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Think Sustainability. Think Scotland for fashion and textiles

UKFT and Scottish Development International will be highlighting the sustainable and innovative solutions that Scottish textiles can offer buyers at Première Vision in Paris from July 5-7, 2022.

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 and SDI will be unveiling a new campaign centred on five key themes: Sustainability, Durability, Creativity, Authenticity and Innovation. Through an eye-catching new 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.

Come and speak with us at stand 6B9 at Première Vision Paris and explore the future of textiles.

New Scottish textiles campaign to be unveiled at Première Vision

 

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Authenticity

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.

Durability

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.

Sustainability

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.

Innovation

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.

Creativity

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.

Authenticity

Durability

Sustainability

Innovation

Creativity