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LONDON TEXTILE FAIR, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE OF FASHION

 Standfast and Barracks offer Design Prep, Sampling and Digital Production. Min order just 50m...

Standfast and Barracks offer Design Prep, Sampling and Digital Production. Min order just 50m...

 Owens and Kim: Design Studio and Digital Print Service...for Fashion Clients Worldwide...

Owens and Kim: Design Studio and Digital Print Service...for Fashion Clients Worldwide...

 The Sustainable Angle....Responsible Fabric Sourcing exhibit at the London Textile Fair

The Sustainable Angle....Responsible Fabric Sourcing exhibit at the London Textile Fair

TEXINTEL REVIEW: The London Textile Fair, July 2018

The London Textile Fair, with over 470 exhibitors, closed yesterday, after yet another successful show. With a truly International offering of Suppliers and Designers, showcasing fabrics and prints from across the globe at the Business Design Centre, London.

As the issue of Sustainability gains momentum, the TLTF featured a new showcase: 

The Future fabrics Expo: Focussing the Buyer’s mind on sustainable sourcing, an essential agenda for all Fashion businesses.

The Four Cornerstones of the Sustainability Exhibit were:

  • Reducing of Water Useage
  • Recycling Liquid and Solid Waste
  • The Carbon Impact of the Textile Production
  • Preservation of Bio-Diversity in the Textile Supply chain

Hosting this mini exhibition was the action group ‘Sustainable Angle’ promoting a variety of suppliers committed to reforming the Textile Supply Chain www.sustainableangle.org 

Prominent among the exhibitors in this section was Chemiefaser Lenzing a leader in promoting, not only its Tencel Fibres, but also its commitment to the cause of sustainability.

Moving on through the Exhibition, but still following the issue of Sustainability was the presence of an ever growing number of Digital Textile fabric printers. The Textile industry is the 2nd biggest polluter, next to Oil, of our planet. Traditional Textile process uses a staggering 20% of the Worlds water!....Digital printing offers a sustainable print process that is both viable and economical in the use of scarce resources.

One of the most prominent of these was the Standfast and Barracks group, who featured a broad offer, including design conception, sampling through to full digital production, backed up by their extensive investment in Digital Printing technology. 

Internationally, there was a new Digital printing Company Intechdigital from Hong Kong. Specialising in customised products, offering 7 day delivery on digital printed sewn product, such as bespoke tea towels.

On the fine fabrics front, Biddle and Sawyer were exhibiting, not only their extensive range of printed and dyed Silk fabrics, but also their new, enhanced, Digital Print Section. Here, B & S specialise in reactive Silk Printing for a wide range of Fashion, and Home Décor clients. Read more about B&S in our Digital Print Directory

Finally, having negotiated the 100's of International Fabric Suppliers, Texintel found a veritable jewel in the Design Exhibition. The Design Studio  Owens and Kim  who specialise in Fashion the  sector and also offer an in-house Digital Textile Print Service. Serving many of the premier names in the Industry, O&K provide a complete and original design service, as well as a first class express sample service, to cater for urgent samples. 

The London Textile Fair attracts over 6,000 visitors. The Trade only show offers a varied and relevant mix of International Designers and key Suppliers to the Textile Industry. Offering a unique opportunity for Professionals, Buyers and Specifiers alike to connect in central London.