September is just around the corner, bringing back some of the most important fabric sourcing fairs and textile trade shows for the fashion and textile industries. It’s time to check what the upcoming trends and innovations are for the Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 season, including new yarns and recycled fibers. These events are also an amazing opportunity to attend conferences and seminars to expand your industry knowledge and even improve your fashion business and professional relationships.
Check out our fabric sourcing guide and webinar for tips on how to improve the sourcing process and techniques, whether you are a beginner fashion buyer or an experienced one. Continue reading to know which the biggest fabric fairs and textile trade shows around the world are that you have to know:
Première Vision: The Fabric Sourcing Star
Première Vision is, perhaps, one of the most famous fabric sourcing events in the world, with editions in Paris (France) and New York (USA). The Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 edition happens from the 17th to the 19th of September in France, bringing the season’s most defining trends and over 2,000 exhibitors from all areas within the textile industry: yarns, leather, knitwear, trims, and much more. The fabric sourcing event also counts on conferences about the fashion and textile industry, and workshops to keep you updated with changes in the business. Are you going? Check out our Paris guide!
Ask any fashion buyer and they will tell you: Première Vision is the Hollywood of fabric sourcing. But there are alternatives for those who can’t attend, including sourcing fabric, material, and trims remotely! Image: Courtesy of Première Vision
Texworld: Sustainability, Trends, And Innovation
Part of the Messe Frankfurt group that organizes fashion and textile events all over the world, Texworld has both a Parisian and an American edition -- and another more special dedicated exclusively to denim. This event brings over 1,000 exhibitors, including wool, functional fabrics, and sustainable material suppliers. There is also a specific guide dedicated to suppliers who can sell small quantities to fashion designers. The next edition happens in Paris (France) from the 16th to the 19th of September.
Combining both general sourcing with denim sourcing, Texworld is one of the biggest American textile trade shows -- with a European edition happening in Paris (France) this September. Image: Courtesy of Texworld
Milano Unica: Sustainability in the Textile Industry
Milano Unica is an Italian fabric sourcing show with great focus and commitment to sustainable materials and innovation. A special area named “The Sustainability Project”, selects textile suppliers with different sustainable certifications, both environmental and social. With a strong and visual storytelling appeal in each trend's presentation. Each room gets its own theme to represent and explore colors, materials, trims, and accessories. It happens in Milan (Italy) and Shanghai (China), with the next Chinese edition happening from the 25th to the 27th of September.
Munich Fabric Start: a Bavarian Fabric Trade Show
This German fabric trade show takes place twice a year and brings in more than 1,000 international suppliers from 40 different countries. The next edition happens on the 3rd of September and goes up to the 5th, with two days of Bluezone. This special area focuses on all things denim, presenting a portfolio of over 100 different suppliers along with finishes, washes, and processes. The Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 edition of Munich Fabric Start will also bring a conference with trend hunter Li Edelkoort, including her insights on color palettes for the next season, along with other business and sustainability talks.
Get ready to check fabric innovations at Munich Fabric Start (Germany), and don’t miss Li Edelkoort’s conference during the textile trade show. Image: Courtesy of Munich Fabric Start
Apparel Textile Sourcing: Fabric Sourcing Worldwide
This fabric fair happens in a wide range of locations, including Canada, USA, and Europe. The next Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 edition happens in Berlin (Germany) from the 11th to the 13th of September. Visitors can source fabrics (of course!) but also attend seminars, workshops and networking events. Technology in machinery has its focus in Apparel Textile Sourcing as well, along with a cultural stage.
Apparel Textile Sourcing happens in Berlin (Germany) this September. The fabric sourcing area includes blends, fibers, yarns, leather, and much more. Image: Courtesy of Apparel Textile Sourcing
Intertextile: a Focus on the Chinese Market
With editions in Shenzhen and Shanghai (China), Intertextile offers fashion buyers a great opportunity to connect and build new relationships in these two crucial textile hubs in China. The next edition happens in Shanghai from the 25th to the 27th of September. Over 4,000 exhibitors bring sustainable innovations, denim, digital printing and much more textile novelties to the market, divided into 9 different halls.
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