Think Sustainability. Think Scotland for fashion and textiles
Discover Scottish textiles at Première Vision in Paris from the 7th to the 9th of February 2023.
Première Vision is the industry-leading event for textiles covering everything from yarns to manufacturing, fabrics, leathers, designs, colours and accessories.
At the show, UKFT’s Sustainability in UK textiles campaign comprises five themes: Sustainability, Durability, Creativity, Authenticity and Innovation. Through an eye-catching stand design and digital content, buyers can learn more about Scotland’s unique craftsmanship, skill and heritage and creativity, as well as discuss how Scottish textile designers, manufacturers and innovators can help them meet their sustainable and ethical ambitions.
Jaki Love, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, said: “The drive to be more responsible for our impact on both planet and people has culminated in the creation of domestic, European and global targets. Scotland has embraced this opportunity, and with active industry led research & development, delivered innovative solutions for circular and sustainable fashion and textiles.”
Discover Scottish textiles…
Textile manufacturing in Scotland today is regionally diverse, employing 8200 people, in 562 companies and contributing £844 million to the Scottish economy. Sourcing from Scotland will help you to broaden your sustainable textile offering and appeal to your customers.
Meet the UKFT team at stand 6C10 at Première Vision Paris and explore the future of textiles.
Scottish textiles are uniquely linked to the rugged landscapes that inspire their production, harnessing skills that have been built up over generations. Manufacturers including Harris Tweed Hebrides, Alex Begg, Eribe and Lochcarron continue to find new ways to excite luxury brands and designers with prestigious fabrics, niche production and specialist techniques.
Scottish textile producers and designers are minimising use of virgin raw materials and extending textile lifecycles to meet new global sustainability standards. Discover the story of Halley Stevensons, based in Dundee, which has been a leader in the manufacture of waxed cotton for over 150 years and specialises in durability, sustainable sourcing and low impact manufacturing.
Sourcing from Scotland will help you to broaden your sustainable textile offering and appeal to your customers. From Johnstons of Elgin, which received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development last year through to Lochcarron of Scotland, which reduced the production journey of its Scottish kilt fabric from 15,000 miles to just 400, the Scottish textile industry has a strong pedigree in sustainable development.
While the Scottish textile industry has a long heritage to be proud of, this is not a sector that stands still. Look to ACS Clothing, based in Glasgow, which is transforming the fashion industry from the traditional linear take-make-dispose model, towards a circular fashion model, and extending the life of existing textiles to divert clothing from landfill. So too, are Johnstons of Elgin, which is working with Highlands weaver Prickly Thistle to explore a new process make thick, coarse Scottish sheep fleece more suitable for use in clothing and other textile products.
A creative outlook is key to minimising material and process waste in the textile industry. Dynamic Scottish companies are reimagining products including Tessuti Scotland, which utilises zero waste design principles to produce scarves using off-cuts of silk from other scarves, and Isaebel Hendry, who takes inspiration from traditional craft skills and techniques found locally including basket making, roof thatching and carpentry techniques to create stunning leather accessories with a modern aesthetic.