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Source Fashion Spotlights British Manufacturing

Europe’s leading responsible sourcing show, Source Fashion, takes place at Olympia London from 14th – 16th July 2024 will put the spotlight on some of the UK’s leading manufacturers, suppliers and businesses supporting the fashion industry.

Source Fashion Spotlights British Manufacturing

Suzanne Ellingham, Event Director of Source Fashion says, “The UK has always been recognised as a centre for excellence in manufacturing fabrics and textiles, alongside garment manufacturing itself. Small makers and manufacturers proudly take their place alongside global manufacturing powerhouses, to ensure that if you are looking to manufacture close to home, there are people here you can partner and work with. It’s incredibly important as we move forward as a responsible sourcing show, that we support our UK fashion industry in any way that we can, because our visitors are looking for those options.”

FIGASTORE are a womenswear supplier based in Leicester with its own design team and pattern room offering a quick turnaround on samples and a full design service from research through to design development. The business has its own factories in the UK, Morocco and Pakistan. Rosie Clarke, Design Manager at Figastore says, “We’re really excited to be part of Source Fashion after visiting the show for the first time in February. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our company to potential new customers and we are looking forward to meeting new brands and retailers.”

TS Knitwear UK are specialists in crafted knitwear and jersey designed and manufactured in Leicester. A second-generation family run business established in 1976, TS Knitwear offer experience, a high tech fully fashion knitting plant, and the latest in seamless garment technology. An extensive supply chain in the UK and Europe and access to a vast array of yarns and fabrics, coupled with dyeing facilities in France, enables maximum flexibility and speed. Providing a spectrum of gauges from 3 through to 14, TS Knitwear can cater for all types of clients, with a variety of construction methodologies including overlocking, cup seaming and linking. Charanjit Biring, Director of TS Knitwear says, “We are excited to participate in this year’s Source Fashion exhibition. As a leading manufacturer of high-quality knitwear, TS will showcase its latest collections, innovative designs, and sustainable manufacturing processes. TS is thrilled to join this vibrant community and engage with fashion professionals, buyers, and industry experts from around the globe.” 

Varsity City is the UK’s leading supplier of authentic American Varsity Jackets, offering custom varsity jackets, baseball jackets, college jackets, team jackets and letterman jackets. Syed Kazmi, Founder of Varsity City says, “We’re super excited to be able to exhibit at Source Fashion. As a UK company having the ability to showcase our offerings in London to the world is a wonderful opportunity. Looking forward to meeting buyers from all over.”

On a mission to solve global lost property pile ups with digital nametags is BoomerangTag. The BoomerangTag can be applied to any material with The Indestructible, or clothing with the Iron-On. Nametags are outdated and often don’t do the job they’re supposed to, i.e. return your stuff. 7.9 billion items are misplaced each year in the UK and 110 days of our life is spent looking for lost items. Lost belongings usually end up in the bin, and most lost property sits for 6-12 months and then is binned – being lost was its first step to becoming waste.

With BoomerangTag, once scanned and registered, owners can leave and receive digital notes on items so finders can return lost belongings. The BoomerangTag community also aims to create a more circular economy in a future where every relevant product has a BoomerangTag and can actively play a part in reducing the giant pile of global lost property. Owners can also rehome and list items for free should they need to find a home for their tagged items. Charles Braham, Founder of BoomerangTag says, “We’re looking forward to meeting brands at Source Fashion who are looking to reduce waste in the fashion industry, we are on a mission to solve global lost property with our digital nametags so we can’t wait to highlight this to eco-conscious brands at Source Fashion.”

Visitors will also discover Shirley®, who provide expert reassurance through technical services, OEKO-TEX® certification, and comprehensive range of independent testing services. A member of the OEKO-TEX® Association since 1994 and the official OEKO-TEX® institute in the UK, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore, Shirley® offer a collaborative, custom approach to help end consumers, brands and suppliers make informed decisions. With over 100 years pioneering experience and offices worldwide, Shirley® are at the forefront of textiles and garment industries, continuously evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of the global textile market.

 With over 30 years of experience, National Weaving is a family-run business that specialises in manufacturing high-quality woven and printed labels. With a flexible approach and minimum quantity requirements of only 100 labels, National Weaving are well-equipped to serve both start-ups and established brands alike.

Trade Fabrics are a fabric manufacturer based in the UK with over 30 years experience in the fashion industry. Offering an extensive range of knitted jersey fabrics produced in their factory in Leicester, they also offer digitally printed and pleated fabrics produced using state-of-the-art machinery.

As well as the UK, 25 countries, including Peru, Cambodia, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Italy, and Greece will be represented at Source Fashion. Large pavilions from industrial powerhouses China, India and Turkey have also been confirmed, as well as Tanzania, Madagascar and Nepal, making Source Fashion the biggest and most diverse sourcing show in the UK.

Register to attend the July 2024 show at https://www.source-fashion.com/visitor-registration.

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