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February 15, 2017

On-trend fabrics and the labels that match

By: Luke

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Across the catwalks this season, designers have been exploring texture in new ways. Layered fabrics and distressed materials have been the focal point of designs from the biggest labels in fashion.

If you’ve been inspired to experiment with a new material, knowing that there’s a label to match every fabric choice can be overwhelming. Luckily we’ve been in the business longer than we care to mention and know all the failsafe combinations you need for your latest collection.

Plisse starts life as a cotton or rayon, which is then finished with thin pleats to create a crinkled effect. The lightweight fabric has been seen for the last few seasons in collections by Jil Sander and Issey Miyake.

Plisse garments are perfect for smooth, sculptural designs so you’ll need branding that won’t take centre stage. To keep the illusion, we recommend a printed label that you can tuck away in a seam. Be sure to choose a super-soft satin finish to avoid irritation to the skin.

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No longer just the go-to fabric for a picnic cloth, gingham is now a high street staple. Stores like ASOS have featured it across their SS17 range – think tea dresses, bardot tops and Fred Perry-esque shirts.

As it’s a heavier, medium-weight cotton, gingham needs a lightweight, textured label to balance out the finish. Our cotton label range is 100% eco friendly and is perfect for a lighter finish. Choose between two colours for a label that truly complements the colour palette of your designs.

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Distressed denim

Vetements is a new label that champions retro streetwear design. They’ve become known for their take on 80s and 90s denim designs and their ‘raw hem’ finishes.
If you’re adding a twist to some reworked vintage denim, you’ll need heavy duty Jacron labels.This type of label is ideal for creating that rich, two-toned embossed branding that has become synonymous with classic brands like Levi’s

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ZARA recently ran an editorial campaign dedicated to poplin – a strong fabric that can be made in a plain weave of any fibre or blend. The material is popular as it irons well and isn’t prone to creasing or wrinkling, perfect to throw in your wardrobe after a long day.

As Poplin is mainly used for formal shirts and blouses, you’ll need a trusty size label to pop into the collar for your customers. Shirts are measured in inches so you may also want to include a size guide on the back of your swing tickets too.

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Tell us what fabrics you’re working with
Do you have a favourite fabric that you work with season after season? Or are you trying something new?

Tweet us to let us know how your collection is coming along and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’re unsure about which label finish will complement your fabric, drop us an email and we’ll pop a sample pack in the post.


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