Wishing all our creative and fashion-forward friends, clients (and future clients) a joyous and festive Thanksgiving holiday.
What to wear for the holiday dinner?
Comfortable leggings made with Télio cotton stretch of course!
What to wear for the holiday dinner?
Comfortable leggings made with Télio cotton stretch of course!
As you know, working at Télio means you see hundreds of different textiles every week, and yes, this includes prints! We love prints.
In the context of this blog, we write about trends, about current fashion events, stylistic inspirations and events in fashion history, and we try our best to link some of our textiles to these topics of conversation, but sometimes, we just want to talk about prints for prints sake!
So here are, for no other reason than their beauty, some of our favourite fun prints from the past few weeks!
Morocco Blues (style 36889)
The colours in this print made us stop in our tracks. We’ve seen a lot of prints here, but the particular hue and saturation of these colours is absolutely breathtaking. Truth be told, we wouldn’t want to wear this print, we want it on our living room walls, so we can stare at it all day long! Wow!
Monaco Print (style 36904)
We made this print in a crepe de chine a few months ago, now we have it in a knit, and for some reason it seemed appropriate to include it in this list. The Eiffel tower has always been the universal symbol of Paris, and we want to celebrate it now more than ever.
Sakura Print (style 36981)
A good border print is always fun. The bright blue and yellow in this Sakura Print is very fun and we love the stripes going in all directions.
Serpent Jacquard (style 36955)
This is technically not a print, but we included it anyway. The faux mesh detail with the floral creates this delicate yet sort of edgy feeling. The grey, teal and fuschia/orange mix make it very relevant and trendy.
Dali Poplin Print (style 36975)
This print and colour scheme give off a certain Warholian vibe that we very much appreciate. It’s possible that it’s only our imagination, we tend to see pop art/Andy Warhol inspirations all over the place because we’re such fans, but we like it anyway!
Which one of these prints is your favourite? Let us know!
It’s that time of the month again (no, not that one), where we pick our favourite fabrics of the month!
As always, our selection is purely instinctual and not scientific or sales based. We pick the fabrics that made us go ”Wow!” upon first seeing/touching them.
Here is our Top 5!
36758 – Robin Crepe Print
We like the contrast between these black and white detailed flowers and the saturated tones their printed on. We’re particularly fond of the pink one. This print is 100% Polyester.
36629 – Rose Garden Lace
We fell head over heels for the detail on this gorgeous lace. It comes in 9 different colours and is made of 100% Polyester. It could be our favourite fabric of the entire season!
36703 – Judy Knit
This stripy knit with mesh base is very avant garde and could be the basis for a very over the top garment. We love it! It’s 100% Polyester and comes in 6 different colours.
35322 – Icy Chiffon
This metallic chiffon is making us wish we born in the 1970’s. It comes in a total of 8 colours, each one more glamorous than the next. It’s 100% polyester and light as a feather.
36804 – Misora CDC Print
This print was a huge hit on our instagram account. These cute penguins come on a grey or blue base and are 100% Polyester. We can think of a million different things we’d like to make with this print.
Are you in love with our Top 5? Let us know!
Summer is over, but there’s still time to introduce you to our amazing Télio Garden!
Two years ago, management decided to proceed with plans for an outside picnic table area where the Télio staff could have lunch (and host our annual office BBQs) as well as a big garden that would be shared by the staff willing to participate and grow their own produce!
All of this landscaped to perfection behind our head office, essentially creating the perfect midday getaway for staff to relax and enjoy the sun.
Here are some photos of the space.
Our Télio Garden was even featured on our boroughs website in a piece about green spaces in the industrial park where we’re situated.
We feel very lucky and privileged to have this amazing space available to us. The garden is absolutely beautiful and it will only get better every year.
Another month, another Top 5! As per usual, we received some really amazing fabrics in August and we’re choosing our absolute favourites for our Top 5.
Like the previous months, we try to have some diversity in our picks, but sometimes our love of florals overtakes us. Please forgive us.
Here’s our Top 5 favourite fabrics for August!
36542 – Panama Satin Print
We absolutely love the mix of colours in these two fabrics. The bright pop art colours on top of the black thinly striped base makes them really stand out. This style is 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex.
66039 – Picasso Poplin Print
Florals, reinvented! We’re living for the mix of conventional flowers and pencil drawn flowers. This fabric is 100% viscose and looks stunning on a black base.
36616 – Hampton Court
This print makes us happy because it reminds us of a birthday party with lots of confetti! It comes in 5 different colors (we particularly love the pink) and it’s made of 100% Cotton!
36579 – Paola Piqué Print
The raw stripes on this fabric make us swoon! It comes in 4 different colour combination and we loved it so much we instagrammed it! It’s 96% Polyester and 4% Spandex.
36765 – Camilia Print
We love a comfy knit! This print is made of 96% Polyester and 4% Spandex and both the colour combinations have a very vintage looking colour scheme. We love it!
How do you feel about our August Top 5? Are you loving these fabrics as much as we do? Let us know!
Next week, for the first time ever, TÉLIO will be at the TEXWORLD USA trade show in New York City!
Texworld is an industry show that brings together apparel textile suppliers and buyers under one roof.
We will be bringing our entire Spring/Summer 2016 collection as well as part of our Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection. It’s the perfect opportunity to come meet us, sample our products and chat with our salespeople!
You can register for the event online here. It will also be possible to register on site the day of the show.
The show is held at the beautiful Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (655 West 34th Street) from 10am to 6pm on July 21st and 22nd, and from 10am to 4pm on July 23rd.
Come meet us and take part in New York City Textile Week! Our booth number is F1630.
See you next week!
When you spend your days receiving and photographing fabric, you can’t help but fall in love. Every single day!
The amount of textile that comes into our offices on a weekly basis could make anyone’s head spin! Which is why choosing to do a monthly top 5 of our favourite fabrics was a hard decision to make. That being said, the process was actually very fun!
Every month, we’ll be choosing our favourite new fabrics and presenting them to you on this very blog!
A favourite can be chosen for different reasons, either the print, the feel, the overall trendiness of the fabric, anything goes!
Here are our favourites from June!
36422 – Harlequin Print
We get a lot of stripes here at Télio, but this one is our favourite we’ve come across in a while. The width of the stripes and the weight of the fabric is just perfect. This fancy woven is 97% polyester and 3% spandex.
36502 – Fab Denim
Perfectly in line with the denim trend that is hot at the moment, this fabulous fabric has a tie-dye look and punctured holes in the shape of diamond shapes for a fun textured feel. It’s 70% cotton, 28% polyester and 2% spandex. Get it while you still can, before the queen of denim (Rihanna) buys all our stock!
32479 – Arabella Satin
This lovely satin fabric comes in a total of 35 different colours! We’re particularly in love with the Lime and Hot Pink colours (colour 40 and 41). It’s made of 100% polyester, just like the good old days!
36540 – Winslow Suiting
This suiting fabric surprised us by its weight and it’s the major reason why we love it. It’s perfect for so many things and it comes in the most beautiful shade of green (Pine, colour 09) that we’ve ever seen. The four season woven is made of 71% polyester, 24% viscose and 5% spandex.
36168 – Pandora
This luxurious embroidered fabric comes in six different colours, but we got a major crush on the Grey (colour 07), the Sand (colour 08) and the delicate Blush (colour 06)! The list of things we would like to make with this is possibly endless! With a name like Pandora, how can you go wrong? It’s made of 100% polyester.
Are you as in love with these as we are? Which ones are your favourites?
Last Thursday, we paused all operations at our headquarters in Montreal and Toronto for our annual volunteer day. All our of office and warehouse employees went out to various organizations to give a helping hand for a day!
This important event started in 2012, the year of TÉLIO’s 60th anniversary, when our company presidents had a desire to give back to the community and thought of this fun way to get involved and help those in need.
Some of us interacted directly with people, some helped prepare events and donations, some participated in the cleaning of parks, spent time with rescued animals and helped out businesses during a side walk sale.
We were given a list of organizations and we could chose where we wanted to give our time.
Here’s a list of the places where we volunteered this year:
Accueil Bonneau: an organization that contributes to the rehabilitation of the homeless.
Association des popotes roulantes du Montréal Métropolitain: whose mission is to support and facilitate the development of other ‘Meals on wheels’ in the Montreal region.
Cummings Centre: a non-profit community organization that provides services and programs to individuals 50 years of age and over, ranging from those who function autonomously to those who have become frail.
Le Chainon: a women’s shelter that has been helping women in crisis since 1932 and supports them in their endeavour to lead a better life.
Sun Youth: which provides a highly personalized service and implements new programs to improve the current situation of its clientèle through education, awareness and material assistance.
Montréal Ronald McDonald House: which provides a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children who are staying at a nearby hospital.
Moisson Montréal: their mission is to ensure an optimal food supply to the community organizations that provide assistance to people in crisis on the island of Montreal.
Animal Rescue Network: Montreal’s largest no-kill shelter dedicated to the welfare of abused and abandoned animals.
Canadian Cancer Society: a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer
The Scott Mission: a street mission in downtown Toronto, serving the poor and needy. They welcome individuals and families to access spiritual, relational and practical resources in a journey towards hope and transformation.
Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest: a non-profit organization that promotes citizens’ quality of life through actions of embellishment, cleanliness and recycling while supporting the environmental health of south west Montreal.
Those of us that were new to TÉLIO and this annual tradition went in with no expectations and were pleasantly surprised at the generous spirits of the other volunteers as well as the enormous gratitude the service receivers showed towards us. It was a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. More so than we imagined it would be! If you have the time in your weekly schedule to give back, we highly recommend it!
We’re very thankful to TÉLIO for letting us take part in this amazing activity and we encourage you to talk to your employer and see if this could be a possibility for your company!
After our day of volunteering, we all headed back to TÉLIO headquarters for the first of our summer BBQs in our amazing garden!
It was a great way to end such an amazing day. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and the music was playing! We ate hamburgers, Italian sausages and hot-dogs and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with each other outside of our daily routines. We had so much fun just catching up that we didn’t even end up playing the games we had prepared for the BBQ (we’ll keep them for next time)!
Never underestimate the power of a good conversation!
We can’t wait for the next BBQ and next year’s volunteer day.
Last week, we had the pleasure of receiving students from Baylor University‘s Apparel Design & Product Development program at our headquarters.
Every summer, the university alternates their study tours between Europe and North America (Montreal and New York). This was the third time we had the pleasure of welcoming them it was a blast, as per usual.
In their program, the Baylor students learn everything from Fashion Illustration, Apparel Design, Costume History, Fashion Forecasting and of course textiles. Which is why they came armed with very pertinent questions about our operations, our products and our design/merchandising daily tasks. It’s always fun to give tours to groups of students who ask lots of questions, it shows that they’re interested and curious but it also completes our presentation with more detailed and specific information that wouldn’t necessarily be part of the tour.
When we found out all the other places they were going on their summer study tour, we were totally jealous of them! In Montreal, they visited the Aldo head office, Holt Renfrew, Philippe Dubuc, Eve Gravel and LaMarque. In New York, they hit up a plethora of fashion destinations including the Calvin Klein archives (we would die!)
We hope the rest of their trip was fun and educational and we can’t wait to see them in 2017!
Here at TÉLIO, we like to call ourselves the print experts. We make them, we buy them, we sell them, we wear them, we love them!
Naturally, prints are a big percentage of our inventory. Every season, our selection of digital prints expands considerably. The clearer, more detailed and precise prints are in high demand, both on the runway and in stores.
People generally have a basic understanding of how digital printing works; it’s essentially a giant printer, in which the fabric passes through once to get printed, and then a second time to get dried and then immediately rolled. Easy, breezy, beautiful.
Bizarrely, most people are still in the dark when in comes to the usual screen printing techniques that have been used for centuries. The rotary and flat bed screen printing are still widely used today, because even though they’re more complicated, they’re still less expensive than a digital printing machine.
There are two ways of completing a screen print. The first way is the flat bed screen, in which large individual plaques are created for each colour that will be used in the print, the holes in these plaques let the dye in at the correct spots. The fabric goes through all these plaques one by one.
The second is the rotary print which involves large rolls acting as the plaques. The dye is inside the rolls and is applied to the fabric as it rolls through, each roll supplying a different colour as per the plaques. The repeat of the print cannot exceed the circumference of the rolls and each roll is perfectly timed to inject colour at the exact spot left over by the previous roll.
You can see examples of these two processes in this very detailed video, as well as the preparation of the textile before printing.
Here are some examples of the gorgeous digital prints in this season’s collection!
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