Discover British Brands at Paris Fashion Week: Sep/Oct 2023
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) will accompany more than 110 UK brands to the September/ October 2023 edition of Paris Women’s Fashion Week, where the UK presence provides a significant draw for international buyers from around the world. Renowned globally for being a key marketplace for high end fashion, Paris Fashion week encompasses a selection of events for womenswear, swimwear, resortwear and jewellery. Running from 27 September to 4 October, an exciting mix of UK brands can be found at tradeshows including Splash, Tranoï and Première Classe as well as at multi-brand showrooms including Awaykin, Claret, Emma Jones Consultancy, Nouvelle Box and Rainbowwave.
UKFT is supported by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), enabling it to coordinate and promote the strength of British creativity and design as part of its “UKFT Global Brands” campaign. As part of this activity UKFT will be running the Discover British Brands in Paris social media campaign, highlighting the different companies showing in Paris whilst also compiling a useful map to point buyers in the direction of British companies.
In addition to a strong presence of swim and resortwear, there is an impressive line-up of jewellery brands in Paris this season with 10 UK companies exhibiting at a range of events. Nouvelle Box, the specialist jewellery showroom run by Darren Hildrow, will occupy two locations this season, showcasing four different UK companies: Amrapali London, Dosisg6c, Loquet and Tomasz Donocik.
There will also be UK jewellery brands present at Awaykin, Première Classe and Rainbowwave including Bleue Burham, Capsule Eleven, Métier by Tomfoolery, Missoma, Pippa Small, and Raphaele Canot.
UK highlights at Paris Fashion Week this season include:
Nomadic cashmere house Oyuna is launching the SS24 Paper Collection at Tranoi:
“The concept of PAPER takes centre stage in our SS24 collection. It is a simple yet precious object that has so many connotations. It is learning, it is a love letter, it is an art, it is a belief, it is a reincarnation. It might be non-existent in the near future, for the sake of saving the trees and the planet. Let us celebrate paper in all its glory and pay gratitude to it before then. Paper is one of the most amazing mediums that can be manipulated and transformed. We are slicing, cutting, and folding it, to guide us in shapes and forms, for SS24.”- Oyuna Tserendorj
Sustainable unisex jewellery brand Capsule Eleven’s collection takes inspiration from its founder’s Egyptian heritage and will be showing at Rainbowwave:
“The collection explores the philosophies of ancient amulets alongside modern wellness; forming empowering, contemporary gender fluid pieces that capture the concept of ‘spiritual high fashion’ and ‘Egyptian Futurism.’ The signature capsules can be opened to interchange crystals and gemstones, allowing you to wear the energy you seek.”
Casa Raki will be showing at Splash. The SS24 collection is titled La Estancia:
“Argentinean-born fashion photographer Josefina Alazraki Theo founded resort wear label Casa Raki in 2018 as a portal to her home continent, South America– a place close to her heart and filled with childhood memories. The collection reflects the Argentinean lifestyle, created without pretence, and comprised of natural linens that Casa Raki has become recognised for, lightweight cottons and signature sustainable swim.”
Donna Ida will once again be showing at the Emma Jones Consultancy Showroom:
“Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton returns to Paris to showcase DONNA IDA’s SS24 collection. With brand-new styles and iconic favourites in new colourways, this elegantly chic collection covers all SS24 style bases. Expertly designed to flatter and feel amazing, look no further than DONNA IDA for all your denim needs.”
J&M Davidson is showing at the Daniele Ghiselli showroom:
“Founded in 1984, J&M Davidson gained recognition for their distinctive leather goods designs that seamlessly blend artistry and functionality. The Spring Summer 2024 collection sees new leather variants in soft sun-bleached shades that distil the idea of an endless summer. Texture is added with expanded range of leathers including natural grain Tedd, smooth calf, Nappa and buttery Nubuck with a contrast of using natural linen and recycled Mesh. “
Ka Wa Key will be showing with Vald Showroom:
“Distinguished by their experimental storytelling approach to engineered prints that evokes emotions and ideas, London-based KAWAkEY deconstructs and reimagines genderless wardrobe staples and patterns with their roots of Scandinavian and Asian heritage.SS24 collection is called “The Gardener’s New Clothes” inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Misa Harada Millinery will be returning to Première Classe:
“Launched in 1998 after designing and creating for the British royal family, Misa Harada’s label is renowned for its hybrid of functionality and ornate elegance, combining her method of traditional couture technique. Sustainability and longevity are a cornerstone of the mission and ethos of her brand; for this collection, Misa has worked closely with her suppliers in the UK to upcycle and breathe new life into vintage raw materials.”
Also attending Première Classe is Norman Wakabayashi:
“Mark Norman & Masahiro Wakabayashi first met in 1995 while studying at London’s Cordwainers college. Their unisex footwear designs are a nostalgic nod to all the things from British & Japanese street culture that continue to inspire them. By mixing these ingrained influences with the finest materials, best Italian factories & shoe making knowledge gained over a combined 50 years in the footwear industry – they hope to bring something original, fun & wearable to the market. All Norman Wakabayashi shoes are hand crafted on a small scale by Artisans in the shoe making heartland of Le Marche, Italy with durable rubber soles & top-quality Italian leathers. This season they have added two new styles: The “Ford” acid loafer & “Mike” mocc toe sneakers have now been updated with a Vibram sole for a younger look.”
Shaku will be returning to Tranoi:
“Shaku presents their SS24 collection, ‘Dahlia’. Colourfully tipped, striped, curly and wispy, dahlias come in a dazzling array of colours and styles. They serve as the inspiration for Shakera’s newest collection, bringing the graceful beauty of the dahlia to life in a range of stunning scarves and ponchos.”
UKFT is looking forward to meeting buyers and press wishing to connect with UK exhibitors and businesses at the different trade shows and showrooms. UKFT’s Discover British Brands in Paris map and social media campaign will highlight the range and quality of UK companies showing in Paris this season.
Paul Alger MBE, Director of International Business at UKFT, said:
“The UK has been at the forefront of quality fashion for centuries. Today’s UK fashion industry builds on this impressive heritage with a contemporary outlook and the same quintessentially British approach to style. The sector is dynamic and committed to exports, supported by quality textile manufacturing throughout the UK. UKFT is proud to bring a strong and diverse group of British fashion, swimwear and accessories to Paris Fashion Week, supported by Department for Business as we close the SS24 season.”