Four exhibitors discuss the fabric show’s new home and the state of the market.
“It’s gone really well. The new venue [One Marylebone in London] is very good and it’s much smarter and fresher.
It seems a lot more professional and it’s great to be part of a growing, developing show,” said Mayur Tejura, director at shirting specialist Ringhart.
“Numbers have been up; it’s mostly small designers but they’ve been a lot more serious. The general mood
is alright, people are starting to feel more positive.”
For autumn 14, Ringhart’s bright colours in bold combos catch the eye, while check, conversational and geometric patterns also stand out.
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“We’ve been showing at Textile Forum for nearly 10 years so it’s good to see it growing. It’s been a little crowded but I like the new location,” said Chris Day, sales representative at Basinghall, which mostly offers bridal, evening and kids’ wear fabrics.
Day said Textile Forum was best for finding new customers from a broad range of sectors, especially new brands and emerging designers . “It’s been busier than March and the venue move hasn’t affected numbers. It still feels like people are cautious but also like there’s something good around the corner.”
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Marling & Evans
Huddersfield weavers Marling & Evans returned to Textile Forum after a break of a few seasons, and found it to be a lively show.
“It’s been very busy, we’ve even run out of order forms,” said representative Paul Callaghan. “You can’t compare it to Première Vision because this is for another sector, attracting smaller, new names and start-ups.”
With 100% British product spun, woven and finished within a five-mile radius of its factory, Marling & Evans’ provenance is a draw. “It’s a trend but if you keep innovating it will keep up the appetite for British product.”
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Johnstons of Elgin
“It’s been really busy and people have been very positive,” said Greg Rorison, sales executive at woollen mill Johnstons of Elgin.
Although he believes people are still being careful, price is not a concern, with Johnstons’ more premium offerings getting most attention.
“People still want Made in the UK. The heritage aspect is still strong and being awarded the Royal Warrant earlier this year has helped even more,” he said. “They might make the garment elsewhere but still want the fabric made here.”
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“It’s been very busy, we’ve seen lots of current customers and a few new ones,” said Charlie Hare, director of Leeds silk and lace supplier James Hare.
“It’s felt busier than previous shows, I think the change has revitalised it. I like the new venue, there’s not a lot of room when it’s busy but it’s not a problem.
“The mood has been good but people are still cautious. I think the days of writing orders on the stands are gone.”
Customers are favouring textured finishes and a renewed focus on lace, while embroideries are less popular, said Hare.
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