fabric supplier recommendations
In my Facebook group The Fashion Feed, the same question gets asked quite a lot… where can i buy fabric from?!
I decided to collate all the info into 1 blog post and I ‘ll also keep updating it when I see new recommendations :)
I would highly recommend phoning the company if you can’t buy online. A lot of the fabric mills are very old school and it will be easier to work together rather than sending emails back and forth
Going on these websites can feel a little overwhelming so I recommend making a fabric moodboard first so you know what you’re looking for. If you’re really specific about what you want then use the search box on the website if they have one
Make It Here (this is a directory website)
Fabric trade shows / fabric fairs are the best place to go and find fabric but check before you go, some trade shows are for VAT registered businesses only and have high minimums of around 300-1000m per fabric
A trade show is where you go and request sample fabric hangers or you can place orders for fabrics to be made.
If you’re looking for fabric to buy immediately for sampling then it’s best to go online or buy from your local fabric shops
The shows below happen regularly throughout the year in London (PV is in Paris) so google the show and have a look at when the next one will be!
The London Expo, International Garments & Fabrics Trade Fair
Make It British
If you’re unsure of what to ask, here are some conversation starters to get you going!
Do you hold stock fabrics?
If the answer is yes then it usually means there is no minimum order qty on those fabrics!
If no, ask what their MOQ (minimum order quantity) is!
Can I cut the fabric hanger you have here or do I need to order a new one?
If it’s the first day of the show then they’re unlikely to let you cut it as it makes the stand look messy
If it’s the last day then they’re more likely
Have a look at which ones have been cut the most as these are obviously the ‘trending’ fabrics
Do you have sampling lengths ready?
This obviously will speed up your sampling process as it can take up to 4 weeks fro a fabric roll to be knitted / woven
Do I have to pay for this service?
If so, is that sampling cost refundable against an order?
What are you lead times?
Do you have test results and wash care instructions? (for the fabrics you choose)
This will give you the info you need for wash care labels at the end of production!
If you need anymore help on fabric sourcing, please join my facebook group The Fashion Feed where there’s nearly 200 brands and suppliers exchanging information and recommendations!
If you’d like 1-1 help with your brand, please click here to drop me a message and discuss working together