The evening before market starts there is something known as ‘Sample Spree’ To put simply it’s where fabric companies set up trestle tables and sell the first print run of their new ranges. Make no mistake this isn’t a civilised evening – elbows are important! Imagine hundreds of women desperately trying to buy the newest Moda designs over 6 months before they reach shops. Rumour has it that last year two ladies ended up in a fist fight!

To put it into perspective, we take three empty suitcases which are filled to the brim with all that we buy.

Here on the right are some of our goodies. The great thing about it is that it gives us plenty of time to get samples made ready for when the fabric reaches the shops.