Textile Tours; A Designer’s Dream

Textile Holiday ToursThe idea that vacation and work could go hand in hand is a strange one, right?  I mean, when I am about to set out on a relaxing vacation the last thing I want to think about is my to-do list and email inbox.  But that’s not the kind of work I’m talking about.  What I am suggesting is a holiday spent immersed in the world of textiles.

I’m honestly not sure how I came to hear of this, but I am so very glad that I did.  Textile Holiday Tours is a company based in the United Kingdom that hosts tours of the country’s rich history in textiles.  You are given the opportunity to discover, appreciate and be inspired by historic and contemporary fabrics, in stately homes, churches, cathedrals, castles, cottages and studios across the UK.  That’s quite an adventure.  I mean, think about it.  We will spend hours upon hours sitting in the textile archives of a university, clicking from one online fabric design research tool to the next, and visiting countless industry trade shows so why not take our researching, get hands on, and have some fun with it?  I realize I’m a bit of a nerd who is hopelessly in love with all things textile but you have to admit, this is pretty cool.

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!