The next edition of Munich Fabric Start will take place from August 31-September 2 in the order center of M.O.C. With over 760 registered exhibitors the event will present more than 1,300 collections kicking off the F/W 2011-12 season. For this 29th edition, organizers at Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH again expect more than 15,000 buyers and designers from the apparel industry and trade.

Significant will be a fresh investment in ranges and services. Blue Zone, the platform for denim and sportswear, has undergone a complete facelift now, setting a cleaner, classier and very stylish backdrop for the “Who’s Who” of the international denim and sportswear fabric suppliers. Forum Organic Selection, the information pool revolving around health and environmental compatible textiles, will be enhanced with further services. There will be powerful, clear trend themes, optimizations on the second floor with high-end Italian weaving mills, interesting first-time exhibitors, and various parties to foster exchange within the industry.

“We will be going full speed ahead,” said trade fair boss Wolfgang Klinder, “because we want to constantly develop further. Blue Zone, for example, not only has an entirely new look but also a new conceptual pitch. Our Organic Selection segment will now be extended to include the Eco Village and to this end we will be bringing key certification bodies for the textile industry here to Munich for the first time. It is, and will remain, our key aim to prepare all this with the usual competence, but above all in a comprehensible and efficient manner for our guests.”

Sixty new firms will be participating for the first time across the Collections, Additionals, Asia Salon, Showrooms and Blue Zone segments. These include Hurel, the high-quality lace manufacturer; Italy’s Lanerie Agnona, one of the leading addresses for fine fibers and finest wool fabrics; the British weaving mill William Halstead with its carded yarn wovens, exquisite cashmere and mohair items; and Italy’s Duca Visconti di Modrone, known for its velvets and corduroys. New names in the Additionals area include Brodissima, with its embroidery from the Austrian city of Lustenau, and Topak from the Czech Republic.