Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

The London Textile Fair: Autumn 14

In the midst of the summer heatwave, the autumn 14 season kicked off last week at The London Textile Fair, where mills revealed their latest collections.

The two-day exhibition drew large crowds of designers, buyers and product developers to The Business Design Centre in Islington.

Early trends suggest a season of bright colour, fluffy handles and hairy finishes, alongside the prominence of blended compositions that balance quality with competitive pricing.


Italian mill Twelve showed at The London Textile Fair for the first time this season, offering a mix of new styles and reworked bestsellers. Key emerging trends include hairy surfaces and furry brush yarns, lighter tweed-look cotton jersey/wool blends and the continued dominance of double-faced surfaces. Colourful oversized checks, ethnic geometrics in a dark palette and a diffused, abstract camouflage all catch the eye.

  • Contact: 00 39 347 6131027


Suffolk silk weaver Vanners offered something fresh this season, introducing compositions to appeal to more mid-range customers. New options include cotton, polyester, and nylon and silk blends, alongside signature 100% silks. Uplifting sparks of colour update classic florals for autumn 14, with a three-colour multi-jacquard blending polyester (32%), wool (48%) and silk (20%) standing out.

  • Contact: 01787 372396

Molloy & Sons

Based in Ardara, on the northwest coast of Ireland, Molloy & Sons has been weaving premium Donegal tweeds since the 1800s. The father-and-son team source everything from within a 20-mile radius of the mill, with yarns spun and dyed locally and everything else done in-house. A merino and mohair blend is new for autumn 14, while herringbones and punchy colour combos dominate.

  • Contact: 00 353 87 670 9253


Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.