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Textiles Report: Outstanding textures at The London Textile Fair

The London Textile Fair kicked off the spring 14 season, with textured fabrics a key theme. Here’s our pick of the show’s highlights.

Premier Drapers

Textured jacquards and an array of laces are key to the latest offering from Leicester mill Premier Drapers.

The standout aspects of the collection are the 3D finishes, which promise to be a big trend from autumn 13 to spring 14, establishing surface texture as a new point of interest on typically printed styles. Laces that are printed, painted and laser-cut are also highlights.

Contact: 0116 249 0043

www.premierdrapers.co.uk

Kipas

Turkish mill Kipas specialises in non-denim and denim fabrics with a 1,000-metre minimum and more than 500 colour options. Printed denim and chino styles promise to be strong again for spring 14, with florals and paisleys key. New options include floral jacquards, patterns appearing as embroidered details and denim printed on the underside to create statement turn-ups.

Contact: 00 90 212 478 48 00

www.kipas.com.tr

Baltic Flax

Debuting in the UK for spring 14, Lithuanian linen specialist Baltic Flax is a full service company offering
a variety of linens. Designers can bring any print design or colour to be matched and the company will apply this to 100% linens or options blended with viscose and cotton, as well as providing a range of washed finishes. Minimum orders start at 50 metres to 80 metres.

Contact: 07840 626217

www.baltic-flax.com

Leathertex

Italian manufacturer Leathertex continues to push the boundaries, creating new and interesting fabrics each season in different combinations, with a minimum order of 100 metres. With a focus on faux leathers and suedes that could easily pass for the real thing, the perforated and laser-cut options stand out. Other creations include perforated plastics and rubbers, alongside laces bonded to other fabrics to create new and unusual combinations.

Contact: 00 39 057 442 301

www.leathertex.it

Malhia Kent

French mill Malhia Kent excites and surprises with its colourful designs. This season focuses on stripes
and geometrics with an ethnic slant, but worked in a spectrum of typically bold colours. Foils, jacquards and 3D textures bring surface interest to the range, alongside signature metallics.

Contact: 00 33 1 41 92 88 88

www.malhia.fr

Mario Cucchetti Tessuti

Italian mill Mario Cucchetti Tessuti brought some sparkle to the show with its choice of shimmering sequins and metallic laces. Printed sequin options are a key choice in a number of colours, as well as one fabric thatconsists of a base of shining sequins sewn under a layer of delicate lace. Foamy scuba styles and textured honeycomb designs are also key.

Contact: 00 39 033 167 7474

www.mariocucchetti.it

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