Registration at the International Sourcing Expo Australia and co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia increased 10 per cent from last year, with more than 4,000 visits from large fashion retailers to niche fashion brands, start-up labels, online outlets and fashion designers looking to make valuable connections with potential and existing suppliers.
Buyers and production managers toured the world’s apparel, accessories, texiles and footwear suppliers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over three days from November 20-22, 2018. Visitors met with more than 720 manufacturers and agents exhibiting at the expo from 19 countries – China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, Fiji, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Taiwan, Nepal, Serbia, Italy, and Thailand.
A highlight of the event was the launch of Global Runway, where emerging and established designers from Indonesia, China and Australia showcased their collections. These shows were supported by Australian Fashion Council and enjoyed by strong crowds across two days. The expo’s Global Sourcing Seminar series led by industry experts and facilitated by fashion commentator and journalist, Patty Huntington, provided valuable market insights and business tips. From international denim trends, expert sourcing tips, legal information, ethical sourcing advice, help for fashion start-ups, international fashion and footwear insights and more, the seminar series had something for all industry professionals.