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Meet the Alumna: Jess Quinton, Quinton Chadwick

15 October 2017 by Editor

Jess Quinton (right) with Jane Chadwick

Knitwear designer Jess Quinton secured a job with Missoni straight from Texprint and went on to set up her own business with Jane Chadwick. She tells us her story.

Colour has always been my passion. I was lucky to be spotted by Missoni, those maestros of colour, at the Texprint exhibition in the late 1980s and landed my first job as a knitwear designer with them.

I remember so well those first months after graduating from the Royal College of Art. I was unsure of my direction, with many different options all seeming equally uncertain. What I found so helpful was the input of the Texprint panel and the experience of winning a place and exhibiting at Première Vision.

As a graduate, you’re inexperienced when you first start selling work. Texprint provides information that you sometimes don't pick up at university. It was amazing to have the support as I made the transformation from student to professional designer.

I have aways felt incredibly grateful to Texprint so it is great to give something back. Now I’m on the Texprint judging panel as well as being part of the Hero Mentoring scheme – sharing the knowledge I've acquired over 30 years in the business.

Quinton Chadwick is the knitwear label that I run with business partner Jane Chadwick. Jane had previously run her own ready-to-wear label and forecast consultancy developing smart yarns with the IWS and DuPont.We started our business 20 years ago, selling our first collections in Barneys New York and Tokyo, and Le Bon Marché, Paris, as well as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols here in London.

Quinton Chadwick autumn/winter 2017/18 collection

Thanks to our early success in sales abroad, we won the UK Fashion Export Council small business design award. This was amazing and really helped establish the brand. We soon realised that what overseas buyers liked, apart from our idiosyncratic English design and quirky colour sense, was that our product was good quality and highly crafted here in Britain. They loved our modern take on heritage knits.

We launched at a time when UK textile mills were hit hard by the competition from overseas. It was sad seeing so many spinners and knitting businesses in decline, so we became determined to support them and passionate about keeping the traditional knitting skills of the UK alive. 

However, there were a couple of scary seasons in the early days when factories went bust in the middle of our production run. But we stuck to our guns and started working with a cooperative of hand framers in Devon with whom we still collaborate today.

Quinton Chadwick autumn/winter 2017/18 collection

We also found a couple of family-run mills in Nottingham and Scotland that have weathered the storm by staying small-scale and consistent in their high quality. While it has not always been easy, we are very proud that “Made in Britain” has always been a big part of our brand DNA.

We never wanted to be associated with ‘fast fashion’ or the poor ethics and labour conditions of so much manufacturing in the Asia and the Far East. Sustainability is increasingly important too: the company only ever uses natural fibres and keeps to British spinners for yarn supply.

And today we still export across the world. Australia is a new and expanding market for us, while closer to home we have just had our third successive sell-out season at Liberty in London. It’s such a wonderful store for supporting real British brands like ours.

We have our roots in the craftsmanship of knitting, yet move our designs along with current trends. We also enjoy working collaboratively – any excuse to experiment with yarn, texture and colour. Recent initatives have included bespoke collections for companies as diverse as Dashing Tweeds and Anthropologie. And we are about to embark on an exciting handknit project with a big American firm – watch this space!

www.quintonchadwick.com

Quinton Chadwick autumn/winter 2017/18 collection

Texprint and AVA CAD/CAM; supporting the digital generation

07 October 2017 by Editor

Designer Nicola Rowe with AVA's Debbie Buchan at Première Vision Paris

Experiencing specialist software that so comprehensively enhances the design process is rare enough for young textile design graduates. Even more rare is the company that is willing to invest…

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Texprint 2017 Paris: Première Vision Designs

21 September 2017 by Roger Tredre

The 24 designers chosen for Texprint this year went to Paris in September for Première Vision Designs – the highlight of the Texprint experience. Here’s what happened.

In…

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Introducing Texprint 2017 prize presenter: Yuma Koshino, designer

13 September 2017 by Roger Tredre

Renowned Japanese fashion designer Yuma Koshino is to present the Texprint Awards in Paris on September 20. This is a very special moment for Texprint, not least because Koshino…

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New Award: The Marks & Spencer Texprint Fashion Textile Award

07 September 2017 by Roger Tredre

Inspiration board for M&S Autumn Winter 2017 ranges

Iconic British retailer Marks & Spencer has sponsored a new award for Texprint this year. We spoke to Libby Allan, Trend Lead, Womenswear & Lingerie, to find out more.

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Sarti, Jeffrey to Judge The Woolmark Company Texprint Award

27 August 2017 by Roger Tredre

Charles Jeffrey

Two major names from different but complementary backgrounds are judging this year’s The Woolmark Company Texprint Award in Paris.

From Italy, Texprint is honoured to welcome Roberto Sarti…

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Photo Report: Texprint London 2017, celebrating emerging design talent

25 July 2017 by Editor

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Texprint Council: new member Carlo Volpi

16 July 2017 by Roger Tredre

Texprint alumnus Carlo Volpi, the Italian knitwear designer, has joined the Texprint Council which meets twice yearly to monitor and review how the charity is performing against its aims and objectives. We…

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Texprint 2017: Notebook from London

09 July 2017 by Roger Tredre

The story of Texprint London 2017: we gathered reflections from designers, judges and industry guests at Chelsea College of Arts.

London was at its best. The sun was…

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Meet the 2017 judges: Guy Goodfellow, interior designer

29 June 2017 by April Kosky & Kristina Ezhova

Interior designer Guy Goodfellow is joining the judges of this year’s Texprint awards. We talked to him and creative director Jaine McCormack about the Guy Goodfellow Collection of fine…

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Texprint Council: new member Andrew Stevenson of Paul Smith

13 June 2017 by Harriet Wolstenholme & Marijn Brok

Texprint alumnus Andrew Stevenson, now a senior textile designer at Paul Smith, has joined the Texprint Council which meets twice-yearly to monitor and review how the charity is performing against its aims…

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Meet the 2017 judges: Eric Musgrave, fashion industry consultant and writer

05 June 2017 by Celia Fernández-Carnicero

Photo credit: Laura Lewis

Eric Musgrave has joined the judging panel for this year’s Texprint awards. We spoke to him about his love for textiles and observations on the changing industry.

Walk…

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Meet the 2017 judges: Elsa May, Product Manager Fashion of Première Vision Paris

17 May 2017 by Roger Tredre

Elsa May of Première Vision is one of the judges of this year’s Texprint Awards. We spoke to her about creativity and working for PV.

Elsa May is…

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Alumnus update: Mikey Womack, Design Union and Textile View

08 April 2017 by Editor

It’s certainly unusual for a young textile designer to see his work on the front cover of an international magazine just months after graduation.  But thanks to the keen…

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ComOn 2016: the designer’s view from Como

10 December 2016 by Editor

The Italian trade organisation Unindustria Como represents a core of 300 Como-based textile companies and is responsible for organising the ComON programme, now in its tenth year.

Unindustria…

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Texprint at Intertextile Shanghai, October 2016

25 November 2016 by Editor

Amy Smith and Jacob Monk on The Bund against the iconic Shanghai skyline

October 2016 saw Texprint exhibit for the fourth time at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics sponsored by Messe Frankfurt (HK), and again it was an incredibly positive experience for two…

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Alumna Stories: Jayne Goulding

09 November 2016 by Roger Tredre

She was a last-minute pick for Texprint 2015, but turned into one of the year’s biggest success stories. We speak to Jayne Goulding.

A last minute drop-out from…

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Meet the Sponsor: Julie Davies, The Woolmark Company

02 November 2016 by Roger Tredre

Judging The Woolmark Company Texprint Award 2016 at Première Vision Designs

Texprint has worked with TWC for much of its 40-year existence, and the synergy of interests between the two parties has been nurtured by a succession of remarkable individuals.

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Making It In Textiles 2016

14 October 2016 by Editor

Texprint was delighted to be invited to take part in the third Making It In Textiles conference held in Bradford earlier this month; a conference made possible by the…

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Texprint alumnae stories: Genevieve Bennett and Philippa Prinsloo

04 October 2016 by Roger Tredre

Genevieve Bennett and her John Lewis Design Collective collection

They met on an art foundation course in Manchester, crossed paths again at the Royal College of Art, and were both selected for Texprint. Now – fast forward…

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Texprint 2016 Paris: Première Vision Designs

15 September 2016 by Roger Tredre

Texprint’s young designers exhibit for the first time on the international stage at PremièreVision Designs in Paris. We report on a very special three days.

The 24 young…

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Judges for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award Announced

11 September 2016 by Editor

The judges for this year’s The Woolmark Company Texprint Award have been announced. They are Aline Galimberti, chief designer of Dormeuil, and Jonathan Christopher, the 2015-16 European menswear finalist…

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Introducing Texprint 2016 prize presenter: Martin Leuthold, Artistic Director, Jakob Schlaepfer

06 September 2016 by Roger Tredre

Martin Leuthold

He’s a legend in the textile industry. Switzerland’s Martin Leuthold has devoted his career to working for one company, Jakob Schlaepfer, renowned for its innovative textiles for both the…

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Texprint 2016: Notebook from London

07 July 2016 by Roger Tredre

How events unfolded at Texprint London 2016 as designers, judges and industry guests gathered at Chelsea College of Arts.

The sun came out for Texprint’s London preview (July…

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Meet the alumna: Eleanor Pritchard, textile designer

05 July 2016 by Aya Noël

Designer Eleanor Pritchard is known for her clean, geometrical designs and has collaborated with companies ranging from Margaret Howell to Monocle. For Texprint 2016 in London, she has created…

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Meet the Judges: Pip Jenkins, Head of Design, John Smedley

29 June 2016 by Roger Tredre

Pip Jenkins, Head of Design at John Smedley, has joined the judging panel for Texprint 2016. We spoke to her about her work.

It’s one of the world’s…

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Meet the Judges: Fi Douglas, bluebellgray

17 June 2016 by Roger Tredre

Photo credit: David Pike

The creative director of Glasgow-based bluebellgray is one of the judges of Texprint 2016. Here, Fi Douglas tells us about her working life.

In little more than seven…

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Texprint heads east: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics

25 November 2015 by Editor

Texprint headed east this autumn to exhibit for a third consecutive year at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (October 13–15), sponsored by Messe Frankfurt (HK) and The Woolmark Company.

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Texprint alumna story: Bonnie Kirkwood, woven textiles designer

15 November 2015 by Kathrin Huesgen

Bonnie Kirkwood on her stand at Première Vision Designs, September 2015

Texprint 2004 alumna Bonnie Kirkwood has set up her own business in London designing sophisticated woven fabrics for the high-end global market.

We’re meeting in her London studio…

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Texprint alumni story: Fairbairn Wolf & Skinner

05 October 2015 by Roger Tredre

FW & S - Jane Zhang, James Skinner and Tali Furman

Three designers from Texprint 2014 have joined forces to create their own London-based printed textiles studio. They launched at Première Vision Designs this September.

There’s Jane Zhang, from…

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Jessica Leclere wins Woolmark Company Texprint Award 2015

24 September 2015 by Roger Tredre

Winner Jessica Leclere shows her work to Franco Fabrello and Kit Neale

Texprint's long links with The Woolmark Company are celebrated each year with the award of a prize in Paris at Première Vision Designs.

The judging for the Woolmark…

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Texprint 2015 Paris: Première Vision Designs

18 September 2015 by Roger Tredre

Prize presenter Rosita Missoni with Texprint creative director, Peter Ring-Lefevre

The participation of all the Texprint designers in Première Vision Designs in Paris is the climax of the Texprint year. Here’s what happened.

It’s the ultimate challenge – the…

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Introducing Texprint 2015 prize presenter: Rosita Missoni

11 September 2015 by Roger Tredre

The legendary Rosita Missoni, who founded Missoni with her late husband Ottavio more than 50 years ago, is presenting the Texprint prizes at Premre Vision Designs in Paris.

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Texprint 2015: Notebook from London

06 July 2015 by Roger Tredre

2015 judge Sarah Lowry (Aston Martin Lagonda) reviews the work of designer Nicola Costello

Here’s the inside story of Texprint London 2015, from the interview process to show time at the annual exhibition.

Texprint’s London preview was staged during the hottest weather…

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Meet the judges: Ariane Bigot, associate fashion director of Première Vision Paris

22 June 2015 by Roger Tredre

For the past 15 years, Ariane Bigot, associate fashion director of Pascaline Wilhelm, has worked directly with Première Vision.  Now she brings her wealth of experience to the task of…

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Winning the first Miroglio Texprint Award: Charlotte Hetheridge

20 February 2015 by Editor

Back in September 2014 at Indigo/PV, the first Miroglio Texprint Award for Digital Innovation was awarded to print designer and Royal College of Art graduate Charlotte Hetheridge.  Besides…

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Diary: Intertextile Shanghai October 2014

09 November 2014 by Roger Tredre

From left: Julie Davies (The Woolmark Company), Joanna Bowring (Texprint) and Chen Xi (Zhe Jiang Uni)

Sponsorship Director Joanna Bowring led five Texprint prize winners to exhibit at Intertextile Shanghai in October with the support of the event's organiser Messe Frankfurt (HK) and The Woolmark…

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Photo report: Texprint 2014 at Indigo/Première Vision, Paris

19 October 2014 by Editor

The main event of Texprint’s annual calendar is the showcasing of British-trained textile design talent at Indigo, where through the generous sponsorship of Première Vision SA, 24 selected Texprint…

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Photo report: Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision 2014, Paris (...continued)

19 October 2014 by Editor

“I just want to thank you again for everything. I had a fantastic time at Indigo! Being part of Texprint has really changed how I view my work and…

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Texprint 2014: Indigo, Paris

18 September 2014 by Roger Tredre

Texprint 2014: Award Winners

Texprint's 24 young designers had their first taste of the international arena in Paris at Indigo at Première Vision Pluriel. They exhibited their work in the textile industry's leading global…

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Shortlisted nominees for Colour, Pattern, Space and Body Prizes

25 July 2014 by Editor

Shortlisted nominees with judges

Texprint’s 2014 programme of new designer support began in London earlier in July with the interaction between 24 highly talented new textile designers and experienced industry professionals who had…

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Texprint London 2014: platform for new textile design talent

14 July 2014 by Roger Tredre

Texprint London: 24 selected designers with judges

We look back on a memorable three days in London this July, when 24 young designers – the best of a new generation educated in the UK – attended…

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Texprint 2014: Meet the Judges, Eifion Griffiths

03 July 2014 by Jainnie Cho

We talk to Eifion Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Melin Tregwynt, a century-old Welsh wool products company that’s all about family, quality textiles and keeping tradition alive.

For…

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Texprint 2014: Meet the Judges, Sue Roberts

30 June 2014 by Roger Tredre

UK department store group House of Fraser is an exciting company to work for, not least because the company is now poised for international expansion, including Russia, China and…

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Texprint 2014: Meet the Judges, Henry Graham

10 June 2014 by Jainnie Cho

We talk to Henry Graham, Chief Creative Officer of Wolf & Badger, a London-based retail concept that is specifically designed to support new talent.

For new designers, Wolf…

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Texprint 2014: Meet the Judges, Sarah Campbell

28 May 2014 by Roger Tredre

We talk to Texprint judge and leading British textile designer Sarah Campbell, best known for her 50-year collaboration with her sister as part of the original Collier Campbell.

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Review of the year - Texprint 2013: Trained in Britain

31 December 2013 by Editor

Texprint 2013 designers with management team at Texprint London

Since early in 2013 when new initiatives were tinged with a certain financial caution, I’m delighted to confirm that Texprint made strong progress throughout the year, with some…

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Texprint at Intertextile Shanghai

28 October 2013 by Editor

October 21-24 saw Texprint exhibiting at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics sponsored by Messe Frankfurt (HK) with a stand located in the new Verve for Design section in Hall W1,…

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Photo report: Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision, Paris

09 October 2013 by Editor

As part of the annual programme of industry interaction, and through the generous sponsorship of Première Vision SA, 24 selected Texprint designers were given a unique opportunity to exhibit…

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Photo report: Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision, Paris (...continued)

09 October 2013 by Editor

As part of the annual programme of industry interaction, and through the generous sponsorship of Première Vision SA, 24 selected Texprint designers were given a unique opportunity to exhibit…

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The Woolmark Texprint Award Judging Process

26 September 2013 by

Winner Signe Rand Ebbessen shows her work to the judges

“Beautiful designs!” John Walsh, managing director of Abraham Moon & Sons, said as he looked at Texprint designer Alice Preston’s neon hand-printed designs. Daliah Simble, head of sourcing &…

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Texprint special prize winners announced at Indigo

20 September 2013 by

Signe Rand Ebbesen, Kazusa Takamura, Florence Colson, Ffion Griffith, Taslima Sultana and Cherica Haye with Maurizio Galante

Couturier Maurizio Galante presented this year's Texprint awards for design excellence to four British-trained new graduates. The six prize winners were announced at the Texprint prize ceremony, held in the…

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Texprint Paris special prize presenter 2013: Maurizio Galante

09 September 2013 by

Maurizio Galante Haute Couture celebrates a body of work that covers over 25 years of the Paris-based Italian couturier’s career.

The Texprint team are extremely excited to welcome…

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Meet the judges: womenswear designer and consultant Madeleine Press

05 September 2013 by

Texprint’s selection process is dependent on the generosity of industry members who take a day out of their work schedules to give professional guidance to the new designers under…

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Texprint 2013: Meet the judges, Emma Kidd of Selfridges

08 August 2013 by

Emma Kidd, creative researcher at Selfridges, plays a vital role as part of Selfridges creative team. Selfridges opened its doors on Oxford Street, London in 1909 and revolutionised the…

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Texprint 2013 Selection Interviews: how, why, who and what

23 July 2013 by Editor

Emma Sewell, Ruth Greany, Gregory Parsons with designer and Peter Ring-Lefevre (right)

With Texprint 2013 well underway this seems a timely opportunity to track back to the first stage of the selection process as we catch up with Texprint’s creative director…

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Texprint 2013: meet the judges, Deanne Schweitzer of Lululemon

18 July 2013 by

Deanne Schweitzer is the SVP of Design and Creation at Lululemon Athletica. The yoga-inspired activewear brand is both a Texprint Foundation Sponsor as well as a Prize Sponsor: Deanne…

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Texprint 2013 Awards: short listed designers announced

12 July 2013 by Editor

Texprint 2013 designers with the Texprint team

Speaking of the Texprint London judging and mentoring event (held at Triangle building, Chelsea College of Art & Design, 9-11 July 2013) of the 24 graduates selected for Texprint…

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The Selection Process 2013 - judge Tamsin Blanchard

08 July 2013 by

 

Tamsin Blanchard’s remit as Style Director of the Telegraph Magazine is as broad as she likes to make it, from following Joanna Lumley across the slums of…

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Texprint talks: Gilles Lasbordes, MD of Première Vision

17 June 2013 by

Gilles Lasbordes is the managing director of Première Vision S.A., the leading international textile and fabric show, otherwise known as PV. Première Vision was established in 1973 as a…

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The Selection Process 2013 – judge Damian Shaw

12 June 2013 by

Please note: Due to unforeseen work commitments Damian Shaw was unable to judge Texprint 2013. The role of a merchandising director requires an extensive knowledge of a brand’s DNA –…

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The Selection Process 2013 – judge Marios Schwab

20 May 2013 by

Marios Schwab: autumn winter 2013 collection

Please note: Due to unforeseen work commitments Marios Schwab was unable to judge Texprint 2013.  Who better to select Texprint’s emerging designers of the future than Marios Schwab, one…

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Coutts Texprint dinner celebrates textile innovation

16 April 2013 by Editor

As a dedicated supporter of the arts, private bank Coutts again demonstrated its interest in the worlds of fashion and textiles by hosting an elegant dinner in support of…

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