We Heart Textiles!
From the look and feel of a suit to the beautifully designed pattern of drapes, textiles can be the making or breaking of a product. With design so intrinsically linked to the fabric of the BDC it’s great to have organisers with such a similar passion and this week is no exception…
The London Textile Fair opens today and showcases pre-collection Autumn/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer highlights. Now grown to over 250 exhibitors, The Fair expands every year and has now developed into a major influence on the UK fashion industry. With exhibitors arriving from the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey and Portugal as well as some high-end manufacturers from Portugal, the show is definitely one not to be missed.
The show follows New Designers earlier this month where, amongst other disciplines, graduating students studying textiles and fashion can meet potential employers and get nationwide recognition for their talented and skilled work. We were lucky enough to be able to see some of the creations in the venue over their two week event with some of the top graduates being recognised for their efforts through the New Designer Awards.
Most notably the Business Design Centre sponsored award was picked up by Charlotte Beevor from Leeds College of Art for her outstanding collection. The judges commented, “Charlotte demonstrates raw talent - her portfolio is full of exuberant joy, brimming with painterly motifs and unusual colour combinations. The panel feels that Charlotte's work has fantastic commercial viability and versatility.” The BDC find it important to support the work of upcoming talent such as this and congratulates all the winners on their well-deserved awards.
In addition to supporting New Designers we also love to support and endorse local charities and community activities, one of which we recently stumbled on, the Fara Workshop. The Fara Workshop takes fabrics and clothing that are generously donated to the 50 existing FARA shops and transforms them into a covetable collection of unique pieces. All profits generated by The Fara Workshop go to the FARA Charity which is registered in both the UK and Romania. FARA has been actively working with children and young people who suffer with financial hardships and disabilities in Romania since 1991. This has included setting up children’s homes, childcare services including foster care, special needs education and therapy centres and prevention of school abandonment for families living in poverty. If you’re down in Islington and have the time, do pop in and see the great work that they are doing.
Posted by Kate