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Exhibitors praise 'buzzy' Textile Forum

Exhibitors and buyers have praised the most recent edition of London’s fabric fair the Textile Forum, which took place at event space One Marlyebone near Regents Park from March 5 to 6.

Although organisers declined to reveal numbers, the event’s co-founder Linda Laderman described the show, which focuses on small quantity orders, as “buzzing” and claimed visitors had increased on last season.

“So far it’s been really good and we’re very happy, we even had a queue of people,” said first-time exhibitor Harveer Sanghera, director of London’s Partap Fashion Fabrics on day one. “We do show elsewhere but this attracts a different market.  We take orders here which we didn’t at the London Textile Fair [which took place on January 22 to 23].”

Michael Booth, business manager at Yorkshire based wool specialists Hainsworth, who also showed at the Textile Forum for the first time, echoed Sanghera’s thoughts. “We’ve had a really good response and we’re pleased that we came here. This has been busier for us than the London Textile Fair,” he said.

Booth also found an increase in demand for British-made goods, although he declined to reveal the names of any buyers.

“More and more people want the UK made product,” he said. “People have got tired of everything made in sweatshops, it’s about quality now.”

Mayur Tejura, director at shirting specialist Ringhart, added: “It seems a little quieter than last time, but the quality of visitor has improved which is the most important thing. Every person asks ‘what are your minimums’ as this show caters for smaller names, but it’s just as important to us as any other show.”

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