Heringbones, florals, palm tree fronds, snakeskin and zebra were among the patterns impressing buyers in Casablanca.
Do you do any sourcing in Morocco? The recent Maroc Sourcing and Maroc in Mode shows held in the country’s ‘economic capital’, Casablanca, showed this could become the next must-visit destination, with several British brands already making the trip.
“We’re investigating closer-to-home manufacturing with quicker responses,” explained Melissa Jacques, sourcing assistant at lifestyle retailer Joules. “We have no business in Morocco but this was a good opportunity to see what it had to offer.” She added: “It’s been interesting, with some great manufacturers; denim seeming very strong.”
Here are Drapers’ top textile picks.
Based in Casablanca, Blancatex supplies a variety of customers including the local army and police. Coming in quantities as low as 100m, patterns include Prince of Wales and windowpane checks, herringbones in the usual style or oversized updates and tartans, all available in a spectrum of colours. A softer take on pinstripes also features alongside new, almost pixelated updates on traditional checks.
Contact: 00 212 522 35 07 87
Go here for brocade and floral jacquards or velvety flocked styles like those spotted at September’s Première Vision show (promising to be a big autumn 13 trend), alongside tactile crinkle finishes. Other designs include Aztec-inspired patterns as wintry updates in flocking rather than prints, and oversized houndstooths. Deveaux’s prints offer winter florals and tapestry styles modernised as pixelated needle point-style flowers.
Contact: 00 33 4 74 89 69 68
Casablancan print specialist Aritex is strong on printed denim, making it a perfect choice for this continuing denim trend. New camouflages come as overlaid palm tree fronds or painted finishes. Safari prints also impress, including leopard, snakeskin and zebra. Flowery printed denim, which has been popular for the past couple of seasons, comes in more detailed and delicate painterly interpretations. Playful Aztec-inspired geometrics, skulls and polka dots are also available.
Contact: 00 212 522 91 47 75
Spanish exhibitor Interdenim, as the name suggests, excels with a great denim offer, alongside chino and stretch denim fabrics, providing base fabrics for customers to then wash and treat. Highlights include denim featuring a garden of vividly coloured flowers, more zebra patterns (a possible trend to watch for the coming seasons) and various examples of snakeskin designs, as well as great plain denim.
Contact: 00 34 964 160 884
Buy World Sarl
Based in South Korea but with offices in Morocco, Buy World Sarl’s stand caught the eye with its shimmering fancy fabrics in rich jewel tones, silvers and golds. Standout designs feature glittering Lurex and luxurious silky styles, including golden jacquards and 3D textured appliqués. Dense florals and glittery Lurex covered with a layer of flocking is a delight, while interesting trompe l’oeil denim and herringbone prints also demand attention.
Contact: 00 212 522 29 51 05
Spanish mill Tejidos Rebés can work from a minimum of 100m up to 120,000m, with more than 4 million metres in stock. Here the flocking trend (predicted to be key next season) continues in different designs including opulent brocade florals or spots, and worked on new sheer fabrics. Tartans and checks come in eccentric colour combinations, while romantic florals and hand-drawn illustrations also make an impression.
Contact: 00 34 93 497 00 75