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TexSelect to end operations

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May '19
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Finding it difficult to raise funds, TexSelect is closing down after 50 years of its existence. Over 50 years, TexSelect (previously called Texprint) has interviewed more than 10,000 young textile designers and supported over 1,250 of them to develop their careers. However, the industry has now changed and sponsorship budgets shrunk over the years.

“For a charity entirely reliant on generous sponsors, it’s an achievement of which we are very proud,” TexSelect honorary chairman Barbara Kennington said.

“At the same time, many of our loyal and long-serving management team are retiring. And, in the era of social media, designers have evolved new ways to promote their talents and develop themselves. In its 50thyear, it seems right, however sad, to bring the TexSelect story to a close,” Kennington said and highlighted that TexSelect CEO Helga Goldman, who along with the TexSelect team had enabled and enhanced the careers of many UK-trained textile designers, was retiring.

TexSelect’s presence at Première Vision Paris this September will be its last trip to the international textile fair.

“In addition, it has for the past two years been my plan to retire as chairman, following eight highly enjoyable years, a decision I delayed given the recent uncertainty. This coincides with the decisions of other key members of the management team, who also feel it is the right time for them to step down. Ideally, these roles would be taken on by the next generation, but in the present circumstances this is not a realistic option,” Kennington added.

“For all of us, working with the young designers and TexSelect has been nothing but a joy. We still feel passionately that it is vital to support the next generation of creative designers, and perhaps in time a ‘TexSelect’ in a new form may emerge to better reflect the needs of global industry as it is now,” Kennington said. TexSelect’s London Preview will take place at Chelsea College of Arts in July, with the exhibition showcasing the work of this year’s cohort of selected designers open on July 10 and 11.

“Until 2020, of course, it is business as usual for TexSelect, and we look forward this summer to seeing the inspiring work of a new generation of designers,” Kennington said. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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