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  • 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

    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.


  • 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.

     

    IMG_4256 Lance poses with two of his creations.

    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.


  • Vintage Lace Trim & Fashion

    August 11, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    CaptureThe vintage lace trim that is featured above is now SOLD OUT

    We have this vintage circa 1920s-30 bobbin lace that we roar for! We have over 200 vintage lace trims on our third floor at the bridal counter. Many other animals, and lifestyle activities, such as tennis are represented. As well as traditional floral and geometric designs. In addition to vintage lace trims we have hundreds of modern lace trims and ribbons on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Many of these trims are also available online.

     

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    To learn more about vintage lace and vintage lace trims, please visit the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or if you're not local, please chck out our excellent selection online.

    Additionally, an excellent resource for vintage fashion enthusiasts is available through the San Francisco Public Library. This includes The Vogue Archive 1892 - present, Harper's Bazaar Archive 1867 - present, Women's Wear Daily Archive 1910 - present, The Design & Applied Arts Index 1973 - present, as well as The Women's Magazine Archive: Homes & Gardens 1922 - 2005 Good Housekeeping 1885 - 2005 and Redbook 1903 - 2005.

    You will be able to explore this incredible archive by visiting their Articles & Database page under the eLibrary tab at sfpl.org.


  • I Love Britex Fabrics

    August 2, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    NEW BUTTONS

    Announcing free Britex buttons with purchase in our brick and mortar store! A new staff favorite is the new houndstooth one. Collect all six of these awesome buttons. Come in and make a purchase and any one of them can be yours!


  • Outlander Dress Fabric is Back (SOLD OUT!)

    July 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    (INVENTORY IS SOLD OUT)

    Double bouquet fabric panel (as featured on Outlander) is available for $99 in our brick-and-mortar store, on the second floor in our home furnishing fabric department, or by phone.

    If you are interested in ordering a panel, please contact Joie or Dina at 415-392-2910 as soon as possible, as we have limited stock available.

    Remember the fabric we featured that Terry Dresbach used to design that amazing dress in the Outlander Starz official trailer and all over the Internet? Well, we originally thought that we wouldn’t be able to get it back in stock, but the manufacturer has made it for us, and we have it available for the general public. The dress is made of a heavy, luxurious furnishing fabric produced in Turkey by one of our favorite sources. Unusually, the floral pattern does not run up the roll, but was designed in panels. Each yard and 1/8 panel contains 2 full bouquets of flowers, and is $99 . We are generally wary of carrying panels like this in the store, because the square design tends to limit application to pillows, ottomans and the like–but we absolutely fell in love with the colors and were confident that our customers would feel the same!


  • Wool Crepes and Gabardines in Our Brick-and-mortar Store

    July 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Lovely blues and greens abound in our signature wool wall on the first floor. We love the cool blues, crisp greens, and the mix of textures and color. Really, once you start browsing the wool wall, touching the fabrics and dreaming of what to sew, you become lost in the possibilities.

    Worth the stop in to our brick-and-mortar store, or use our customized swatch service online to pick out fabulous fabrics to make your next coat, suit, or autumn skirt.


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