The future of sustainability and innovation will be front and center at this year’s Interfiliere New York.
Held Oct. 16-17 and produced by Eurovet Americas, the global sourcing show for intimates, swim and performance fabrics will pack in a year’s worth of industry education and sourcing opportunities over the span of just two days at the Javits Center River Pavilion in New York.
Over 600 attendees, 48 percent of whom are key decision makers, are expected to browse the latest goods from 70 exhibiting mills, including D2P Billion Design, a specialist for creative fancy knits, awarded Designer of the Year at Interfiliere Paris in July; La Lame, which will present fabric and lace suppliers from French and Italian manufacturers; Rosset Group, Latin America’s most influential textile group; and Gayou Lace, a leading supplier of top brands in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Also, more than half of the show’s exhibitors like Indonesian manufacturers Kewalram (embroidery), PT Sinar Par Taruna (fabrics) and PT Busanaremaja Agracipta (manufacturing capacity) are eco-responsible committed, Eurovet said, with pledges touching on raw material development, adoption of organic cotton and recycled fibers, and Oeko-Tex 100, GOTS and WRAP certification, among many others.
Nicole Ivanow, international business supervisor at Rosset, considered last year’s show to be quite a success. “We had many customers visiting, and people loved the fabrics,” she said. “It was great to promote a Brazilian mill and our wide portfolio. As for the show itself, the atmosphere was elegant. We look forward to the next edition to present our latest innovation.”
Trends, innovation and sustainability will be featured at Interfiliere New York over two informative areas and hot topic discussions with key players in the industry who will share their thoughts.
The global women’s swimwear and activewear market is dominated by North America, but how can performance, eco-responsibility and fashion be reconciled? New to this year’s show will be the Swim x Sport x Innovation hub featuring three sections dedicated to technical functionality, sustainability and creativity. Designed by LIM students, a variety of samples materials—ranging from fabrics, laces, accessories and finished products on view—will display within three focus areas:
Technical center: Fabrics and accessories including quick drying, muscular compression, UV protection, chlorine resistant and/or isothermal features
Sustainable solution: Fabrics and accessories that are organic, recycled, bio-sourced or biodegradable
Prospective Fashion submission: Finished products garments for a water sport or an athletic sport
The CREATIV’ LAB area of the show, meanwhile, will feature what’s being hailed as “A Celebration of Women.” This area of the show designed by Jos Berry, CEO and founder of Concepts Paris, is meant to spur conversation and collaboration among exhibitors and attendees about the latest trends and challenges of designing lingerie in an era where inclusivity plays a prominent role. Women’s “needs” will be divided into four macro directions:
- The Need to Move and Be Active
- The Need to Discover and Travel
- The Need to Relax and Revive
- The Need to Experience Nature
Kimmay Caldwell, founder of Hurray Kimmay and #MoreThanMyNumbers, and a speaker at last year’s show, noted, “Size inclusivity is more than just a buzzword. It’s important and not going way. So facilitating an open discussion about it from a designer’s point of view was a huge hurray for our industry.”
Apart from fabric samples and accessories, the CREATIV’ LAB will also bring prototypes from exhibiting mills such as Chanty Lace or Iluna, and shop samples to illustrate international Signs of Change around four Spring/Summer 21 trends: Botanical Wonderland, Graphical Expressions, Utilitarian Refinement and Widening Horizon.
Beyond business opportunities, Interfiliere New York will feature insight from key industry players. Lululemon, Brooks Running and The Squad will take part in an INNOVATION Panel on Oct. 16 at 11:00 a.m. that highlights the companies’ sustainability and innovation efforts in terms of design and fabric sourcing.
Jos Berry will present Trends Around the World at the CREATIV’ LAB at 4:45 p.m., and a networking cocktail party at 5:15 p.m. will close out the first day of the show.
On Oct. 17 at 4:00 p.m., students of LIM College will present STEPS AND SOLUTIONS TO SUSTAINABILITY, research on sourcing, transportation, packaging, social rights, costing and marketing, providing brands with best practices for sustainable sourcing.
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