Textile sourcing event Texworld USA will soon return to New York for its winter edition with a refined focus on sustainability, according to show organizers. The event will take place at the Javits Convention Center on Jan. 21 to 23, showcasing previews for upcoming spring 2019/2020 “colors and textures.”
Texworld unites industry experts, designers, fabric buyers, merchandisers and sourcing professionals with manufacturers and global suppliers, including fabric, trims and accessory suppliers. Its product selection will feature over 16 categories, including knits, functional fabrics and denim at “reasonable” prices, show organizers said. And Texworld’s Local Loft will return for its winter edition, which features domestic and local suppliers that focus “on low minimums.”
The event’s education component includes a trend showcase and assortment of complimentary educational sessions that cover chemical-free dyeing processes, effects from tariffs and China’s take on sustainable solutions, among other subjects, in addition to a revamped lineup of Textile Talks and Explore the Floor discussions centered on topics such as technology and fabric innovation. Also of note is Texworld‘s educational Seminar Series, organized by Lenzing Fibers, which will feature various sessions hosted by industry experts. Tricia Carey, Lenzing Fiber’s director of global business development, said, “During this time in which the apparel industry faces many sourcing challenges, we look forward to a robust Texworld USA supporting alternatives and solutions for the market. The Lenzing Innovation Seminar Series includes topics ranging from sustainability, trends and sourcing. For the direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses seeking flexible suppliers, Lenzing has recommendations for sourcing fabrics with Tencel Lyocell and Modal.”
And Apparel Sourcing USA, one of the few events in North America that focuses on sourcing finished apparel, contract manufacturing and private label development, is co-located with Texworld USA and will also underscore sustainability as its “spotlight” across its 21 product groups. Apparel Sourcing USA is a long-term joint venture partnership between Germany’s Messe Frankfurt and China’s CCPIT-Tex (Sub-Council of Textile Industry), show organizers noted.
Jennifer Bacon, show director, fashion and apparel, said Texworld’s exhibitors “now more than ever know the importance of speed to market as well having the ability to supply eco-friendly sourcing options to retain and obtain buyers. Manufacturers are starting to see this as a requirement and not just an option due to increased global concerns about business practices. Though sustainability seems like a ‘buzz’ word in the apparel industry and few brands have made serious commitments, the question is becoming who will get ahead of the game or be left behind. As trade fair organizers, we are addressing this market change by spotlighting this topic in our upcoming winter edition of Texworld USA. Our educational platform will provide a prospective from countries, retail brands and industry experts practicing sustainable, conscious ways of apparel sourcing. Our featured Resource Row will give our attendees tools for fabric recycling, ethical fashion education, fair trade and more.”
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