Designing a Product – Processes – Sourcing Phase #4

Designing a Product – Processes – Sourcing Phase #4


This can be a mine field if you don’t know where to start, so it is always good to get recommendations if you can or speak to someone who is knowledgeable in this area

A good place to start is to visit trade shows which are dedicated to finding fabric suppliers/mills and to meet manufacturers. This is a good way to meet manufacturers and touch and feel fabrics which will help in your selection process

Some of the main UK trade shows are:

The London Textile

The London Textile Fair is the Uk’s premier platform for fashion fabrics, accessories, print studios and vintage clothing. This happens in London twice a year

Texfusion showcases fabrics from European manufacturers and also has halls dedicated to technical fabrics, denim and garment manufacturers. This happens in London twice a year.


Fashion SVP showcases manufacturers from overseas in Europe as well as the Far East. A good place to start if you are looking for an overseas manufacturer. Although be aware the minimum order quantities will be 300 pcs plus

Make it British Live –

If you are looking to source in the Uk then this is a great trade show. If you are a start up you can source everything from designers, label suppliers, manufacturers and complete your whole supply chain. Also visit a great resource for helping you to find British manufacturers and designers to help you bring your dream to life

Premier Vision –

Premier Vision is one of the biggest international trade shows and is held in Paris twice a year. It runs for 3 days and covers yarns, fabrics, leathers, prints, accessories and manufacturing

When you are sourcing fabrics, there are certain things you’ll want to know, some of these will include:

  • If they can send sample hangers so you can get a feel for what you’re working with
  • If you can get sample metres so you can test the fabric for sampling
  • What are the fabric lead times so you can add into your planning
  • What the surcharges are for smaller quantities
  • If you want a fabric dyed to your specific colour there may be a minimum order quantity. Be aware you may need to work with the stock colours they have available for smaller orders

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