Thursday, January 17, 2013

Incredible Fabrics

This gorgeous fabric is from the Frankfurt Heimtexil fair, the world’s largest textile trade show.  Marla and I viewed over 2600 exhibitors from 63 countries filling miles of aisles at the Messe fairgrounds. We purchased wonderful fabrics I am sure our customers will love! This place is huge! I wish I knew how many miles we logged! Bring really comfortable shoes!

Some of the 10 buildings on Frankfurt’s Messe fairgrounds.

Finding great fabrics you want to buy is only the beginning. We have to hammer out the deal, fiber contents, layouts, quantities, exclusivity arrangements and deliveries.

Companies set up amazing showrooms that look really permanent. Can you believe this is for a 4 day show?

I fell in love with this! The design features Kashmiri style embroidery on a textured satin. The mill is creating some additional colorways for us.

Practicing the art of the deal.

A great new jacquard design!

We have made great friends from around the world.

This new contemporary embroidery will come in 6 colors.

Marla finishes ordering details with a supplier from China.  We visited her modern textile mill in Hangzhou in 2011. What an amazing experience! Click on the link below: “no eels please visiting textile mills in China."

http://www.gentryconnects.com/2012/01/no-eels-please-visiting-textile-mills.html

Marla wears Desigual clothing so we had to visit their booth featuring top of the bed designs. Barcelona based Desigual is famous for their intense and innovative designs. Their booth literally buzzed with visual excitement!

Versace’s wallpaper booth was jammed! It is amazing how many fashion houses are in home textiles and wallcoverings!

I think we were one of the last customers working this aisle in the evening!

And now for a cold German beer to celebrate the end of a truly productive Heimtextil show! “PROSIT!”

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