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French Fashion Day


The French Trade Commission in London, in partnership with the Association for the Promotion of Clothing Manufacturers in the West of France (APHO), will hold a French Fashion Day in London on 22 April 2009. The event, which is being held for the fourth time, will showcase the expertise of 15 French contract clothing manufacturers that are seeking to develop business links with British designers.

French fashion Day

The West of France is home to 400 SMEs employing 14,000 staff across all aspects of the clothing sector. The French Fashion Day will showcase the expertise of contract clothing manufacturers from the region, which produce prêt-à-porter and couture collections for leading French and international designers including Chloe, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Christian Dior.

The French Fashion Day will take place at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel in central London. The 15 French clothing manufacturers will be present from 9.00am to 6.00pm. The following companies will be taking part in the event:

ALBEA manufactures prêt-à-porter collections for luxury brands including Celine, Kenzo and Nina Ricci. It specialises in sleeved clothing, as well as skirts and trousers. It offers a research service and is also able to source material for its clients.

ATELIER STYL' COUTURE has 30 years of experience in dressmaking for couture clients including Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga. Its services include model making and material sourcing, as well as production.

ATELIERS  DE  BELLEVILLE offers a full range of services for both women's and children's wear, including prototyping, quality control and distribution. Its 40 staff produce suits, dresses, knitwear and trousers for both small and large series.

BOHAIN  PICARDIE manufactures clothing, lingerie and household linen for both high-street and luxury brands. Its research department offers a full service of pattern making, grading and prototyping.

CONFECTION ROUSSEAU has 40 years of experience in the production of luxury women's and children's wear. It specialises in jackets and suits for clients including Kenzo, Christian Lacroix and Louis Vuitton.

's model-making studio works in both women's and children's wear, creating patterns, toiles and prototypes in a range of fabrics for clients including Kenzo, Nina Ricci and Sonia Rykiel. 

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DISTRIBUTION PRODUCTION LOGISTIQUE works with designers such as Sonia Rykiel, Paul & Joe and April 77 to provide model-making services. It specialises in jackets and coats, including trench, waterproof and duffel-coat styles.

GETEX specialises in the manufacturing of luxury coats and jackets and can work with materials including down and fur. It has full Gore-Tex certification and its research department offers a full service of pattern development and prototyping.

MARTY specialises in producing women's wear for couture and prêt-à-porter collections. It has different production units for blouses, trousers, skirts and suits and can carry out both small and large series.

PLISSES DE FRANCE is a traditional pleat maker, specialising in skirts and dresses. The company has 50 years of experience in making luxury clothing for a range of French and international brands.

PR3 works with clients including Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin to produce high-quality dresses, jackets, suits and knitwear. Its highly qualified staff produce collections, prototypes and both medium and large series.

PRODUCTIONS SIMON  FONLUPT manufactures dresses, blouses, jackets and sportswear for leading designers including Chloe, Christian Lacroix and Dries Van Noten.

SOCOVET SISTEM has 35 years of experience in the production of luxury clothing and its clients currently include Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Agnès B and Balenciaga. It has a staff of 45, with a production capacity of between 300 and 500 pieces a day.


TEXTILE DU MAINE works with designers including Balenciaga, Marithé & François Girbaud and Rochas to produce knitwear, lingerie, dresses and blouses. The company offers a full service, including prototyping.

VENDEE COUTURE specialises in small and medium series production of both women's and men's wear. Its services include pattern development, thermofusing and hand stitching. It is also able to work with delicate fabrics including jersey and knitwear.

The French Fashion Day is a fantastic opportunity for these French companies to demonstrate their expertise to potential clients. If you are interested in attending or would like any further information on the companies please contact Kate Ambler on kate.ambler@ubifrance.fr

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