New perspectives for the textile and fashion industry: From 17-20 September 2018, Paris trade fairs Texworld Paris, Apparel Sourcing Paris, Texworld Denim, Avantex and Leatherworld became a “Fairyland for Fashion”. Over 80% of the 15,075 visitors travelled from abroad to gain an overview of the sourcing offer and new industry trends. The heart of the trade fairs is Texworld Paris, the offer of which has significantly increased with the opening of Hall 3 this season. In addition to a variety of knitwear, cotton fabrics and trimmings, the new hall was also home to a trend forum for autumn/winter 19/20. To reflect its current significance in the global fashion industry, a separate forum was dedicated to the topic of sustainability: against a spectacular nature backdrop, a selection of ecological fabrics provided insights into ecological, textile solutions. The sourcing offer of textiles was enhanced by lectures on coming trends and colours, an overview of Bangladesh’s textile industry and a look at future distribution channels.
Changes within the fashion and clothing industry were also at the focus of Avantex. Like every year, the Agora Forum was the epicentre of the fair and served as a platform for discussions about textiles and the fashion market. The variety of topics ranged from ecology, social networks and the role of influencers to new production processes and the major shifts in distribution channels. Professional visitors were also able to browse new materials by the 40 exhibitors from nine countries and also draw inspiration from the catwalk show.
With looks from the Amsterdam Institute of Fashion and French company Tô & Guy, the focus of the show was on textile innovations. Tô & Guy uses new technologies like 3D simulation, augmented reality and digital printing to achieve greater customisation of its products. American start-up Nineteenth Amendment, who won first prize in the third Avantex Fashion Pitch, is providing fashion designers and companies with a package of tools and services. Their aim is to simplify the development of garments, from the design to the sales, and thereby revolutionise the retail business.
At Apparel Sourcing Paris, the 690 exhibitors from 17 countries were extremely satisfied with the number of visitors in attendance. The Sustainability & Style exhibition by the Sub-Council for the Chinese Textile Industry (CCIPT-Tex) showed that Chinese ready-to-wear fashion can certainly live up to Western collections, both in terms of style and sustainable development. In two catwalk shows, 13 exhibiting clothing companies presented their state-of-the-art products. Shawls & Scarves, the show for textile accessories, also impressed with pashminas and cashmere from China and Nepal, as well as linen from India. And the presentations during Apparel Sourcing were a huge success.
Located at the intersection between Texworld and Apparel Sourcing, Texworld Denim in particular profited from the many international buyers. The trend forum and the corresponding catwalk show rounded off the huge spectrum of denim fabrics. And with the participation of a dozen South African exhibitors – including clothing manufacturers and shoe and bag designers – the first edition of Leatherworld was also highly promising. Highlights at Leatherworld included a trend forum, a catwalk show and the Fashionsustain conference on the subject of sustainable recycling and marketing methods for the shoe and leather industry.
With their extensive line-ups, the trade fairs showed specific solutions to the challenges facing the industry in terms of its social and environmental responsibility, and also offered a variety of sourcing options. The next edition of the trade fair cluster will be taking place from 11-14 February 2019 at the Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.
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Press release: Texworld Paris
Press release: Avantex
Press release: Apparel Sourcing – Shawls & Scarves
Presse release: Texworld Denim Paris
Press release: Leatherworld Paris
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