Interfiliere Hong Kong successfully set sail on March 27th, 2018 on 2 days of discovery of innovations and high quality materials. Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at the heart of Victoria Harbor, the show kicked off with an opening speech delivered by Angie Lau, the Chairlady of Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries’ Association (HKIAIA), Hon. Felix Chung Kwok Pan, member of the Legislative Council of HK (Textiles and Garment constituency) and Marie-Laure Bellon, the CEO of Eurovet. The show was highly praised for the courageous and pioneering decision to take this curated industry event a step further with new insights, generating fresh dynamics by welcoming professionals and experts from bodyfashion industry and beyond, and synergizing with advanced technology in facilitating an innovative way of exchanging business and ideas!
For the 12th edition, and the 2nd under its new curated format, Interfiliere Hong Kong presented a diversified and premium exhibitorship of 75 companies and registered a year-on-year growth of 15 per cent. Companies from Mainland China contributed to 63 per cent of the exhibitors, European companies accounted for 15 per cent followed by Hong Kong with 9 per cent, and the remaining proportion was respectively taken up by companies from other Asian regions and rest of the world. Quality of offerings has been maintained at a consistent high level, thanks to the contribution of exhibitors and the Selection Committee. It was thrilling to see such a various range of exceptional materials and technology, such as velvet lace, natural, sustainable and super technical laces, a new generation of silicone pads, elastics with unique effects and compression colour film…
The show welcomed 1600 visitors over the 2 days, and witnessed a substantial growth surpassing the organizer’s objective by 33 per cent. Hong Kong represented 50 per cent of the visitors followed by Mainland China with 34 per cent. Visitors from rest of Asia accounted for 9 per cent whilst rest of the world contributed 7 per cent. Notably, there were new visitors coming from Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Macau, Myanmar, Singapore, Slovenia and Switzerland. The strong attendance of international buyers with diversified profiles has proven that Interfiliere Hong Kong is a place-to-be in Asia where pursuit of material sourcing, technical solutions, business connections, trend forecasting, innovation and inspiration can be fulfilled. Top 12 visitor countries: Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, Thailand, Japan, United States, Australia / South Korea, France / Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Russia (New).
Launched in 2017, the Gallery has become a new feature exclusively organized at Interfiliere Hong Kong. 428 pieces of finest product samples pre-selected by the steering committee were displayed at the Gallery. Each company panel was equipped with a Poken touchpoint allowing visitors to collect information of their favorite samples. This was an absolute art of ingenious design which has visually impressed the visitors, and a showcase of craftsmanship as well as technology that has been tactilely experienced and sparked inspiration.
Standing at the heart of the show, The Creativ’ Lab was designed to demonstrate the evolution, in collaboration with Interfiliere exhibitors by presenting fabrics, prototypes and global collections, revealing colour moods for A/W 2019-20 and responding to the significant change of the lingerie world. Featuring Nature Moves Us, the Creativ’ Lab put a major attention on the dwindling natural resources on the planet, together with industry experts Xiao Lu LIU – founder & CEO of NEIWAI, Nancy CHANG – COO of CLOVER GROUP, Jeroen JACOBS – Global Sales Director of EASTMAN, Federica ANNOVAZZI – Design Director of ILUNA, Amy LEE- Head of Global Retail & Channel Partner Management of LENZING and SANKO, in quest of concrete solutions and ideas.
The show presented 3 tracks of conference delivered by keynote speakers laying the focus on economic and retail market overview, sustainability, trend forecasting and activewear. The global bodyfashion industry has been enriched with tremendous opportunities brought by technology advancement and unprecedented innovations, and yet vulnerable shaken by complex variables, from global economic and political fluctuations, escalating environmental issues, emerging market conditions to constantly changing consumer behaviors…Throughout the full schedule of conference, under a vibrant ambience of interactions and brainstorming, audiences actively raised their puzzles and seek for insights and inspiration from the speakers, especially young designers and brands who have found the enlightenments on how to (re)position their concepts and products to be in line with the global trend.
Technical solutions, unique processes, cutting-edge materials and applications were exclusively presented by the masterminds in the Studio. Guangdong Polysil Technology Co., Ltd amazed the audiences with SIFI, a new and revolutionary silicone fibre which is non-toxic, ecofriendly, breathable and permeable. In the meantime, Tengfei Technology attracted great attention by introducing SensELAST Technology Patent which owns a unique process of coating and bonding for the creation of unique and extremely comfortable garments. Last but not least, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Hiu Tung (Tiffany) YUN on winning the Award of Excellence organised by Eurovet Asia and voted by all the industry professionals at the show, in recognition of her outstanding final year project. Tiffany is a final year student from Hong Kong Polytechnic University who has designed skinfriendly nursing bras for breastfeeding mothers with Eczema. Her exceptional concepts and prototype have generated great attention and interest among our visitors and exhibitors.