With over 140 years of experience, Liberty dominates the fabrics market and knows a thing or two about quality, beauty and building a fashion empire. In an interview with Liberty Wholesale Project Manager, Hannah Kay, offers exclusive insights into their design and production processes as well as essential tips for mastering your next trade show visit!

As Wholesale Project Manager, Hannah is responsible for overseeing all marketing projects for new season collections; from organising trade shows to launch events as well as any selling tools required to bring the fabrics to market. Bringing a lot of fun and energy to her role, the most exciting aspect of her role is seeing each new collection coming to life and discovering all the stories behind each design – especially understanding how this relates to the initial design brief that was set by the Head of Design.

At Liberty, the design process starts of 18-24 months in advance of the season with their in house design team being briefed on an idea from our Head of Design. The team of 11 designers will set about painting and drawing, these prints will then be scanned into the computer for refining and colour editing. Their Head of Design is always conducting research on trends, however as Liberty is such an influential company in the fabrics market and as a result of working so far in advance they actually set a lot of the trends themselves. The final part of the process is sending these designs to their private printer in Olonia, Italy, once these designs have been tested and approved they set about making bulk production.

“As we have been doing this for so long that our passion shows in how a new collection comes together time and time again and just as amazing as the last.”

With a new collection designed every season, Liberty prints their own lustrous fabrics including Cotton, Silks, Viscose, Velvet and much more, including sustainable products. The key values of the brand is their unique heritage, colour and quality. Since they started making fabrics in 1875, their prints are uniquely colourful, bright and always made to a very high standard. Wondering how the brand sustains their success and creative edge, Hannah attests their passion comes from their collections, with each new season launching 40 new designs, some of which have been re-worked from their archive of over 43,000 designs.

What services on offer at MUNICH FABRIC START are most relevant and important to Liberty of London?

The most important service is the platform to be able to meet our customers and show them our new collection. With a dedicated space we are able to have meetings directly with customers and it also gives us a chance to meet new customers who may not previously know about us.

What do you most look forward to during a visit to MUNICH FABRIC START?

We look forward to meeting existing and new customers to show them our new beautiful collections of designs for that season. Eager for visitors to make the most of their trade show visit, Hannah encourages visitors to plan ahead and know which companies you would like to visit in advance.

We look forward to welcoming Liberty as an exhibitor at VIEW Premium Selection in Munich on July 16th & 17th 2019!