It’s textile week in Paris: Texworld, Texworld Denim, Apparel Sourcing and Avantex, the specialized trade shows for apparel and textiles organized by Messe Frankfurt France, have kicked off in Paris Le Bourget on Monday, September 18. Since then, the shows have generally registered good traffic. One of the most crowded and lively spot was Avantex, the area hosting innovative and forward-thinking products and ideas, but also presenting roundtables and seminars on hot topics of the industry such as how to approach and involve millennial customers.
Texworld Denim, the newborn section focused on denim weavers and specialized denim garment manufacturers, registered a rather low attendance on the first day, though exhibitors expected an increase for the days to follow.
The offer included a variety of reinvented basics such as jackets in knit-denim (Hefine), striped workwear fabrics decorated with crystals or studs (May Star Textile), a 37 oz. denim fabric spiced up with golden lurex by Kassim Denim, dobby jacquard lightweight fabrics by Rajby Denim and selvedge jeans trimmed with huge embroidered elements (M&L Denim). Sunhouse offered highly decorated jeans studded with embroideries, lurex threads and flower elements.
At Avantex, amongst the most inspiring exhibitors was consulting company Materio', which focuses on finding alternative materials such as a woven fabric made by a single silicon filament (Cheynet & Fils) or alternative skins from frogs and salmon (Atlantic Leather).
“We are very satisfied with all of our shows,” commented Michael Scherpe, president Messe Frankfurt France. ”At the 41th edition of Texworld, the show has reached a significant growth in number of exhibitors (about 1,000) and a great development,” he continues, referring to an overall image improvement of all events’ image, but also referring to new initiatives involving conferences, contest and fashion shows.
The Apparel Sourcing show represented various manufacturing countries wanting to further expand internationally. Amongst them were exhibitors from Kyrgyzistan, Cambodia, Mexico and Myanmar.
As part of its scouting activities for upcoming new markets, Messe Frankfurt has also announced the acquisition of two South African shows through its own Messe Frankfurt South Africa division–ATF EXPO (textiles, apparel & footwear aimed at the international market) and Source Africa (involving African textile, apparel & footwear). Both take place in Cape Town.