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Munich Fabric Start, Bluezone Prepare for In-Person Show with 800 Exhibitors

Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions, the organizer of the international textile show Munich Fabric Start and the denim trade show Bluezone, is preparing to relaunch in-person events this summer.

Around 800 international suppliers have already registered to present their new Fall/Winter 22-23 collections at Munich Fabric Start, taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at MOC Munich, and Bluezone, staged at the Zenith Hall Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

In addition to providing a hub for “urgently needed personal exchange” with the industry, the show will offer attendees a broad sweep of inspiration, including trend forums and keynotes from leading trend researchers, panel discussions and expert roundtables on “future-oriented” topics relating to circular design, digital tools and production processes.

“We are super happy to finally be able to reunite the global textile and fashion industry here in Munich in just about two months again,” said Sebastian Klinder, Munich Fabric Start managing director, adding that the available stand space is fully booked. “The industry can look forward to a grandiose, Covid-19 compliant reunion and three days of the fair full of inspiration, information and new impulses.”

The show arrives as Germany reopens to U.S. travelers. To enter, travelers must either show that they are fully vaccinated, fully recovered or have tested negative prior to departure.

Bluezone’s theme of “Back to the Future” serves as a call to action for the denim community to reunite with one another and the tactile experience of textiles. The show will feature an updated format that brings denim weavers and mills together with tech-led companies that typically exhibit at the show’s innovation hub, Keyhouse.

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A total of around 65 exhibitors such as Tejidos Royo, Prosperity, Calik Denim, Berto, Officina+39 and Montega will present their latest developments, as well as Advance Denim, Tat Fung, Weko and Dinghui Fashion.

The neighboring hall will become a meeting place for lectures, panel discussions and networking, while catering will be relocated to outdoor spaces.

Exhibitors at Munich Fabric Start will be spread across four halls and two atriums. Almost 90 manufacturers of buttons, ribbons and labels such as Frameless, The Button Maker, Shindo, Panama Trimmings will be exhibiting, as well as ingredient brands like Lenzing and Thermore.

A newly formed Sustainable Innovations area will offer information and specialist sourcing solution for circular and transparent textiles.

Though the organizers successfully hosted a consolidated event last September called Fabric Days, the August events will mark the official return of Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone since February 2020.

The same hygiene and safety measures used at Fabric Days will be implemented at the upcoming shows and will be adapted to any changes in official guidelines at the time of the event.

Around 3,600 national and international visitors from 30 countries gathered at Fabric Days from Sept. 1-3 to view and showcase new concepts for Fall/Winter 21-22. The consolidated version of Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone was a first look at the season for many as previously scheduled trade events like Premiere Vision and Kingpins have been canceled and supplemented by digital shows.

The second planned Fabric Days, however, was postponed and then cancelled in March 2021.