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18th November 2009, London

Texprint design stars get more commissions than ever

Prize Judges and Texprint 2009 stars at First View  Photo: James McCauleyThis year's Texprint new textile design stars received more commissions and freelance work than ever before following successful exhibitions of their work starting in London, moving to Paris and then Hong Kong.

In particular Indigo, held in Paris from 15 to 18 September, 2009, was surprisingly positive, with sales of 132 designs (over 30% up on 2008) to the largest group of clients than ever before (up 50% up from 2008). Although the number of job offers made was down on last year, the number of freelance commissions received was up over 100%, reflecting the uncertain mood of the industry. Many commissions and job offers are made following initial contact at the show.

Major names visiting and buying at Texprint included Diane von Furstenberg, who attended personally with her team, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Guy Laroche, Liberty Art Fabrics, WWD, Custo Barcelona, H&M, New Look, Next, Victoria’s Secret, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni and Jaeger.

The six special prize winners presented their work at Interstoff Asia Essential, Hong Kong, from 7 to 9 October. The response from professional visitors was also very encouraging, with a record total of 246 contacts made, more than double those of last year.

Throughout its 40 year history, Texprint has helped to launch the careers of over 6,000 designers. Texprint alumni work with some of the world's most prestigious companies including Burberry, Chloe, Christian Lacroix, Gucci, Hermes, Donna Karan, Lanvin, Missoni, Nicole Farhi, Paul Smith, Liberty Art Fabrics, Stella McCartney, The Colorfield and Circle Line.

Texprint is responsible for discovering some of the fashion industry’s best kept secrets and has an impressive alumni list which includes Alice Temperley, Louise Goldin, Clare Tough, Michael Angove, Georgina von Etzdorf and Zandra Rhodes.

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