APPAREL SOURCING Paris is shaping up its offer, continuing to diversify and is hosting more visitors than ever
APPAREL SOURCING Paris, now in its 13th show, keeps up its unstoppable upward momentum, posting a double-digit increase for each show. With 600 exhibitors registered for September 2017, the trade show is recording an increase of over 10%.
“For over six years, APPAREL SOURCING Paris has been committed to providing its visitors with the best in the clothing industry at the showcase for international sourcing. Novel special products and new geographical regions are selected for each show according to specific criteria, such as expert skills, technical expertise, responsiveness, good value for money or a high degree of flexibility on the part of international clothing manufacturers where requirements for the European market are concerned. On the occasion of its 13th show, APPAREL SOURCING Paris is expanding its offer with products from four new countries (Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Mexico, Myanmar) and by way of the TEXWORLDDENIM area, is committed to a fresh approach to increase appreciation for the very distinct denim segment. Needless to say there are also numerous national pavilions. This season's show hosts an original initiative with the 'From Workshop to Shop' exhibition: 12 ready-to-wear brands will demonstrate that creativity and fashion sense are a top priority for Chinese clothing manufacturers" explains Michael Scherpe, President of Messe Frankfurt France.
- Once again, an eclectic range of sourcing with the arrival of four new countries
Always keeping a close watch on world developments in geographical regions when it comes to production of clothing and accessories, APPAREL SOURCING Paris is opening its doors for the first time to Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Mexico and Myanmar.
The consultants Deloitte, managers of the USAID BGI (Business Growth Initiative) project, are presenting the skills of this country, which is still not well-known. This project, funded with a budget of 20 million dollars, aims to increase the competitiveness of Kyrgyz businesses between 2014 and 2018 by accessing international markets, diversifying the range of products and improving productivity, quality control and financial management. Deloitte is introducing 12 manufacturers at APPAREL SOURCING Paris: seven firms and five individual business owners. Mainly featuring production of women’s ready-to-wear, the Kyrgyz are also offering outerwear, bespoke tailoring for men and speciality knitwear.
Two firms are exhibiting independently: Lila Style with its blouses and dresses for young girls and R&I with children’s knitwear. Minimum order quantities range from 50 to 1500 items.
The GMAC, the association representing Cambodian clothing producers, is showcasing the skills of eight manufacturers and putting the spotlight on designers’ creativity with a special catwalk show. You will discover a very varied offer not only for sportswear but also for shirting, underwear, suits, bespoke tailoring, coats and knitwear. We note a predominance of men’s ready-to-wear.
Giga Fitness, a specialist for men's and women's sportswear and swimwear, shows off its capabilities with a high standard of quality in terms of materials, design and finishes. The company has its own integrated design studio and also makes white-label clothing. It is based in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, the real economic and cultural hub of Western Mexico.
Covatex has also been a dedicated producer of men's and women's sportswear for the last 40 years and is located in the town of Santa Ana Chiautempan, in the small state of Tlaxcala. The company produces white- label clothing and exports textile products making use of the heritage of Mexican tradition under its own label, in particular the Copo label.
Since 2011, textile production in Myanmar has demonstrated its potential for becoming a key country for sourcing in south-east Asia. AVE, the German retailers' foreign trade association, has partnered with MGMA, the Myanmar association for clothing manufacturers, in order to present this country’s products in Paris for the first time. The two organisations AVE and MGMA are joining forces to support modernisation and development of logistics structures and to improve competitiveness and sustainability of production in Myanmar. Not to be missed: focus on knits.
A methodical approach to sourcing thanks to four pavilions
- The Sri Lanka pavilion, with eight exhibitors, provides a comprehensive range in sportswear, dresses and blouses, uniforms, knitwear, shirting and even socks! For men, women and children.
- A record 26 exhibitors at the Bangladesh Pavilion (23 with the Export Promotion Bureau and 3 on their own). Bangladesh mainly supply lines of casual wear but also underwear, knits and woollens, in addition to two companies that supply private-label.
- The Vietnam pavilion, which attends each September show with the VITAS association, is presenting ranges from 10 exhibitors.
- Accompanied by the International Trade Centre, a joint agency under the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, the Nepal Pavilion hosts some ten firms, mostly knitters, nine of which are from the National Pashmina Industry Association.
More effective sourcing for denim with TEXWORLDDENIM
APPAREL SOURCING and TEXWORLD Paris have decided to make things more convenient for visitors to the trade show who are looking for denim solutions, by combining both segments for denim (so 70% fabrics and 30% clothing production) in a totally new dedicated area: TEXWORLDDENIM. It will host over 80 exhibitors who are specialists in denim and associated textiles and clothing. TEXWORLDDENIM revolves around a novel modular concept for stands, which makes it easier to find products and uses special metal furnishings and a vibrant backdrop that is instantly recognisable. The show, with its very vivid colours, will have its own trends forum and a space that is conducive to making contacts, the "social village”, promising to be even more interesting thanks to a series of meetings and presentations.
Last minute: Morocco, a major partner to European fashion labels, is becoming a specialist for short supply chains that is not to be overlooked at the show, since it is returning for the fourth time. This means Texworld Denim will welcome MDC (Moroccan Denim Cluster), a business association and professional body for the denim sector, and the clothing manufacturer Med Sourcing. Blue Bird, the expert for dresses, blouses and outerwear, will be showing at ApparelSourcing and the C2TM cluster, dedicated to technical textiles, will be joining Avantex.
The prize for the biggest stand ever booked at Apparel Sourcing Paris goes to the French fashion designer Yves Castaldi, with his women’s fashion label Le Quartier (lingerie and knitwear), based in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is indeed humming with activity thanks to 18 other exhibitors who are predominantly showing knitwear.
34 Indian exhibitors stand out with their offer that concentrates on accessories but also includes plenty of outerwear, knits, dresses and blouses.
The Pakistani product ranges from twelve firms fall under all the segments for casual ready-to-wear but with some specialities in knitwear and denim.
As for the two Swedish exhibitors, they are able to create white-label articles: House of Saki with their outerwear and Outso with knits and denim.
Two Taiwanese firms are showing their sportswear ranges, one firm from Thailand will be showing their children’s line, an exhibitor from Singapore is dedicated to shirting and bespoke tailoring and four Turkish firms are showcasing their skills in knitwear.
The AICP – Académie Internationale de Coupe de Paris – is organising a competition to choose the best AICP 2017 design student. Visitors and exhibitors will choose the winner from among 15 looks, where the students from the academy have created the designs, made the patterns and assembled the outfits all themselves. The winner will be awarded a special prize by the trade show.
The Dressing, a space curating the most bang-on designs of the season, will be at its finest this season. Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud, the shows’ artistic directors, have truly enhanced this dressing room with screens inspired by the façades of Paris.
As for the Small Quantities circuit, this includes contractors that accept minimum quantity orders, which in some cases may be under 50 articles, with no less than 89 manufacturers attending Apparel Sourcing Paris. A circuit best visited along with that for bespoke tailoring (made to measure) which counts 13 Chinese firms.
Shawls & Scarves – The accessories showcase, targeted, essential sourcing for fashion
Shawls & Scarves was created for the market providing neck and shoulder accessories – this showcase remains the essential complement to APPAREL SOURCING Paris for fashion accessories and shawls, scarves and stoles in particular. September’s show assembles 50 exhibitors and is increasingly diversified, as much a result of the countries attending as of the products exhibited.
Peru is represented for the first time with the firm Incalpaca and its range of accessories made from one of the country’s finest natural resources: alpaca. The firm is able to produce very small quantities (under 50 items).
India remains ahead of the pack: it is interesting to note that the major manufacturer of shawls and stoles, India Linen, previously an exhibitor at Texworld, has chosen Shawls & Scarves to promote its new collections as this show is more targeted and better focussed.
Leather bags, shoes and accessories, and socks round off the original offer at this show. Everything in one place!
“From Workshop to Shop”: an exhibition that illustrates the vitality of Chinese ready-to-wear brands
The Chinese ready-to-wear market is changing rapidly and has undergone extensive developments over the course of the last ten years, in terms of composition, design and commercial opportunities. On the occasion of the 13th Apparel Sourcing Paris show, clothing manufacturers with their own brands were invited to promote them in the exhibition called “From workshop to shop” thanks to support from the CTAF (China Textiles Apparel Fair) and CCPITTEX (Chinese chamber of commerce dedicated to championing the textile industry internationally). 12 fashion brands, already established on the Chinese and/or European, American and Japanese markets, unveil their collections. A virtual reality experience will allow you to visit the workshops of these brands, which are already established in Asia and beyond.
The series of lectures about the latest developments in the sector, news from exhibitors, catwalk shows and the Trends Forum go to make up a varied and imaginative programme, providing visitors with food for thought as they work their way around APPAREL SOURCING Paris.
Learn all about APPAREL SOURCING Paris, its catwalk shows and its programme of lectures: www.apparelsourcing.messefrankfurt.com
Providing maximum convenience for visitors: APPAREL SOURCING PARIS belongs to the group of related trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt France, held in one and the same location, on the same dates and to which entry is free upon presentation of professional credentials: Avantex and Texworld Paris. All details about textile trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt throughout the world can be found at www.texpertise-network.com
Messe Frankfurt in figures: with a turnover of €645 million euros and 2297 staff, Messe Frankfurt is one of the largest trade fair organisers in the world. The group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international distribution partners. Messe Frankfurt therefore has a presence in over 160 countries where it serves its customers. More than 40 venues throughout the world host events “made by Messe Frankfurt”. Messe Frankfurt organised 132 trade fairs in 2015, with over half held abroad. The exhibition grounds include ten halls and cover 592,127 square metres. The company also operates two conference centres. The historic Festhalle is one the most popular venues in Germany for hosting all types of events. The city of Frankfurt holds a 60% share in the company and the state of Hesse a 40% share. Additional information: www.messefrankfurt.com * Provisional figures (2015)
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