SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. SFMade Week is seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.
Tour some of the City’s best known and emerging artisan manufacturers’ factories. Take classes and pick up a new craft with your favorite manufacturers across the city. Taste, tour, and toast during these special events with independent wineries and breweries. Wednesday, May 7, build a vibrant manufacturing sector with us, and come to SFMade’s Annual Fundraiser, Ramp It Up!
As SFMade members and SFMade Week sponsors, Britex is adding to the celebration with a Warp x Weft: Textile 101 (May 6) and an After-Hours Textile Tour (May 8).
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SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101
SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour
So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
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The much anticipated 50% OFF REMNANT IN-STORE SALE is here. The sale starts Thursday, April 24 at 10 AM and goes through Saturday, April 26, 6 PM. It’s hard to come by discounts as good as these—remnants will be 50% off their already reduced prices. You’ll find an assortment of fabrics such as fine woolens, wool suitings, silk prints, silk solids, linen and cotton fabrics. Find home décor fabrics as well. Remember, remnants range in size from about half yard cuts to 3 yard lengths, and cannot be cut. This sale is in-store only—on-line fabrics, phone and mail orders are not included in this sale!
If you’ve joined us for a remnant sale in the past, you know the drill. If you haven’t, here are some tips:
1. Arrive early for the best selection.
2. It gets crazy-busy on day one. So, if you prefer a mellower experience, stop by in the afternoon or on day 2 or 3 of the sale.
3. While you’re here, don’t forget your notions—thread, zippers, trims, rulers, marking tools, etc.. They’re not on sale, but it saves you a trip.
4. Have fun! Invite your sewing friends and make it a downtown San Francisco adventure. Check out the designer shops for inspiration, then stop by Otis Cafe for a gourmet coffee on Maiden Lane.
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50% off selected online silk fabrics! We just added a slew of slinky, sensuous silks to our 50% online silk sale, including a slew of elegant iridescent crinkled silks and sheer chiffons! We love wrapping ourselves in luxurious silk, and it is perfect for springtime projects – 1930s vintage style blouses, glamorous silk scarves, and lazy Sunday brunch worthy pajamas. As jockey and Kentucky Derby winner, Eddie Arcaro said, “Once a guy starts wearing silk pajamas it’s hard to get up early.”
Free Weekly Britex Fabrics Saturday Morning Store Tours – Saturday, March 29 at 11am. Preregistration is required! This 25 minute tour starts in the back of Britex on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We’ll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what’s up our sleeves for the new year. This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Wondering if this tour is right for you? This is a free tour for special customers that want to better maneuver through this decades-old store and its highly methodical organizational systems. Space is limited. Afterwards, take time off for sewing project planning over a latte and pastry in Union Square for a marvelous Saturday morning!
Yes, you heard right. We are taking a break from pop-up workshops, but not without a better offer in exchange. Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops are now happening on the Fourth floor of Britex!
Many of you joined us last year all over San Francisco for demos and workshops like simple dress-making by Sonya Philip at Makeshift Society, leather-working by Melissa Fleis at the NWBLK, and of course, textile workshops by our very own textile whiz Geana Sieburger.
Now with our new workshop space on the Fourth Floor, we first bring you Warp x Weft: Textile 101—a 2-hour fiber and textile construction intensive. Next in-store are workshops from designers, artists and other experts, so stay tuned.
If you love to sew, get giddy over textiles and feel immense joy learning about these things in groups of people who feel the same way about sewing and textiles, don’t take a chance—subscribe to the newsletter at the footer of this page or on our homepage and never miss an opportunity. New workshops, demos and events are currently under development…
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P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.
Our entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories are on sale from Friday, Febuary 28th to Thursday, March 13th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Mid and Lightweight Woolen Fabric categories, including stretch mid/lightweight wools! Get toasty with winter sewing projects and greet the spring with lightweight wool seperates — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as wild orchid, warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown. All wool and wool blends in our Mid/Light Weight Wool Fabrics category are 20% off for two weeks – from draping woolens for dresses (and even blouses), to worsted suitings for perfect pencil skirts, to flannels and gabardines for fitted trousers. We all aspire for artless elegance, and woolens help us make the trip! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices quickly. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories only – in-store Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale.
The online Wool Tweed & Plaid category fabric sale ends Thursday, February 27th. Enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Tweeds & Plaids! Plaid is a beautifully classic pattern, and with its subtle variations of line quality and color it can convey an ever-changing mood. From the royal Glen plaid, to graphic buffalo checks, to playful puppy-tooth, our plaid wools will liven up your wardrobe. Tweeds have a language of their own. With their nubby, homespun texture, tweed fabrics are ideal for casual jackets, skirts and trousers. The language that is spoken is contained in how you wear it; a rumpled tweed jacket with suede elbow patches screams fluency in obscure film criticism, yet a pair of light-weight pleated front worsted tweed trousers murmurs relaxed glamour. This sale is good for our online Wool Tweeds & Plaids Category only – SF in-store Wool Tweed & Plaid Fabrics are not included in this sale.
P.S. No, you don’t have to make striking matching plaid outfits for the whole gang, even though we’re kind of in love !
It’s that time of year again…
The big 30% off in-store sale* is on Monday, February 17 from 10 to 7 PM.
Count on incredible deals throughout the entire store, from Main Floor silks to Fourth Floor already-reduced remnants. Turn an ordinary pattern into an exquisite designer look-alike. Make a one-of-a-kind tie. Sew a silk chiffon scarf. Commit to making a coat. Did someone say pleats? 2014 is all about challenging yourself to be a better sewist. We’re here to help with scrumptious quality textiles and accessories plus tips and tutorials to guide you along the way!
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*Limited to stock on the floor. Imported/vintage lace, sale, and specialty items not included. No mail orders, online, phone, or special orders.
After Hours Britex Fabrics Textile Tours on Wednesday, February 12 from 7pm -9pm. Preregistration is required! This after-hours excursion, made up of part Britex store tour, part textile 101, starts on the Main Floor of Britex Fabrics. We’ll share with you a bit of unknown history and talk about how fabrics from all over the world end up in our San Francisco store. We’ll show you where to find what you’re looking for in this floor-to-ceiling finely curated and solidly-packed store. From wool coatings and imported designer silks on the Main Floor to outdoor adventure wear and laminated linen on the Fourth Floor, you’ll know the ins and outs of this 62 year old establishment after this two-hour tour. We’ll also talk about the basic textile categories and how they are created using different fibers, yarn construction, weaves and knit styles. Be sure to bring a notebook–our after-hours excursion is as densely packed as our four-story building. The fee for this social evening is $20. Light drinks and snacks are included.
After sixty plus years in San Francisco, Britex has seen unbelievable changes from the close of City of Paris and I.Magnin to the rise of tech in our very neighborhood. And now, even our usual style of keeping production local is receiving a different sort of attention. Our fabrics still come from all over the world, but our tote bags are made right here in San Francisco. We’re proud to announce that this year we are officially SFMade members.
SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. Visit SFMade before you shop and you’ll be surprised to find out how many local companies are contributing to our local economy from casual fashion to your favorite food truck.
If you want to celebrate with us with great design, purchase your limited edition tote bag soon before they’re all gone.