The organisers of the Textile Forum have announced that the exhibition is sold out for its spring event in London this March.

The fair takes place at The Music Room, London, from 6-7 March, and will feature more than 35 collections, with new exhibitors including Spanish silk specialist José Maria Ruis and printed leather producers The Deep Print Movement.


"Fabric suppliers selling to designers at the top end of the fashion sector are generally still faring well,” said Textile Forum’s co-founder and organiser Linda Laderman. “So I was not surprised to be oversubscribed for space. While 2013 will not be an easy year, businesses seem to be more positive and Textile Forum will be bringing a broad range of innovative stock and forward order fabrics in small minimums to excite the designer market.”


The Textile Forum quoted Chris Chatburn of Acorn Fabrics as saying: “Optimism within the industry in general seems to have increased - our existing customers are still buying and new customers are continually emerging despite depressing reports about the economy."


He continued: “Interest in English products is still very strong, particularly from UK firms looking to promote the ‘Made in England’ brand overseas – customers want to source materials and production from within the UK if at all possible.”


At Carrington Fabrics, Robert Moyle said that those suppliers that are able to offer small quantities to the designer market will benefit. For spring 13, digital prints will be included for the first time in Carrington’s John Kaldor collection. Moyle said that the “option to print smaller quantities without set up costs are much greater than with rotary printing”.


Other fabric suppliers showing at Textile Forum in March include Holland & Sherry, Liberty Art Fabrics, Bennett Silks, Laurent Garigue, Ringhart, EQS, Tiss et Teint and Schwarzschild Ochs.

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