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  • Britex & SFMade Week

    April 21, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    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 >

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


  • SFMade, Tote Bags & Britex Tradition

    January 29, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.


  • MoAD and Britex

    September 11, 2013 by Geana

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    We had the pleasure of working with this, at first energetic, group of gals from the Museum of African Diaspora last month. They were part of MoAD's summer program, Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and the Media.


  • Interfacing, Interlining, Underlining, and Lining---Knowing the Difference

    June 3, 2013 by Geana

    The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That's why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!

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  • Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 with the V&A

    July 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Glamour-rama! We may not be able to make it to the V & A, but we can daydream. In this video by the Victoria & Albert Museum, we are privy to interviews with designers Nicholas Oakwell, Bruce Oldfield, David Sassoon, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Illincic as they examine the significance of the ballgown, and what it is to be truly gorgeously, over-the-top glamorous.


  • Fashion Institute of Technology Online Museum

    July 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Is it another restless night in the smoldering summer heat? The online collection of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded! Pour yourself a glass of icy orangeade, curl up with your laptop, and prepare to take a virtual voyage through the world of couture fashion. Collections include the 18th and 19th Century, 1900s, 1920s and 1930s. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Accessories, and Menswear. Sigh...were these dapper suits worn in 2012 by your local barista, or are they circa 1850?


  • The Waistcoat Club, Circa 1955

    November 18, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We may have the Tweed Cycling Club and The Chap, however there was a predecessor to all this foppishness; The Waistcoat Club, London 1955. From the knowledgeable media folks at British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, here is a video newsreel clip illustrating the secret world of bespoke fashion and waistcoats.


  • SF Tweed, Cyclist Club par Excellence!

    November 17, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Drat! We missed the last SF Tweed ride, however ‘tis never too early to prepare for 2012. We have a plethora of tweed fabrics at Britex Fabrics, ready to be sewn into wooly dapper attire…capes, Norfolk jackets, riding suits, smoking jackets (pipe optional)! According to SF Tweed, we are “a rare breed of cyclist — ladies and gents who refuse to endure anymore spandex! For us there is nothing better than a spin through our fair streets in the finest most dapper attire. As we are courteous, we do not look down on our more pedestrian fellows. SF Tweed will embrace all forms of Tweed Culture: from cycling to croquet outings to picnics — anywhere there is a spot of tea available. If you yourself are hosting an event where tweed would be welcome please let us know!” (photo from Boston Tweed Run, 2010)


  • Vintage History of Sewing Newsreel Clip

    June 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    From the knowledgeable media folks at British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, here is a video newsreel clip illustrating history of sewing, from sewing with hair in the Stone Age, to electronic sewing machines…30 stitches a minute to 2,000! We love the shorts clad picnickers towards the end.


  • Top Hat Creation - Circa 1951

    February 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    The amazing folks at the British media company British Pathe (founded in 1902) present a preview of a video newsreel film on making top hats, circa 1951. The short clip depicts various steps in the hat-making process including laying out cloth until it is taut and the formation of forming a cylindrical shape. We love the depiction of craftsmanship, and the pride each milliner takes in their contribution to the finished top hat.


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