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  • 26-May-2017 10:01 AM | Kimberley White

    The mood at the fourth edition of UK fashion sourcing event Meet the Manufacturer was “cautiously optimistic” among manufacturers, brands, buyers and designers, as Brexit boosts interest in made in the UK products.

    The two-day event on 25-26 May at The Old Truman Brewery in east London, showcased more than 150 British fashion, textiles and homeware brands.

    Make It British founder Kate Hills said overall demand for UK-made products had noticeably soared, and she reported representation from “every” high street retailer, as well as museums and galleries, at the show.

    “It is great to see everyone, from designers to buyers and manufacturers, having conversations on how they can collaborate.”

    Those on the exhibition floor praised a surge in interest in manufacturing in the UK in the aftermath of the European Union referendum last June.

    However, several exhibitors said this display of interest had not necessarily translated into high-volume sales, as buyer activity was curtailed by the ongoing uncertainty caused by Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling.

    Rob Huson, joint managing director at premium outerwear company London Tradition, said: “There has been a lot of interest in UK products but, when discussion turns to prices, it becomes a different story. Retailers are looking more towards offshoring to save on costs and therefore compromise on products made in England. This has been very noticeable for autumn 17.”

    This year’s show was expanded with a hall dedicated to brands, and attracted greater interest from start-ups and younger businesses.

    Bhavik Master, director at knitwear company Jack Masters, said there was a “good variety” of buyers and brand owners in attendance: “There has been increasing interest in products that have been made in England, and a lot of focus on yarns in particular. There are a lot of young brands coming in that are looking to buy into the UK look.”

    See original article on Drapers website.

  • 25-May-2017 12:00 PM | Kimberley White

    Are you a textile company supplying high quality interior and lifestyle products? It's time to make your mark in London and beyond.

    Textiles Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, are hosting a two-day buyer event at brand new venue Scotland House in London. This event is the perfect opportunity for the Scottish interior brands looking with an ambition to grow their international sales, and to expand their contacts in London, Europe, and the USA.

    The two-day event will consist of scheduled one-to-one buyer meetings and a static showcase display of selected Scottish companies, over the 18th and 19th September 2017. An evening drinks reception will be held on the 18th.

    London is a key location for a great number of global interiors business, with over 70% of international interior hotel, commercial, and private projects being specified in London offices. London is a meeting place for the world's business leaders, and is consequently Scotland's most important trading market. Scotland's proximity to London means Scottish companies can take advantages of the city's status as a global gateway.  Scotland House is centrally located in the heart of the city, enjoying a prominent position on the banks of the River Thames. This flexible business base will present Scottish businesses with new opportunities to build and enhance relationships with clients, partners, and connections.

    Running concurrently with the Textiles Buyer event will be major trade show events including the London Design Festival, Decorex, and PAD. The timing of the Textiles Buyer event to coincide with these renowned events will ensure high traffic and global footfall to our Scottish offering.

    Spaces are extremely limited for this opportunity, and interest is understandably high.

    You must complete your application on the Scottish Enterprise website through this form by Friday 16th June to be in with a chance.

    Come and join us at Scottish Interiors: LDN  and make your business visible to London and beyond.

    Lampshade / Photography: Kate Colin Design / Alasdair Smith

  • 12-May-2017 3:19 PM | Kimberley White

    Glasgow Chamber of Commerce are offering Scottish businesses a chance to make connections in new markets and access international business opportunities. The Make It In Milan programme is seeking applications from Scottish businesses in Textiles, Clothing, Fabric Design and Production.

    Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has begun to establish a number of partnerships with chambers in cities and regions around the world where there are opportunities for collaboration between member companies.  To optimise the practical business benefits of these partnerships they have organised a series of visits to help Scottish businesses make connections in new markets and access international business opportunities. GCC want to ensure that businesses have access to international markets that meet their specific needs and aspirations and help them to establish commercial relationships which will result in profitable business growth.

    The core feature of the Make it in Milan programme will be company to company meetings. These will be arranged through a business matching process conducted by the BCCI in partnership with the Confartigianato Bergamo. The meetings will align the priority prospects for businesses from both sides with the aim of finding common ground to identify opportunities for mutual commercial development. Additional guidance and support will be made available for each potential project in both countries as the business relationships develop.

    In order to prepare for the programme businesses are asked to complete a Company Capability Statement and Profile Form which will be used to target the most appropriate potential partners to connect with throughout the visit.

    Key Information

    • The visit to Milan will take place on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 June 2017.
    • You will be matched with a minimum of 3 businesses in Italy that have a direct interest in your business.
    • You will be invited to networking opportunities with a wide range of businesses in Milan, including a place at the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy Gala Dinner on Tuesday 6 June at which HM Ambassador to Italy will be present.
    • The only commitment at the moment is filling in a short application form.
    • Your application will be sent to Italy and the businesses there decide which applicants they would like to see.
    • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will then feedback the details of the interested companies to you so that you can decide if the matches fit with your objectives and are worthy of your investment in time and money.
    • Only if you feel that there is sufficient value in meeting the companies that have indicated an interest would they ask you to commit to the visit.
    • The participation fee is currently set at £500 but that is negotiable and can be paid in installments.

    The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th May

    For more information please see GCC website.

  • 08-May-2017 10:31 AM | Kimberley White

    #DesignUpScotland - a hashtag to help pull together the Scottish interiors community.

    Edinburgh-based photographer and textile designer Mairi Helena has collaborated with fellow interiors blogger Fiona Cameron to develop a hashtag on Instagram to help bring together the thriving Scottish interiors scene.

    Mairi says, "We both feel passionately about supporting Scottish interiors talent, whether emerging or established,and would like to introduce the tag #designupscotland to raise awareness of the best of Scottish interiors among our readers and followers."

    Much like the ethos behind Textiles Scotland, Mairi and Fiona believe that together we can build a tag that unites the vibrant, dynamic interiors community in Scotland and showcases the best of the Scottish interiors scene.

    If you are a designer, retailer, publisher, influencer or an interiors addict; living or working in Scotland, and your work or interests represent fresh, expressive, contemporary Scottish interiors then please tag your interiors posts #designupscotland.

    This project aims to create an easy way of searching brands, retailers, interior stylists, interior bloggers, makers, designers within the country who all either create, write or produce Scottish interiors.

    This tag will act as a directory of Scottish interiors brands, and also create opportunities for making real life connections and collaborations to help the interiors community thrive.

    If you are a Scottish interiors brand and are interested in your brand or designs being featured on Around The Houses, they would love to hear from you. Take the opportunity to tell your story. How does your connection with Scotland influence your work? Get in touch with Mairi on info@mairihelena.co.uk.

    Find out more about #DesignUpScotland here.

  • 21-Apr-2017 5:10 PM | Kimberley White

    Welcome to the brand new Textiles Scotland!

    We are now Textiles Scotland, the membership organisation previously known as the Scottish Textile and Leather Association.

    Why the name change you ask?

    Well, we decided it was high time for a rebrand. We had the opportunity to take over the brand name Textiles Scotland as we grew our business, and we jumped at the chance. From our point of view, and hopefully yours, the name Textile Scotland sends a clear message to the industry and prospective buyers, about who we represent. After some consideration, we agreed that ‘Textiles Scotland’ presented better opportunities for visibility, to global and domestic markets.

    Our mission has not changed, but we are expanding as our support of the Scottish textile industry grows. We are now Textiles Scotland, a membership organisation representing the Scottish textile industry and individual businesses.

    Our CEO, David Breckenridge says,

    “The Scottish Textile & Leather Association are delighted to announce that we will be re-branding under the banner of ‘Textiles Scotland’ as from April 2017. The organisation will continue to represent member interests by engaging with various government and industry agencies, where we have been particularly successful in recent years. The STLA has played a leading role in the development of initiatives in key areas such as skills and innovation. We remain committed to ensuring that projects which support our businesses, from micro design-led companies through to large-scale knitwear and leather manufacturers, develop the skills of the workforce in a structured manner and continue to increase the capacity for innovation.

    In 2016, following considerable consultation with our members, we agreed a new strategy for the fashion, textile and leather industry in Scotland.  This is important because it establishes a framework around which support from various government agencies can be formed. The overall vision for the industry identified in the strategy established that it should be:

    • Regarded globally as truly world class
    • Delivering accelerated international growth
    • Recognised for its innovation and collaboration
    • A career of choice for young people
    • Sustainable with capital and resources utilised effectively

    The re-branding of the STLA as ‘Textiles Scotland’ will ensure that we have an instantly recognisable and effective vehicle through which we can influence and promote all the different elements of our strategic vision for the industry.

    We look forward to the challenges ahead and are confident that with your support we can ensure that our aspirations become reality.”

    If you have any questions about the change from the STLA to Textiles Scotland, please read our FAQs here. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact us.

  • 08-Mar-2017 2:41 PM | Kimberley White

    baltimore makersCraft Scotland are delighted to announce the success of their partnership with the American Craft Council (ACC). The 20 selected Scottish-based makers and designers sold over £100,000 of Scottish craft to North American customers, galleries and retailers. One of the highlights of North America’s craft calendar, the American Craft Show Baltimore 2017 has (up to now) only showcased the work of North America’s leading makers.

    With over 20,000 people attending the show and a showcase of over 650 different designers across the three days (Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February), the work of Scotland’s makers proved a massive hit. The Craft Scotland area of the show was inundated with visitors across the three days. As well as record sales, Scottish makers have secured contracts with galleries in the US; have had invitations to further industry shows, and picked up US gallery representation for their work.

    Craft Scotland Director, Fiona Logue, said; “Craft Scotland is delighted with the success of our visit to the Baltimore Craft Show at the invitation of the American Craft Council. We received a warm welcome and much praise for the work on show from organisers, fellow exhibitors and visitors. It was clear that there was a fresh and contemporary design aesthetic on the Scotland stand which along with the quality of the craftsmanship, really made it stand out and attract attention. We are thrilled for our makers who sold incredibly well, several having very few objects left on their stand by the end of the show. Moreover, a number gained trade orders and links with North American galleries and organisations. We look forward to exploring future opportunities with our colleagues in the ACC”.

    The 20 makers who were selected represent a broad range of contemporary Scottish craft from across the country. From STLA member Tessuti‘s hand-dyed fashion accessories, to Lara Scobie’s stunning sculptural ceramics, the showcase included jewellery, ceramics and textiles. The works take their inspiration from a huge range of sources, including Scotland’s breathtaking seascapes and stunning coastline, flora in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish folklore and Scotland’s urban creatures.

    A celebration of all things handmade, the American Craft Show Baltimore 2017 was a five-day show: with two days for trade, followed by three retail days where the show is open to the public.  This was the perfect opportunity for Scottish makers to connect with a passionate American audience and introduce them to the wealth of design-led, high-quality craft Scotland has to offer.

  • 06-Mar-2017 3:38 PM | Kimberley White

    School pupils from across Scotland have visited Dumfries House to learn more about skills and job opportunities in the fashion and textiles scene.

    More than 50 secondary school pupils attended the Industry Insight event that aims to increase pupil understanding of the textiles industry and encourage uptake of related school qualifications and careers in that field.

    The event at the historic venue near Cumnock was organised as part of the Future Textiles programme, which is run at the estate, and followed a pilot project run in September that focused on the skills needed to succeed in the industry. Future Textiles is run in collaboration with Ayrshire and Glasgow Clyde colleges and is geared towards addressing a skills gap in the fashion and textiles industry.

    More than 800 participants – teachers and secondary school pupils, as well as industry representatives undertaking specialist training – have participated in workshops in sewing, pattern-drafting, and woven textiles as part of the programme.

    The project has attracted support and input from local and national industry experts, including Scottish designer Christopher Kane and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, judge on television series The Great British Sewing Bee.

    At the event last week, Alistair McAulay, founder of interiors specialist and STLA member Timorous Beasties, and his colleague Gavin Thomson, a screen printer, spoke about their world-renowned printed textiles brand.

    Ashleigh Lindsay, Future Textiles project assistant at Dumfries House, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils to our Industry Insight event. It was obvious that they have great enthusiasm for textiles and an impressive knowledge of the subject gained at school, and they engaged well with the industry experts who came along. We hope they, like the many other pupils who have attended similar events have gained motivation to pursue qualifications in the subject and a career in one of Scotland’s most exciting and thriving industries.”

    See original article here.

  • 01-Mar-2017 12:05 PM | Kimberley White

    Long established STLA member MacNaughton Holdings is under new management.

    James Dracup has replaced Blair MacNaughton as Managing Director of the 70-employee manufacturer and wholesaler of premium Scottish-made textiles.

    Mr MacNaughton has remained a chairman on the board and has become chairman of the company which will continue to be owned by the MacNaughton family.

    Mr MacNaughton said, “I’m naturally sad to be stepping down from my executive role but I’m delighted that the company has been able to secure a worthy successor to take my place leading the management team.”

    Mr Dracup, who has been managing director of Johnston’s of Elgin, said “I am delighted to make a return to Scotland and have the opportunity to lead one of the country’s most respected manufacturers. I hope to build on the foundations that Blair has laid, and continue to develop international markets for the wonderful products made by our team in Scotland.”

    The STLA would like to extend a warm welcome back to Mr Dracup, and wish him the best of luck in his new role.

  • 13-Feb-2017 12:08 PM | Kimberley White

    Join the STLA for an exclusive Textile Trends Workshop in March 2017, hosted by Fiona Chautard. With over 20 years experience in fashion and textiles, Industry Consultant Fiona delivers inspirational training globally. Not only a qualified business coach and creative business adviser, Fiona is also a practicing designer – therefore adept at utilising her market knowledge to stay ahead of trends.

    This half-day Textile Trends Masterclass will take place at Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture, The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The Lighthouse is a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland, and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.

    The Masterclass will focus on the analysis of new business models driven by the digital age. It will be delivered at a business level, focussed on sharing market development information which will include ideas for product development.

    Tea and coffee and a light lunch will be provided, alongside ample opportunity to network with like-minded creative workshop attendees.

    If you are:

    - a designer, maker, or buyer

    - based in central Scotland

    - and not currently a student

    then we would love to see you at the Textile Trends Workshop.

    This event is predicted to sell out fast, therefore we will only accept one person per company in attendance.

    Buy tickets here.

  • 04-Jan-2017 4:12 PM | Kimberley White

    The EcoChic Design Award 2017 is now open to emerging designers and students with less than 3 years' experience who currently live in Asia, Europe or the USA.

    The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create high-appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create high appeal clothing via the sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction, and through the sourcing of textile waste for their collections. The competition puts emerging sustainable design talent in the spotlight, creating a platform for the next generation of designers to cut waste out of fashion. 

    A total of ten finalists from across the regions will be selected to come to Hong Kong in early September 2017 to showcase their minimal waste collections at HKTDC Hong Kong’s Fashion Week CENTRESTAGE where career-changing prizes will be awarded.

    Closing date: 3rd April 2017.

    Learn more here.

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