Unforgettable Design: Discovering LA TEXTILE

This fall, LA TEXTILE will bring together the diverse textile community in Los Angeles September 26-28, 2016. Located in the hotbed of the West Coast garment district, LA TEXTILE is a “comprehensive resource for the designer and manufacturer,” says Brittany Carr, Director of Tradeshows at the California Market Center. Drawing on the incredible talents of designers from across the globe, LA TEXTILE showcases high-quality textiles from domestic and international mills. The show is a place where designers and manufacturers, no matter their size or buying capacity can experience the best textiles in the industry. Attendees interested in this year’s event can visit LA TEXTILE’s website.

Since emerging on the textile trade show scene in 1993, LA TEXTILE was first established as the Los Angeles International Textile Show. Known as the first fabric trade show on the West Coast by the CaliforniaMart, California Market Center introduced LA TEXTILE to fill the void when prominent apparel manufacturers were traveling abroad for fabric and production resources. The show became a key venue for international fabric mills who desired to work with LA and Orange County-based manufacturers and designers.

The diversity of fabrics from the countries represented at this year’s show include fabrics from France, Italy, India, Australia, Japan, Mali, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Six continents are represented at the show and many times in the same aisle according to Carr. “We love seeing the incredible diversity,” remarks Carr who appreciates the microcosm of the global fashion industry coming together for this year’s event.

LA TEXTILE features a Korean Pavilion, a Sourcing Pavilion, and hundreds of international and domestic textile mills, textile design studios, and production resources under one roof for the three day event.  Carr’s advice for attendees at this year’s show include researching the exhibiting companies ahead of time to plan your day. Attendees can avoid feeling overwhelmed by visiting their “must-see” designers first. Making sure you also have the ability and freedom to browse can be rewarding as well. Carr recommends, “Take advantage of the invaluable, free information and consulting offered by the Show in the form of trend forecasting presentations and business-growth seminars.” LA TEXTILE’s creative team will also curate exceptional fabrics in Trend Forum displays. Additional benefits of the Show include receptions and hospitality lounges for networking and learning about the industry alongside other attendees and exhibitors. After a day at the show, you can continue to follow the LA TEXTILE on social media for updates on exhibitors and Show events. Subscribing to LA TEXTILE eblasts for important information will help you stay informed about the event.

Expect to see a celebrity or two at the event alongside established brands, emerging designers, small business entrepreneurs, and Project Runway alumni. Attend a renowned Seminar Program, Trend Forum, or enjoy mingling at one of the event’s lounges featuring complimentary refreshments and networking. Attendees can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee from the show’s Espresso Bar, a glass of vino at the Wine Bar, or a healthy libation from the Juice Bar.

Once you get the opportunity to see a seminar or two and enjoy a lounge experience, you can find yourself browsing fabrics alongside design teams from Diane Von Furstenberg Studios, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie, Trina Turk, Fidelity

Denim, Citizens of Humanity, TOMS, RVCA Clothing, Raz Swimwear, Wildfox Couture, 7 For All Mankind, Manhattan Beachwear, BCBG Max Azria, Splendid, Hurley International, American Clothing INC, Uniqlo, Swell, Ugg Australia, and ALO Yoga. These are just a sampling of the extraordinarily diverse companies that were spotted sourcing fabrics at the Spring show.

For new attendees interested in this year’s show, LA TEXTILE is a chance to see how the quality and creativity of fabric can truly make a garment’s design by elevating it to a spectacular level. Carr remarks, “The design may look great on the sketchpad, but the quality of a fabric is one of the deciding factors in great apparel design.”

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