Despite the hot weather, the London Textile Fair gathered 1,500 visitors and 250 exhibitors in textiles, fashion accessories, and print design (2012). The unusual heat wave that has hit London this summer, has made me realize that most places do not have air conditioning, as this venue was sweltering.
The exhibitors came from all across Europe, namely the UK, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Overwhelmingly, there were three levels of exhibitors featuring rails full of their pre-collection Autumn/Winter 2014 and Spring/Summer fabric samples.
There was certainly something for everyone here. The set up was clearly for industry professionals on a large scale. Buyers, designers, and distributors came to place orders from the exhibitors' samples. Although I wanted to sit down with these exhibitors and find out more information on the buying process, I have to admit that I felt a little out of place. While browsing through samples, a few sales persons asked me what company I was with, and after confessing that I wasn't with one, they seemed to quickly lose interest in my business.
On the upside, I was able to freely view up-and-coming textile trends. There were a lot of eye catching corals, turquoises, and unique prints, but I was especially intrigued by the physically and visually textured fabrics. Both knits and woven fabrics with interesting puckers and texturing, made for a unique and futuristic approach. Simmod Tekstil, a vendor from Turkey, was one of the stand out companies for this trend.
Another inspiring take on textiles was Lemar's, a Portuguese textile company, revolution of mesh fabric (The London Textile Fair, 2012). The breathable textile known for its use in athletic apparel, had a street fashion make over. With bold colors and large scale prints, basic mesh tees made for a statement piece that any trendsetter would want in their closet.
On the upper level of the venue, accessories and print design were grouped together. Accessories included anything from buttons to lace to labels. The stand out exhibitors amongst the prints were Jack Jones Designs and Print Fresh (The London Textile Fair, 2012).
Jack Jones Design
The London Textile Fair. (2012). Retrieved from http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/
Seterie Argenti Spa. (2013). Picture 1. Retrieved from http://www.argenti.it/
Simmod Tekstil. (2010). Pictures 2-4. Retrieved from http://www.simmod.com.tr/
Jack Jones Design. (2013). Picture 5. Retrieved from. http://www.jackjonesdesign.com/