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Textile Forum: Autumn 13 preview

October will see the 10th anniversary edition of London’s Textile Forum take place, drawing its biggest line-up since 2002.

“The original concept still holds good – providing quality fabrics available in small minimums and from stock, as well as forward order to the designer market,” says co-founder Linda Laderman. October’s event will showcase daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear and lingerie fabrics, attracting independent designers, bridalwear specialists, London’s catwalk stars and a growing number creating own-brand collections for department stores and multiples.

One highlight is the UK fabrics on show, tapping into the growing provenance trend. “Those companies with a strong British heritage have traditionally sold well in the international market,” says Laderman, “and even though business in the UK is challenging – increased price and buyers cutting back – the top end of the fabric sector, which is where Textile Forum is pitched, is holding up well.”

  • October 17-18, 10am-6pm The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London W1K 5LF

Johnstons of Elgin

Winter is often when our home-grown textile talents flourish, and Johnstons of Elgin’s autumn 13 offer promises to celebrate all things British. “Our classic Scottish Tweed and fine cashmere are the mainstay for the new collection,” says sales director for apparel cloth Brian Hinnigan. And what’s new? “Mouline worsted cashmere for casual luxury, cashmere ‘denim’ and luscious cashmere coatings,” says Hinnigan, coming in lovat green and blue, mossy greens and browns, alongside bold deco colours.

Contact: 020 7227 3131

Discovery Knitting

This mill produces all its fabrics within a nine-mile radius of its Leicester HQ, focusing on organic cottons, recycled man-made and natural fibre yarns and sustainable Modal blends. “New for autumn 13 are fabric surface interest constructions, especially in blended yarns knitted in gradiated stripes,” says sales director Simon Cook. Colours to look out for? “Brights twisted with old school burgundys and charcoals or muted greys with a fluorescent undertone.”

Contact: 0116 278 4333

Liberty Art Fabrics

Taking its ideas from nature, Liberty’s famous prints come as trademark florals, alongside designs from the animal kingdom and new mountainous and landscape designs inspired by the design team’s travels in Iceland. “We have introduced a number of new base cloths – brushed fleece, printed denim and bonded twill fabrics, which have strengthened our offer for the winter season,” explains head of sales for UK, Ireland and Africa, Cathryn Broomfield.

Contact: 020 7573 9628

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