The Textile Forum celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and for the first time will see the Manufacturers Trade Show running alongside the event in October.
“Textile Forum has cemented itself as London’s premier sourcing event for luxury fashion fabrics since 2002,” event director Amy Packham told EN as she prepares the finishing touches of the next edition of the show.
Known as Textile Forum Fashion Fabric Show, the event focuses on attracting a larger number of British designers, international brands, retail fabric stockists, tailors, costumiers and next-gen designers. The addition of Manufacturers Trade Show will see two shows under one roof and a group of garment manufacturers to complement the exhibitors of fabrics and trimmings.
“Among our visitors are representatives from: Elvi, Goose, L.K.Bennett, Mint Velvet, Nike, Osman Studio, Pearce Fionda, ASOS, The National Theatre, Janet Reger, Radley And Co, Jonathan Saunders, Agi & Sam, E. Tautz, Jenny Packham, Azagury, Ashley Williams, Christopher Shannon, Jasper Conran, Anna Valentine, Merlin Entertainment, Coco de Mer, Arcadia, John Lewis and many more,” Packham told EN.
The exhibitors list features Holland & Sherry, Pongees, James Hare, SanMartin, Laurent Garigue, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics, Vema, Vanners, Ringhart Fabrics, Offset Warehouse and many more.
Visitors can source fabrics for menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, bridalwear, lingerie and outerwear, will all exhibitors offering low minimums.
Two shows under one roof
The Manufacturers Trade Show is owned by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), which is based at London College of Fashion, UAL.
CFE is deemed London’s pioneering Fashion and FashTech business incubator whose purpose is to fast-track designers and entrepreneurs into successful businesses.
Current businesses supported include Wales Bonner, Liam Hodges, Faustine Steinmetz, Roberts Wood and Alex Mullins.
The Manufacturers Trade Show is a part of CFE’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures (FTEF) project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
According to UK Fashion & Textile Association more than 80 per cent of fashion businesses are ‘micro SMEs”.
“The vision for our Manufacturers Trade Show is to connect fashion businesses with high end production units with a view to developing long lasting relationships. There is a strong synergy with visitors attending Textile Forum so we are delighted to relocate and provide our exhibitors with a two day event,” commented Judith Tolley, head of CFE.
Textile Forum exhibitors will be showing more than 70 collections of fabrics for spring/summer and autumn/winter.
CFE’s Manufacturers Trade Show will showcase over 20 exhibitors who can produce smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs.
Textile Forum Fashion Show follows a record-breaking event in March where it recorded 42 exhibitors and more than 1,700 visitors. The next event will be held on 11-12 October 2017 at One Marylebone in London.