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  1. New colours added

    We have kicked off 2022 by adding even more colours to our already comprehensive collection.

     

    There are now 34 shades of heavy satin, including bran and champagne; violet, chocolate, sable and buttermilk have been added to the stretch chiffon range; and there are now more than 200 tulles offered, with fuchsia, clover, sand, spearmint and peacock among the new tones.

    “We are continually investing in new shades to be held in stock to offer designers an even better selection of fabrics available from 1 metre,” says Nick Moore, managing director.

    "We have also upgraded our shade cards to include a large feeler and introduced new catalogues for fashion, lingerie, bridal and menswear and women's tailoring.”

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  2. A work of art at the British Textile Biennial

    This fantastic piece of textile art, created by Emily Jo Gibbs using Pongees silk organza on a linen base, is on exhibit at the Connected Cloth: Exploring the global nature of textiles exhibition for the British Textile Biennial at the Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery.

     

    Titled Textile Worker-China 2021, the work, measuring 62 x 44cm, displays the crisp, flat, matt characteristics of the fabric that is woven in China and India.


    Curious about the people who weave the material, Emily approached Pongees managing director Nick Moore, who provided a selection of photographs from the mills it works with to help her glean more information for her piece.

    Emily,  a member of the The 62 Group of Textile Artists who were chosen to produce exhibits, has established an international reputation for her delicate textiles. In her current practice she creates hand-stitched portraits and still lifes with a graphic quality, observing the quiet beauty of the overlooked. She is an advocate of The Value of Making by creating work that celebrates the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things.

    The exhibition runs until 28 November 2021; entry is free.

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  3. New EU delivery service

     

    Pongees has launched a new delivery service to Europe, which means orders heading to the Continent will reach their destination fast and without incurring import charges – just as they did pre-Brexit.

     

    “Our UK administrative and warehouse teams are working with our new partners in the Netherlands to manage all the customs paperwork and the logistics. This means customers will not be faced with any additional charges, from Pongees or its couriers. Delivery charges, however, will still apply, as before, and notified on the invoice,” explains Nick Moore, managing director, Pongees.

     

    “This is great news for our customers in Europe buying direct and for those UK customers who prefer to have fabric sent direct to their makers-up and manufacturers on the Continent.”

     

    Pongees will despatch orders daily to the delivery hub in the Netherlands, where they will be processed for onward journey to the customer’s preferred address. Delivery should be within 2-3 days of ordering. Apart from busy times (and the meterage involved), Pongees aims to cut and despatch fabric on the day it receives the order.

     

    “Brexit and COVID-19 has thrown us many challenges, yet we have continued to trade every day; our London showroom is back open daily and we are once again attending overseas and UK-based shows,” adds Moore.

     

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  4. Costumier creates history during lockdown

    When the theatres turned out their lights last year, costumiers and set designers were suddenly struck down by Covid – both methaphorically and literally -  and had to find other ways to channel their creative talent.

     

    For costumier and fashion designer Amédine Bello it was an opportunity to produce a very technically challenging piece for the internationally-recognised World of Wearable Art Awards competition. Having turned to Pongees to purchase taffeta and chiffon for her entry in the Elizabethan Era category of these 30 year old Awards, Amédine is hoping that her design will be selected for the final, which will be staged in Auckland, New Zealand in the autumn at an event that usually attracts around 60,000 visitors.

     

    Working mainly at the Royal Opera House for the past four years, Amédine was familiar with historical designs and the golden age of history is one with which she is fascinated.

     

    It is not surprising that Amédine is focused on attention to detail given that before becoming a designer she was a mime artist. She developed her sewing skills through formal design courses as well as working with luxury designers, learning “on the job” as well as taking master classes in specialist sewing techniques. She has worked for theatres, TV and film companies and  also runs her own bespoke fashion business.

     

    Making the Elizabethan dress has certainly been challenging. “Who would have thought how long these (sleeves) would take?!" she said in a social media post  discussing the production process of her dress.

     

    The finished design includes underpinning: a wheel farthingale, a corset, as well as overlayers: bodice and hand pleated sleeves, underskirt and an overskirt that has been backed with organza and a top plate in the duck blue taffeta, which Amédine describes as an “incredibly beautiful fabr

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  5. London showroom re-opens Tuesday 23 March 2021

    Exciting news - our London showroom, which is a few minutes walk from Old Street station, is re-opening from Tuesday 23 March 2021 for three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm.

    While lockdown is easing, for the health and safety of our staff and customers, we will be showing our Pongees and Sanmartin collections by appointment only, so do contact us by email or calling us on 020 7739 9130.
     
    “While all our fabrics are available to buy online, nothing can replace being able to see all the ranges in one place and handle the fabrics before placing orders for meterage or swatches,” says Nick Moore. “We are so pleased we can meet customers again face-to-face and discuss their fabric needs.” 

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  6. Festive greetings and trading hours

     As we approach the end of what has been a very difficult year for everyone – both personally and professionally – I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and customers for their support and send my very best wishes  to you all for a happy and healthy festive break. 

    At Pongees we have remained positive and maintained a “business as usual” approach since the first lockdown in March; we will continue to adapt as we move into 2021. We have definitely missed meeting our customers at exhibitions and hope that we can do so at some point next year. In the meantime, we are exploring new ways to make your fabric decisions easier virtually and I look forward to sharing these with you early next year.

    Currently, however, we are focused on the impact of Brexit; as I write, it is still not clear how leaving the EU will affect prices and delivery of supplies. The bright news is that we have good stock levels so will be able to fulfil your orders as usual.

    Trading hours

    Our offices will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and re-open at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021.

    The London Showroom closes at 4pm Thursday 17 December 2020 and re opens at 10am on Wednesday 6 January 2021.

    I am looking forward to waving goodbye to 2020 and saying hello to a brand new year and new opportunities.

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  7. The mood of lingerie

    This is the first of our new mood boards that set the scene for how Pongees fabrics can be used in different market segments. 

    We kick off with lingerie. Very popular are our fabulous stretch satins available in two weights -  84gsm and 140cm width and 95gsm with a 107cm width;  both are offered  in an extensive range of classic and fashion shades.

    Then there are our beautiful French laces which are often used as a trim.  Dressmaker Kim Fozzard’s recent Instagram post featured a half slip she had made for a regular customer featuring our corded silk saying “with no opportunity to wear it for the foreseeable future, I think she wanted a touch of glamour to swish around the house in.” We hope many other women will want to enjoy the same feeling from luxury silk lingerie.

    Our board also includes lingerie by Intimate Apparel Samples, which provides a unique design and development service for small to medium sized intimate and swimwear businesses, including start ups.  Photography: James Lightbown.

    Look out for other mood boards, featuring bridal, daywear and eveningwear.

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