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Flower power prints, techno fabrics, classic linen, crystal beads and buttons in pastel colors…. These are a few of our favorite things at the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, the largest textile, trim and leather trade show in North America, which will take place March 8-10 2004 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. With more than 400 domestic and international suppliers, it is the place to find new resources in fabric, trim, leather, suede, new design technology, fashion publications and trend services.

Following is a preview of what may be found at the upcoming edition of the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, highlighting several major fabric trends for Spring/Summer 2005 season.

Mod prints and psychedelic florals in bright, fresh colorways are in full bloom at Robert Kaufman Co, of Los Angeles, CA. Also offering nostalgic looks is Alexander Henry of Burbank, CA, which draws from its archives dating back to the 1960s, to create its collection of updated graphic prints. From the New York-based print house Michael Miller Fabrics, expect to see Asian-inspired prints and a collection of trendy teen girl prints including “Girl Talk,” with teens talking on cell phones. Philips-Boyne Corp, based in Farmingdale, NY will showcase its line of 100-percent Egyptian cottons; styles include solids, checks, plaids, ginghams and tone-on-tones for fine woven shirtings.

Stretch and other technical fabrics will once again have a prominent presence at the show. Popular Textile Corp., a domestic multi-product knitting mill and dye house, will show expanded active wear and natural product lines. Savyon, a circular knitting mill from Brazil, will showcase innovative technological fabrics: microfiber and indigo cottons. A new company from Martinsville, VA, Solid Stone Fabrics - developing and sourcing fabrics worldwide - will introduce a Spanish print line on tricot, jacquard knit lines from Brazil, and technical fabrics from Australia for active wear.

Continuing the trend of fusing home furnishings and apparel, Tokyo Yamaki USA, based in L.A, expects their colorful exotic prints for both apparel and home furnishings to be a hit at the show. Fabricut, from Tulsa, OK, will introduce faux leather in animal prints such as emu and crocodile and will show a range of new faux silks for the home-furnishing and apparel markets. Ulster Linen Co. - the oldest linen company in the US importing fine European linens from Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic - will feature original handkerchief and traditional linens for home furnishings.

Once again, trim exhibitors will offer attendees a wide array of accessory choices. Ribbon Connections, from San Leandro, CA, will be carrying luxurious Japanese textured silk ribbons. Swarovski North America has several Spring introductions including Navette stones, similar to marquise stones and Pacisic Opal, a new color for the entire line. Bijoux De Boheme, based in New York City, brings tens of thousands of trim choices, including rhinestone balls and rondelles from Czechoslovakia. Also look for a range of trim styles from ZBSL Designs, Burwick Offray, Junior Hagen Ltd., Ribbtrim Inc/Mokuba and Stephanoise Mediac.

To make it easier for attendees to find fabric and trim from select countries, there are a number of country-specific pavilions at the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition. These include a Domestic Pavilion with resources from North American as well as: EuroTex, India, Taiwan, Korea and China.

The International Fashion Fabric Exhibition is produced by Advanstar Communications, Inc., a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets, with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.fabricshow.com.

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