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Lewis & Wood invests in MTEX Blue Pigment printer
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Mar '16
UK based Lewis & Wood, has invested in a MTEX Blue Pigment printer to create samples and experimental fabrics in house.

“The printer is expected to help avoid waiting several weeks for strike-off's to arrive, by which time the design project may have moved on,” a MTEX press release revealed.

“By bringing this process in-house, the design department can complete the sampling process faster,” the press release added.

Lewis & Wood was setup by textile printer, Stephen Lewis and interior designer, Joanna Wood and since then, the company has created a substantial collection of textiles and wallpaper, largely manufactured in UK.

“In order to compete with the big boys, we have to be unique and we need to be unusual and different, which is why we use a wide range of techniques and finishes to create our fabric ranges,” Lewis said.

The commitment to produce original products starts in their printing studio, where creative director, Magdalen Jebb collaborates with a variety of freelance designers, from different disciplines, to encourage an original approach.

“They then work with weavers, dyers, printers and finishers to try new techniques, which aren't always easy, but it does make the result extremely interesting,” the press release noted.

The company invested in its first digital printer for printing wallpapers in 2014 and in February 2016, it invested in an MTEX Blue printer with Pigment inks for printing digitally onto fabrics.

Explaining the reasoning behind the new investment, Stephen Lewis added, “We now digitally print our wallpapers and so printing onto fabrics was a natural extension of this business.”

“We've spent two and a half years building our knowledge of wallpaper printing and now we're ready to start experimenting with fabrics,” he informed.

“There is a considerable learning curve when it comes to printing digitally onto fabrics compared to wallpapers, but we feel that in MTEX we have a manufacturer that is willing to help us with this learning curve,” he stated.

“We are very confident that in MTEX we have a supportive supplier that will partner and support us along this exciting journey,” Lewis observed.

The MTEX Blue with Pigments was launched at ITMA 2015 and has inline heat fixation for the finishing of the fabric and fixing of the printed dyes. (AR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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