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London Textile Fair seas the emergence of sustainable fabrics

London Textile Fair was held on January 9 and 10, 2019. London Textile Fair is the UK's premier platform for fashion fabrics, clothing accessories, print studios and vintage garments. It provides manufacturers and their agents with the opportunity to showcase their products to the most influential British buyers and designers.

There were more than 500 exhibitors, up from 472 last season. Most came from Europe – among them were textile manufacturers from Turkey, Italy, Portugal and the UK. There is a strong textile market in Turkey and a strong garment manufacturing market. Because of the small distances people choose to do both in the same place to save transport costs, and lots of mills now are also manufacturers.

Buyers from several big-name brands and retailers attended, including River Island, Karen Millen, Oasis, Ted Baker, Jaeger, John Lewis, Boden, Mr Porter and Gieves & Hawkes. Demand for sustainable fabrics was one of the biggest trends at the show. Interest in sustainable alternatives was at an all-time high. There was a surge in interest for recycled fabrics and for BCI cotton. Teal was a trend for this season.

The next edition of the London Textile Fair will be on July 16 to 17, 2019.