The trade fair closed its doors on an enthusiastic note on the part of exhibitors, who were delighted to have met German, Scandinavian, British, Italian, French and Dutch buyers, to name but a few.
Together with Texworld, that recorded 845 exhibitors from 27 countries, these two fairs rolled out a myriad offer to a total of 14,420 trade visitors from 104 countries that attended the over the four days of the fairs from 16 to 19 September.
“Texworld and ApparelSourcing create a dynamic environment which gives the textiles and clothing sector in Europe a sense of buoyancy and enhances the offer in Paris, making it more international. Taking this proactive role, the two shows are an inspiration,” stresses Olaf Schmidt, Vice President of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.
Serap Kolabas, sales director at Theorie, a Turkish manufacturer of high-end men’s outwear expresses her satisfaction: “An interesting show! This is the second time we’ve been to ApparelSourcing Paris and we’ve met countless high-end companies from Europe, which was our goal in attending the trade fair, very rewarding!” These feelings were shared by Hana Huang, director of Sichuan Golden Flute Fashion, a manufacturer of quilted outerwear who “had an excellent experience at the show.”
The trade fair provides contractors and brand owners every opportunity for planning their collections using proximity sourcing from Europe and the Mediterranean countries, medium-term sourcing from the Indian Ocean and long-term sourcing from Asia.
“Just two years after its launch, ApparelSourcing Paris has succeeded in grouping all the offers for proximity or long-distance sourcing and in attracting numbers of quality visitors. Where the pro ducts are concerned, we are working on augmenting ranges, such as those for accessories, which are very much in demand from buyers,” explains Michael Scherpe, President of Messe Frankfurt France.
The wealth of product lines covers all of women’s, men’s and children’s ready-to-wear in addition to accessories. Every range, from entry level to premium category, can be found, anticipating the expectations of buyers, of those responsible for product development, heads of production and designers.
All the exhibitors are professionals who are accustomed to working for the European and American markets. Buyers have a wide choice of relevant collections and a wealth of services on offer, from the more standard like the CMT all the way to the development of products.
Priority for near sourcing
The fashion cycle is speeding up: closer and more responsive are the bywords. Portugal and Turkey top the list of the countries in demand. They were able to attract companies with their extensive expertise: dresses and blouses, knitwear, long sleeved tops, denim, shirting, outer wear and corporate wear.
Portugal has focussed on its experience in women’s wear with dress-making and knitwear at Tetribérica and woven trousers at Crivedi Vestuario, a specialist for sophisticated dyeing. Taking developments in the menswear market into consideration, Turkey offered mid-range to high-end outerwear and long-sleeved tops from the manufacturers Theorie and JCPozitif. When it comes to womenswear, Createx Textile manufactures all types of dresses and blouses or trousers.
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