NYC Textile Week is a new concept expected to establish New York at the ultimate destination for textile and sourcing professionals in the global fashion, home and related industries. The concept will align textile and fashion tradeshows including Texworld USA, Kingpins Show and MRket with a soft launch Jan. 19-21, 2015 and a grand launch slated for July 2015.
Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins Show and NYC Textile Week organizer said, “All of the shows are really pleased to be able to get together and coordinate an improvement in the experience visitors have when coming to New York during the show week.” He added, “Long term, we hope all the shows will want the same thing and exhibit at the same time as the rest of us.”
The textile industry is one of the nation’s most important employers in the manufacturing sector with more than 230,000 workers, and representing approximately two percent of the U.S. manufacturing workforce. The industry represents investments upward of $1.2 billion in total capital expenditures, including manufacturers of textiles, raw materials, yarns, fabrics, apparel and home furnishings.
Even with its prominence, there has been no synergy among the textile, sourcing, and apparel shows that visit New York until now. Attendees, exhibitors, and organizers of the several textile and apparel tradeshows already represent a substantial contribution to the city’s economy, spending an estimated $25 million per year on hotels, transportation, dining and shopping.
Dennis Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt and organizer of Texworld USA, said, “Texworld USA is pleased to be one the creators of this exciting new initiative. NYC Textile Week will be the link that ties together all the textile events being held in New York City and will offer a bountiful amount of diverse textile offerings for the attendees that visit from all corners of the globe.” He added, “The collaboration brings greater awareness to social, educational, commercial and cultural elements in the textile and garment industries, creating an all-encompassing experience. This is a win-win-win for the show organizers, attendees and New York City!”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote in a letter to NYC Textile Week’s organizers, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I commend the professionals of every facet of the textile and fashion industry who have come together to take part in NYC Textile Week.” He hailed the week as an excellent forum for sharing ideas and learning the practices within the textile business.
Tricia Carey, senior merchandising manager, business development apparel and co-organizer of NYC Textile Week, said, “Everyone is challenged by travel and the quest for innovation. NYC Textile Week simplifies the calendar by having multiple shows in one amazing city while taking advantage of the art and cultural highlights of NYC.” She added, Lenzing is supporting NYC Textile Week to bring the textile and sourcing community together, while authenticating NYC as a global sourcing center.”