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Interfilière New York Posts Double-Digit Attendance Gain

Interfilière New York, the textiles fair for intimates, swim and athleisure, moved to yet another venue for its most recent edition—but the relocation didn’t hurt its numbers.

Organizer Eurovet revealed that the one-day show, now in its fourth year, drew 500 executives from a wide array of companies on Sept. 22 at The Tunnel in New York City. That was a 30 percent increase from 2015 and more than double the number of visitors that attended the first edition in 2013. Attendees ranged from Aerie and Calvin Klein to Victoria’s Secret and Lululemon.

Similarly, exhibitor levels have risen more than 50 percent since the show’s debut, meaning that 40 international mills from Europe, Asia and the Americas presented fabrics (think: lace, knits, wovens and more), accessories and product capabilities tailored to the North American market.

More than a third of the mills were from Asia—China, mainly—while the remainder traveled from France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Germany, the U.S., the U.K., Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.

In addition, co-host and Lycra owner Invista unveiled its new athleisure platform, highlighting the massive boon the sports bra can bring to the intimates business, and Jos Berry of Concepts Paris talked current and future trends. Meanwhile, attendees interested in sourcing a little closer to home checked out a seminar about opportunities in Colombia, presented by Protela technical vice president Sergio Isaza.

New this show was a pop-up called “Opulent Livingwear,” specializing in sleepwear and loungewear and created by New York designer (and veteran of Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, to name just two) Tina Wilson.

Interfilière New York also marked the 70th birthday of the bikini with an exhibition dedicated to how the iconic two-piece bathing suit has changed over the years. The display was curated by swimwear collector Ghislaine Rayer and sponsored by Coco Reef and Mondo Mannequins.

According to a survey conducted on the show floor, almost all (97 percent) of the exhibitors were pleased with the show, while 71 percent claimed to have met with more than 10 brands. Plus, more than half said they started new business with at least 10 individual buyers.