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November 26, 2018

The future of fabric in 2019

By: Luke

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If you’re into textiles, 2019 looks to be an exciting year. From innovations in new technology to an increasing consumer appetite for sustainability, the world of fabric is experiencing some huge changes and developments. To ensure your next collection is bang on trend, these are the themes to watch out for over the coming months.

A softer side to rustic

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When we hear the word ‘rustic’ used in fashion, we might associate it with rough-feeling fabrics and unfinished seams. In 2019 it will take on a new meaning, with softer fabrics such as silk, cashmere and tencel taking centre stage. These fabrics will be used in loose, flowing designs inspired by the minimalist movement.

A twist on a classic

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Boucle is the fabric most associated with Chanel-style jackets, but next year you’ll be seeing it on everything. This will be mirrored in the trend for ‘space dyeing’ – a way to create texture and colour in jersey fabric, with an end result that looks a lot like a speckled egg or starry night. Dreamy.

Perfect imperfections

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These days, the public want something less mass-produced and more one of a kind. Inspired by campaigns such as the Just A Card initiative, consumers are looking to smaller brands for garments and products that are truly bespoke.

This #ThinkBigShopSmall mentality means fabrics that can be warped and altered are seeing a resurgence in popularity. To capture this theme in your work, experiment with hand painted prints, dyed wool and bold tweeds for products that each have their own look.

Naturally sustainable

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This trend is all about simplicity and effortlessness. Next year we’ll see more raw denim, un-dyed cotton and low-impact linen in muted tones – tapping into consumer appetite for all things eco-friendly.

What are you working on?
If you’re embracing imperfections or going green, we want to hear from you. Tweet us some snaps of your latest collection and we’ll share them with our friendly community of designers and makers.

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