The London Textile Fair was established in 2007 by John Kelley at a small club in Marylebone. At the first TLTF we had 25 exhibitors set out in two rooms with just tables, chairs, sign and rails. This style and concept has been so successful that it has been continued until today with over 470 exhibitors expected for January 2020.
The London Textile Fair concept is very simple: we provide each exhibitor with a single stand, chairs, table cloth, rails and a sign. We ensure that each and every exhibitor is promoted equally in this way and we don’t allow big banners on the floor. Whether a large or a small manufacturer, the modular format of single tables offers an equal opportunity for all.
All tables are selected via a lottery so there is no possibility of ordering a better position “it’s pot luck”. However, we are able within the lottery to put mills together with their agents, when this is possible. We extend this ethos to advertising and we produce an exhibition brochure where we don’t allow advertisement from exhibitors.
This simple system reflects the unbelievably low cost for a fair of this importance and our very strict ethos that all exhibitors should be on a level playing field.
Further, we there is the possibility, we employ fashion students for the days of the show, to provide them with the fantastic opportunity to have their first experience on the field.
The majority of our visitors are from the UK (about 90%) and comprise of some of the most influential buyers and designers from the major high-street retail stores as well as independent designers and buyers from their contract manufacturers.