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The London Textile Fair

Bright colours, hairy finishes and Irish fabrics were among the big draws at the Business Design Centre.

Magee of Donegal

Magee of Donegal

Magee of Donegal
First-time Irish exhibitor Magee of Donegal impressed with a range of traditional Donegal yarns featuring modern updates such as bold colours and a range of blends including linen, silk and cashmere. Everything is woven and finished in the company’s mill, and sales agent Gill Mudie told Drapers: “We are known for our colour and for developing very specific fabrics for our customers.” She said buyers are looking for “lighter-weight wools, softer handles and more compact finishes”. Mudie felt that Paris textiles show Première Vision is now a little late in the season, as designers are starting to look earlier at fabrics.


Denim manufacturer Troficolor, the denim market leader in Portugal, showed at The London Textile Fair for the third time. “The interest in denim is increasing and the UK market is very good for it,” said export sales manager Jorge Silver. “Yesterday we wrote 20 orders.” Deep indigo is a key theme for autumn 15 on denim and across Oxford cloth and knit. The company also has a red selvage denim range, which according to Silver is popular worldwide, as well as a flannel collection. The mill operates a 500-metre minimum order.


Roman TextilesRoman Textiles

Roman Textiles
Customers have been looking for jacquards and bright colours in particular this season, with innovation particularly important, said Stefano Guernieri, of agency Roman Textiles. Showing at The London Textile Fair for the first time, Guernieri said customers “have been choosing between Munich [View PremiumSelection] and London for where to visit and some have chosen here, which is good for the show”. However, he said the dateline was a little too early and “not the right place to take orders”. Bright and patterned fake furs stood out, while tweeds and wools were updated with bonded layers such as mesh and patterned flocking.

UDF Agencies Frohn Gottstein and Schuermann
UDF Agencies Frohn Gottstein and Schuermann

UFD Agency
Agent Udo Doerge represented Austrian boiled wool specialist Gottstein (whose designs are pictured) for the second time this season, and its modern wool treatments caught the eye. Doerge told Drapers boiled wool is “really trendy at the moment”, with lots of interest from premium labels. Minimum orders start at 25 metres and cost between €25 (£20) to €40 (£32) per metre. Doerge also exhibited Germany’s Frohn weaving mill, known for its jacquards, voiles, organzas and plain-dyed georgette, as well as Schuermann Fabrics, also of Germany and one of Europe’s biggest wholesalers of men’s fabrics including cashmere, linen, tweed and cotton. Schuermann customers have been looking at strong colours such as red for autumn 15, said Doerge.

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    John Hanly and CoJohn Hanly & Co

    John Hanly & Co
    Showing for the third time at The London Textile Fair, this family-run Irish mill has been in business for almost 120 years. Its latest range, which focuses heavily on the company’s signature 100% wool Donegal yarns, is already proving popular. “Made in Ireland is becoming more important to customers,” said sales director Sarah Hanly. “The UK market wants to source locally. The US and Japanese buyers love our Irish label too and we’ve seen some Japanese customers here [at the show].”

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MD Agencies
MD Agencies represents Turkish mills Özçimen Tekstil and Iskur, Italian mill Fralpi and Spanish mill Tintoré. “The show is getting more important and busier,” said agent Miles Dugdale. “We’re seeing our customers but there are also always new people.” Praising the market’s optimism, Dugdale said designers are looking for the next major trends and for bigger names “price is not an issue”. He flagged up jacquards and tweeds as popular for autumn 15 and said many people were looking for furry and hairy finishes such as those by Fralpi, especially for winter coats.

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