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Innovative threads; A Spring fabric forum in Tokyo

I did what I always do when I fear situations in Japan …I eat my words! Although small, the Creation Business Forum demonstrated a wealth of new and established mills and suppliers showing some very interesting and inspirational fabrics and treating techniques that had all my creative juices flowing!

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Innovative threads; a Japanese fabric forum

I have been in the international fashion industry for over 7 years now and I am a bit of an old hand when it comes to fabric fairs and reporting on fabric mill trends and sometimes the offering can run a little flat and uninspiring to even an enthusiastic designer such as myself …so it was with trepidation that I went along to the Creation Business Forum the other day, held at the end of Tokyo’s Spring fashion week, with my editor’s brief resounding around my ears – “find fabrics that international kids on the streets, international magazine editors, stylists, designers the world over and Japan-lovers will find inspirational and new!” Well, as the Japanese would say with a deep intake of breath “this is very difficult” – western translation; impossible!

I did what I always do when I fear situations in Japan …I eat my words! Although small, the Creation Business Forum demonstrated a wealth of new and established mills and suppliers showing some very interesting and inspirational fabrics and treating techniques that had all my creative juices flowing!

Red Cap/Katsumi Co. Ltd
Red Cap specialises in technically advanced and creatively adventurous laces, made to order. They have developed extensive processes this season to achieve such specialities as lace with a silver or antique bronze looped chain detail, creating and joining wool and cotton lace trims to make fabrications and over dying and screen printing silver onto a lace fabrication- (called “Classic Cotton”) – achieving products which are out of this world!

Red Cap’s passed portfolio includes work carried out for high profile design houses such as Giorgio Armani and Issey Miyake and given the high standard of product shown; I can understand why they have such a clientele.

E-mail: red-cap@katsumisangyo.com

Feel Felt
As the name suggest Feel Felt specialises in needle punched felt. Felt Feel is truly innovative on a world stage, they are a small company with bags of creative ideas and technical know-how and achieve products that are really inspirational such as their felt fabrications incorporating mohair, wool freeze (unspun sheep hair), silk, and hand made Japanese paper and their felt, organza, wool freeze-mix fabrications in gold and royal blue.

URL: www.feelfelt.jp Email: m.nakagawa@feelfelt.jp

Oggi Co. Ltd
Oggi specialises in knitted textiles, Raschel, lace trims and placement embroideries which within there field are both beautiful, traditional, quirky and fresh.

Constantly challenging and adapting their specialised techniques Oggi’s range of products this season included cute and witty Trophe Oile motifs and a new pleated crinkle with felt hem.

E-mail: oggi93@nifty.com

Showa Co Ltd
Showa is a company that has been established for many years and specialises is jean washes and dye techniques.

What drew my designer’s eye to them, was there interpretation of some very basic techniques such as bleaching, over-pilling, negative whiskering, splatter print and dobby prints, used to best effect to achieve some very special combinations and colourings.

Website: www.showatex.co.jp E-mail: khirai@showatex.co.jp

Marumasusenshok Co Ltd
Based in Sibamata, Tokyo Marumasusenshok manages the complete fabric processing cycle of dyeing, printing and finishing all under one roof. They specialise in dip dyeing and have an extensive range of printing techniques and processes including their newest innovation printing on to pleated fabric.

Maurmasu boasts a world wide clientele and this season they have produced a rather stunning photographic pirate print for Ohal Ando and a quirky tartan polka-dot screen print for Less Than (pictured)

Website: www.maru-masu.com E-mail: mail@maru-masu.com

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