The London Textile Fair, today and tomorrow, starts off the industry exhibition season. It is a regular event for all British buyers, with increasing presence of buyers travelling from France, Germany, Italy, Northern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The July edition focuses on Autumn/Winter 2020 pre-collections and highlights from the current collections.
Around 500 exhibitors are expected at the Business Design Centre, with more than 700 collections for fashion fabrics, accessories and trims, print designs and vintage garments. Within the fashion fabrics hall there is a leading presence from Italy and Turkey together covering more than 50% of the exhibiting space, followed by United Kingdom 17%, Portugal 11%, France 8%, Spain 4%, Germany 2%, Others 4%.
52% of the exhibitors within the fashion fabrics hall presented fabrics for womenswear main market, 45% for menswear and 34% for childrenwear. An increase of sportswear, technical and swimwear which together present the 33% of the textile exhibitors. After the success of January 2019, the Sustainable trend Forum will host a larger number of collections in July. The forum aims to educate and inspire visitors, in line with the industry trends which see environmental and social matters becoming a priority for an increasing number of companies. Products listed under the forum are from natural fibres (like hemp, linen or wool) to organic cotton, recycled fabrics (wool, polyester, leather) and sustainable dyed and finished products.