"The Sustainable Development segment showcased exhibitors that observe the criteria for sustainable materials, environmentally friendly processes or transparent social standards. In parallel with this trend, and still very much in keeping with the Avantex Paris show, fabrics or manufacturing methods that incorporated innovation attracted visitors’ attention."
Held as a part of the Fairyland for Fashion event from February 11-14, 2019 in Paris, the 44th edition of Texworld Paris assembled 696 exhibitors from 20 countries . The event focused on the themes of energy and sustainable development
Spotlight on environment-friendly materials
This event was marked by the public’s growing interest in sustainable and responsible production. Demand concentrated on natural materials, environmentally correct processes, obtaining certification, and the concept of recycling fibres, which was fairly new to visitors.
The Sustainable Development segment showcased exhibitors that observe the criteria for sustainable materials, environmentally friendly processes or transparent social standards. In parallel with this trend, and still very much in keeping with the Avantex Paris show, fabrics or manufacturing methods that incorporated innovation attracted visitors’ attention.
For some exhibitors, the excellent opportunities to meet people were also due to the fact that entrance to the exhibition was free which made access much easier. The attraction and the sense of ease induced by the backdrop also played a role.
Asian circuit showcases manual craftsmanship
The all-new Artisan circuit showcased manual craftsmanship. It also covered some Indian embroiderers. The functional textile segment showcased materials relating to sports and leisure. Certain exhibitors displayed new products, developed for the army and for protection, in order to demonstrate the breadth of their expertise and possible applications for fashion.
Business segments records satisfactory transactions
Elite, the segment for businesses that offer their customers a wide range of ancillary services, recorded the same levels of satisfaction, both in terms of business transactions and contacts established.
Some exhibitors with specific skills, such as the Lebanese lace maker/embroiderer Kaskas always attract young labels and independent designers.
The lectures on Source, the trends for spring/summer 2020 created by the artistic directors,
and the presentation by Pantone on colours were very well attended, as was the lecture on 12 February devoted to "extra services, an essential aspect in capturing markets and making them sustainable.
The Fairyland for Fashion, Paris
Organised from February 11 to 14, 2019 at Le Bourget, Paris The Fairyland for Fashion recorded a new high in number of visitors, with a 2.35 per cent increase over February 2018. A total of 13,929 visitors attended this event.
The rise in visitor numbers was seen from top five countries of the American continent -- Brazil, USA, Colombia and Mexico. Asia too demonstrated an overall 14 per cent growth in attendance with India constituting 13 per cent of visitors, South Korea 6 per cent and Israel 4 per cent. The number of Japanese visitors grew by 30 per cent after a decline in visitors after the tragic events of 2016. There was a growth in the number of Chinese buyers as well.