Finding cheap silk fabrics for fashion design students can be a challenge, but here at Biddle Sawyer Silks we can help you out.
Limited by budget, choice and good quality suppliers, students looking to complete their fashion degree can often feel a little defeated when trying to create the collection that they have worked tirelessly designing.
Here at Biddle Sawyer Silks we understand these problems at first hand experience, and that’s why we’re passionate about giving university students the break that they deserve. Putting all of that work in over the years should always result in the outcome you dreamed of – a portfolio that you’re proud to showcase, and the qualification that will get you where you want to be.
We’re passionate about fashion design and the industry that we’re in so we want to put our skills, experise and products to good use by lending a helping hand to those students who need it.
We’ve spent many years working with students from Manchester universities and further afield, offering our expertise and the opportunity to get their hands on some of our stunning silk fabrics. So, how can we help you? We offer a few different services exclusive to students, and you can find out more about these below.
Unlimited free samples
They say nothing in life is free, but our silk samples really are – for students! As a leading silk supplier in the UK, we hold what we believe is the most extensive and highest quality range of silk fabrics here in our factory.
From texturised Hammer Satin silks to a variety of crepe de chine qualities, silk georgette and many more in a range of bold, bright, vibrant and neutral shades, there’s something for everyone here at Biddle Sawyer Silks.
We work with some of the leading UK fashion houses and top fashion designers around the country, and we can safely say that our silk fabrics are of the highest standards. So, if you’re looking to take your university project to the next level, feel free to pop in and take your pick of unlimited samples of the silk we have in stock.
As silk wholesalers, we work with quick turnaround times and offer next day delivery, so we hold stock of thousands of our silk fabrics right here in our factory, meaning you won’t be left disappointed by a limited selection.
Check out our collections to view the full range.
Heavily discounted silk
It’s no secret that good quality silk doesn’t come cheap, but we’re passionate about making sure that it’s accessible to students on limited budgets. Here in our factory, we have what we call our ‘bit box’, it’s almost like a treasure trove of short lengths of silk that we just aren’t getting any use out of.
We try to limit our waste as much as possible, and that’s why we came up with the idea to create the bit box, as we know that although we don’t need the fabric anymore, there’s someone who will make great use of it.
In the box you can find an excellent selection of our fine quality silks, which we offer at a very heavily discounted rate exclusively for fashion students. While the collection is topped up as and when, and the selection will vary on a daily basis, you may just find exactly what you’re looking for to inspire your creativity or add the finishing touch to your project.
Not only that, but we’re not just silk wholesalers, we’re also one of the most experienced silk printers in the UK. Therefore, we have an extensive selection of beautifully patterned silks which we have produced in-house via either digital printing or screen printing. So, there’s a good chance you may just be lucky enough to get your hands on some exclusive, uniquely designed silk fabrics too.
Help sourcing a particular fabric
We understand the struggle of knowing exactly what you’re looking for, but not being able to find it. If that’s the case, then we can help you out.
If there’s a particular design, texture or quality you have in mind, we can assist in sourcing that for you – we might have it in stock, or we could even make it for you. We know our collections inside and out, so we’re happy to work with you and get a feel for your design so that we can find the exact fabric you require.
Further to that, we have a fantastic friendly team with extensive backgrounds and knowledge in the fashion design and silk industry, and we’re always on hand to offer any help if you’re at a sticking point with your project and not sure exactly where to go from there. We can make recommendations, offer technical advice and hopefully inspire your creativity.
Feel free to get in touch with us if you’re looking for some guidance.
Our offerings just got better…
As of January 2021, Biddle Sawyer Silks will be permanently relocating to our printing factory in Macclesfield, alongisde our sister company Adamley Textiles.
We’re excited about this move as with upscaling Biddle to a larger premises, housed under the same roof as our printing machines this opens up more opportunity to showcase a wider collection of printed silk and the work we do. So, we hope you’ll call in for a visit to check it out!
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I visit?
Our factory is open to students any time between 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday.
Do I need to book?
No need to book. We welcome walk ins from students during the hours stated above.
Where are you located?
You can find us in the heart of Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Can I take as much silk with me as I want?
You can take as many unlimited free samples as you need, and while the discounted offcuts in our bit box will be limited to what we have available at the time, you are welcome to purchase as much as you want of these.
Do I need proof of student ID?
To offer a fair service to all students, we will request to see proof of your university ID, so be sure to bring it along with you.
Can I make an order?
If you require a certain fabric at a longer length, you’re welcome to order your choice of silk quality, colour and length from us. Find out more about our order process on our how to order page here.
For more information on how we can help you, check out our dedicated Student Page where you can get in touch with us should you need any further help.