Thanks to tariff uncertainties and trade wars, more apparel and textile companies are pursuing new ways they can diversify their supply chain. But even exploring these innovative solutions can be costly and time consuming, and it can be difficult for buyers to make meaningful progress.
Texworld USA, taking place July 22-24 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York—and co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA—provides one convenient location for attendees to source the latest fabrics and apparel from a large variety of locations. More than 22 product groups from more than 500 companies are represented at the show, and this year’s event is expected to host over 5,000 attendees.
“With a dynamic changing tariff structure in the U.S. and globally, it is increasingly important to source and find suppliers that can offer sourcing outside of the beaten path,” said Michael Hong, men’s outwear design director at Michael Kors. “Texworld USA gives us an advantage to source the world in one convention.”
Broadening horizons of opportunity
This year’s show will feature company pavilions for Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal. Portugal will also join for the first time as the first European country pavilion in the show’s history.
Among the product categories available for perusing will be cotton, denim, embroidery and lace, functional fabrics, knits, wovens, linen, prints, silk, wool, yarn, accessories, findings and trims, jacquard, shirting, faux fur and novelties.
Bangladesh: On the exhibit floor will be H.I Apparel Limited, a manufacturer of pants, skirts and casual shirts that sells to such companies as Jomo Fashion B.V., Ernstings family HFG and Baby Shop. Kohinoor Apparels Limited, a maker of intimates and sleepwear, and Mam Bangladesh (ladies apparel, woven and throws) will also be there, as will Seacotex Fabrics, which makes t-shirts and hoodies and sells to Aldi and Forever 21.
Shangu Group (cutting, sewing, finishing and fabric sourcing) counts Kmart and Carrefour among its clients.
India: Those representing India will include home textiles manufacturer Amber International, which sells to such retailers as Walmart, and Gupta Creations (cushions, throws, rugs, stools); Sai Exports (decorative cushions, rugs); and Sri Ganesh Textile (yarn-dyed woven fabrics for upholstery and home furnishings).
The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council, Texprocil, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Handloom Export Promotion Council will also be there.
Sri Lanka: The sustainable-certified Sarasavi Exports that sells to Hanes will have its socks and hosiery on display.
Portugal: Companies such as Camara Famalicão, Dune Bleue, Marjomotex, OLMAC and Scoop will be there helping Portugal make its inaugural Texworld USA debut.
Providing a diversified platform to buyers is important to the producers of Texworld USA, who understand how imperative it is that the show progress is in lockstep with the industry and its members.
“In order to evolve with industry trends, not only do we offer exhibitors that have the capacity for large orders, but we also cater to up-and-coming designers by offering low minimum suppliers,” said Jennifer Bacon, show director for fashion and apparel. “We also aim to meet the needs of the industry with must-have fabrics/prints and color palettes presented by Texworld Art Directors.”
The show also works with international exhibitors that understand the importance of speed to market, she added, as well as those offering new technologies and innovations.
Sustainability at the forefront
Sustainability, the rapidly expanding priority for all sectors of the apparel and textile industries, will be well represented at this year’s Texworld USA. The show will feature the one-day Neonyt Fashionsustain conference on July 22, boasting a series of speakers, panels and workshops addressing the subject in new, insightful and exciting ways.
Additionally, not only is Texworld USA sponsoring scholarships for Glasgow Caledonian New York College’s unique research-based Master’s programs on profitability and sustainability, but Texworld USA is even partnering with the GCNYC Fair Fashion Center for a complimentary workshop held after the show. On July 31, attendees can explore the meaning and importance of sustainability—and how to get started.
The mindfulness of this crucial topic is one reason attendees have it permanently marked on their calendar each year. Christine Carlson, formerly of David’s Bridal, told Sourcing Journal that last edition’s Reformation talk on sustainability was the highlight of her show.
“I was so impressed by how thoroughly the company thinks of every aspect of the business—fabric dying, fiber content, manufacturing, shipping and even the second life of the garment,” she noted.
Register to attend Texworld USA from July 22 to 24 on the show website.