Colour of the month – Cinnamon

‘Cinnamon’ –  Combine with blue and mint green as a popping contrast or stick to other earthy, warm tone with oranges and browns.

Look out for the blog post tomorrow a continuation; looking at the new sought after colour with all things ‘Khaki’.

In the mean time… Sugar and Spice and all things nice.





Summer Stripes


Fun Inspiration…

Nothing transcends seasons – or decades – more seamlessly than stripes.          

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Screen printing squeegees made using skateboard decks by @iris_skateboards     

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Stripes in fashion…

Preen line resort 2019

Olivia Rubin                                  Claudie Pierlot

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Samsoe Samsoe

Femenine stripes adding a fun pop of colour to these dresses from ‘brand of the moment’ Rixo.


Coachella Fashion

The start of the festival season and it’s just as much about the fashion as it is the music. See below all the hottest trends from festival goers and celebrities a like.

Instagram @GigiHadid.

Model Gigi Hadid layered a pink-and-orange tie-dyed Ganni vest over an all-white ensemble. Tie Dye was a bit hit right across the festival  – the brighter the better.

photo @joshtelles

Instagram @coachella Fuego @badbunnypr photo @jbabsel

Jasmine tookes: Instagram/@jastookes          Vanessa Hudgens: JORDAN STEAD / Amazon

Jasmine Tookes attended Nasty Gal’s Coachella party wearing a two-piece animal-print set from the brand. Vanessa Hudgens is known for being the queen of Coachella style, a fringed patchwork-esque maxidress by Camilla.

electric lady @janellemonae photo @poonehghana

Monochrome graphic bodysuits from electric lady @janellemonae photo @poonehghana

Bold Burberry Plaid and colourful monogram Louis Vuitton prints on stage.

Instagram @coachella Christian Vierig/Getty Images                              coachella photo @jnsilva


Instagram @calvinklein

The art of Coachella… bright bold colours lighting up the festival sky. A feast for the eyes.

A Designer’s day out

In these difficult times it is important to get out and seek out inspiration; so here are some of our favourite finds from London’s Chelsea Harbour Design Week.

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 Traditional, Tribal, Textural

GP & J Baker – ‘Modern Country Collection’.  A warming, eclectic mix of fabrics.

A contemporary twist…. on design and colour.

Hermes Paris Walllpaper                                          Jim Thompson ‘Shangri-la Collection’

Zoffany – ‘Rhombi Wallcoverings’.   A sophisticated blend of Contemporary and Timeless designs that would enhance any interior environment.

 Abstract & Expressive

Pierre Frey Fabrics

Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties

Different takes on ‘The Tropics


Harlequin Fabrics – Mala.

Romo Fabrics – Japura Collection


Lily Pulitzer

We have been busy colouring designs in “Bright Pastels” which appears to be a case of tautology to the uninitiated. After some discussion we figured out that this was clean pastel shades that were then brightened up a touch which recalled the Florida designer Lilly Pulitzer.

Much like Mary Quant, this designer rose to fame in the 1960’s, born in New New State, her mother was the heiress to the “Standard Oil” fortune and the young Lilly went to school Jacqueline Kennedy. Her prints were extraordinary and fun aimed at the new young and fashionable set.

Lilly married Peter Pulitzer, of the Pulitzer prize family, and shortly after settled in  Palm Springs , Florida. They owned several orange groves and with the produce from the groves, she opened a fruit juice stand in Palm Beach. She found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes and seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift made of bright, colourful printed cotton. She discovered that her customers loved her dresses, so she produced more to sell at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had now become known as her “Lillys”.

In 1959 Lilly founded her own company, Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. with the company’s main factory in Miami. The printed fabrics were produced by the Key West Hand Print Fabrics company. From the 1960s to the early 1980s, Pulitzer’s bright, colourful clothes were very popular, worn by the elite after Jackie Kennedy was featured in Life Magazine in one of Lilly’s famous shifts dresses. The Jacqueline dress is one of Lilly Pulitzer’s most successful styles. By 1984, Lilly closed down the entire clothing operation as interest waned.

In 1993, the rights to the brand were purchased by Sugartown Worldwide, Inc. Pulitzer was not involved in the day-to-day administration of the company, but she continued to serve in the role of creative consultant, approving new designs, fabrics, and collections, and branching out into other product lines. On April 7, 2013, aged 81, Lilly passed away but the company she founded continues with the same bright summery prints, suitable for Florida and following her motto that  “It’s always summer somewhere.”

Lilly Pulitzer 2019. All photos thanks to


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One for the boys

At The Print affair we sometimes make an effort to wear a print, although as many female print and fashion designers, we have a reputation of often wearing black. This has been going on industry wide for the last thirty years but we do make a conscious effort to break this habit when at exhibitions. However, our male colleagues in the industry are even worse. We see little else other than chambray blue or white shirts and the predictable black polo or Tee.

This blog is for our  brothers, for whom we have selected some fabulous printed shirts to satisfy every budget and character, from the wildly flamboyant to the quietly retiring type. Finally there are our Top Picks of Sublitex designs as we think back fondly to the 1990s. In this era there was a demand for prints destined for men to wear clubbing at the weekend and it was such fun to design for. over £1000  £750 – 1000  £500 – 700  £500 – 700  £100-150  £100 -150  £50 – 100 under £50 under £50 under £20