Elvis isn’t dead!

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elvThe London Textile Fair party theme was Elvis in Vegas which kicked off at 6.00 p.m.

We were just polishing off a bottle of Prosecco with the lovely ladies from Loaded when Sophie declared, “I have never seen Elvis”.

Well, we did not have the heart to tell her the truth, so we took her to the party to try and find her Elvis.

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Glass in hand we went hunting and found Mick from Miroglio Texiles. We recruited Rosie’s help and asked Laurie Beck to join in the hunt!
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Perhaps we were getting warmer as they brought in the dancing girls. Surely between us we could find Elvis for Sophie.
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What have we here, could this be him? Hang on a minute, here is another one…….with a beard!
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Alice then found 4 guys all claiming to be Elvis but which one is true? The only way to check is to see if he can dance.

We were just about to give up and tell Sophie the sad news when…

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We found him and we knew it was the true Elvis when he started to croon. We have undisputable proof that Elvis is not dead because Sophie saw, touched and sang with him.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

The London Textile Fair 2017

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The Business Design Centre, Islington

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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

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Spring Summer Ethnic

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Hot, Rich Tropics

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Flowers, Birds and Butterflies

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Autumn Winter Themes

The patternbank.com 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

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Chinoiserie and Antique Opulence

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Brocades and Embroideries

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Nature Digitally Twisted

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London Textile Fair Review

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13th – 14th July 2016

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Once again we exhibited at the London Textile Fair in Islington this July. This is a great friendly exhibition with small focused stands. Thank-you to all our clients and end customers who came by to see us and our latest collections.

We have never seen so many people and the word from all was to expect a heavily floral print season in Spring Summer 2017.

The Sublitex UK Team

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What’s to come in 2016

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Happy New Year from The Print Affair! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of things to look forward to in terms of print design this year, such as fairs, exhibitions and trends. Have anything to add? Write it in the comments section!

The London Textile Fair

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This time Sublitex Miroglio will be exhibiting in the Main Textile hall rather than with the Print Studios, on Stand M10 Textile floor, at Islington Design Centre 13-14 January.

Sublitex Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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We’re already looking forward to the warmer weather, as well as the trends of Spring Summer 2016. Here’s a reminder of what’s to come from Sublitex in their Fast Fashion Spring Summer 2016 Collection, as shown at their offices in Dock Leicester back in November. The sophisticated, feminine florals really caught our eye.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

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A new exhibition at the V&A will be looking at what lies beneath our clothes, from corsets to Calvin Kleins!

Pre Fall 2016 Collections

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Alice + Olivia and Erdem Pre Fall 2016. (Images: Vogue)

As each Pre Fall 2016 show comes out, we get more excited for the season ahead. Some of our favourites include the embroidered ‘grandma chic’ of Alice + Olivia and the romantic elegance of Erdem. Keep an eye out for more on our favourite collections.

Opening Up The Pattern Books

The Silk Museum in Macclesfield is opening up their large collection of silk pattern books that haven’t been seen by the public before, collected as each silk mill went out of business. Starts Saturday 6th Feb and ends Saturday 14th May. Read more here.

Fashion and Textile Museum

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And don’t forget…the Liberty show is still on at the Fashion & Textiles museum until February 28th, as well as The Art Of Pattern, with Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961–77.

 

Sublitex exhibit at The London Textile Fair

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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.

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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.