Sublitex exhibit at The London Textile Fair


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.


The Team


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.



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



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.


Frostdrop Vintage

Check out their instagram at @Frostdrop_Vintage.

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Vintage influences were also evident from the Studios.

Longina Phillips



Beyond The Skies: Heather Roberts:

beyond the skies

Sublitex do vintage






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 vintage: Alannah visits Jemporium


A few weeks ago, I visited my favourite vintage shop, Jemporium in Cambridge. It’s an absolute treasure trove of vintage delights. I talked to Jenny, the owner, about vintage trends, Mad Men, and her top tips for vintage shopping!




Prints are huge when it comes to vintage shopping. Aztec prints have been non-stop since last summer, Jenny tells me, as well as tie-dye and abstract, geometric colours (mostly found on 80s sportswear!). Animals and tropical prints are also in for summer.

Paisley, polka dots and Breton stripes are classic favourites, and who could forget about the lovely floral prints that fill the rails?!

The most popular brands are Levi’s (obviously), as well as sports brands such as Adidas and Nike. “Mostly, though, people focus mainly on colours, trends and prints for their vintage needs,” Jenny says.

Tribal/Aztec Prints










Seventies and Mad Men

Following our post from Mad Men, I asked Jenny about the popularity of the 60s/70s. Luckily, she’d just had a huge delivery come in full of amazing dresses and kimonos, as well as boho suede and fringing.





I actually ended up buying this dress, and received so many compliments!

Kimonos galore!





70s Boho



Jenny’s top tips for shopping vintage:

  • Try on EVERYTHING! As sizes always vary, and things look different on the hanger.
  • Use your imagination – mix and matching makes for the best outfits.
  • Mix high street staples with vintage prints.
  • Accessorize – small details make outfits complete.


A huge thank you to Jenny at Jemporium for letting me pick her brain on all things vintage.

Click here to check out Jemporium’s website.

Photos copyright Alannah Messett.

Mo Coppoletta – The Family Business



I went to a fascinating talk by Mo Coppoletta at the Museum of Fashion. It was partly out of curiosity as to the relevence of tattoos in Fashion plus Alice and her partner Maximillion did a wonderful article for this blog about the Milan Tattoo convention and I thought it was about time I found out more.

Tattoos are a phenomenon sweeping the UK and it is estimated that half the population has one. Something this big must be having an influence on other aspects of surface pattern design and Mo Coppoletta is the living proof of this.

His work has been reviewed in the press including the Financial Times and he has collaborated with the likes of Damian Hurst to Liberty of London over the last few years.

Tattooist Makes Mark on Luxury

“In an effort to expand his business, tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta has begun work with high-end brands such as London’s Liberty and watchmaker Romain Jerome. Emma Jacobs Reports.”

Click here to watch the Financial Times video on Coppoletta.


The watch Coppoletta designed for luxury brand Romain Jerome is drawn from seafaring icons of the 18th century. The anchor represents stability and the swallow, a bird that never flies far from the coast, represents hope. He discussed every detail with the Swiss watchmaker and an animated film was produced to launch the watch.

Click here to watch the film A Sailor’s Grave on

The Tattoo-DNA collection comes in two versions and only 25 of each is being made. The lightning bolts have an underlay of superluminova and there is a choice of strap, one of which is skin-coloured and tattooed by Coppoletta.




Liberty Art Fabrics collaborated with Mo Coppoletta for the Earthly Paradise collection as part of the Tattoo or ‘touch’ story.

Quoting from this site below:

You’ve helped create three designs for the collection – Daydream, Growing Fonder, and Joy and Sorrow – what inspired each one?

With “Growing Fonder and Joy and Sorrow” I wanted to explore the possibility of reinterpreting Liberty’s famous logo and ever-present symbol, the peacock feather. In “Growing Fonder” I had a more graphic approach with a nod towards art nouveau lines and shapes, but still retaining a good dose of romanticism with the 2 peacocks outlining a heart shape.


The Duvelleroy company was established in 1827 in Paris and is one of the rare fan makers still in existence today.

To find out more, please visit

Mo Coppoletta has created a delicate image of a caged and uncaged bird following the idea of mounting the fan « à la sultane », with half the sticks in front, and half the sticks at the back of the leaf. This way, the frame of the fan becomes the cage from which a bird is set free. The exquisite fan has been designed by Mo Coppoletta for Duvelleroy’s prêt à porter collection which will be followed by another piece for their remarkable couture collection in September.


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I found the talk that Mo gave fascinating and was much comforted by his insistence that Tattoos are something very personal and private. He urged recipients to carefully consider the type of tattoo they wished and the quality as this is something that should last forever. He normally has several consultations with his clients to discuss their design needs and the appropriate style and positioning on an individual.

Does this not sound so familiar to print designers parse?

My mind has been opened to a form of pattern design that I had not truly understood nor appreciated until recently. The influence of tattoos on fashion in recent years has been great and excellent surface pattern design should be championed in all mediums.

Examples of Mo’s work from where there is a gallery of his and his colleagues work

Examples of Mo’s work from where there is a gallery of his and his colleagues work

Mad Men in The Guardian

The Measure from The Guardian puts Dawn Chambers, Don Draper’s secretary, as second in ‘Going Up’, noting her as one of their goals.

Dawn Chambers - Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC

Dawn Chambers – Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC

“Dawn Chambers

Her afro and short, floral A-line dress is très moderne and trumps Joan’s Oscar de la Renta moment hands down. Style icon of Mad Men series 7, for sure.”

Dawn Chambers - Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC

Dawn Chambers – Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC

Trends We Love

We’ve been having a look at some of the new trends we love at The Print Affair!

This sumptuous print from Sublitex might be an easier and less expensive option to the gorgeous dress from Zeynep Kartal POA:


Absolutely loving these printed wide pants:


A hot summer of 70s tie dye, full of festival fun: