International Apparel Sourcing Show closes with record exhibitor number and attendance

Aug 2, 2012

Co-location with Texworld USA continues to create synergies

The third edition of International Apparel Sourcing Show maintained its importance for the apparel sourcing industry. With 134 exhibitors from 12 countries, the event welcomed attendees from July 24-26, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Visitors took advantage of the many services offered by the show exhibitors, among them contract manufacturing, original design manufacturing and private label development. Including co-located Texworld USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, verified registrations numbered 5,285, which is an increase of 5 percent from July 2011.

Messe Frankfurt organizes the International Apparel Sourcing Show together with the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT TEX). “The attendee number and quality demonstrate that the International Apparel Sourcing Show, co-located with Texworld USA continues to be the most important sourcing hotspot for apparel fabrics and finished goods in North America,” says John P. Gallagher, President & CEO of Messe Frankfurt Inc.

Exhibitors praised the range of renowned companies which made their way to the exhibition. “We came to the International Apparel Sourcing Show to promote our products and services. And we had many good contacts,” says Geerish Bucktowonsing, Manager at Enterprise Mauritius and part of the Mauritius Pavilion.

Attendees profited from the co-location with the Texworld USA, the largest apparel fabrics show in North America, and the Home Textiles Sourcing Expo. In particular, the co-location of Texworld USA with the International Apparel Sourcing Show enabled buyers, designers, merchandisers and sourcing professionals to trade on the entire value chain from yarns and fibers to CAD and private label development services. Attendees with cross-interest in home applications also headed to Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.

Messe Frankfurt in partnership with chemical fiber producer Lenzing organized a well attended three-day seminar program. Among the many highlights, Apparel Sourcing Show attendees flocked to “Sourcing Hot Spots”. Moderated by Arthur Friedman from WWD, representatives and industry experts talked about the sourcing opportunities in the United States and Asia. Discussion arose about the current and future U.S. free trade agreements with Asian-Pacific countries. Other popular seminar topics included “The Southeast Asian Advantage: New Sourcing Opportunities in Southeast Asia” and “Mega Trends for Fall/Winter 20113”.

Attendee Statements:
Chris Lee, VP Design & Merchandising, Carole Hochman Design Group
“It is a great guideline for us as to what mills are making and what is trending for the upcoming seasons. I liked the trend presentation the best and of course the number of suppliers/mills.” 

Paula Turkel, Head Girls Designer/Merchandiser, S. Rothschild
“Visited the show to find new products and inspiration for our girl’s outerwear line for Fall 2013. Fabric is the starting point for designers and provides inspiration. It was very large. Lots of vendors.”

Rhonda Vitoulis, Director, Fabric Research and Development, Ali-Ro - Donna Morgan - Julie Dillon
“I like the show because it gives me a head start on the new season. It allows me to forecast to our design team upcoming trends in fabrics and color.  I will definitely attend again.”

Robert Forehand, Vice President, Jisangroup LLc 
“Ease – coming and seeing fabrics but also speaking with Sourcing vendors as well. Good to have both in same venue. Looking for Speciality Knits, Poplins and Embr. Linens – yes, found them all.”

July 2013
The International Apparel Sourcing Show is New York’s apparel sourcing event focused on the production supply chain for contract manufacturing, private label, and ODM - original design manufacturing. The next edition of the International Apparel Sourcing Show will take place July 16 - 18, 2013 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, co-located with Texworld USA.