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Optimism in the air for the British textiles industry   

Ana Santi

Welcome to Drapers’ first, new-format Textiles supplement, signalling our greater commitment to one of fashion’s most important sectors.

Welcome to Drapers’ first, new-format Textiles supplement, signalling our greater commitment to one of fashion’s most important sectors. We bring you the latest news and analysis on the global textiles market and spring 13 trends, interviews with leading textiles experts, profiles on British mills and a textiles show directory.

The volatile fluctuations in the cost of raw materials over the last few years has proved a nightmare for the global textiles industry, with few willing to stick their neck out and say this volatility will come to an end in 2012. But there appear to be whiffs of optimism in the air, as mills, manufacturers, designers and retailers believe we will see prices plateau this year.

More certain bright spots include the continued love affair with Made in Britain products, boosting the businesses of UK mills and manufacturers. Many believe this year’s Olympics in London will help to keep the appeal of Made in Britain alive for seasons to come. Innovations in sustainable fibres and fabrics will also give the industry a point of difference, while trends for spring 13 look fresh with new fabric blends.

We hope you enjoy the supplement and feel free to get in touch with any feedback. Happy spring 13.

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