The organisers of the Tissu Premier fabric trade fair have announced an addition to their 2003 show schedules - The Future by Tissu Premier - which will take place in Lille on April 28 and 29.

"The new show will concentrate on functional fabrics and on fabrics suitable for manufacturers with ultra short lead times," say the event's sponsors.

"Many of the manufacturers who regularly attend the summer or winter Tissu collections have expressed the desire to inject some novelty items to their ranges in between the conventional fashion seasons and the new fair will seek to satisfy this demand."

The new show will complement rather than replace Tissu Premier which in 2003 will run on29-30 January showing fabrics for summer 2004, and again on 2-3 September showing winter 2004/5 collections.

By Sonia Roberts.