SALON PRECO PARIS Interview with Jean Marie Quenault

Discovery, Sharing and Passion! These are the words that come to mind when we think of the Salon Préco Paris. As this is one of the must Attended events of the year in the textile industry.

Fabrics all over, and raw beauty that makes all the difference.

The entire fashion sector is questnning their future after the pandemic, and  Salon Préco Paris came in time to save this year.

So on July 15, 16 and 17, 2020, the optimism of the textile industry will be at its height. Three exclusive dates when representatives of European fabric manufacturers will meet in the heart of the capital.

The Salon Préco Paris is an event focused about creative exchanges. A real opportunity for fashion players, dedicated to the presentation of pre-collections of weavers to designers, product managers, buyers, and fashion brands before traditional fairs.

Acumen Galerie Joseph had the opportunity to discover the vision of Jean Marie Quenault, the precursor and organizer of the Salon Préco, through an exclusive interview.

Fashion in its raw state at the Salon Préco Paris

Effervescence and creativity are at the center of attention, the fabric is king, and the weavers are the most glorious.

The eminence of Préco Paris is essential this year to restore a new ounce of beauty in the world.

“The fair is the result of a reunion of textile agents in association, allowing them to offer in a single place the possibility of seeing a lot of pre-collections in a short time. Préco Paris was the precursor of this concept in France, followed some time later by the Blossom salon of the Première Vision group. “

The fabric is the primary object of the Salon Préco, placed on a pedestal during the Parisian event to seduce European textile agents.

« The fair gives exhibitors the opportunity to meet the majority of their customers in a very short time, but also to have the opportunity to meet new ones. The visitors who come to Préco Paris are all fashion actors who need real materials. » 

The textile sector is growing, between innovations and new trends, ideas are flourishing and fabric manufacturers are renewing themselves.

“The last Préco Paris Show was for the Summer 2021 season, the trends are manifold because we cover a very large textile sector! But what comes out is that the actors in the textile industry are more and more sensitive to ecology. “

During the Salon Préco Paris, Galerie Joseph welcomes a large number of designers at 116 Turenne, the epicenter of this unique event.

What do you think of this collaboration with our galleries located in the Haut Marais?

“The collaboration between Galerie Joseph and Préco Paris is atypical, and outside the framework of a usual business, the founder of GJ knows the textile world very well, and especially the constraints and imperatives. Without his precious help, Préco Paris would never have been possible. “

Galerie Joseph 116 Turenne will be the nerve center of the meeting between professionals who highlight their expertise. And who, for three days, appreciate different materials, colors, assemblies, and textures.

The fair organized during the month of July is a new start in the health situation. Despite this, the world has nothing to do! The fabrics remained cloistered for a long time. In summer, they will appear again to be exhibited, and present in a full program . It will take on a breathtaking scale to showcase meticulous, catchy and undoubtedly essential work.

PRECO PARIS: More than ever a necessity for the textile industry

Covid or not, the Salon Préco will be held with precautions taken by the organizers and respect for the rules of hygiene and distancing.

“The next trade fair will have to deal with the health problems due to the Covid-19, and we will have to ensure the safety of visitors but also of exhibitors. This involves completely rethinking the show, implementing social distancing measures, and offering sanitary facilities. “

And it is inevitable that the consequences will be felt.

“It is difficult to plan and anticipate to develop a strategy at the fabric manufacturer level. Historically during major crises, the reaction has been to favor classic products, timeless in terms of style. But the main concern will be financial!… .The current pandemic has affected many actors in the sector, the stores having been closed for several weeks, over-storage will impact future orders. The next winter season is already on the decline, but the impact of the current situation will mainly be on the orders for the summer 2021 season. “

The event will soon be held in one of the spaces offered for rental by joseph 116 Turenne gallery, and will be more than ever a necessity for the textile industry, a real chance to showcase its work.

A new dimension for the textile sector

The textile and fashion sector is taking on a new dimension, with more committed movements, a diversity of fabrics, techniques, and an influential clientele. All of this will be laid in front of the amazed eyes of textile amateurs and professionals.

“The textile sector will have to face major challenges following the pandemic. Some manufacturers offer fabrics with new anti-bacterial or with many other new properties. “

It’s imperative to question the way you consume. The fact of creating intensely, without really understanding the meaning that emanates from the collections, and the materials used, pushes brands to change their planning, and to put their hands in the dough to make things happen.

“For years many designers in the sector have been talking about increasing the number of collections, breaking out of the bi-annual schedule, this has never been really possible.  In summary: to make beautiful fabric, it takes time! .… Designers and big houses who wish to modify their presentation calendar are going in the direction of Préco Paris. The trend in terms of collection timing imposes an advancement of the latter, this is also one of the reasons for the creation of the show. We, the weavers, are at the base of the actors of the creative sector, we are the “raw material” essential to develop clothing collections. ”

Optimism is at the heart of the next edition of the Préco Paris fair and Jean Marie Quenault confirms it.

“We think the atmosphere will be a bit special, with the emphasis on sanitary measures: wearing the mask that we will provide at the entrance, hydroalcoholic gels on all the presentation tables, and different buffets for lunch and noon because of the precautions that we will have to take.

We hope that the organization that we will put in place will reassure visitors, we are resolutely optimistic and aware that Préco Paris is more necessary than ever for the textile sector “

The Préco Paris fair shouldn’t be missed from July 15 to 17 at Galerie Joseph 116 Turenne. A new page is beginning, and we will continue to support creators who work hard to make a living from their passion.