JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting


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Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Josef Frank (1885-1967)

The first exhibition dedicated to the work of Josef Frank is about to open at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Internationally renowned and influential, Frank is best known for his amazingly bright, bold fabric and wallpapers and his distinctive furniture designs. These iconic designs will be seen alongside previously unknown watercolour paintings.

The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933 in the year that Adolf Hitler came to power and the rise on anti Semitism in his home nation. As a partner in a successful interior design firm in Vienna, he designed both houses, interiors and furniture as well as fabric patterns before moving to Sweden.

Despite prejudice at that time in Sweden his colourful brand of modernism caught the interest of the Swedish designer and entrepreneur Estrid Ericson of Svenskt Tenn.



Estrid Ericson begun her very successful business in Stockholm in 1924. Her partnership with Josef developed into a lifelong creative partnership despite him moving to New York for the duration of the war. During his stay he continued to design and sent Estrid 50 designs for her 50th birthday. In 1946 he returned and continued his collaboration with Svenskt Tenn until his death. The duo’s technical skills and artistic vision still influence the company’s styling today where the new blends harmoniously with the original designs.


In his textile patterns, Josef Frank creates worlds that stand in stark contrast to the reality of the interwar period and World War II. He has the ability to create complete visual worlds inspired by nature with designs that are dominated by beautifully coloured birds, butterflies, plants and floral shapes. Frank’s patterns are filled with an optimistic energy, even where highly abstracted and suggest the abundance of the world and human possibilities, a world of dreams where species intertwine and differing types of flowers grow side by side.

His watercolours are also being shown in the exhibition many that are equally accomplished and often document his travels.


Should you consider visiting the London Textile Fair?


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So often I look at shows and wonder whether I should attend and there have been times I have been sorely disappointed. We exhibited last week and thought we would do a review with a difference, so here we go. This event is for European and Turkish textile mills, accessories and print design suppliers and is the biggest in the UK.


The show is in the Business Design Centre in Islington, which is super easy to get to. Just take the Northern line to the Angel tube station – just one stop one from Kings Cross. From the station to the building is a pleasant 4 minute walk past a variety of cafes, restaurants, banks, and shops.


If you are driving there is a super expensive Car Park under the Business Design Centre/Hilton Hotel.

There is a much more affordable option around the corner at the Angel Centre for £18.00 a day. Just continue on Berners Road past the Design Centre, taking the first exit on the mini roundabout and it is in front of you. Then walk back in no more than 300m!


5The venue is in the former Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, a marvelous 1862 glass building formerly used to display the best in breed of farm animals. The exhibition is in the main glass building, around a balcony and an adjacent hall. The venue is light and airy and very pleasant to walk around. Frankly it is always very warm whether it is summer or winter so leave your coat in the cloakroom. They will also take cases.
All the stands consist of one tressle table, 4 chairs and 2 rails. We love this as you only bring the best and essential parts of your collection. Unlike PV the stands are open and there is so little privacy that everyone is forced to be friendly. There is a real bustle once everyone gets in and you can wave to your colleagues and clients as everything is at a low level. Whenever you speak to people about the show words such as easy, intimate and friendly pop up and this is so true.

The first day there is an after show party from 6- 8 p.m which is great fun, so much so that we will run a separate posting.


7We took along both our Digital and Gravure collections, Spring Summer and Autumn Winter 2017 plus our look books for the two seasons.

As the studios were there we also had appointments to buy artwork.

Lots of end clients came by and we not only looked at design but discussed the market, the current value of sterling for importers, design trends and new technologies.

We were so busy that we did not have time to get lunch until 3.15 p.m. There is a great self service restaurant but at this time we were left with a bag of Walkers Ketchup flavoured crisps. The next day we bought sandwiches earlier in the day.
However they serve good hot food and salads at lunchtime and, first thing in the morning, super breakfasts. Some people got out for lunch as there is an Ask next door and plenty of restaurants all around.
If you need to have a quiet meeting many people nip next door to the Hilton to eat or have a coffee.


Both Ask and the Hilton have terraces in summer and are immediately outside the venue. The next show is 19 & 20th July.

If you need to stay overnight there is a Premier Inn within 100 metres as well as the Hilton. We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton an 8 minute walk away and previously stayed at the St Mark’s Citadine apartments, also nearby.

There are loads of great restaurants in the immediate vicinity and we have tried and recommend;
Kilis, Afghan Kitchen, The Elk in the Woods and Byron, which are all within 5 minutes, as well as The Castle Pub next door to The Double Tree.
However I really wanted to take Alice from Turin to the Pie and Mash/ Jellied Eel shop, M.Manze, in Chapel Market but unfortunately it closes before the show. Next time we will make time.


Read the review on Cool Places: M.Manze, 75 Chapel Market, Islington N1 9ER.


Trending in London and Paris


Sublitex are launching 5 new collections and previewed these at the London Fashion Fair in Islington this week. They will then be going on to Premiere Vision in Paris at the beginning of February to launch the full collections. The collection combines both rotogravure and digital prints – Sublitex are the leaders in Europe supplying clients with their own designs for sublimation printing using either of these routes.
The London Fashion Fair is early enough in the year to cater for the Fast Fashion market who readily turn concepts into garments in the stores in a matter of 2 – 3  of weeks. This speed to market allows British manufacturing to compete with oversea imports offering speed to market, smaller batches and the ability to quickly restock the shelves regularly to respond to precisely to the sales success of winning styles.










Other clients with long range manufacturing were looking for high summer this week – when we might see our first snow of the year in London! Some store groups have even started on Autumn Winter 2017/18 so Sublitex are offering these design concepts and building on this for the Paris show. If you are going to Premiere Vision in February be sure to pop into Indigo and see that expanded collection from Sublitex.

The London Textile Fair 2017


11-12th January 2017

The Business Design Centre, Islington


Again we will be exhibiting at the London Textile Fair and we look forward to seeing you on our stand M6 on the mezzanine.

Sublitex will be showing both Spring Summer prints for Fast Fashion and Autumn Winter 17/18 prints for our longer range clients.

Here are some looks that are coming through to inspire you:

Spring Summer Femininity


Spring Summer Ethnic


Hot, Rich Tropics


Flowers, Birds and Butterflies


Autumn Winter Themes

The are at the show and are great trend forecasters. We recommend that you visit their site. We will have a host of new ideas but below follow the themes that they are proposing for AW 2017/18 for LTF.

Autumn Winter Glam Rock


Chinoiserie and Antique Opulence


Brocades and Embroideries


Nature Digitally Twisted


A New Year, A New Heimtex Exhibition…

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By Laura Newton –

Come and see the latest SUBLITEX Home Furnishing Collections.

Watercolour Effects / Splashes of Paint / Multicolour


Craft Technique / Opulent Decoration / Vibrant Colour


Tropical Essence / Unconventional Jungle / Classic Oasis


Colour Block / Structured Lines / Eclectic Forms


10th to 13th JANUARY 2017



November Celebrity Style


As party season is upon us, we’ve rounded up the best prints that some of our favourite celebrities have worn in the last month. If you need outfit inspiration for your New Year’s Eve festivities, we’ve got you covered.

Emma Stone

The actress was a floral delight in Gucci at the StyleMakers awards in Los Angeles. Those colours are perfect for this season!


Lily Collins

Lily looked ultra glamorous in this unique Erdem dress with a plunging neckline and thigh slit.


Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain wore a J. Mendel dress with a blue and black print, perfect for party season.


Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson looked stunning as she attended the Baby2Baby gala in Los Angeles in a beautiful floral Dolce & Gabbana dress.

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CULVER CITY, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Actress Rachel Bilson arrives at the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee has won our print queen crown this month! The Edge of Seventeen star attended the AOL Build Series in New York to discuss the new film. Her cute, colourful beaded dress was by Reem Acra.


She also attended the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors event in Los Angeles, wearing a bright Mary Katrantzou top and skirt.

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Merry Christmas!


Happy Christmas from the Studio and commercial office at Sublitex. These lovely ladies wear the latest Christmas print swing dresses from the UK made from fabric and garments generously supplied by Crosspatch and Printaprint of Leicester. The gang caused quite a stir in Alba this week bringing the Christmas look to Italy and showing the locals how to truly show festive cheer.

Happy Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful 2017 from The Print Affair team.

Oasis Fashion collaborate with The Warner Textile Archive

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By Alannah Messett –

The Warner Textile Archive, based in Braintree, is the UK’s second largest collection of flat textiles. Oasis, the high street retailer known for its fabulous prints, have collaborated with the Archive to create an exclusive collection of party pieces, ready for the party season.

The collection is inspired by the Archive’s opulent, beautiful fabrics – woven and printed. Rich, autumnal colours fill the collection ready for the colder season’s fashion.

“Our design team has carefully reimagined its luxurious jacquard to create an exclusive edit of shimmering party pieces.”

Made up of three textiles, the collection showcases the Archive’s rich history:


Here are some of our favourite pieces from the unique collection:


The perfect accessory to your Christmas party outfit.


The perfect skirt to take you from day to night.


And the midi dress which solves all of your New Year’s Eve dress worries.


Read more about the collection on Oasis’ blog.

Pictures from Oasis.

Premiere Vision Preview

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By Sarah Glyn-Woods –


September 7 – 8th 2016

Once again the week before Premiere Vision in Paris we previewed our new collection in our Leicester facility. This has become a regular bi-annual event and we thank everyone who made the effort to come along.


Having an appointment system means that clients have the privacy to review the designs at their leisure but also the chance to discuss their individual needs. Ettore Formento, the new Managing Director of the Textiles division of Sublitex, joined us, as did our Head of Fashion Design Alice Grosso.


Laura, who is based in our Leicester design studio, welcomed us all. For the event we use this bright sunny conference room. Laura develops designs, manages all UK custom work and colour for both Home Furnishing and Fashion in a large office on the ground floor.


Here Laura and Alice review the colour placement for a bulk print run in the office with Farid from Printaprint. Our Leicester facility is directly linked to our studio in Alba, Italy as well as housing an extensive library of both digital and gravure designs.septshow03

Laura reviews all digital information from clients looking at the quality, repeat, layout, etc. We can all thank Laura for spotting some absolute howlers before sampling.

She also creates and buys artwork on top of modifying repeats for placement designs. Alice oversees our Fashion Collection while Laura is on hand to tailor design requirements for the UK market.

The Leicester office is a unique environment and please contact us if you would like an appointment to discover more about how we can help you.



As you can see I cannot resist dressing up in the fabric and behaving most regally for our clients. Alannah came along and made a video of the event, so do have a peek!



Photos and video by Alannah Messett.

Aspirational Amazon

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By Laura Newton –

Brazil has inspired many this summer with the Olympics, but it has also inspired many Interior Decorations, particularly when we think of the Amazon Rainforest.

Here are just a few tantalizingly-tropic designs I have found:

‘Tropicana’ – Matthew Williamson: Osborne & Little


Dorothy Drapers 1940’s Brazilian Palm Print


‘Rainette Velvet’ by Designers Guild


‘Abel’ by House of Holland for HABITAT


‘Liana fabric’ by John Lewis