Textile Hunting in Paris

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Inspiration for our knitwear

Chinti’s Senior Designer, Karo Aye, has just returned from Europe’s largest fabric trade show, Premier Vision, where she and her Design Assistant, Nuvola Destefano, went in search of fresh and exciting textiles for our Spring Summer 2015 Collection.  While a trip to Paris usually conjures romantic imagery of cobbled streets, bohemian coffee shops and artisan chocolatiers, the reality in this instance was hard graft and military planning.  Below, Karo gives us a brief insight into her gruelling schedule, all in the name of fashion.

20130918_113539Karo deciding which of the six halls to visit first

20130918_113359This picture shows just how vast the trade show really is!

With 700 mills from 28 countries exhibiting their finest threads, I had the daunting task of sifting through never-ending swatches for new qualities.  Sourcing new mills that can work within our requirements of sustainability – all our fabrics must be natural and ethically sourced – is hard, but I am really excited about the new print and silk (yes, silk!) qualities that I found.  What’s more, I discovered some beautiful buttons and trimmings made of curozo, horn and mother of pearl, all of which I cannot wait to use within my designs.  Watch this space to see what makes it into the collection!

Sticking firmly to business was hard, though, with the delicious scent of bonbons and sugar coated almonds distracting me; it’s a tough choice between looking at another 500 swatches of fabric and eating sweeties.  Eventually giving in to temptation, we did treat ourselves to a mouth-watering burger at Premier Vision’s Hippopotamus restaurant.

Ending our weary but productive day, we headed back to our charming hotel. Although not quite the Hotel De Crillon, we totally fell in love with the welcoming owner who made us feel instantly at home. We spent the evening entertaining ourselves with endless rounds of the ‘Names, Places, Cities’ game whilst sipping Chablis.   It would have been sacrilege to go to France and not sample the wine!  Trying to think of a colour beginning with ‘C’ took quite some time, but I got there in the end!  Clue:  think Chinti’s high voltage AW13 colour...

Here are few pictures that I took during my trip for design inspiration.

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All our Chinti fabric must be natural and ethically sourced

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Moustache men; we love fabric with humour!

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Miniature shirts - so cute!