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  • Draping With Emily Payne From Project Runway & Project Runway All Stars

    December 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Learn to drape from Project Runway star Emily Payne. Emily will share her own designs by letting you in on her draping secrets. This demo will last about one hour and a half, with plenty of time for q&a to follow.

    Plus, every participant gets 20% off regular-priced fabrics coupon. Whether you are a Project Runway fan or you are interested in draping, this is the demo workshop for you.

    Emily Payne, San Francisco based fashion designer and former Britex Fabrics team member has showcased her fashion design skills on the Lifetime network series Project Runway Season 13, and was also featured on Project Runway All Stars. Emily's fashion labels are Leathertongue and DevonRose.

    Tickets
    Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm


  • Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers
    This holiday season, join Britex Fabrics as we bring you a special FREE meet and greet with some of your favorite designers from Project Runway.

    Designers scheduled to appear: Emily Payne, Melissa Fleis, Richard Hallmarq, and Alexandria Von Bromssen

    Small Business Saturday Special Give Away (First 50 people who RSVP and are in line)
    Special Designer Pop Up Boutique

    Sat, November 26, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

    Britex Fabrics
    146 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    RSVP


  • Interactive Fashion Design Workshop With Local Designer Jamie Lau

    October 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join local fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau for a two-hour interactive workshop on fashion design. This inspirational and creative fashion design course will introduce you to the principles of fashion design, including basic fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and fabric awareness.
    Upcoming dates: Saturday, October 15th, Saturday, November 5th, and Saturday, December 3rd.
    Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, students will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage. This course is open to students, aspiring fashion designers, stylists, fashionistas, and seamstresses alike.
    (All supplies provided by Britex Fabrics.)

    Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs, she guest blogs and teaches workshops for Britex Fabrics. Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and is a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. After ten plus years of living in New York, Jamie relocated her design studio to San Francisco.


  • WARP X WEFT: Textile 101

    August 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    At Britex Fabrics we believe it is important to know your fabrics. Knowledge of how fabric came into being is equally as important, and can be an endlessly fascinating topic. Enter Geana Seaburger, with her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101. Geana, a former Britex assistant buyer and marketing whiz, is an Oakland-based maker with a design studio,and owner of GDS Clothgoods. Although she is currently making aprons to order-and quite successfully-her passion seems to be textiles from the ground up, literally.

    Attend her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101 at Britex Fabrics and you will hear, touch, smell, and see cotton, linen, wool, and silk in their most natural form. These natural fibers each have very different characteristics, which becomes evident the more you handle them.

    In the classroom, she encourages students to touch, poke, prod, and pull apart a cotton ball, flax (linen fiber), wool fibers, and silk. Each fiber has differences in length, texture, strength, and beauty.

    "Typically with fibers, length corresponds with quality... "

     

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    As she talks, students rip or pull pieces of the natural fibers and cut swatches from the corresponding finished fabrics, then glue them on sheets of paper, labeling them and taking notes. This exercise helps to illustrate the process that these fibers must go through to become fabrics. Students swatch different examples of fabric weaves, and learn that the sheen of a fabric is controlled by the type of weave it is woven into/from.

     

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    Terms such as hand, sheen, drape, resilience, wicking properties, protein vs. animal fibers, plain weaves, and matte vs. reflection, are thrown around the room as the students handle and catalog examples of each of these. Synthetics and man made fibers are also discussed.

    "If we're  interested in textiles, it's good to know the whole story."

    It is a given that Seaberger is very passionate about her subject matter. She touches on environmental matters as a part of her discussion, at one point saying "conventional cotton is terrible for the environment" in the way that it is produced. She praised polyester for its ability to "imitate so many natural fibers," and described one of the fabric swatches she used as an example of a synthetic blend as a "coarse wool and yucky acrylic."

    Her workshop is given practically every month  and tickets sell out weeks, sometimes months ahead of time.

     

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    Upcoming Workshop Dates
    Saturday, September 10th 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, October 1st 10:30am - 12:30pm

     


  • For Immediate Release - Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    July 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            July 25, 2016

     

    Press contacts: Joie Rey Cohen / 415.392.2910 / marketing@britexfabrics.com

                            Dina Fayer / 415.392.2910 / dina@britexfabrics.com

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    Britex Fabrics presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    A Runway Showcase Featuring Four Designers
    from Project Runway and Under the Gunn

     

    Friday, Sept. 23 2016 / 7:00– 9:30pm  / Union Square, SF / Historic Maiden Lane is about to be transformed into a runway, as Britex Fabrics presents PROJKT Maiden Lane–featuring new fall designs from Emily Payne, Kini Zamora and Richard Hallmarq (All Three From Project Runway) and Rey Ortiz (From Under the Gunn), along with new work and collaborations with local artists Michael Covington and L.V.M.

    Local designer/Britex Fabrics alum/Project Runway All Stars favorite Emily Payne explains, "I realized how many pieces in my collections have always been made with fabrics from Britex, and that it just makes sense to collaborate on a show. Both Richard and I have done draping workshops at Britex before, but this event is just huge." Britex Fabrics has a long history of supporting local designers, showcasing their work in window displays and on social media, and even sponsoring the Academy of Art's Britex Fabrics Project collection in 2009 (which previewed at Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week). "Fabrics make fashion–literally," says Britex Fabrics owner Sharman Spector, "You can't have one without the other. It's wonderful to see what designers like Emily do with our fabrics, and we think it's incredibly important to support that kind of creativity."

    Attendees of PROJKT Maiden Lane will enjoy free giveaways and pop-up shops with Britex Fabrics, Leathertongue & Devon Rose designed by Emily Payne, Goorin Brothers Hats, Threads Magazine, Myla’Cor Martinis, Caffe’ Central and more.

    Doors for the Myla’Cor Martini Bar inside Britex Fabrics to open at 6:15pm. Runway show at 7:00pm.

    Britex Fabrics offers a variety of workshops, online tutorials, community partnerships and store tours. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is four floors of fabulousfeaturing high quality fashion and furnishing fabrics along with notions, trims and 22,000 styles of buttons.

     

    Please contact Joie Cohen or Dina Fayer for further information about Britex Fabrics or press inquiries about PROJKT Maiden Lane.
    www.britexfabrics.com/events

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  • New Workshops Coming Soon: Hand Sewing 101 & Hand Sewing For Mending and Repair

    July 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)

    Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.

    Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
    Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.

    Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.


  • Britex Fabrics Presents: PROJKT Maiden Lane

    May 5, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Featuring Designers Emily Payne, Kini Zamora,
    Richard Hallmarq, & Stella Zotis
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    With local San Francisco Artist Michael Covington

     

    A Fall Fashion Show Featuring: Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq, Kini Zamora and Stella Zotis
    (Project Runway)
    With San Francisco ARTist: Michael Covington (collaborative pieces with Emily Payne)
    & DJ Keith Kraft
    Sponsored by: Myla' Cor Martinis

    When:
    Where: Britex Fabrics - 146 Geary Street (Maiden Lane), San Francisco, CA 94108

    Tickets on sale soon!


  • Four Floors of Fabulous: A Britex Fabrics Tour (Special Dates in Conjunction with SFMade Week)

    April 25, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us every other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE
    (First Come First Served)

    Tours are led by expert Britex Fabrics staff.

    This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early.
    Space is limited. Reserve your space now.
    Contact us for special group tours.
    415-392-2910

    Get your tickets

    Britex Fabrics will be having three week day tours as part of SFMade Week!
    Special Tour Dates:
    Monday May 9
    Wednesday May 11
    Friday May 13

    UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
    April 2, 2016
    April 16, 2016
    April 30, 2016
    May 14, 2016
    May 28, 2016
    June 11, 2016
    June 25, 2016
    July 9, 2016
    July 23, 2016
    August 6, 2016
    August 20, 2016
    September 3, 2016
    September 17, 2016
    October 1, 2016
    October 15, 2016
    October 29, 2016
    November 12, 2016
    November 26, 2016
    December 10, 2016
    December 24, 2016


  • Oscar de la Renta at the De Young

    March 17, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    (Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)
     
    After seeing his beautiful dresses in the Neiman Marcus windows across the street from Britex Fabrics, I couldn't wait to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young. I knew it would be a treat. The garments made of elegant fabrics of many types, (some which have cousins which can be found at Britex Fabrics) with fine embellishments and unique details, are what made this exhibit memorable. Because I work at Britex Fabrics, love to sew, and have taken courses in Fashion design, I have a wealth of knowledge and passion about fabric. This made me appreciate the garments immensely.

  • Nima Shiraz's First Fashion Video - Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

    February 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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