Texworld USA, co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA Summer 2019 edition closed its doors to another highly successful event on July 22-24, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY. Together, the show connected international suppliers of textiles, trims and accessories, manufacturing and private label development services and finished apparel to a host of industry buyers, designers and experts.
In attendance, collectively, Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA welcomed almost 6,400 attendees, a 21 percent increase in attendance from Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA 2018. The two events highlight a broad range of textiles with innovative structures, material mixes and a remarkable array of colour palettes across 38 product categories. This dual platform offers direct access to impressive colour, fabric and trend areas, a strong educational line-up and an assortment of industry resources.
Day 1 of Texworld USA kicked off with an astounding response from visitors with Fashionsustain, a one-day conference originating from Neonyt Berlin. With aisles overflowing, attendees heard from Liz Hershfield, Head of Product, Development Production and Sustainability at Walmart eCommerce, Leslie Ferrick, Senior Manager, Fabric R&D/Sourcing Dept at Athleta, Louise Claughton, Senior Director at PVH Corp., and much more on topics covering circularity, traceability and sustainability solutions.
“At the moment, sustainability is the most relevant, but also the most complicated subject within the textile and fashion industry. People need clarity and guidance, along with inspiration. We are focused on the sustainable future of the industry by providing more eco-friendly manufactures, panel discussions and resources. It’s an on-going journey and we’re right on the pulse of it. Brands and consumers alike are interested in sustainability practices like efficient water use or how to avoid micro plastics, along with traceability and transparency within the supply chain. We’re excited that we have become a leader that sheds light on these pressing environmental and multi-channel issues. Although price will always be a factor, it’s important to address new innovations and new ways to work with recycled and eco-friendly materials and processes. Our show strives to provide new solutions that designers and industry experts can work with in the future,” said Jennifer Bacon, Show Director, Fashion & Apparel.
With several sustainable initiatives this edition, Texworld USA offered 3 times the amount of eco-friendly exhibitors than in past shows, which were highlighted in the Sustainable Sourcing Itinerary. The amount of carpets on the show floor were reduced by 33 percent, and approximately 90 percent of the signage on the show floor were recyclable signage boards. Furthermore, the show strengthened its commitment to sustainability through its recycled and repurposed bags. Created from previous edition’s vinyl banners and promotional material, Texworld USA in conjunction with THROW, produced nearly a thousand bags.
Leading the way, the Lenzing Pavilion hit the show floor with 16 exhibitors showing sustainable fibres in a range of product categories. From cotton and functional fabrics to knits and lace, Lenzing Pavilion exhibitors showcased the best use of sustainable materials in TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®.
Educational Series organised by Lenzing Fibers returns
Texworld‘s educational seminar series, organised by Lenzing Fibers, featured sessions hosted by a curated panel of industry experts who discussed the changing global landscape, sustainable solutions and the trend forecasting. Speakers included Texworld Art Directors, MintModa and Eileen Fisher.
Textile Talks takes center stage
With an overwhelming response from attendees, the Textile Talks took over aisles of the show floor with thought-provoking, interactive discussions. Topics included fashion entrepreneurship, start-up storytelling, sustainable practices like upcycling, and sourcing strategies with the US trade policy.
Explore the Floor Tours offer a new form of matchmaking
These guided tours opened the opportunity for attendees to walk the show floor with seasoned industry experts and gain a more detailed insight on various exhibitors relevant to their businesses. It also created a more informal forum for questions and interaction.
Resource Row guides the way to sustainability
Taking a walk down Resource Row led attendees to a slew of companies sharing their industry tools including trend consultants, fabric recycling companies, technology, fashion consulting, creative learning, workshops, networking and more. “Being on Resource Row has been a tremendous opportunity for us at Texworld USA. The traffic we’ve received here has been mind-blowing, and included people from all walks of the industry. It’s great to see the interest attendees have in ethical sourcing and social compliance. We’re so happy to be a part of the show and will definitely be continuing our involvement!” said Seth Lennon, WRAP.
Local Loft provides new sourcing solutions
A collaboration of sourcing professionals connecting buyers with local apparel factories, contractors and services, Local Loft was created in response to attendees seeking domestic and locally-sourced production facilities. Highlighted companies included Clover and Cobbler, OnPoint Manufacturing, Rome Fastener and ThreadTech Inc.
Trend Showcase offers new visions
Texworld USA’s Trend Showcase curated by Texworld’s Art Directors, Louis Gerin and Gregory Lamaud hit the show floor with a unique and creative flair, showcasing their vision and expertise for the upcoming season. Excitement flourished as attendees viewed the featured fabrics from select companies exhibiting at the show as well as the inspiration behind the vision: Re-Enchanted. Visitors also had the opportunity to preview the newest colors and textile offerings for the Fall/ Winter 2020/2021 season. The next edition of Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA will be held from January 19-21, 2020 at the Javits Center