive copyright challenge at the Textile Forum and 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, by presenting visitors with sketches of two patterned dresses based on designs which were previously the subject of a copyright infringement case that was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court. The ruling was that the later design infringed the copyright in the earlier design.

“The interactive copyright challenge was intended to be a light-hearted way of raising awareness of IP issues among fashion fabric designers”, says Hilary Atherton, intellectual property lawyer in Bird & Bird‘s Fashion & Luxury Goods group. “One of the purposes of the challenge was to debunk myths such as the ‘Five Changes Rule’. However, there are other aspects of copyright law which designers may not be aware of,  for example, that even subconscious derivation (where the infringer does not consciously realise he or she is copying an earlier design) can result in copyright infringement.”

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Stock up on lace at the Textile Forum

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Fabric from Alan Litman

Textile Forum, London’s most exclusive fashion fabric show, is back this week presenting over 50 collections from top luxury fabric companies – laces, wools, cottons, silks, leathers, buttons, linings, prints and much more. Founded in 2002, the show now attracts designers and fabric buyers from major retail groups and brands, established fashion businesses and start-ups, as well as the next generation designers from the top fashion and textile colleges. Make sure you register for the Textile Forum (4-5 March 2015) and pick up a copy of TEX, the new show magazine.

Looking for colourful lingerie fabrics?

Textile Forum, running from 4-5 March 2015, will be a riot of colour with more choice than ever for designers sourcing top end, luxury fabrics for lingerie. Lace, stretch, tulle and everything in between can be found at the show which now boasts over 50 collections on show, both for Autumn/Winter 2015/6 and Spring/Summer 2016.

“Many of our exhibitors have increased the colour options within their staple collections so that buyers can rely on continuity of shade across many seasons, as well as introducing the new season’s must have tones such as bright blues, pinks and lilacs,” explains Linda Laderman, co founder and organiser, Textile Forum. “We’re also delighted to announce the launch of TEX, the Textile Forum magazine, full of stories about the people who influence textiles and fashion.”

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Among exhibitors offering expanded colour ranges is Pongees, with now 160 shades in one of its of douppion collections and enhanced colour selections in its stretch satins, chiffons, tulle, organza, velvet and taffeta collections. Textile Forum exhibitors offer fabric for lingerie, womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, bridalwear and accessories.

Textile Forum launches Cycle Chic design competition

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Textile Forum is collaborating with the Fashion Retail Academy and sponsors HSBC Bank and Ringhart Fabrics, in a competition for students to create a shirt that will encourage city workers to cycle to meetings.

Students are required to produce research, sketches and designs utilising Ringhart Fabrics’ cycle print and complementary plain fabrics, plus a sewn garment in a basic white cloth. Fifteen students will then be selected to pitch their concepts to a judging panel of industry experts, who will select five finalists whose designs will be produced. The finalists’ shirts will be displayed at a networking event at HSBC’s offices in London, and the winning design will then be displayed at Textile Forum’s show on 4-5 March 2015 at One Marylebone, London.

“This innovative competition captures the increasing interest in cycling and also provides a great opportunity for Textile Forum and our sponsors to work with the next generation of fabric buyers and designers,” says Linda Laderman, co-founder of Textile Forum.