Textiles Scotland and Scottish Enterprise provide access to the key textile trend information each season through Trend Books or Trend Presentations and now - access to WGSN.
Autum/Winter 13/14 Trend Books are currently in stock. Members can borrow this trend information - costing around £10,000 to buy - in one box for up to four days for free. The cost to non-members is £50 per day. Arrangement of, and payment for, secure shipping and insurance must be undertaken. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. Please note from the Autum/Winter 13/14 season onwards, the WGSN online service (see below) replaces the Trend Books.
www.wgsn.com is a vast on-line resource for fashion, textile and interior designers. The website holds daily updated global information on international trend, colours, trade show reports, retail reports, key silhouettes amongst many more. Textiles Scotland has secured access on behalf of the textile industry in Scotland with password access for a day without charge - the normal subscription fee is £15,000. To arrange access to WGSN contact Hazel.email@example.com
Let's Make It Here
If you manufacture apparel textiles, clothing, accessories, related components, or provide finishing services in the UK, you can register on the UKFT website - the UK's most comprehensive and free-to-use database of British-based companies, compiled by UKFT.
Let's Make It Here section on the UKFT website
Fashion Foundry is an inspiring new business incubator and talent hub for fashion and textile designers in Scotland. Focusing on the luxury market, it is offering 18 months business incubator support which will accelerate ten of the country’s most promising designers, giving them the confidence and skills to maximise their creative and business potential. This will be complemented by a series of industry events open to the wider fashion community, fostering a specialist network for the sector in Scotland.
Led by Cultural Enterprise Office in association with Wasps Studios, Fashion Foundry is funded by Creative Scotland, with additional support from Scottish Enterprise.
2012 is the incubator's first year and applications are now closed.
For more information on the programme and how to apply, see the Fashion Foundry website.
The Fashion Alliance
Creative Skillset and UKFT are partners in the Fashion Alliance which provides resources for designers and manufacturers including the manufacturing database, and the Fashion Alliance Toolkit which offers guidance on how designers and production units can best communicate with each other.
The Fashion Alliance website
London office space
UKFT have the following office spaces available for hire at Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London at discounted prices for Corporate members :
- Atrium: 9m by 5.5m (30ft x 18ft ); total area 50sq m (540sq ft)
- The Meeting Room: 5.3m x 3m (17ft x 10ft); total area 16sq m (170sq ft)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the UKFT website for more information or to download booking form.
The following reports can be accessed in full by STLA Individual and Corporate members in the Reports section:
1. Interior Textiles Sector Profile - August 2010
Scottish Enterprise has commissioned a study into the Scottish interior textiles sector. This study will be used to guide our approach to supporting the sector and to help develop competitive advantage in both domestic and overseas markets.
2. Textiles Global Trends Research - June 2010
The purpose of this research is to identify key global consumer trends that may impact on the growth of the Scottish Textiles industry over the next 18 months. Within this, there is a desire to understand if there is any difference in trends impacting the markets for interiors and fashion textile products. Particular attention is given to three areas:
- The impact of the global recession on demand for premium textiles products, extending to interior and fashion markets in the key geographical markets of Japan, Russia and USA
- Consumer interest in ‘provenance’
- ‘Responsible luxury’, including ethical consumerism and sustainability
The report presents relevant trends in each of these areas together with stimulus for Scottish textiles companies on how to respond. Appendices are included as examples of the new principles of luxury being successfully commercialised by major fashion brands.
3. Overseas Market Introduction (OMIS) Reports on markets for high quality fabrics in the Rail and Public Transport sectors
4. Cashmere Industry in Scotland - September 2007
An assessment of the Cashmere Industry in Scotland and its importance to the Scottish economy.
5. Tartan Industry in Scotland - May 2007
An assessment of the Tartan Industry in Scotland and the potential benefits of the establishment of a National Register of Tartans.