For the second consecutive time, there will be a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair on 23 and 24 January 2013. The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, France’s national trade association for the textile industry, and is supported by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. In January 2013, there will be 17 exhibitors on the French Pavilion, against 10 at the fair before.
The diverse French offer at the London Textile Fair will not only present a wide range of textiles — including wool, cotton, viscose, linen, silk and blends with synthetic fibres in various price ranges — from weavers, knitters and printers, but also clothing-accessory manufacturers such as SATAB RUBANS and design studios such as CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET.
The spring-summer 2014 collection (S/S 14) will feature hybrids and blends, whose features will be expressed through colours, textures and patterns. This season will explore the parallels between nature and human creation, where colour will reflect the range of natural light, from dawn to dusk.
Notable textures will range from the extra smooth to the coarse and granular. Designs and decorations will be varied, where geometric patterns will feature alongside natural materials.
Britain is the fifth largest export market for the French textile sector (2012 figures). Exports of textile goods to the UK reached €291 million in value within the first eight months of 2012 alone.
The 17 companies that will unveil their S/S 14 collections on the French Pavilion from 23 to 24 January 2013 are listed below; further details can be provided upon request.
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ has two collections: Fabien Doligez and Opening. The former is a collection of plain and fancy weaves; the latter is a Jacquard collection. Opening has a six-to-eight-week lead time for a small quantity of 150 m/col.
AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE has revived the use of wool and wool blend. The company’s S/S 14 collection contains materials with innovative coatings that make up novel garments. AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE uses viscose in the production of the Super Comfort Luxury Legging, an original product, and has an agent based in the UK.
www.avelana.com / www.roudiere.com
BUGIS will present its original creations that mix jerseys with linen and silk. The collection also includes mini Jacquard Jerseys with Lurex yarn or Jacquard bouclés, classic or fancy quilted fleeces, Milanos and interlock combed cotton. The company has an agent based in the UK.
CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET
Founded in 1957, CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET is a world leader in textile design: the company creates over 2,000 designs per month for womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie and beachwear.
Founded in 1830, DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing as well as woven and knitted fabrics, whether yarn dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. DEVEAUX has agents based in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.
DUTEL operates a vertical mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics. The company develops bespoke designs using original textiles to suit client requirements, and can adapt current designs quickly. DUTEL offers quick-response delivery terms and has an agent based in the UK.
J. TOURNIER & FILS
J. TOURNIER & FILS’ S/S 14 collection contains fabrics with depth, thanks to the use of sophisticated yarns and feathers, for example. The tweeds are available in shades of beige and navy blue with some colourful touches. The company has an agent based in the UK.
MALHIA KENT has built its reputation on fancy tweeds and its S/S 14 collection is inspired by modern art. The company has a range of yarns, including paper yarn and transparent warp, which allows various kinds of weavings. MALHIA KENT’s Draw me a Fabric system allows designers to use their own design and/or colours.
NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE’s womenswear collection is made of plain cotton, cotton/silk blend and linen; the textures are sophisticated and a range of colours is on offer. The company has also created a collection of printed designs developed on various materials, along with a range of modern Jacquards in various blended materials. NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE has an agent based in the UK.
The PASTELS S/S 14 collection, which is 100% made in Europe, includes fancy, Jacquard and solid-colour-stretch woven fabrics, as well as jersey Jacquard and fancy jersey. The company also offers a wide range of organic fabrics and is able to custom-create fabrics. PASTELS is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
PHILEA’s high-quality materials are all made in Europe. The company’s S/S 14 collection will showcase crepes and satins, with smooth and wavy aspects, crossbred techniques and unusual pattern associations that create a trompe l’oeil effect. PHILEA has an agent based in the UK.
PICHAT CHALEARD/AMATISS has created a unique selection of yarn-dyed Jacquards and fine solid fabrics, most of which have a stretch aspect. The company has an agent based in the UK.
SATAB RUBANS’ collection demonstrates the company’s savoir-faire in garment accessories, from ribbons to rickracks.
SOFILETA specialises in technical woven fabrics, including stretch knits for active-wear, swimwear and lingerie. New for S/S 14, SOFILETA has produced an extra-fine gauge knit for shape-wear. SOFILETA has an agent based in the UK.
SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and digital prints, along with combined plains and Jacquards. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collections. The company has an agent based in the UK.
TILT-DIMATEX presents a large collection of rotary and ink-jet prints that are mixed with plains, woven or knitted fabrics, or with materials that are coated or have a crushed finish. TILT-DIMATEX supplies designers of womenswear and childrenswear. The company is looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
VERNE ET CLET SA
VERNE ET CLET SA produces fabric for shirts and blouses. The company creates yarn-dyed, plains, plain weaves and Jacquards for diverse garments, such as bridal-wear, city-wear or work-wear. The company is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
About Tisslaine France Promotion
Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies, especially members of the French wool and cotton industries, in their export drive.
The association is organising a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 23 to 24 January 2013. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France’s Ministry for Foreign Trade.
For further information about the London Textile Fair, please go to: http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/.
For further information about Tisslaine France Promotion and the French textile industry, please go to: http://www.textile.fr/en.