Sublitex exhibit at The London Textile Fair

designandcolour@gmail.com

designandcolour@gmail.com

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Sarah Glyn-Woods

london textile fair

The Business Design Centre, Islington

July 15th & 16th 2015

Sublitex decided to exhibit at the London Textile Fair this July for the first time. This was held in the former Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, a marvellous 1862 glass building formerly used to display the best in breed of farm animals. Coming up the escalators this wonderful window glints to reveal the former use of this building.

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The Team

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Sarah from Design and Colour Ltd, Alice, Chiara, Laura and Ettore from Sublitex Miroglio.

Sublitex were showing the Autumn Winter 2015 Fast Fashion Collection plus previewing the new Spring Summer 2016.

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Alice as always is the living proof of exciting surface pattern design and manages the UK Fast Fashion collections for Sublitex.

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Meeting and discussing with fellow studios

One of the great things about fairs is seeing what is happening outside your own focus area. At this show there was much interest in the studios showing Archive textile designs. There was broad interest from the Arts and Crafts looks that translate so well in to the Woodstock BoHo themes to 1970s Florals and Geometrics of the 1960s.

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Frostdrop Vintage

Check out their instagram at @Frostdrop_Vintage.

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Vintage influences were also evident from the Studios.

Longina Phillips

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Beyond The Skies: Heather Roberts: www.beyondtheskies.com

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Sublitex do vintage

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Blogs to Follow

We were so inspired by the creative people we met. We would recommend that you look at Pattern Bank’s blog, who teamed up with the fair to curate the Autumn/Winter 16/17 trend forum areas.

A new favourite blog of ours is from Longina Phillips – their ‘Friday Faves’ are always on trend.

These studios have trends online that are regularly being updated and are truly useful and inspiring.

All photographs from The London Textile Fair by Alannah Messett.

All Things L.A.

As Alice visited the amazing city in January, our theme of this week’s post is All Things L.A.! We would like to share the California Apparel News’ special N.Y. Textile Preview from January, featuring the latest textile trends that include our designs! Check out the full guide by clicking here, and click on an image to take a closer look.

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Shades of Green

Shades of Green

Going Graphic

Going Graphic

Jungle Love

Jungle Love

Wearing the Purple

Wearing the Purple


Here Alice tells us all about her awesome adventure!

It was my first time in America and I went to LA to visit fabric converters in order to better understand their needs. It was really interesting because I met really different swimwear, sportswear and clothing markets to those I know in Europe. The LA style is very casual and relaxed with a real sportswear feel. Popular brands are Quicksilver, Volcom, Vans, Converse, Billabong… all kinds of skate and surf branding, which I really like.

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Walking the streets of LA

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Walking the streets of LA

Street Style Designs

Street Style Designs

The new craze in LA is yoga and anything to do with it is very cool, wearing your yoga kit not just in the gym but also during the day. A lot of this laid back style is printed, so I will be developing more designs for this kind of market following the trends for geometrical patterns, textures, camou, abstract prints, non-print prints and tie dyes, often with a splash of fluo colors like neon yellow and fuchsia.

Yoga designs

Yoga designs

One for the ladies...a sneak peek at a future post! ;)

One for the ladies…a sneak peek at a future post! 😉

It is California so there are still lot of “hippies”, so all the boho styles are easily understood by brands such as Free People and Anthropologie who love to use paisley, flowers and ethnic prints.

LA itself is beautiful and it was much bigger than I imagined! The weather was wonderful as they do not really have a true winter: the temperature last week was about 20-22 degrees during the day and 11-12 in the evening, so you can imagine how happy I was having left wintery Italy. Picture24

I was lucky that my US colleague Elaine Knight took me out after work and we visited Hollywood, The Chinese Theatre (where the Oscars are held) and the gorgeous Venice and Santa Monica beaches. I was a child in the 90’s and I can’t forget Baywatch with Pamela running down the beach; so I had to see it with my own eyes! Santa Monica is one of the nicest areas of the city, with lots of restaurants and bars for the evening. I had a walk in the sand without my shoes and just wearing a t-shirt: I can assure you that doing that in January is something quite extraordinary!

Alice having fun in the sun!

Alice having fun in the sun!

Baywatch memories!

Baywatch memories!

Venice beach is completely different as this is the zone of artists and the fabulously quirky with very creative and interesting shops. It is a blend of street and sports wear. Here you can find the Muscle Gym on the beach, where Schwarzenegger used to train his muscles! Everything here revolves around the beach. Everybody also drives everywhere and the city is full of some beautiful cars, I’ve included some photographs of my favourites!

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Visiting LA was certainly worth the long journey. I loved the sun and life style… people were positive and lovely and so kind to me. I hope I can visit again soon!

American themed designs

American themed designs


Here are some of our favourite looks from over the pond this week from the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held on the 25th January in Los Angeles.

Lupita Nyong'o at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Lupita Nyong’o (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Sarah loved Lupita’s floor-length, floral Elie Saab gown: “This look caught my eye this week as it is bold due to the stripes while the floral is subtle. I would love to twirl around in this!”

Natalie Dormer at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Natalie Dormer (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Alannah has been lusting after Natalie Dormer’s incredible Naeem Kham dress: “This elegant gown is my favourite this week. The bright floral pattern with the ombre effect make this the perfect Spring dress.”

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Heimtextil Show, Frankfurt

Heimtextil is an International fair held for 4 days each January in Frankfurt, Germany. The show is enormous and over several floors in 8 halls and covers every domestic and contract textile from bath mats to window blinds. Most designers will head there either as exhibitors or visitors in order to visit the trend hall and studios for new ideas and artwork. I bought designs with the UK contract furnishing market in mind while there.

Sarah and Manuela

Sarah and Manuela

If you do not know this show you can find out more by visiting heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com which has some interesting photographs plus full exhibitor information. Top tip for anyone ever considering going, comfortable foot wear and a layering of clothes so that you can shed when you come in from the cold outside. This year it was not too bad as there have been years with deep deep snow.

I was there as the agent for Sublitex and here are a few pictures of their stand.

Trends in Home Furnishing Wall

Trends in Home Furnishing Wall

Trends Wall

Trends Wall

Jane Mayman from Behrens

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