We round up some of the highlights from the Business Design Centre last week.
French jacquard weaver Dutel Création’s stand showcased the mill’s sense of creative freedom. The Lyon-based, 15-strong design team create 400 designs each season, devising the in-house collection and bespoke work. Spring 16 highlights include fringed fabrics woven using paper yarn with hints of Lurex sparkle, and fille coupe, a technique which involves cutting the yarn to give a sheared edge. Primarily focused on womenswear, the mill makes a mix of heavyweight coating fabric and mid-weight cloth for dresses, skirts and tops.
- +33 4 72 01 47 20 Dutelsa.com
- UK agent: Ciara Jennings, 020 7739 5699
For its latest designs, Halley Stevensons looked to the hills of Switzerland during the Second World War. The Dundee weaver debuted its nettle and cotton-mix fabric for garments and luggage, inspired by the Swiss who used fibres from nettle stems to make textiles during the war. Boasting natural antibacterial qualities, the nettle fibre’s strength increases when wet. Five years in development, the fabric targets those in the mid to luxury end of the market in search of cloth with a vintage military-style texture. Colour is another focus for spring 16, with 100% cotton fabric presented in bright shades of lemon, lime, orange and coral, treated with a super-dry showerproof coating and milled to give a soft, worn finish.
- 01382 645225 Waxedcotton.com
Specialising in polyester and viscose-blend womenswear fabrics, Ornek Tekstil of Istanbul has branched out for spring 16, adding Tencel, linen and cotton. Bright lemon yellow and pastel shades are the order of the day, mixed with checks and stripes for added interest. The weaver is using the fair to increase its engagement with UK retailers, as the country is a key export market alongside France, the US and Australia.
- +90 212 472 69 60 Ornektekstil.com.tr
- UK agent: S Frank Cook, 01438 920020
This Portuguese denim specialist showcased its new Denim Light cloth for lightweight shirting. Weighing between 2.5oz and 6oz, the 100% cotton fabric comes plain or printed. Troficolor applies its surface designs using lasers, digital prints and transfer prints, and a jacquard fabric. Its premium heavyweight Red Selvedge denim, in 100% cotton, is in stark contrast to Troficolor’s much lighter power-stretch denim, which blends cotton with polyester and elastane for jeggings. The mill also showcased its cotton and linen-blend knitted denim, a soft, lightweight material with a dry handle. Next month the mill will debut its ‘ready-to-wear’ indigo denim, which is manufactured without the need for finishing.
- +351 252 403 870 Troficolor.com
For spring 16, Milanese weaver Dragoni presented 100% cotton and cotton blended with elastane and linen for shirts and trousers. Export manager Gianni Colombo says the menswear market is demanding more stretch in the blend. The mill is working with a local printer on digital prints based on its holiday theme. Designed for men’s and women’s wear, the prints mix beach scenes with handwriting from postcards, and overlay palm trees with pink flamingos. Dragoni is keen to expand in the UK, its third biggest export market after Germany and France.
- +39 0331 702031 Dragoni.it