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5th July 2019, Paris

Apparel Sourcing Paris to restructure its offer

The next Apparel Sourcing Paris will open its doors on 16 September 2019. © Messe Frankfurt France

The next Apparel Sourcing Paris will open its doors on 16 September 2019. © Messe Frankfurt France

The seventeenth session of Apparel Sourcing Paris, the biggest trade fair in Europe for sourcing clothes, which will open its doors in Paris on 16 September 2019, will this year be hosting over 700 exhibitors from all over the world. This means an increase of almost 10% compared with September 2018.

The trade fair goes under the banner of the Fairyland For Fashion, which brings together in one and the same place more than 1,850 exhibitors from Messe Frankfurt France’s trade shows for fashion and textiles – Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Leatherworld, Shawls&Scarves, Texworld and Texworld Denim Paris.

“Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls&Scarves have from the very start constituted an impressive business platform for our visitors and exhibitors. The uninterrupted growth of this trade fair has now led us to reorganise our programme,” said Michael Scherpe, President of Messe Frankfurt France.

“It is a source of pride for us to be able to shine the spotlight on this tremendous variety of different international products and expertise that represent such an active contribution to the fashion industry. We are also delighted to see them interact with a European market that has such an appetite for clothing and accessories.”

Greater clarity

The expected record number of exhibitors attests to the success of this trade fair, where the offer encompasses all the markets for women’s, men’s and children’s ready-to-wear. In order to adjust to this rate of growth and to make things more efficient for visitors in their searches, the organisers have reviewed how segments in the exhibition are allocated.

Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls&Scarves constitute an impressive business platform for visitors and exhibitors. © Messe Frankfurt France

Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls&Scarves constitute an impressive business platform for visitors and exhibitors. © Messe Frankfurt France

New categories will now be used to classify the areas of expertise for fashion clothing. They will cover knitwear, dresses and blouses, tailoring, sportswear, evening wear, outerwear, made-to-measure, lingerie and swimwear, workwear and textile accessories.

These segments have therefore been split up according to the following categories: All about her, Fashion Accessories, Intimate, Kids, Knitted, Service, Sports & Leisure, Tailored, and Vêt’Image. This segmentation, arrived at in consultations with buyers, is intended to improve visitors' itineraries in view of the event’s successful track record.

Comprehensive selection

The September edition will mark Turkey’s return in the All about her and Sport & Leisure segments. The exhibition is also expecting participation by the countries and delegations, who traditionally attend Apparel Sourcing, such as China, which accounts for the main contingent coming to the show from overseas, and Hong Kong, a hub for business with China. However, it will also welcome India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, in addition to Ethiopia, which will have around ten businesses in a national pavilion thanks to the initiative by GIZ Ethiopia.

New categories will now be used to classify the areas of expertise. © Messe Frankfurt France

New categories will now be used to classify the areas of expertise. © Messe Frankfurt France

Cambodia will also have some interesting ranges of artisan and classic products on display, such as dresses, tunics and traditional scarves.

Lectures, catwalk shows and places for meetings

To foster exchanges of ideas and to allow both visitors and exhibitors to compare information about current trends, Apparel Sourcing Paris is organising a series of lectures on changing markets and topical issues.

Several subjects are already envisaged, such as clothes sourcing in Vietnam, a supply region which is expanding, and financing for fashion labels – a major issue in development. In addition, the agenda includes live catwalk shows and presentations of collections by the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese, Cambodian and Ethiopian delegations, where there is much to discover about their expertise and the ranges of products.

www.apparel-sourcing-paris.fr.messefrankfurt.com

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