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Companies flying the flag for UK textiles at Milano Unica this week


UKFT is proud to support the UK companies exhibiting at Italian textile trade fair Milano Unica this week.

John Foster 1819

Hall 20 Stand D12

John Foster textiles

The John Foster team has taken a bold decision and has travelled over to Milan this week to take part in the Milano Unica (Idea Biella) tradeshow.

David Gallimore, Managing Director of John Foster says: “With the decision to invest and participate in our first international tradeshow in almost 18 months, we wanted show a level of commitment to our global customers and the industry as a whole.

“As we adapt to new beginnings, we hope to provide customers with a well thought out collection of capsule looks. The collection encompasses all our beautiful worsted suiting fabrics, but also jackets and blazering qualities as the market moves to a more relaxed dress code. The styling is playful, is focused on colour and rooted in our nature and surroundings. A colour palette highlights our suiting cloths in black and white, the constant staple in fashion; eternal and traditional classics that never go out of style; and a combination of rich, deep jewel tones adding depth and warmth to our casual qualities.”

John Foster is a proud member of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)


Kynoch 1788

Hall 20 Stand D12

Kynoch 1788

Kynoch 1788 is excited to be exhibiting at a physical trade show for the first time in almost 18 months.

Musing on highlights of the Kynoch 1788 collection for Autumn/Winter 22/23, Gill Mudie, Sales and Design Manager at Kynoch says: “The richness of character, skill and camaraderie in our team is expressed in every fingerprint that has helped to create a piece of Kynoch cloth. For AW22/23 we have been inspired by our Love Affair with Time creating qualities ‘as modern as tomorrow, but as traditional as yesteryear.’ Multicoloured worsted twist yarns blend beautifully with melange woollen spun yarns to create a strength and softness. Lambswools are contemporary in modern relaxed finishes at 350grm. Coatings are protective and nurturing with a depth of colour echoing through 800grm Cavalry Twills. Technical skills are passed down through generations, whilst designing mindfully and striving to innovate in responsible production. The results create sustainable methods and cloth which we are proud to share with you in the Kynoch AW22/23 Collection.”

Kynoch 1788 is a proud member of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)



Hall 16 Stand C20

Pongees will be one of three British companies exhibiting in the Moda In section of Milano Unica this week and is looking forward to the buzz of seeing customers in a face-to-face environment.

Managing Director, Nick Moore, describes the collection: “Pongees specialises in top quality silks in an amazing selection of colours. There are chiffons, crepes, douppions, habotais, organzas, velvets and mohair in classic and trend shades. New is an enlarged range of tulles – both stiff and soft – as this quality has become increasingly popular with designers of fashion and bridalwear in particular. Pongees stocks more than 1000 fabrics and the minimum order is just 1 metre. Fabrics are sourced from leading mills in the UK, France, Italy and Asia”.


William Halstead

Hall 20 Stand E11

William Halstead

William Halstead is exhibiting this week at Idea Biella, part of the Milano Unica exhibition, and the Halstead team is delighted to be back meeting their international customers face to face.

Matthew Simpson, Managing Director of William Halstead (Hall 20 Stand E11), reflects on their design team’s inspiration for their Autumn/Winter 22/23 collection: “Modern life is our inspiration – with our belief that formal and structured clothing still finds its place in contemporary settings but at the same time a spirit of democratization leads us to a position avoiding strict classification. We provide a versatile range of natural fibre fabrics for the world’s clothing creatives to find the perfect expression of their vision. We offer authentic British fabric constructions playing to the strengths of our heritage and at the same time understanding societal change means the context of tailored clothing is forever evolving. Our attitude is “don’t judge a book by its cover”; the modern era is exemplified by the most radical visions from those clothed within the most conventional attire and the most radical of designers emerging from the traditions of hand tailoring.

“From the Cosmopolitan Elegance of the early 20th Century recalling the jazz age and ocean liner optimism of open horizons made possible by new technology, to the post-modern emphasis on ruthless pared down aesthetics, the anarchy of the post war Mid-Century Modernists subverted the formal wear of their forefathers and subcultures of the Mods, Teddy Boys and new Romantics emerged. All the while serious minds from the Constructivist Movement raised monuments to the modern age with optimism, maintaining solid reliability with modern comfort and amenity.”

William Halstead is a proud member of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)


Liberty Fabrics

Hall 16 Stand D20

Liberty Fabrics

“For Autumn Winter 2022, The House of Liberty collection celebrates the key creative principles of our founder Arthur’s philosophy – informed by a 145-year history of art and design, re-imagined and reinvented across the decades.

The collection is structured around six key pillars, each representing a ground-breaking moment in Liberty’s design history.”

To view the full collection, visit Liberty’s stand in the Moda In section of the Milano Unica tradeshow this week (Hall 16 Stand D20)


Joshua Ellis

Hall 20 Stand E11

Joshua Ellis

Looking forward to the company’s first international tradeshow in almost 18 months, Brian Hinnigan, Head of Sales at Joshua Ellis, talks about the design inspiration for their Autumn/Winter 22/23 collection:

“As we all get to grips with the effects of recent global events and our ever changing world, design focus for AW 22/23 is taken from these experiences as well as a continued exploration of our Yorkshire heritage.

Following on from our Spring/Summer collection we revisit the natural textures and hues of our beautiful Yorkshire surroundings, which have inspired interesting weave structures and ombre patterning in neutral and time-honoured shades.

In contrast, we see the architectural influences of our cities and industrial past, through large checks and plaids, and bold colouration with the use of strong oranges, greens and blues. New transition weights in Cashmere enter the collection, adding casual flannels and luxurious jacketings to the season. We also see a focus on fancy and heavy wool coatings.”

Joshua Ellis is a proud member of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)


Laurent Garigue

Hall 16 Stand D22

Laurent Garigue is delighted to be exhibiting at the Milano Unica tradefair this week in Hall 16 Stand D22. The images give a glimpse of some of the fabrics they will be showing for Autumn/Winter 22/23.

Laurent Garigue high-quality sustainable fabrics have been manufactured in Yorkshire since 1947, supplying Haute Couture houses and leading designers worldwide.

Laurent Garigue stock their fabrics and can supply any quantity which reduces their customers’ carbon footprint, working towards a better, cleaner future.


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