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Upcoming Trade Shows to Offer Plethora of Sourcing Tools Amid Uncertainty

Sourcing executives have a host of trade fairs ahead to help them craft their material purchasing and production planning at a crucial and somewhat confusing time for the apparel and textile industry.

From shifts in manufacturing plans caused by issues ranging from tariff wars between major trading partners to the need for quicker delivery options to attract increasing discerning consumers, trade show organizers are serving up options. From Miami to Morroco, not to mention the major locales like New York and Las Vegas, buyers and designers have lots of choices on the calendar. Here are a few:

Miami Swim Week

Centered around Miami Swim Week, ProColombia, the trade promotion agency for the South American country, has planned several special events to highlight the country’s expertise in the industry.

“Network Big” powered by ProColombia, is a swimwear fashion and beauty concept that will showcase new inspirations in a tropical lifestyle, from exclusive designs with high tech innovation for shaping, to brands focused on eco-friendly sustainable practices. The event will take place at the new Faena Bazaar at 3400 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach during Miami Swim Week, which kicks off July 13.

“We are proud to present our Colombian Swimwear ambassadors during the Miami Swim Week,” Felipe Jaramillo, president of ProColombia, said. “With the quality of their materials, original designs, innovation, ecofriendly and social responsibility practices, they are the best kept secret of the Americas.”

Also during the week, The Swim Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center will include more than 30 Colombian brands, including Agua Bendita, Entreaguas and Maylana & Maaji. In addition, a group of Colombian brands, like Suki Cohen, Loborosa, Palma Canaria, Verdelimon, Puntamar, Michu and Wonderful People are going to participate at the Cabana Show at the Tents in Collins Park.

Colombian swimwear exports registered more than $19 million in 2017. In the first four months of 2018, the exports hit $5.1 million, with the U.S. making up 37 percent of the shipments.

Premiere Vision New York

The biannual sister show to the Parisian mega exhibition, PVNY takes place this Tuesday and Wednesday at Pier 94. The show’s core of European better fabric and material exhibitors will be accompanied by several special offerings this season. Designers Cienne, Bethany Williams, Sylvia Heisel and Studio 189 will each display an outfit on the Smart Square, a dedicated area where visitors can meet the ambassadors of responsible creation. Chantal Malingrey, director of marketing and development for Première Vision, and Giusy Bettoni, sustainability consultant for Smart Creation, a multi-platform dedicated to the integration of ecological values in the fashion industry, are behind the project.

The CFDA Manufacture Showcase will feature eight companies that are part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative created to nurture, elevate and preserve garment production in New York City. The area will house Acme Design + Studio, Atelier Amelia, Dyenamix, Funtastic Furs, La La Land, New York Embroidery Studio, Tom’s Sons International Pleating and Werkstatt.

A host of fashion trend and outlook seminars round out the presentations. These include “Trend Tasting,” “Personalisation vs Globalization” and “Naturality and Ethics.”

Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA, New York

Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA return to New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for three days starting July 23, featuring international exhibitors focused on high-quality fabrics and garments.

The key sourcing event will feature more than 20 product categories and upward of 700 exhibitors for the fashion and home design categories, focused on materials and sustainability. Highlights include a Spotlight area showcasing findings, trims and accessories, a robust educational series focused on trends and sustainable fashion.

New to the show this year, Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing will launch the Local Loft in collaboration with Fashiondex, a platform that will highlight local apparel factories, contractors and services. It was created in response to the many attendees who are seeking domestic and locally sourced production facilities with emphasis on low minimums.

Texworld USA has also expanded its “Explore the Floor” series featuring guided tours that allow attendees to walk the show floor with industry experts in an intimate setting. The Texworld Showcase will highlight trends for the Fall-Winter 2019-2020 season chosen by Texworld art directors, Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud.

Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA are companions to the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing Paris shows, all put on by organizer Messe Frankfurt. The Paris fairs takes place Sept. 17 to 20 in Le Bourget.

Elsewhere in New York

The first Functional Fabric Fair powered by Performance Days also takes place at the Javits Center July 23 and 24. A curated exhibition hall featuring 70 exhibitors will make a strong sourcing platform for performance materials and technical textiles in fashion, sportswear and athleisure collections. The latest trends and innovations will be on display, as well as curated workshops and industry presentations.

“Holding this event in New York makes perfect sense, because it brings the experts in functional fabric to the fashion and design experts in the United States to show the latest trends in the field,” Steve McCullough, organizer of Functional Fabric Fair, said.

Three key trends are driving the fair’s offerings: sustainability, color and new functionality. “From fabrics that are manufactured sustainably to technologies that will create end products that require fewer washings, saving water in the long run, sustainable options will be numerous at the fair,” McCullough said.

The “in” colors will be on display throughout the fair, and educational sessions will be presented by German color specialist Nora Kühner.

This year, big trends are occurring in two areas of functionality: thermal regulating technology and speed to market. Exhibitors at the fair will showcase the latest technology behind thermal regulating threads. Garment manufacturers will also demonstrate processes for shortening production time and increasing the speed to market, helping fashion brands bring functional lines to consumers quickly.

Meanwhile, denim aficionados can head to BPD Expo at 483 Broadway where they can check out the Spring 2019 offerings from leading mills and manufacturers in a relaxed and environment. Show producer Bill Curtain and his team have also set up demonstrations on hand sanding, grinding, paint splatter and indigo dipping and more with BPD technicians from Blueprint Denim Washhouse Classes.

Attendees can also bring their old jeans, old denim sales samples and denim scraps to the expo. BPD will recycle them into insulation and keep them out of a landfill to support Blue Jeans Go Green.

Sourcing @ Magic, Las Vegas

Part of the expansive Magic colective of trade shows, Sourcing at Magic focuses on the entire global supply chain. With more than 40 countries represented, the show, set for Aug. 12 to 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, features a lineup of seminars that augment the material selections on the show floor. These will include “Alibaba.Com: Open the Door to Global Trading Solutions,” “Protecting Your Trademark, Your Product & Securing Your Name on the Label,” “Responsible Business Practices Are Paramount: Why Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Are a Must at All Levels of the Market,” and “Driving Smart Sourcing with Innovative Technology is the one for 2018.”

Maroc In Mode

Maroc In Mode – Maroc Sourcing, is set for Oct. 11 and 12 in Marrakech, with a focus on Morocco’s textile industry. The exhibition will feature 175 top suppliers, full-package and CMT manufacturers, as well as innovative suppliers of yarns, fabrics, accessories, technologies and services from the Mediterranean on the site of the Moulay Hassan racing track.

Organizers said the focus of the fair is on fashion, fast fashion and sustainable eco-systems. Morocco, an economic leader in the Europe region, ranks eighth among countries exporting textiles to Europe. Companies are attracted to Morocco’s political and social stability, favorable geo-strategic position, modern infrastructure and duty-free access to European markets.

The textile and clothing industry is the largest employer in the country, which creates prospects for the population, organizers noted. Morocco has more than 1,600 manufacturers with a production capacity of more than 1 billion units per year. More than 180,000 people work in the sector, with another 100,000 expected to be added by 2020.

Roughly 25 percent of Moroccan exports are attributable to the apparel industry and 15 percent of its gross national product is generated in the clothing sector. Eco-systems–clusters that promote modern production, design and compliance with international standards–play a central role in the country.

Denim is an important sector in Morocco, and the country’s capabilities will be showcased at the fair. Sustainable denim production is one of the strengths of Moroccan suppliers and is strongly supported, organizers said. One example is the Koala label of the New Wash Group, which is produced sustainably throughout the entire production chain.

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