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Category Archive: Britex Announcements & Sales

New Fall Workshops at Britex


Here we go! The Britex workshop space is in full swing this fall with workshops taught by fashion designers, mixed media and textile artists all offered on our 4th floor.

On September 6, the interdisciplinary artist Katrina Rodabaugh, will be sharing with us the very traditional craft of sashiko embroidery through the modern approach of a mini quilt. The lovely thing about sashiko is that once you learn the skill, you can upgrade almost any textile creation. Learn more and register for Katrina’s sashiko mini quilt workshop here. Click here to read more »

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category from July 29th to Wednesday, August 13th. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with demure crepe weaves, crisp taffeta, subtle jacquards, slithery charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends Thursday January 30th. For the best selection, order your swatches online now.  Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Britex Fabrics’ Emily + Project Runway!

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Sigh! We can’t get enough of Britex Fabrics’ Emily Payne and Lifetime’s Project Runway. Watch Project Runway Thursday night for more of our favorite home town designer.

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Emily from Britex + Project Runway = Fireworks!


San Francisco designer and Britex employee Emily Payne has been selected to join the cast of elite creators on Lifetime Channel’s hit series Project Runway. “Emily is a unique talent,” says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector. “Her sense of style is dramatic, and her ability to put together intricate and unexpected combinations make her a stand-out.”  Originally from Temple, Texas, Emily is happy to call San Francisco home. She produces her online  and custom client Leathertongue designs here, as well as her childrenswear line Devonrose (inspired by her fashion-forward daughter, Devon), which has been carried in select stores from Brooklyn, NY to Dallas, TX.   Over Project Runway’s 13 seasons, Emily is only the third San Francisco designer to be featured.

Season 10 finalist Melissa Fleis, who has become a national success and Bay Area favorite with her leatherwear, says, “Emily has been my go-to gal at Britex Fabrics for years. She’s extremely talented and I wish her all the best on the show.”

Britex manager Dina Fayer notes, “She’s one of the first people you see when you walk in the store, and her sense of style is immediately clear. Plus, Emily is a problem-solver: she can think on her feet and come up with creative solutions in just about any context.

Project Runway-Season 13 airs on Thursdays at 9 PM, beginning on July 24th. This season, Tim Gunn  and judges Heidi Klum, Zac Posen and Nina Garcia will be joined by guest judges Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, Mad Men), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, British TV personality Amanda de Cadenet, designer/Runway champ Christian Siriano, YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, and many more.  There are several ways you can participate and show your support. Go to the Project Runway Site to Like Emily Payne. Plus, tweet your cheers for Emily using #DesignerEmily! Oh…and check out Emily’s Closet Tour and Home Tour videos in their eclectic San Francisco Chinatown apartment; Emily, Devin, Isaac, Bik, and Billy can invite us over for coffee anytime!

Learn more and show your support for Emily here.

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New Clearance Fabrics!

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We just added a stack of new fabrics to our 50% off and Clearance section, including midweight wools, shirtings, stripes, knits, imported fabrics, ikats, and more! Pick your pattern, buy your yardage, make a pitcher of sweetened iced tea, put on some tunes, and get ready to sew into the night.

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Sale Ends Tuesday – 20% Off Online Novelty Fabric!

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty Fabric category from Tuesday, June 17th to Tuesday, June 30th. Calling all bon vivants and glamour-pusses! Made of wool, silk, cotton, water resistant nylon, metallic and more, these fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, brocades possess a unique elegance, and our new Italian scuba knits are chic as Paris. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a floor length mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, a water resistant rain cape, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. This sale ends Tuesday, June 30th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Join us on 5/6 for Masters&Makers



Kick off SFMade Week by joining us at Bluxome Street Winery to celebrate all things made masterfully, locally.  Enjoy demonstrations, samples and conversations with some of your favorite producers, alongside WesBurger fare, Bluxome wines and Magnolia brews (benefitting SFMade). Admission is free — come make and partake!

53B Masters&Makers
Tuesday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Bluxome Street Winery — 53 Bluxome Street (btw 4th and 5th St in SOMA)

all evening long…
Blackbird Guitar—Big Sound, Small Body
Britex Fabrics—Textile Station: Focus on Fiber
Crooked Nest—Bromeliads & Bolts
Magnolia Gastropub—Drink Beer, Benefit SFMade
WesBurger—Burgers & Fixins (think, fried McVicker’s)

5:20 SF Milk Maid—DIY Cheese: From Udder to Fork
5:40 ForeignSpell—Palatable Printmaking
6:00 ForageSF—Cure Your Own Meat w/ Wild Herbs
6:20 Foggy Notion—Fun with Mason Jars
6:40 McVicker’s—Pairing Your Pickled Favorites
7:00 Bluxome St Winery—Barrel Sampling
7:20 Dandelion Chocolate—Bean to Bar & In Between
7:40 Raff Distillerie—Gin is to Absinthe as Bummer is to Lazarus

What’s a Textile Station?
We’re so glad you asked! Our new Textile Station is a way for you to test your fiber knowledge. See and feel raw fibers—silk, wool, cotton and flax—and try to guess what fabrics are made from those fibers. Here’s a hint…there may be some trick blends.

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Britex & SFMade Week


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).

Register here >


SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101



SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour

So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
Learn More >

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Remnant Sale 4/24 – 4/26


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.

In the meantime, enjoy this selection of provocative images. See you soon! Click here to read more »

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50% Off Selected Online Sensuous Silk Fabric!

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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.

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