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Textiles Report: A bright future for the textile industry

Reduced consumer spending on a high street that’s already oversaturated with choice means product differentiation and fabrication have never been more vital to helping retailers win their share of consumers’ wallets.

This is where the textiles sector plays an invaluable role in the fashion industry and, with this in mind, we welcome you to Drapers’ second Textiles Report.

The next few pages bring you an analysis of the state of the textiles market, fabric trends for spring 14, and insight from leading industry voices.

The future is looking bright for the global textiles market, which is in growth. And we discover how notoriously volatile raw material prices are stabilising, which has encouraged a return to quality fabrication in many quarters, with a greater focus on provenance - something to cheer about for our British mills.

Sarah Tennant, head of buying for young fashion at Debenhams, gives us the inside track on what this means for buyers, while Première Vision fashion director Pascaline Wilhelm pinpoints the spring 14 textile trends to watch out for. We select the best-in-class mills from the London Textiles Fair, and determine the fabrics of the future.

We hope you enjoy the Textiles Report, and please do get in touch to let us know what you think.

  • Features editor / james.knowles@emap.com

 

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