"With exhibitors from 12 countries, four unique seminars and workshops, and a bigger ‘Trend Zone’ with a brand new ‘Information Exchange Zone’, the 6th edition of the BD Expo marked another leap forward. Highlighting the importance of developing business relationships and promoting best working practices, the 6th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo was held on May 17 at the International Convention City Bashundhara, Dhaka."
With exhibitors from 12 countries, four unique seminars and workshops, and a bigger ‘Trend Zone’ with a brand new ‘Information Exchange Zone’, the 6th edition of the BD Expo marked another leap forward. Highlighting the importance of developing business relationships and promoting best working practices, the 6th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo was held on May 17 at the International Convention City Bashundhara, Dhaka. The theme of the two-day expo was ‘Denim Networks’, underlying the strategic importance for global market to strengthen long-term relationships and mutual approach, especially on innovation and sustainability.
Numbers speak growth
The sixth edition saw a total of 58 exhibitors from 12 countries – Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, San Marino, Spain and Turkey displaying their products and actively participating in the main theme of the show that registered over 5,545 visitors from 1,029 companies and 52 countries as well, confirming the constant growth in audience numbers since the beginning. Starting with 10,000 online registered visitors, the organisers expressed their satisfaction for having attracted a bigger crowd than expected, considering the usual gap. In this edition, a total of four informative seminars and workshops on trends, innovation and new technologies, global denim market and quality assurance were also held.
Themed, ‘From ideas to technologies: discovering a new age for garment finishing’, the seminar focussed on new trends in finishing, embracing cultural, economic and technical considerations. ‘A/W 2018/19 Trend Seminar by WGSN’, an extensive presentation by the specialists from the renowned trend forecaster WGSN, covered the mood board, key looks and silhouettes for women and men, color, fit, construction, wash and trim direction identified for four main mega trends. At the ‘Garmon SPA Seminar’, Marco Nava, Global Sales Director, Garmon Chemicals, unveiled the sustainability-oriented approach of Garmon Chemicals. They are the advanced chemical supplier for apparel world that provides worldwide fashion players with solutions that give wearers exactly what they ask for – garments enhanced by modern and beautiful fashion treatments that are safe for them and for the planet.
In another seminar, ‘Total quality assurance olistic approach for business excellence’ Karthik ND, Country Managing Director, Intertek, shared thoughts on holistic approach for business excellence with the opportunity for direct interaction with the expert. WGSN held trend forecast and workshop all-day their dedicated booth in Hall 4 mezzanine in the Trend zone area.
Trend zone a hit
At the ‘Trend Zone’, an unique space dedicated to showcase latest denim trends and innovative products, visitors were able to gain insights on denim fabrics, styling and finishing available in Bangladesh, together with an offer of the most relevant denim publication. The 6th edition featured several special event-displays that captured the attention of all denim lovers. Amongst them: ‘Tonello Denim Gallery’, Selfie Booth by Sportswear Magazine and Trend Zone were the most attractive.
Sustainability on the agenda
A-not-to-be-missed appointment during the event was the Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF), organised by Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), under the theme ‘Mmaking sustainability easier’. Through four unique knowledge sessions, the forum explored several key issues aimed at making sustainability easier to implement by factories and individuals. Topics such as ‘saving water, resources & cost – The must-knows for your factories’; ‘energy efficiency – how to optimise energy consumption and reduce cost’; ‘green factories’; and ‘sustainable financing’ were brought to light for attendees.