More specifically I am going to Heimtextil. What is a Heimtextil you ask? Well, just the world's top textile trade show. The very latest in fabrics by the yard, bed linens, throws, pillows, kitchen and bath textiles will be on display from all over the globe. This fabric hound can barely sleep she's so looking forward to ogling and pawing the yard goods. (By the way, if you are a trade pro and you'd like me to prepare a report on the show for your biz, I'd be pleased to do so -- find more details at the end of this post.)
As I began to think about this upcoming opportunity and writing about it, I was overcome by one of those memories that hits me sometimes. I immediately thought of my Mom. She taught me to sew and all about fabrics (vocabulary, performance, how to test for body, how to recognize natural fibres by touch, what to avoid!). Browsing the bolts and pattern books at Uptown Silk Shoppe in Peterborough was one of my favourite things we did together. Ah, bless. If you had told me then that I would get to go to the biggest fabric mecca in the world in Germany -- wow, not sure I would have believed I could be so fortunate!
But I am. My flight leaves on Sunday. As you can see from the photo above, the Frankfurt skyline if fantastic. It's a dramatic blend of old and modern buildings -- best. I had a chance to visit last February when I attended another home goods trade show, Ambiente. Great show and great city. I hope to get more time this time to wander streets and Instagram random beauty, as is my won't. As for the show itself, I hopped onto the Heimtextil web site to try to get some kind of glimpse of what's to come and I grabbed a few shots to share.
This one above is from one of the trend forecasting groups. Looks all glamorous and warm with a touch of high tech. Shine on!
Another image from the trend group. Whites + Texture = I have a lot of love for this..
Yes, I love the white group, but I must say this collection is more likely to become my favourite. The rough-meets-luxe vibe and muted palette, punctuated with fresh Spring greens is right up my alley.
Check back on the blog the week of Jan 18 and I'll fill you in on what I find out about these trend groups and so much more about the Heimtextil show.
I created a new Pinterest board devoted to textiles and will be adding some of my favourite finds from the show. Follow my board here.
Now a bit more about that sales pitch I mentioned off the top. If you have a design business and you'd like to get a leg up on the competition by finding out the latest textile trends, I'd be pleased to prepare a report for you and your team. Could be a written report with tons of photos, a desk side presentation, or I could speak to your whole group and share photos and insight. Contact me!
I will of course miss both ep.2 of Downton AND the Golden Globes due to being on the plane but...I'm just fine with that.
Thanks to the lovely people at Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the Heimtextil show (and many more trade shows), for the generous invitation to cover the show!