From technical sportswear to precious laces and ever-so British suitings, Première Vision Fabrics is constantly expanding its creative horizons. Next September, the show will welcome 37 new exhibitors from across the globe.
Among them, Italy’s Ricamificio Leopoldo Trevisan and Tessitura Antonio Colombo stand out for their deft mixes of traditional know-how and creative innovation. The first of these has, since 1981, developed an offer combining classic embroidery, Cornely and macramé together with laser cut-outs, beaded designs and sequined motifs for a decidedly modern result. Tessitura Antonio Colombo, a lace-maker specialising in lingerie and beachwear, brings know-hows acquired over more than 60 years of activity with a special focus on quality, innovation and respect for the environment. Its Eco-Lace collection is made with regenerated Q-NOVA yarns from Fulgar, while the new Natural Dye line uses 100% natural dyestuffs.
Increased environmental awareness is also at the heart of research at China’s fake-fur specialist Cixi Haiteng Plush. The company is focusing on recycled materials and optimised production methods, with a constant eye on the design process.
China’s Raylace, boasting an overtly international profile, has a broad offer of embroideries, from cotton embroidery on through to 3D embroidery, soluble embroidery and fully customisable engineered embroideries.
Also bolstering its offer this season, the Sport and Tech sector welcomes advanced technical and high-performance solutions thanks to 10 new exhibitors with cutting-edge research. Spain’s Sportwear Argentona, a specialist in circular synthetic fabrics based on polyester, polyamide, elastane and cationic and other blends, is presenting, among its most recent innovations, the DryClim dual-layer fabric, a chemical-free textile that combines two different kinds of microfibre for quicker sweat evaporation and comfort in any environment.
Since 2007, Global Merino has been successfully transforming merino wool into a high-performance textile. This Californian company relies on advanced textile engineering to enhance the natural properties of merino wool – including optimal control of body temperature, odours and perspiration – to meet the specific demands of active wear. Perfect for cycling, running or winter sports, its fabrics are also suitable for ready-to-wear fashions, for city wear combining comfort and style.
An alliance of technical performance and style is also focal to the latest research at the Taiwanese group Mackent, whose innovative 3D spacer knit technology ensures fabrics with unprecedented volumes, giving an entirely new creative dimension to active ready-to-wear: “Beyond spacer, the sky is the limit”.
Innovation continues at the Italian jersey specialist Project, where knits for the coming season are characterised by both technical handles, where jacquard designs lend a touch of fantasy and texture, and warm, comfortable handles, in wool blends with an unconventional English flair.
At Alfred Brown, English elegance and style have been part of the company’s DNA since its founding in 1915. This men’s suiting specialist has been developing a continually updated palette of pure wool patterns and wovens for over a century, for an ever so British and ever so chic result.
A focus on patterns is also central to the creative proposals at Turkish shirting company Dost Tekstil, where woven motifs range from classic floral designs to playful and surprising micro-motifs, from childlike little cars to elegantly styled animal designs.