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Feb 11, 2019

Assembled under the banner of The Fairyland for Fashion, Messe Frankfurt France presents the trade shows Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Leatherworld, Shawls&Scarves, Texworld and Texworld Denim Paris from 11 to 14 February 2019 at Paris Le Bourget.

“The February 2019 session has been particularly advanced in terms of business: virtually all our targets have been met, as you may have read in our previous press releases. This is evidence that the global fashion industries are forging ahead and that international visitors to Texworld remain the major players in the textile and clothing sector. The West cannot afford to disregard this just as our exhibitors cannot ignore Paris’ special position, in terms of quality and diversity of visitors. There follows a selection of new arrivals for each show ”

Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls&Scarves Paris: 

Ethiopia, a country with strong potential, returns with a dedicated pavilion. Although the clothing currently produced in this country only represents 0.01% of global exports, the textile and clothing industry is experiencing an economic boom. Boosted by its traditional textile heritage and favourable costs for energy, Ethiopian intends to create 350,000 jobs (150 companies) in the sector by 2022, thanks to industrial estates planned by the government. This plan has succeeded in attracting a number of foreign investors (China, India, Turkey etc.) At the same time, the German agency for International Development Cooperation (GIZ, an exhibitor at the show) has been instructed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to support these changes. The Messe Frankfurt Group is already well-established there with three trade fairs. Apparel Sourcing Paris hosted an Ethiopian pavilion for the first time in Europe in February 2017 that met with great success, as we know.

 This economic boom and the opportunities offered in Ethiopia are described in detail in a special lecture on 11 February at 15.45 (the agora in Hall 2), which will be attended by His Excellency the Ethiopian Minister for Industry and Trade Yohannes Dinkayehu Eba and representatives from dedicated institutions: Anteneh Alebu, from the Ethiopian commission for investment, Bogale Feleke, from the development institute for the leather industry, Seleshi Lemma, from the development institute for textile industries, Goshu Negash from the textile and clothing manufacturers’ association, Ulrich Plein from GIZ Ethiopia and Teodros Abraham, from Bolloré Logistics in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian area will house five firms: Desta Garment (L086), Velocity Apparelz (M085) and Village Industry (M089) are already aware of the show’s advantages since they attended in February 2018. This is the first time for Bahir Dar Textile (M083), a spinning mill specialising in cotton since 1961, and for Eltex (L084), a manufacturer of fabrics and clothing. The Ethiopian Investment Commission (L090) will be revealing all the pointers for accessing Ethiopian textile and clothing solutions.

 Cambodia is also returning with 4 companies: A.N.D. (M084), Color Silk (M082), Rajana Association (M080) at Apparel Sourcing and Khmer Artisanry (K076) at Shawls & Scarves. They all have one feature in common, in that they make use of traditional skills, which allows them to be part of the new Artisan circuit.

Two specialist areas on the increase: lingerie (around ten Chinese producers) and children’s wear (20 producers from Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan).

 After the success of both From Workshop to Shop sessions, around ten Chinese fashion firms will present lingerie and clothing in a pop-up showroom on Thursday 14 February in Hall 4.

Catwalk shows demonstrating the manufacturing skills on display at national pavilions at the show: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Pakistan in addition to China. Be sure not to miss: The "Cultures & Création" catwalk show from Montfermeil. The Paris suburbs, a hotbed for talent.

 The Services Segment is expanding:

Bolloré Logistics (E142) will be giving a lecture about its activity In Ethiopia on Thursday 12 February at 14.00.

 The Paris–China creative connection from P&C Partners (F135), Yves Castal’s global consultancy for communication and design.

The Trend Bunker (E140), the online trend bureau, is organising two lectures: one on the trends for spring/summer 2020 and the other on brand positioning in the digital age, which can be attended in the agora of Hall 2 on the 13th at 14.00 and at 15.15. 

Avantex Paris: 

A French hub dedicated to innovation and sustainable development joins the ESMOD higher institute for arts, technology and fashion, the TECHTERA competitiveness cluster for textile technology and the European Centre for Innovative Textiles CETI (Y429).

 The La FashionTech association (Z429) will address the contributions from 3D printing in fashion: the first low-cost prototyping facility, and help in creating materials. An easily manipulated puzzle garment will illustrate the message. With the competition from the QUATRECARRE consultancy for additive manufacturing, Lazaare watches et clothes designs from Mlle 3D from Marisa Garnier, and Armine Ohanyan.

 For the first time in France, Avantex Paris will host Zero Waste Fashion Designers (Z429), a designers' collective from Spain, the Netherlands and Vietnam, who have been invited by the French label Milan AV-JC. The collection being presented was developed in accordance with the Zero Waste Design principle, which involves keeping offcuts to a minimum.

 Smart fashion will be represented by (X437), a research-sharing network for design and technologies for tomorrow’s fashion launched by Marina Toeters. Shining the spotlight on design skills from, which presents a series of works completed in collaboration with contractors.

Simone Simon (Y428), and Gorfoo (Z427), two prize-winners from the most recent Avantex Fashion Pitch are showing their latest developments. 

Leatherworld Paris: 

 30 exhibitors from China, India, Peru, Tunisia and Turkey. A great show, even if the season (spring/summer) is less promising. Exhibitors appreciate the focus on future potential and contacts with fashion labels.

 The latest developments in leather, fur and synthetic materials from exhibitors will be there to discover at a dedicated forum, adjoining an area for relaxation. A catwalk show will showcase a selection. 

Texworld Paris: 

 First-time attendance for an Ethiopian weaving mill: Arba Minch Textile (H416), founded in 1992, offers a collection of woven cotton prints.

 The new Artisan circuit is the result of products from exhibitors at the show, and, in particular, thanks to the remarkable work of Indian embroiderers, who are frequently specialised in wedding outfits. Coming mostly from the Kolkata region, they demonstrate true regional skills, such as the Chikankari embroidery (made on the reverse with white thread on very fine white muslin) for example. Find details in the Visitors’ Guide.

Two trend forums: "Source", the general forum found as you enter Hall 4 and the Sustainable forum. The latter is closer to Avantex Paris, as they have a fundamental value in common: sustainable development. Some national pavilions offer inspirational approaches from their ranges, such as the example of the China Textile Information Center (CTIC) for China and the Korea Textile Center (KTC) for South Korea.

Elite, the segment for companies with an array of services, will also have the advantage of a trends forum. The thirty exhibitors will be joined for the first time by Master Textile (D193), a manufacturer of denim materials and clothing that has long exhibited in the denim segment. This extremely vertical Pakistani company is offering a wealth of solutions from the research and development unit to a large number of ‘green’ brands. Shafi Texcel (A192), the very first Pakistani dyeing company to set up a production line for shirts, will be showcasing their numerous methods of dyeing as well as their design studio. Zaber & Zubair (B200) from Bangladesh is back, showing its collections of casual cotton and eco-friendly capsule collections.

 The segment for functional textiles and sportswear is expanding: up by 38% compared with last year. Adjacent to the Avantex Paris show, with which it shares common concerns, it includes essentially products specifically for sportswear, outdoor wear and relaxation. 

Texworld Denim Paris: 

 Coming from Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey, 30 manufacturers of denim and finished jeans (a large percentage of which are major vertical businesses) will stir interest at the show, where most exhibitors are companies attending independently. Pakistan is the only country with a national pavilion. Even if timing is slightly different compared with the usual rhythm of the denim sector, the exhibitors will find a somewhat unusual market, given stimulus by additional collections, limited series and attendance by fashion labels that they would not otherwise encounter.

The programme of lectures and all the catwalk shows can be found in the Catwalks & Conferences guide, which is freely available at the shows.

All details about textile trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt throughout the world can be found at the new platform:

Background information on Messe Frankfurt 
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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