* Originally published 8/3/13
Sometimes the garment district can feel like an amusement park, and the stores within it, a carnival ride. A dizzying assortment of fabrics and notions, offered at a wild range of prices, and often of unknown origin, it is such a win when you find that magical spot, where the collection is carefully and artistically curated, AND you are greeted like an old friend.
If you're like me (and I think many of you are), you crave beauty and an outlet for your own creative expression, appreciating the quality of the luxury brands and the materials they use, but, even if you love exactly what they offer, you may not choose to spend or have the kind of cash those items require of you.
I was leading a private tour in in mid-July when we walked into Elliott Berman Textiles to explore their selection of fabrics. My heart nearly stopped when Eugenia pulled out a selection of headers (sales showroom cards for display and ordering information), featuring the beautiful digital prints that were due to arrive a month later. The above panel (London Eye ferris wheel... and YES, that is FABRIC pictured above) stole the show for me! This is a wonderfully soft poly print, with the image of perfect dimensions for the front of some fabulous silky T or blouse I have yet to make. The shipment was due to arrive the the end of August. I couldn't comment publicly here on the blog, for fear that it would just be gone in an instant. And now... yes, it is gone. When designers saw this one at the DG Expo, they FLIPPED OUT, and bought ALL of it! And Elliott Berman doesn't plan to have more.
Pictured above, is the panel the store saved just for me. Sorry, folks... Sometimes, I just have to keep some secrets to myself. Sorry you missed it?
But, here's the good news... There are other AMAZING digital prints they have to offer. And, no lie... they are just as amazing. The London Eye just happened to be very ME. Had you been there yesterday afternoon, like I was, well... I can barely put it into words.
Some of the fabrics are so beautiful, that just a very simple sewing project can take a basic garment into the wearable art category, simply because the fabric makes such a powerful statement of its own.
IMPORTANT... BREAKING NEWS...
A wall has come down. On purpose. Yes, in the store. As a result, a new room of new goods is being filled. NOW. Yesterday, I watched that room starting to come together, at first, about 1/3 full of new fabrics from France, and then a TRUCK arrived, UNLOADING brand new goods from Italy. Yes, I was there to see them! A true first look. Think brocades, high-end swimwear fabrics, Chanel, Etro, Clavin Klein...
Go there in person. The magic cannot be effectively conveyed in a blog post. I will tease you with some photos, but you will have to take the next step.
Oh, and ask to look at the cool Calvin Klein sorta burlappy coating/handbag/tough stuff that Calvin Klein has used as well.
Believe me when I tell you this. Go now. I am not lying when I tell you that some fabrics are actually HIDDEN in the store because they are so wildly popular. Yes, really.
|A lovely Chanel high end swimsuit fabric in bright white... for the bravest among you!|
|Stretch high end swimsuit, snug dress or legging, perhaps?|
|Stretch high end swimwear fabric.|
|Another fantastic print.|
|Need I comment on how pretty and crisp the colors are?|
|Sparkly, random silver polka dots on a white cotton background. Check out the textured cottons, too!|
|Stretchy, fuzzy, and beautiful. Must be experienced in person!|
What I cannot capture, is the fabulous digital prints (like my London Eye), because my photos are terrible, compared to the quality of the photography on the fabric. You'd have to see it in person to believe them.If you're not local, visit their website here to see what they have to offer! Oh, and by the way, what I am showing you here represents only the very tiniest tip of the iceberg of fabrics they have to show. The digital prints are just unbelievable when seen in person.
And, it doesn't end here. To make things, you need notions, linings, complementary fabrics. You will need to visit more stores to do your best work.
For more opportunities like this, come along on a Speakeasy tour!