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  • In San Francisco We Build Bridges Not Walls

    February 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    capture5 Come check out our new window display, designed by employees of Britex Fabrics. Or if you aren't local, check out a few photos here.

  • Octopuses, Mermaids, Kelp, Oh My! - San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD)

    January 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Our community partner, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is a relatively new nonprofit on Union Square whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and history of hand embroidery. One of SNAD’s activities seeks to include stitchers who aren’t necessarily able to visit the school in person by providing three-time per year Stitch at Home Challenges.

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    In partnership with Build a Nest, last fall SNAD received a donation of colorful upcycled crystals from Swarovski. (these crystals are available for sale at Britex Fabrics on the third floor of the brick-and-mortar store) Each using a packet of provided crystals, more than 70 needleworkers from 10 countries submitted their take on the theme, Jewels of the Sea, incorporating remarkable creativity. The sparkling exhibition, which includes embellished urchins, dancing jellyfish, tony starfish and an upscale sardine can, will be on display from February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco.  For more information about the school and class schedules, visit sfsnad.org.

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    This show is on display February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
    San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
    360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA
    For more information visit SNAD online.

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  • Britex Fabrics Congratulates the San Francisco Ballet on 84 Years

    January 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics is proud to congratulate the San Francisco Ballet on 84 years of world class performance! This lovely costume is currently in our Maiden Lane window--and if you take a stroll around Union Square, you can appreciate many other gorgeous tutus, tunics and character costumes displayed in windows from Neiman Marcus to La Perla. This season, SF Ballet will be presenting Swan Lake, Cinderella, and the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein, along with a packed repertory from some of the best choreographers in the world.


  • Britex Fabrics Declared a Legacy by the Non-Profit San Francisco Heritage

    December 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    vintage-bf-with-frame       It's official! Britex Fabrics is now a Legacy Business of San Francisco. Established by the non-profit San Francisco Heritage, the Legacy program recognizes small local businesses who have proven to be historic assets to their communities for at least 30 years. We are so proud to continue to be an integral part of San Francisco's style and culture since 1952, and honored by this designation.

  • Britex Fabrics 2017 Calendar Postcard

    November 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hot off the press! Drop by our San Francisco brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Union Square to abscond with one of our new 2017 calendar postcards. While you're here, round out your collection of iconic, beautifully designed Britex Fabrics postcards. All cards are available at the register.


  • 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

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  • 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.


  • Our Love is Here to Stay!

    October 7, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

     

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    Britex Fabrics has been in the news lately. So, what's the real story on Britex? We are not leaving Union Square. The real story at this point is that we've been absolutely overwhelmed by the calls, and emails, and tweets, and Facebook messages from people who are heartbroken at the mere idea that we might be closing. And while it's terrible to worry people like that, it's really reassuring to know that we're so valued in the community - it means that we're doing something right, and we're going to keep on doing it! And I really love having all these conversations that we wouldn't ordinarily have - everyone's got a Britex story.


  • OwlAlwaysBeThereForYou

    September 30, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    owlbethereforyou4 Our customer Elizabeth Michelle who is a regular customer at Britex Fabrics seems to always be on the lookout for vibrant colors and amazing prints at our brick-and-mortar store. She always gives us a shout out on her Instagram page when she creates something cute or fun from our fabric. Recently, she found a lipstick print that she transformed into a fabulous garment. Capture

  • Designer Masks for PROJKT Maiden Lane

    August 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    IMG_3427 Lance Victor Moore and Emily Payne, wearing masks designed by Lance for Emily's fashion line Leathertongue. These masks will be worn by models for PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, a Britex Fabrics event on September 23, 2016.

     

    As September approaches, we're gearing up for the Britex Fabrics fashion show, PROJKT MAIDEN LANE, featuring Project Runway designers Kini Zamora, Richard Hallmarq and Emily Payne (our own Britex alumna and Project Runway All Star) and Under the Gunn designer Rey Ortiz. Showing new pieces for her edgy Leathertongue line, Emily's focus is a loose-lined, non-gender-specific look featuring painted fabrics by designer Mary Rosenberger.

    Emily also commissioned a series of unique masks created by artist Lance Victor Moore, (L.V.M.) who utilized a different organic material in each exquisite piece. Emily's mask in the picture above, for example, features gilded branches gathered in Golden Gate Park, while Lance's look sports gilded starfish arm tips. Lance explains, "Emily contacted me in July asking if I'd be interested in making some masks for her runway show–her line is very ungendered, and the masks are designed to give the models an anonymous, androgynous look." Enhanced with trims and hardware (most of which can be found in our Third Floor notions department), the masks are crafted from leather, animal bones, tusks, shells, wood and even porcupine quills: anything  that "had a sharp, spiky feel," as Lance puts it.

     

    IMG_4251 Lance holds one of the masks he made. He used a variety of materials such as chain, open work metal, studs, and thorns that he covered in chrome powder coat. The mask is attached to the head with an elastic band across the back of the head.

     

    Lance and Emily's collaboration is unforgettable–we're so proud to feature their work in PROJKT MAIDEN LANE! We'll be posting photos as soon as we can after the event.

     

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    Lance describes the materials he used as things like "leather, stamped metal, beads, chain, horn, shell, wood, glass, crystal, antler, etc., along with airbrushing, hand painting, sculpting and burnishing metal."

    We asked him what his favorite mask is. "My favorite three masks are the wood one, the antlers, and the gold shell one. "

    Check out Lance Victor Moore's new website coming soon.

    Britex will be hosting the PROJKT MAIDEN LANE on Friday, September 23rd. Limited tickets available through Eventbrite.


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