Posted on October 19 2017
Since launching in 2002, Textile Forum has cemented itself as London’s premier sourcing event for luxury fashion fabrics, now presented over two floors at a fabulous prestigious venue at One Marylebone.
The show which took place last week, attracts fabric buyers from major fashion retailers and brands, established independent design businesses and start-ups, tailors, craft shops, seamstresses and costumiers. Visiting companies include: Elvi, Goose, L.K.Bennett, Nike, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Osman Studio, Mulberry, Jenny Packham, Sassi Holfod, Janet Reger, Radley And Co, Jasper Conran, Louis Vuitton and Coco de Mer just to name a few.
It was the first time I had been and I could see straight away what a unique event it was. I am particularly interested in UK fabrics and came across some really excellent British brands. Definitely a date to put in the diary for next year.
I was very flattered to be interviewed for the show's Magazine 'Tex' by the Founder of Textile Forum, Linda Laderman, together with the proprietor of the high end studio where our first collection was produced. The article focussed in part on how the 'Jennifer Anne' brand for petite women had started, with the usual questions on why I had changed from law to fashion. I reflected maybe there was something in the genes, as my grandmother and great aunts had run a successful dress shop in Dublin, another great aunt had been a seamstress, one great grandfather had been a furrier and the other a sought after pattern cutter. So although I had always considered myself as coming from a legal background, as both parents and my two brothers were solicitors, if I skipped back a generation or two there was a whole other story.
I was delighted when only recently my mother's first cousin, now in his eighties, managed to unearth an old photograph showing the family dress shop in Dublin called 'Femina' run by Tamara, Sally and Rosie - my grandmother, his mother and my other great aunt. It does seem a fascinating part of family history to me, particularly now after my change in direction.
If anyone has any memories about 'Femina' in Wicklow Street, Dublin then please do get in touch, it would be fascinating to hear.