DECITEX intelligent textiles to supply NHS Supply Chain in UK

Aurore Bernard - 22-avr.-2014 18:29:34

DECITEX of France, which specializes in the development of intelligent and innovative textiles for use in professional cleaning, has announced a new contract with NHS Supply Chain. Following numerous introductions and tests in some of the largest NHS hospitals across Britain, it was DECITEX’s precise knowledge of this market that helped the company to secure the contract for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).   DECITEX, a French-based manufacturer at the heart of innovation for microfibre cleaning textiles, has announced a new contract with NHS Supply Chain, following a call to tender for cleaning products for floors and surfaces, to have its products available for purchase by the NHS in England and Wales.   A total of 26 DECITEX products will be listed by NHS Supply Chain, including single- as well as short-and-long-term usage solutions adapted to hazardous areas, such as operating theatres and isolation rooms.   DECITEX’s textiles have proven efficiency and its single- and short-usage cloths have been approved in accordance with the EN13697 standard. These products allow all hospitals, including state-of-the-art ones, to choose to clean floors with water, whilst ensuring the demands of ATP tests are met. Created in 2000, DECITEX is part of the 3E sustainable-energy concept. The company’s main aim is to improve the quality of cleaning and ergonomics whilst considering the associated constraints and working on the reduction in usage costs of the products.   DECITEX’s textile engineers are encouraged to think about the efficiency of the textile for cleaning purposes before considering the addition of a chemical component. The material has also been developed to improve user comfort, not just in terms of autonomy and hygiene, but also in terms of design — a notion often overlooked in this field.      From their design and manufacture in France up to their final use in situ, DECITEX products offer unique and innovative sustainable-development solutions in the field of cleaning textiles. In effect, using DECITEX products makes it possible to save considerable amounts of water, chemicals and energy used in laundry. The specialist company also offers to recycle its products at the end of their use.   DECITEX products are sold in countries around the world including Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the UK. DECITEX products, so as to better meet the needs of today’s users, are manufactured up to the highest standards. Over six million units of DECITEX products are sold each year to the pharmaceutical and aerospace industries, as well to numerous operating theatres within hospitals, in many countries.   About DECITEX DECITEX is a French-based company specializing in microfibre wiping textile for professional use. The company was founded in July 2000 by Guillaume Leymonerie, CEO of the 3E Concept Group.   As a manufacturer, DECITEX’s role is to design and produce high-performance textiles — i.e. mops and wipes made from microfibre — that are easy to use. DECITEX listens to what its customers have to say and innovates as per their needs.   The company complements its textile-technology expertise (focused on issues such as cleaning time, ease of use, cost per use, and impact on the environment) with a lightweight, ergonomically designed range of handles and frames.   For further information, please go to:   http://www.decitex.com/index.php   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3928 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Melijoe expands high-end children’s fashion website internationally

Amal Froidevaux - 13-févr.-2013 15:16:47

Melijoe is the leading multi-brand e-commerce website for high-end children’s fashion in France, hosting brands such as Paul Smith and Aston Martin. Already delivering to over 75 countries using its website, which is translated into 11 languages, the company is further expanding internationally with the announcement of the Dutch and Arabic versions of Melijoe.com. Nathalie Christen-Genty, founder of Melijoe.com, online trendsetter for children’s fashion and herself a young mother of four, has earned the respect of the fashion industry. Commenting on the website’s development, she says, “Melijoe.com is not just a business; it is like my fifth child. I am never satisfied with where we are and I always strive for improvement for our customers. I am very inspired by adult fashion and our aim is to become the world’s leading children’s fashion e-tailer. Our growth is limited only by our imagination.” Melijoe’s e-commerce website specialises in luxury multi-brand children’s fashion. Currently translated into 11 languages, including English, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, Melijoe.com has announced the launch of its Dutch and Arabic versions. With 25% of the company’s turnover generated by sales originating outside France, Melijoe is intent on increasing its presence in Europe, Northern America, the Middle East and Russia. In many parts of the world, the website has already attracted a large number of loyal customers. Melijoe.com lists over 4,000 new styles every season and delivers goods to customers based in more than 75 countries. Boss, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Paul Smith, Roberto Cavalli, Rykiel and Versace are just some of the luxury brands and designers that have entrusted Melijoe to present their children collections on the Melijoe.com platform. At Melijoe.com, children’s clothing is every bit as sophisticated as the world of adult fashion. Melijoe puts particular emphasis on the look of the website, featuring a magazine-like approach to style consulting. The company’s high standards and attention to detail mean that luxury brands are drawn to the website. In turn, these high-end brands grant online sales exclusives to Melijoe. This is particularly true of Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Galliano, GUESS, Missoni, Monnalisa, Pepe Jeans, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, and even Aston Martin. About Melijoe Melijoe.com was created in 2007. In 2011, the company gained support from CM-CIC, one of the largest European banking groups. In 2012, the company received support from OSEO, an agency funded by the French government whose remit is to support innovative SMEs. For further information, please go to: www.melijoe.com

French fabrics to be unveiled at the London Textile Fair 2013

Amal Froidevaux - 07-janv.-2013 17:52:54

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 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 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. www.bugis.fr 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. www.vernet.net DEVEAUX 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. www.deveaux.com DUTEL 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. www.t1textiles.co.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. www.jules-tournier.com MALHIA KENT 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. www.malhia.fr NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE 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. PASTELS 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. www.pastels.fr PHILEA 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 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 SATAB RUBANS’ collection demonstrates the company’s savoir-faire in garment accessories, from ribbons to rickracks. www.satab.com SOFILETA 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. www.sofileta.com SPRINTEX 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 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. www.senszogroupe.fr   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 . 

Espace Textile takes French Savoir-Faire to Indigo in Brussels

Katherine WOODS - 04-sept.-2012 13:01:32

For the sixth consecutive year, Espace Textile will support a delegation of textile specialists from the Rhône-Alpes region (South-Eastern France), who will be present, under the French Savoir-Faire banner, at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows. The trade fair for the interior-design sector will take place in Brussels (Belgium) from 11 to 13 September 2012.   Espace Textile will support four textile specialist companies from the Rhône-Alpes region of South-Eastern France, under the French Savoir-Faire banner: it will be Espace Textile’s sixth participation in the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade fairs, with a collective delegation made up of key regional players, mostly design studios.    Every year, Indigo brings together the leading international design studios for the home-interiors sector from all over the world. From 11 to 13 September of this year, in Brussels, the event will take place jointly with MoOD, the leading trade show for soft furnishings. Together, the trade fairs attract more than 12,000 visitors from 100 countries.   Espace Textile has defined four contrasting decorative Home Environment® trends for 2013, which have the ability to surprise and generate genuine emotion — a sought-after factor for consumers. The trends for 2013 will involve the idea of being both sensible and extravagant, and of restrained sophistication and colour, all mixed with elegance.   - The Classic Excentric© home-interiors trend displays timeless, unchanging chic that will never disappoint. Using wool, leather and fur, as well as embossed, wood and quilted effects, geometric patterns and stylised flowers, this trend is made special by its uniqueness and fanciness.   - The Nature Hybride© is an understated trend, which combines authentic, yet simple, design with rustic and industrial influences, while carrying hints of humour and poetry. This trend involves light and fresh textiles that are covered in plant motifs, stripes and vintage figurative images, as well as various shades of colour, from bright yellow to glossy aluminium.   - The Color Boheme© is a cosy home-interiors trend that uses bold textile compositions and eclectic juxtapositions of fleecy and fluffy materials, for example. Strong, flamboyant colours and a gypsy style make up lavish furniture.   - The Trip Tropic© trend brings the holiday to the home through tangy colours, bright whites and iconographic Latino patterns. Exuberant textiles create a luminous atmosphere for both indoor and outdoor design.   Please see below for a list of the French Savoir-Faire exhibitors that will be supported by the Rhône-Alpes region at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows in Brussels. Further information is available on request.   B. STUDIO B. STUDIO (Stand 9C62) designs patterns used for upholstery fabrics, wallpapers and wrapping paper.   CREETEX-NOBL’EFFET CREETEX-NOBL’EFFET (Stand 9C52) specialises in archived textile and paper designs. The company also sells antique textiles in small yardages. www.createx.fr   JEROME THILLY Design studio JEROME THILLY (Stand 9D61) has a range of original designs, including those suitable for baby- and child-related interior design, as well as wrapping paper. www.jeromethilly.com   MATISSE MATISSE (Stand 7D56, MoOD show) is a manufacturer of contemporary textiles. Its own design department creates and develops exclusive textiles and new fibres for unique interiors. www.matisse.fr     About the Rhône-Alpes region   With a rich and exciting textile-industry heritage, Rhône-Alpes is France’s leading region for textile manufacturing. The textile industry began here with the Silk Route and has continued to develop to the present day. From fancy fabrics to innovative technical textiles, the region remains well-known for the prestigious silks and precious Jacquards made in Lyons, as well as for the more recently acclaimed technically innovative fabrics. There is a combination of tradition and expertise with creativity and innovation, which endures across the region.   For further information about the Rhône-Alpes region, please go to: http://en.rhonealpes.fr/   About Espace Textile   Espace Textile offers a range of services to assist French textile manufacturers, from the creation to the marketing of their products and services.   Espace Textile will organise the French Savoir-Faire delegation of textiles specialists that will exhibit at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows in Brussels. The interior textiles and design event will take place in the Belgian capital from 11 to 13 September 2012.   Indigo Home Edition takes place in conjunction with MoOD, an international trade fair for upholstery as well as window and wall coverings, and the only market place in the world to feature producers who fully own their collections.   For further information about Indigo Home Edition and MoOD, please go to: http://www.indigo-salon.com/home-brussels/   For further information about Espace Textile, please go to: www.espacetextile.com

French weavers take A/W 2013/14 creations to London Textile Fair

Philippe Amann - 04-juil.-2012 18:24:19

For the first time, there will be a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18 and 19 July 2012. The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive: Tisslaine supports the creation of collections by arranging meetings to discuss trends in fashion and in consumer behaviour. "The autumn-winter [A/W] 2013/14 season has three principal colour groups: subtly coloured winter pastels, saturated dark colours and bright tones wakened by spots of colour. This season makes the link between the expression of contemporary fashion and the references to the past, with rich influences from Asia and Latin America," explains Anna Franquesa, Stylist at Tisslaine. Anna Franquesa continues, "Amongst the strongest trends from the French textile producers are geometric patterns. These patterns create a feeling of depth by giving perspective to discreet shapes like houndstooth or small tie patterns that are reinterpreted using a feminine twist and ethnic inspirations, often resulting in the extravagant. The black-and-white duo makes its comeback and has been altered to create a sense of movement and a new appeal." Tweeds and mottled/smudged designs are also at the forefront of the A/W 13/14 season’s collection, incorporating strokes of colour, thin yarns and thick fluffy yarn, creating a rich macramé effect. Often, these fabrics include metallic fibres, which make for a lavish Baroque-like piece. Additionally, this season will use soft, supple materials that imitate suede and leather, such as Duchess Satin, along with brilliant Jacquards and brocades, as well as grained materials, including crêpes. Designs contain reptile and wildcat motifs, patchwork effects, and reshaped squares and stripes. Britain is the sixth largest export market for the French textile sector (2011 figures), with exports of textile goods to the UK reaching €420 million (up by 2% in 2011 on 2010) : it is a very important market for the companies that Tisslaine assists in their export drive.   The 10 companies that will unveil their A/W 13/14 collections on the French Pavilion, which represent the key segments of the industry, are listed below; further details can be provided upon request. For the full catalogue, please follow this link. 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, playing with co-ordinated colours; the latter is a Jacquard collection, with fancy yarn-dyed fabrics.     AVELANA S.N. AVELANA S.N. is unveiling its A/W range of unique designs, made in wool and blends, the stress being on refined fabrics for the modern woman. The collection has a range of technical finishes, including the new carbonium fibre, which combines valuable fabric performance with style. AVELANA’s stretch fabrics are easy-care, crease-free, stain-resistant and washable. The company has an agent in the UK. DEVEAUX DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing, as well as the fabrication of a range of woven and knitted fabrics, be they yarn-dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. The company can offer textile confinement as part of the production process. DEVEAUX has agents in the UK and the Irish Republic. www.deveaux.com    DUTEL DUTEL operates a mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics, ranging from classic designs to trend-driven fabrics for womenswear. The company develops original designs using specific textiles to suit client requirements; it can also amend current designs quickly. DUTEL offers standard European eight-week delivery terms and has an agent in the UK. www.t1textiles.co.uk MALHIA KENT MALHIA KENT has an in-house creative team that fabricates its woven fabrics for haute couture and top-of-the-range womenswear. The fabrics, including fancy tweeds, open-work fabrics, sequined materials and Jacquards, are 100% manufactured in France. The company’s A/W range has various sources of inspiration, including animal fur, blurred landscapes, extravagant mixtures, raffia, graphic design, hand-woven crafts and used metal. www.malhia.fr    PHILEA PHILEA creates high-quality innovative plain, prints and Jacquard-woven materials that are made in Europe. The A/W collection includes a variety of deep colours and winter pastels. Granite-like materials, plain or chiné wools, silky fabrics with a subtle sheen and dark Jacquards that mix contrasting finishes have been developed. Patterns are inspired by reptile designs, Asiatic influences, and abstract paintings, and include new unstructured squares. PHILEA has an agent in the UK. SOFILETA SOFILETA specialises in functional stretch knits, ultra-fine knits and technical wovens, as well as new fabrics for down jackets and technical fabrics with digital prints. SOFILETA has an agent in the UK. www.sofileta.com    SPRINTEX S.A.S. SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and inkjet prints, along with combined plains. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collection, be it in womenswear, childrenswear or menswear. SPRINTEX is seeking a UK agent.     J. TOURNIER & FILS J. TOURNIER & FILS specialises in both mid-range and high-quality fabrics for ladies’ jackets and coats using alpaca, angora, cashmere, mohair and wool. Multicolour tweeds, glossy sections and geometric designs in Jacquards on a mohair-brushed base are features of J. TOURNIER’s range, which uses strong colours. J. TOURNIER has an agent in the UK. VELCOREX SINCE 1828 VELCOREX operates a mill specialising in dyeing and finishing, as well as in the fabrication of corduroy fabrics. VELCOREX produces elaborate corduroy, flats and sportswear fabrics using natural fibres. The company has proven expertise in pigment dye, two tones and coating. About Tisslaine Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies in their export drive. The association is organising the first French Pavilion to feature at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 18 to 19 July 2012. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France’s Secretary of State 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  or contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.

French Fashion Day takes contract-manufacturing expertise to Le Méridien

Philippe Amann - 15-mars-2012 16:28:01

On 18 April 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK will hold a French Fashion Day at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel for well-established contract-clothing manufacturers from France. These companies are actively seeking to develop business links with British-based designers. Ms Roselyne Fitzgerald, Senior Trade Development Adviser at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, explains: “We are confident that these meetings will prove beneficial for both parties [i.e. British designers and luxury outlets, as well as French contract-clothing manufacturers] and will generate some positive business partnerships, as has been the case in the past. Indeed, it is the seventh year that the event is being held.” The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will hold a French Fashion Day in London on 18 April 2012. The event will take place at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, in Central London, from 9.00am to 6.30pm. The French Fashion Day will showcase the expertise of nine contract-clothing manufacturers from France who produce prêt-à-porter and couture collections for leading French and international designers, including Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. Among the French participants, there are companies specializing in lingerie and accessories that are seeking to develop business links with British-based designers.   The list of the participants can be found below, and a full catalogue can be sent on request. Journalists wishing to attend ought to get in touch with the Press Office of the French Trade Commission in London. Atelier Cannelle Couture – Jacques Brémaud (ACC-JB) Atelier Cannelle Couture – Jacques Brémaud (ACC-JB) has a production unit employing 50 staff. The company has always made a point of providing the best service possible, which entails respecting commitments made in terms of production vo lumes and schedules, quality standards, and lead times. ACC-JB’s clients are stylists and fashion designers; they include Givenchy, Mulberry and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.   www.acc-jb.com   Distribution Production Logistique (DPL) Distribution Production Logistique (DPL) has a highly qualified production team equipped with top-of-the-range machines for sewing, cutting and making patterns (Gerber system). Véronique and Patrick Hervier are the 14th generation to run the family-owned business. The company, which produces 60,000 to 70,000 pieces per year, also has production facilities in Poland, which specialize in specific items. DPL has worked for Paul and Joe, April 77, Hollington, Bensimon, and several British designers. ETS THIERRY Since 1975, ETS THIERRY has specialized in the manufacture of high-end, quality women’s clothes. The company employs 85 staff, who have skills that are recognized by the most famous fashion houses. ETS THIERRY is a specialist in the design and production of jackets, coats, trench coats, and parkas. A model workshop with six staff is available for prototypes, collection repeats and press models. Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Céline and Balmain are clients of the company. GETEX GETEX has a 60-strong team making ready-to-wear garments for men and women, including coats, jackets, raincoats, tracksuit tops, fleeces and city wear. The R&D department employs eight staff who take care of the patterns, the grading and the lay-out. GETEX is Gore-Tex®-certified. The company has worked for KENZO, Lacroix, Moncler and Chanel, among others. www.getex.fr GRANDIS GRANDIS specializes in the production of luxury women’s garments. A team of about 430 people is working with dedication to offer its expertise and meet all customers’ requirements. Five workshops manufacture suits and structured pieces, while another two specialize in soft wovens. The design studio, with 20 staff, deals with prototypes, patterns, gradations, technical files, etc. The pattern studio, with 25 staff, focuses on manufacturing prototypes, collection repeats, press models, and custom clothes. The purchasing/logistics department takes care of the supply chain — from purchase and control to storage. A secure warehouse (about 1,500 m² in size) is entirely dedicated to the reception, control and storage of all customers’ products, such as ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes. MARTY MARTY benefits from over 40 years’ experience in the manufacturing of women’s clothing for couturiers and designers. The key to the company’s success is its ability to adapt. MARTY has various production units that specialize in blouses, trousers, skirts and suits. MARTY offers a complete and flexible service, which can be adjusted according to clients’ needs, from the initial concept to the final collection. The company is positioned halfway between craftsmanship and industry, offering modern techniques while respecting handmade production methods. PR3 SAS   PR3 SAS has been operating successfully in the luxury-clothing industry for over 30 years. The company prides itself on being able to provide “original and pertinent solutions for small, medium-size and large production runs, including in the field of haute couture”. PR3 SAS works with stylists and fashion designers, including upcoming ones. Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Nina Ricci and A Alaïa, among others, are clients of the company. www.pr3.fr    SCT DEVELOPPEMENT Based in Western France, SCT has offered its know-how to major luxury fashion brands for 30 years. The company’s expertise in the manufacturing of ladies’ ready-to-wear is unanimously recognized for its very high standards in terms of quality, lead time and flexibility. SCT’s highly experienced team of 30 staff, who operate up-to-date equipment, is qualified to produce dresses and skirts as well as trousers or tops. SCT works equally with delicate woven fabrics (such as silk, veil or muslin) and with knitted ones (such as jersey and interlock). The company can produce prototypes and salesmen’s samples, as well as small and medium-size series. www.sctdeveloppement.fr SOCOVET SOCOVET has close to 40 years’ experience working with major French brands. The company assists with the design and development of collections for men and women, including pattern cutting, manufacturing prototypes and alterations, as well as production management, which covers manufacturing the first production prototype and cost studies. SOCOVET’s expertise covers the manufacturing of jackets and coats for men, as well as dresses, skirts and tops for women. The company works with a variety of materials such as wool, chiffon, crêpe, lace and fur. www.socovet.com About the French Trade Commission The Trade Commission of the French Embassy in London assists trade development between France and the UK; it offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. The Trade Commission organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London. The Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission covers the clothing industry, including design, haute couture and accessories.   The French Fashion Day will take place at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, in the heart of the British capital (21 Piccadilly, W1J 0BH, London), on Wednesday 18 April 2012, from 9.00am to 6.30pm.   For further information, or to register in order to attend the event, please contact:     Ms Katherine Woods Press Officer Press Office The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London Telephone (Press Office): 020 7024 3640 Email: katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr     Ms Roselyne Fitzgerald Senior Trade Development Adviser Consumer Goods Department The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London Telephone (direct line): 020 7024 3667 Email: roselyne.fitzgerald@ubifrance.fr

French Fashion Showroom takes Le Méridien by storm on 16 November

Marie-Alienor GOILLANDEAU - 01-nov.-2011 13:40:58

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will host a French Fashion Sho wroom at Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel in central London on 16 November 2011. The B2B event will give British agents the opportunity to meet French clothing companies between 1.00pm and 6.30pm on the day.   The companies participating in the French Fashion Showroom organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London are listed below; more details can be sent on request.   Actuelle   Actuelle means the ‘present time’ in French. The French company specialises in mid-range women’s fashion and its products have been available for a few seasons on the Irish market. Actuelle meets its customers’ needs by presenting chic and casual collections for the working woman.   www.actuelle.eu   Aggabarti   Aggabarti’s garments are inspired by ancient Greece, embroideries from Seville, Ibizan crochet dresses, and the feminine patterns of Italy. Its ladies’ fashion wear is distributed in 300 multi-brand shops in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.   www.aggabarti.com   Akela Key   Akela Key has created an original, contemporary and unique collection. The company’s creative clothing fits any type of body shape and has been developed in a wide range of sizes. The company distributes its products within Europe, North America and Australia.   www.akelakey.com   Et compagnie   Et compagnie’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is imbued with icy, luminous shades and is a mix of deep browns and crystal greys. The company was launched for Autumn/Winter 2006 and it now has two sister brands: R876, which supplies the medium to high-end fashion market, and So Soon, which uses natural fabrics in creating its original womenswear.   www.etcompagnie.eu   Garella   The Garella group, which was created in 1970, is situated in Gardanne, in Provence (in south-eastern France). The group distributes its clothing brand across five continents and through 1,200 multi-brand outlets, as well as in 15 of its own boutiques. Under the Garella brand, the company offers timeless womenswear in an array of materials, which will be showcased at the French Fashion Showroom event.   www.groupegarella.com   Ken Okada   Created by a Japanese fashion graduate of the same name, Ken Okada’s flagship product is its contemporary shirts. The company’s first shop opened in 2005 in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district of Paris. Having exhibited at the Galeries Lafayette (in Paris) in 2009, the company (and its brand) has become increasingly well-known.   www.ken-okada.com   Le Secret de la Roche   The collections of Le Secret de la Roche are 100% French. Marine Buttner, originally a stylist in Paris, established the company in Drôme Provençale (in south-eastern France) eight years ago. Distributed throughout French department stores, Le Secret de la Roche’s products are available for the Canadian and US markets, and the company seeks to expand across Europe.   www.lesecretdelaroche.com   Mademoiselle Sarong   Designed in France, Mademoiselle Sarong’s ranges are hand-sewn in a workshop in Cambodia that is run by an association that values working women. The company’s fashion ranges are made up of a mixture of plain and printed fabrics and simple lines.   www.mademoisellesarong.com     About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London assists trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London.   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising a French Fashion Showroom to facilitate B2B meetings between French-based clothing companies and British agents. The event will be held at Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel in central London on 16 November 2011. The B2B meetings will take place between 1.30pm and 6.30pm.   Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.   For further information about UBIFRANCE, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/

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