Returning favourites and new exhibitors will be showing an extensive selection of new designs and colourways at the London Fabric Show this year, taking place at the Chelsea FC football ground at Stamford Bridge, London on 27th and 28th February.

Hosted by the British Furniture Manufacturers Association (BFM), the show brings fabric producers from Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK together to provide UK upholstery and soft furnishing manufacturers with an opportunity to select and customise fabrics to their own requirements.

Over 35 exhibitors will present exclusive designs in jacquards, wools, velvets, cottons, chenilles, leathers, faux leathers and high-performance polyester fabrics, among others. Backing fabrics and fire-retardant treatments will also be on display.  

Well-known British producers including Abraham Moon & Sons, Art of the Loom, British Velvets and Warwick will be present, alongside Adoksan and Tesseme from Turkey and Interfabrics and Antecuir from Spain. Belgian heavyweights Symphony Mills, Escolys, Van Neder, and Greenstreet Textiles will also be present.

Much of the Belgian contingent will be present at the show under the auspices of Fedustria (mark.vervaeke@fedustria.be) and Flanders Investment & Trade.

The textile industry of Belgium, the heart of which is located in Flanders, has been a prominent part of the country’s industry for centuries. Employing around 20,000 people in total, the sector remains one of Belgium’s major employers – the total turnover of the some-700 textile companies in Belgium amounts to around €5.1b and accounts for 12% of the EU’s textile exports. 

London Fabric Show’s unusual venue adds interest to the show. Held in Chelsea’s executive boxes overlooking the pitch, and surrounded by the team’s football memorabilia, the show takes on a dimension of sporting spirit and grandeur. “Most shows are held in large venues that lack personality,” says Jackie. “The London Fabric Show is a large venue bursting with personality, and it provides a great backdrop for exhibitors and visitors.” 

Visitors can register free on the show’s new website.