There are no longer regional blocks for each continent that predominate as there used to be. We observed a variation in visitor numbers according to country to different degrees, however not very noteworthy overall except in the case of France, whose numbers continue to grow with a plus of 11%. Further good results were posted for Italy +5%, Russia +7%, Switzerland +16%, India +17%, South Korea +15%, the Lebanon +14%, Canada +7%, Argentina +8%, Colombia +5%, Tunisia +11%, Mauritius +8%.
TOP 5: 1 - France, 2 - United Kingdom, 3 – Spain, 4 – Italy, 5 - Turkey Spain and Italy each move up one place, relegating Turkey to the bottom of the table.
Texworld Paris attracted some high-calibre professionals who thronged the aisles with the intention of accomplishing things and reaching agreements.
With 1058 visitors from 27 countries, the offer at Texworld (and at Texworld Denim), the trade fair for fabrics, materials, components and trimmings for fashion, has grown significantly with the opening of hall 3.
The new Hall 3 at Texworld Paris was home to the streamlined offer for knits and cotton, definitely appreciated by visitors, as was suiting, tailoring, wool looks and accessories, now established in their new quarters. The trimmings segment also expanded with some thirty exhibitors and a plethora of buttons, zips and ribbons. This additional, new space was taken up by the show’s artistic directors, who installed their general Trend Forum for autumn/winter 19/20 at the entrance where it was larger than ever before. As a result, the sustainable trends benefited from a dedicated forum with access to Hall 2: a selection of ecological fabrics against a spectacular backdrop of nature. At the heart of Fairyland for Fashion, Texworld Paris created a lavish world for sourcing textiles in all their forms. A significant event judging by the diversity of its exhibitors, who came from 27 countries, and of their products that were classed according to fibre family (silk, wool, etc.) or expertise (lace, jacquard etc.) and interspersed with national pavilions: Bangladesh, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The large textile operator Lenzing gathered the manufacturers using their fibers in their pavilions, a kind of platform for their major customers.
A silk segment, which was set up on account of the broad variety of techniques and developments for natural silk, was able to attract a strong showing of American and European buyers on the lookout for superior fabrics. The director of Haujia Silk, Jack Lee, remarked: “This segment is situated ideally at the intersection between several ranges. It’s very practical for buyers as they lose no time in trying to find it.”
Great diversity also where visitors are concerned: heads of materials purchasing for fashion brands, from major luxury chains, up-and-coming or well-known independent designers, for workwear but also for the automotive or interiors branch. The occasional retailer too. Americans, Russians, British, Spanish, those from the Middle East and the French were often mentioned, but those from Asia caused some surprise by coming to Paris and sometimes placing orders with their neighbours. “We love the show – it has always been a pleasant few days for us. Above all, it is a place to meet our regular customers, who are very international. Every new customer is always a bonus for us and at this show we even conducted business with our fellow countrymen here in Paris” said Eddy Tang, founder and director of Hanya Apparel Company, a Hong Kong weaver specialising in children’s wear that won the Best Stand Display at this show.
Exhibitors emphasised the calibre and targeting of totally professional visitors during this 43rd Texworld Paris show. Onlookers, those who were curious or just dabbling were conspicuous by their absence, allowing the exhibitors to concentrate on business. “Visitors to Texworld are really of a high standard, at the forefront of the market and above all extremely professional” said Ahmet Feridun Altinöz, co-founder of Karinca Tekstil, situated in hall 3.
As for the major players in the clothing sector, they counted on the wealth of additional services offered by exhibitors in the Elite segment. The space met with resounding success on the part of European buyers in particular. Some exhibitors found themselves working up until almost the last minute, such as Zaber & Zubair from Bangladesh or Kaskas from Lebanon. “The show went far beyond our expectations”, said Kevin Yu, director at Artex Textiles, a specialist for breathable and functional fabrics, in summing up. Where exhibitors were concerned, it was the business aspect that satisfied the weaving firms that attend the show regularly, for example Johnny Chu, founder of the Taiwan textile company Chutex and a regular at textile trade fairs for 38 years. “We are forging commercial ties here that are intended to be long-term. And it is very noticeable that, despite a depressed economy, Texworld Paris remains an excellent business venue. A show that is not a shop but like a home, a place where we find the people we trust.”
All in all there were fifty speakers during these four days and the various spaces provided to hold the talks recorded high attendance on each occasion. Where Texworld is concerned, apart from the lectures on trends and colours that were a great hit, attention concentrated on The new silk routes, future distribution, addressed in two ways (new digital technologies and new business models) thanks to a bevy of experts and leading players in the industry, and the overview of Bangladesh’s textile industry.
The prize winners from the Dinan Festival, of which Messe Frankfurt France is a partner, created the show on the podium; ESMOD presented imaginative outfits from its students and haute couture created a buzz in the crowd with a catwalk show from Eymeric François.
Texworld Paris is a trade fair that is open to all fashion brands, major luxury companies and large international operators for ready-to-wear and, last but not least, young designers. Young fashion designers know they can find willing listeners among the exhibitors at Texworld Paris. Trade visitors were able to take advantage of comprehensive information, which is essential to their business, during the lectures on textile sourcing and also in the presentations by the artistic directors of the trends for autumn/winter 19/20, which were in the spotlight at the trends forums.
Next Texworld Paris 11 - 14 February 2019, Paris Le Bourget
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