The four-day Paris edition of Apparel Sourcing, Shawls and Scarves, Texworld, Avantex Paris and Avantex Denim that took place in February this year remained an ‘international’ event as always, as it reported a major footfall from abroad. Around 80 per cent of the total visitors came in from France, UK, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
The shows, organised by Messe Frankfurt France, welcomed a total of 13,606 visitors which is steady as compared to February 2017 edition of the events when 13,557 professionals came in. These textile fairs were organised at Le Bourget, a commune in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris, located 10.6 km from the centre of Paris.
Markedly, footfall from North America and African countries including Morocco and Tunisia noted an increase of 7 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively. An increase in the number of visitors was also reported from Turkey and countries of Eastern Europe. However, the events noted a decline in visitation from the Asian countries majorly because they coincide with the Chinese New Year date.
During this edition of Apparel Sourcing Paris, the organisers were predominantly focussed on offering a wider choice of countries/exhibitors for apparel sourcing. Notably, casual wear, as a segment, accounted for 80 per cent of the shows’ displayed products. Visitors were mainly interested in relaxed urban looks and a substantial range of children’s wear was also observed at the 2018 winter edition.
Furthermore, the Jordanian companies stressed on meeting not only the fashion labels but also the independent designers, especially from Europe, to increase their apparel trade.
Eight firms from Myanmar also attended the event and were prominently visited by the European as well as the Americans at the fairs. Ethiopia, which is strongly emerging as a garment manufacturing hub, took part in the event as a guest country. Additionally, 27 textile companies from Pakistan also showcased their strength in fabric at Texworld 2018.
Indian manufacturers too had busy sessions at the Shawls and Accessories – The Accessories Showcase, an event for neck and shoulder accessories as they displayed a variety of products in this segment.
Meanwhile, at Avantex Paris – the event which had a major focus on high-tech fashion businesses – networking turned out to be the buzzword while innovations remained the key aspect of the show. Visitors at the event were also found equally interested in the matter of ‘environmental responsibility’. The opening of the textile event on Sunday allowed the organisers to note a decent start and gave the exhibitors ample opportunities to discuss their ideas with the visitors due to which fabric suppliers also registered good business enquiries.
Texworld Paris, in particular, reported a noticeable return of Americans and various groups from global fashion enterprises; while Texworld Denim emerged to be an interesting concept and offered a global platform to the suppliers of jeans, denim fabrics and clothing.
The Autumn edition of the textile tradeshows will take place from September 17-20, 2018.