The 2014 International Apparel Sourcing Expo in New York City wrapped up yesterday. This is the largest textile sourcing event in North America. It attracts top designers, manufacturers and buyers. Organized by the China National Textile and Apparel Council and Messe Frankfurt USA this was the 15th edition of the show.
Exhibitors were categorized among apparel, home, and textiles, with professionals showcasing embroidery, denim, lace, linen, silk, wool, and more. More than 700 companies from 21 countries - including some 300 from China – exhibited at the fair. Chinese fabric and textile companies showcased the strong ties they have with New York City's fashion and garment industries. China's textile and fabric industries significantly contribute to US-China bilateral relations. It was 35 years back the US and China reestablished diplomatic ties. Trade between the two nations has increased 200 times since then.
New York City is a premier fashion capital. The fashion industry is critical to New York City's cultural and economic success, employing 1,80,000 New Yorkers and generating more than $10 billion in wages each year.