Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
The key textile shows in my calendar are Première Vision and Texworld (pictured) – they both provide me with access to European, Far East and Indian mills. The majority of our fabric sourcing is in China. We work with some really great mills that give us access to a vast source of fabrics, and logistically this makes sense for our production.
Première Vision is key for Common People (pictured). The fabrics we source there help to inspire ideas for the collection and we can begin to build a picture of how it’ll take shape. We also try to source locally as much as possible from UK mills to create fabrics which are unique to us. We’ve also developed good relationships with some Japanese mills.
We source our fabric all over the world but mostly from the UK. Textile Forum has been great for my label (spring 13, pictured) from the start, as UK mills run very low minimums. It is difficult to attend Première Vision as it’s always clashing with London Fashion Week, but I do see a lot of UK agents to view the fabrics from Italy and France.
Première Vision (pictured) is a great way to start the season, where the best European mills showcase innovative fabrics and colours. I also visit a London textile fair or Milano Unica twice a year, and many mills visit our offices. I review the swatches with the team before making a final selection for next season’s Iris & Ink [own label] collection.