This past September I traveled to Paris to attend Première Vision where I sourced fabrics for my Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Since 1973, the biannual trade fair has become an essential stop for the global fashion industry. Held at the Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, Première Vision is comprised of six different areas displaying fabrics, fibers, leathers, furs, trims, hardware and production sourcing. It provides a convenient venue to source everything designers would need to produce their collections. I walked amongst the fair’s many stalls sampling techno-fabrics from Japanese mills, silk-jacquards woven on centuries-old looms in Italy, and textiles made from unusual fibers such as pineapple and bamboo. International designers and their teams can be seen walking amongst the stalls and speaking to different textile manufacturers. It’s a very different vibe than fashion week, in that it’s more calm and all about the business of making clothes. By the end of the three-day expo I had a bag heavy with fabric samples to consider for my collection, before placing orders with textile factories.