At Multiyork, we offer one of the largest ranges of natural fabrics on the high street. Our in-house senior fabric buyer Wendy Carroll talks to us about where her inspiration comes from, which new designers to look out for in 2017 and the main elements behind choosing the right fabrics for our customers.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently developing the new Monsoon collection which will be hitting our stores in summer 2017. There are lots of new designs which have been selected from their archive and re-worked into new colour palettes. It is a real move from the collections we have launched previously, there are lots of small scale geometrics and wow accents. We think customers will love them.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Researching new trends and up and coming designers is definitely my favourite part of the job. I regularly attend furniture exhibitions, and have just recently returned from America where they really showcase innovative furniture designs and bold colour schemes. As well as the latest trends, we also look for specific colours for the following season, and get to see ‘sneak peaks’ into products and fabrics which are making their debut. Plus, it is a chance to network and get inspired with fellow fabric enthusiasts like myself!
We are starting to look at fashion for inspiration too, prints seem to be making a big come back.
What makes Multiyork fabrics different?
It really comes down to the level of choice we can offer the customer, not just for colour but for textures too like velvet, wool, linens and many more. Plus, plenty of accent patterns and industry leading designer brands like Linwood and Sanderson to name a few.
We pride ourselves in the quality and choice of the fabrics we offer. We are able to showcase new trends and fabric collaborations like Monsoon in store and online, giving the customer the opportunity to create their very own bespoke upholstery.
How do you pick fabrics we want to use?
We want to ensure we offer great quality when introducing new collections so all fabrics have to pass vigorous testing to ensure they perform to our standards, these tests include rub tests, seem slippage and pilling. We need to check the durability of a fabric to confirm they are suitable for our furniture.
What has changed in fabric buying over the years?
The development in technology is moving quickly, we have much more choice in new yarns, finishing and printing.
What’s going to be big in 2017 – colours/trends?
Indigo blue is still a key colour but this includes lots of textures and finishing like stone washing, tie die and batik to give that hand-crafted appearance. Terracotta, reds and oranges are making a comeback but layered with tan leather and chocolate velvet, all very plush and rich.
Who is your favourite fabric brand and why?
There are so many fabric brands who have strong collections at the moment, Linwood’s Fable collection has had a great reaction. We are working on a few new launches but I have to say I’m most excited about our recent collaboration with fabric designer Emily Bond, it’s the first-time customers will be able to buy her coveted designs on a range of upholstery.
More information on Emily Bond here
You can order your free fabric samples here.