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Texworld Paris Paris Le Bourget, from 6 to 9 February 2017

27 Feb 2017

Messe Frankfurt's February 2017 Paris trade shows demonstrated calm optimism with a total of 13,559 visitors, meaning an increase of +6.9% compared with the February 2016 show.

The effects of the uncertainty experienced in February 2016, due to the challenging security issues, have returned to normal. A situation that puts the fashion industries back in an ideal position to move forwards. In fact, Europeans and Americans provided an average increase of 6% at this February 2017 show.

The French are keener than ever to attend the show and numbers have grown for the 3rd show in succession, amounting to +12% this time. Italian visitors are up by 9%, and those from Spain are also on the increase, up by 3%. Extremely stable figures for the United Kingdom which still remains the second most represented country.
Something of a surprise: the conspicuous presence of numerous trade visitors from Greece, an increase of 13%, is evidence of a return to form for this well-known player in the sector.

Americans have found their way again to the Paris trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt; compared with the results in February 2016, this is a 9% increase in attendance. Nor is the South American continent not lagging behind and has shown a strong interest in the trade shows' fashion business platform with increased attendance from Brazil and Argentina (+36%) and from Mexico (+5%).

Contractors from Asia were not missing from this February’s meeting either, up by 9%. Growing interest from African trade visitors: +17%. The new Texworld and Apparel Sourcing shows in Addis Ababa are no doubt not irrelevant in this appetite for this business platform for all fashion-related industries.

Top five visitor countries:
1 - France, 2 - United Kingdom, 3 – Spain, 4 - Turkey, 5 - Italy


"A truly successful show, both for visitors and for exhibitors, who regard it as a positive result, not seen for a long time. It was very obvious that the show got off to an excellent start when the doors opened on the very first day. The market was clearly very confident, less hesitant and more assured in terms of its activities. A statement confirmed by many exhibitors at TEXWORLD Paris. The excellent number of visitors to the show, both in terms of quality and of numbers, has been the high point of this February 2017 show; most exhibitors established new business ties, in addition to serving their usual customers. The scenography, the classification according to material and, above all, the stands that opened out onto the aisles were again welcomed by visitors and the companies attending as they made meetings and business easier. ELITE also experienced an excellent second show; prime contractors seized the opportunities offered by this service concept and worked with assurance, efficiency and professionalism”, reports Michael Scherpe, President of Messe Frankfurt France.

Very active and high-quality visitors

Spring had very nearly arrived in the aisles at TEXWORLD Paris, the trade fair for fabrics, trimmings and accessories for fashion: bringing a breath of fresh air with new products and giving some 730 exhibitors an urge to roll up their sleeves and get things moving. At Paris Le Bourget between 6 and 9 February 2017, visitors demonstrated (renewed) confidence in their choices and a definite determination to bring their projects to a successful conclusion. “Order” was without the slightest doubt the word spoken most during conversations at this show, while not so long ago “contact” was the buzzword. However the word “contact” was still popular, very much heard during the four days of the show, mainly combined with the adjective “new”. The great majority of exhibitors observed the arrival of fashion brands and businesses, of major groups or luxury ready-to-wear brands, that were not – or sometimes were no longer – in their portfolio of clients. Their satisfaction was all the greater because their usual customers were also there to see them.

“Our exhibitors are very satisfied with this show as many buyers have come to see us. The layout of stands facilitated contact, which made for a good business climate. We already knew very many visitors and we can now rank Spain and the United Kingdom among our new customers. We have attended TEXWORLD Paris for nine years and I can tell you that it is an event definitely not to be missed”, says Kelly Parc from the Korean Textile Centre.

Other grounds for satisfaction among the exhibitors: the decision-makers were well and truly present, something that speeded up the selection process and conclusion of agreements. A feeling that prevailed in particular at ELITE, the segment for textile firms with strong added value for “services” This second show confirms how relevant the concept is, since the 21 exhibitors, in their special space designed by Olivier Lapidus, encountered only well-informed, knowledgeable and professional visitors.

“We have attended TEXWORLD Paris for the last four years. Starting last September, we have chosen to be at ELITE and we notice a distinct improvement. This space delivers important customers for us but also some pioneering independent designers. We intend to stay at ELITE” states Can Yilmaz from the Turkish firm of weavers Herboy.

Worth noting: attendance by American buyers at TEXWORLD Paris was especially conspicuous.

Some key aspects of the products on offer

While contractors’ confidence definitely made itself felt, they were not unreceptive to discovering new things. For instance, Opportunité, the general forum for trends in spring/summer 2018, planned by the artistic directors, received an extremely large number of visitors for longer periods. Its hub was the “Sustainable” forum, since, where the artistic directors are concerned, ethical and environmental aspects are integrated more and more in the collections they design.
The textile ranges at TEXWORLD PARIS also looked “technical” for many visitors, in the sense that greater efforts have been made in research and development. It is the case with Chinese exhibitors who are facing a challenge from domestic consumers, who have become more and more knowledgeable about fashion, and with international brands who are always searching to differentiate themselves.

Madhukumar Reddy, Co- secretary at the Indian Ministry for Textiles pointed out: “India is focussing on its unique skills – often very close to craftsmanship – in terms of embroidery”. And this did not fail to escape visitors’ notice as they thronged around the wealth of offers from companies specialising in embroidery, who were often from India. The Korean Liul also enjoyed success with their speciality of embellished lightweight prints.
Cotton also drew visitors’ attention; Ahmed Menna from El Hesn (which presented a collection of Egyptian cotton with a very wide assortment of qualities) remarks on “organisation that encouraged dialogue. It is easy for people to come and see our collections and to inform themselves. Forging new ties was the order of the day”. The same story can be heard from the Portuguese weaver 6 Dias, a specialist in embroidered cotton, at the stands of the Pakistani Nishat Mills and from the Bangladeshi Zaber & Zubair, specialists in casual cotton and an exhibitor at ELITE.
We observe that the very technical fabrics in the Lenzing pavilion, silk and especially linen and hemp have had a very good reception. Hans Diekema from the Dutch linen specialist Northern Linen confirmed “We have been extremely busy this show. Linen is experiencing ever more success and as this is our area of expertise, this show has turned out to be the best in two years”.

Away from the product ranges at the trade fair, buyers were able to form their opinions thanks to Pantone colour presentations and the trends show by the show’s artistic directors, rounded off by the FRANKfurtstyle awards catwalk shows, an international competition for fashion students from the city of Frankfurt, and above all, Denimotion dedicated to an denim segment that is as ebullient as ever.

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Next dates for TEXWORLD PARIS = 18-21 September 2017 – Le Bourget

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Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating over €640* million in sales and employing 2,364* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international sales partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, a total of 138* trade fairs were held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
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*Preliminary figures for 2016

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