After 71 years, Britex is still the city’s favorite fabric store

Sharman Spector unrolls bolts of floral silk, dramatic purple-trimmed tweed and rainbow-woven Belgian fabrics like a magician revealing a trick. Silk-chiffon in bold green and gold flash: She pulls sequined and beaded cloth off racks and holds them up to the light to show how they glimmer when in motion. The first floor of Britex Fabrics, the legacy retailer in Union Square founded by Spector’s late parents Lucy and Martin Spector in 1952, is a fantasyland of pattern and texture.

“We have such an abundance of color, fabrics that move different ways and every print from geometric to abstract,” said Spector. “It’s the opposite of fast fashion.”

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