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Chinese design for ready-to-wear and a new services sector in the spotlight

Sep 3, 2018

Apparel Sourcing Paris, the fashion industry trade fair for sourcing clothing and accessories, is opening its 15th session this September 2018 under very favourable auspices, displaying a wealth of choice and huge diversity, courtesy of contributions from almost 690 exhibitors. An increase of almost 5%.

“This increase builds on that achieved in September 2017, with Apparel Sourcing Paris more than ever meriting its status as European champion - since this is the year! - for global sourcing for the manufacture of fashion and accessories. Our offering is one of the best on the continent, most notably due to our ability to explore new avenues. We will, for that matter, be unveiling a brand new Services segment. I am especially happy to see the return of clothing manufacturers from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia who continue to value our position in Paris. Africa will again be represented by several organisations that work together and point to a promising future. Shawls & Scarves, regularly attended by the biggest names in the sector, will be welcoming expertise from Jordan and also from Nepal, which is a first! Finally, for the second time now and courtesy of CCPIT TEX, we will have the privilege of discovering the world of Chinese ready-to-wear, which is both highly creative and environmentally friendly, in the “From Workshop to Shop: sustainability & style“ exhibit. Over 10 labels will be showing their signature pieces, showcasing the style skills and technical know-how of contemporary China”.

Apparel Sourcing and Shawls & Scarves Paris thus promise a fine presentation of expertise in the production of clothing and accessories for fashion labels and shops.  

The major clothing production countries will be attending China will be one of the main attractions; with backing from CCPIT TEX, it is aiming to strengthen its relationships in Europe with a strong presence at the Messe Frankfurt France trade fairs. Indeed, one of Apparel Sourcing Paris’s strong points is to organise a substantial Chinese contingent, which is always in a position to meet visitors’ requirements. Visitors can also enjoy an exhibition geared towards a professional audience and entitled “From Workshop to Shop: sustainability & style”, the first version of which met with great success in September 2017. Around ten Chinese ready-to-wear brands will take to the stage to discuss creativity and sustainable development (Stand L098). 

Hong Kong will add to the variety with around fifteen exhibitors, ten or so of which will be grouped together at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council pavilion. Still focussing on Asia, Sri Lanka will be returning, after its strong presence last September, under the aegis of the Export Development Board.  Vietnam, also proving very popular last year, will be represented by approximately ten companies grouped at the pavilion of the Vietnam Textile And Garment Association (VITAS). A further three Vietnamese firms will be attending on their own initiative, including Aurora Investments Global Limited, a specialist for clothing and design, for transport and also materials sourcing and production (Stand N055). Their neighbours from Cambodia will also be among the exhibitors to watch, with, amongst others, Master King Garment Manufacturing making their third appearance (Stand N107), persuaded by the opportunities offered by leading French and Spanish fashion brands, in addition to the knitwear company Zhongyin B (Stand M108). We can also look forward to a Cambodian pavilion with six manufacturing and design companies that are geared towards the ready-to-wear segment. 

Apparel Sourcing Paris sets great store by providing visitors the rich variety they require for their sourcing needs with the Chinese platform C&H Garments (Stand N063), a company well-established on the African continent with a presence in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal, and which thus aims to offer an alternative to “Made in China” by developing production capacity in Africa. Another reliable attendee is Turkey, in particular with the return of shirts from Roni Shirting (Stand K107), a subscriber to the “small quantities” circuit, which aims to help visitors discover suppliers able to meet more modest requirements. An approach also adopted for decision-makers in search of products, materials and processes certified as compatible with sustainable and ethical development.

Shawls&Scarves Paris remains the rendezvous for manufacturers of every form of textile accessories for the upper body. A must-attend event for the 40odd international exhibitors, such as Enkay Exports Limited, an Indian company specialising in the manufacture of trendy bags and accessories (Stand H161).  For the first time, the trade fair will be welcoming exhibitors from Turkey, Jordan and Nepal with, respectively, Renardi and its collection of ties and bow ties (Stand F167), footwear from Alsamah (Stand G151) and Hilltop Cashmere, which produces cashmere and pashminas (Stand G184).  Another new feature will take the form of a trend bar and networking space hosted by the B2B digital sourcing platform FOURSOURCE, the intention here being to encourage business meetings in a café environment. 

Services Segment powered by MouvTex: this brand new segment will offer solutions for services with added value, including systems for authentication, serialisation and traceability, solutions for facilitated transactions and secure payment management, flexible packaging; legal services, a social network specifically for textile enthusiasts etc. etc. And of course, the Mouvtex web platform, the host of this space, can put buyers in touch with over 1000 clothing manufacturers in 43 different countries. Workshops on special topics, available only by registering through the Apparel Sourcing Paris website, will be facilitated by exhibitors in the Workshop space, according to the programme below:   

  • Maximising your margin and production by MouvtexTraceability and details of provenance by INEXTO
  • 0 cash outflow: alternative ways of managing your clients and suppliers by Lea Trade 
  • Growing your circle of professional contacts on social networks by Textile Addict 
  • Intellectual property, the checklist! from Cabinet Hoffman

The trade fairs under the Messe Frankfurt France umbrella organise numerous events (lectures and catwalk shows) relating to current developments in the industry to make sure their visitors are better informed.

All details about textile trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt throughout the world can be found at the new platform: www.texpertisenetwork.messefrankfurt.com

Background information on Messe Frankfurt Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €669 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). 

For further details, visit: www.messefrankfurt.com |  www.congressfrankfurt.de |  www.festhalle.de  

Press officers: RE ACTIVE – Frédéric Pellerin –  fpellerin@re-active.fr & Dimitry Helman – dimitry@re-active.fr  –  +33 1 40 22 63 19 
Messe Frankfurt France – Cassandra Galli – cassandra.galli@france.messefrankfurt.com - +33 1 55 26 61 39

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