Fashion industry trade show Texworld USA is headed back to New York for its summer edition, featuring a spotlight on sustainability for the fall 2020 season. The event will take place from July 22 to 24 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA.
For the first time, Texworld will take place in the upper level exhibition halls at the venue, signaling a change in design for the event’s format and flow. More than 500 exhibitors from 15 different countries will be in attendance to engage in three days of sourcing, networking and learning, in addition to seminars from Lenzing Fibers, Textile Talks programming and workshops, among other initiatives. Texworld will feature 17 product categories inclusive of knits, functional fabrics, cotton and denim — and attendees interested in the show’s sustainability component can participate in education sessions that cover upcycling, circularity and sustainable solutions, show organizers said.
But perhaps most newsworthy is Texworld’s brand new program Fashionsustain, a one-day conference held on July 22 that originated in Berlin, dedicated to educating attendees on sustainable practices, according to the firm. Fashionsustain is a “conference devoted to revolutionizing the fashion and textile industries’ processes and production mechanisms, through collaborations, new technologies and applied innovation,” show organizers noted, adding that “with a goal of finding dynamic solutions to social and environmental problems, Fashionsustain’s purpose is to offer a fundamental transformation to the industry.” Speakers include industry leaders from Walmart, PVH Corp. and Athleta, covering topics such as circularity, traceability and sustainability solutions.
Jennifer Bacon, show director, fashion and apparel, Messe Frankfurt, said, “As trailblazers within the textile industry, we try to spotlight what’s trending; whether that is covering certain topics or product advancements with vendors and mills. It’s important to address what’s happening in the industry to stay relevant. This year, sustainability was an obvious choice for our spotlight. Because being sustainable has reached a point that it’s too important to ignore, our show now explores the importance of speed to market, as well having the ability to supply eco-friendly sourcing options in order 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. By adding Fashionsustain, along with building up the sustainable exhibition profiles on the show floor with a wide range of representation of countries across the globe, Texworld USA is making it really easy for attendees to clearly recognize and visit these kind of exhibitors.”
Biannual favorites such as Texworld’s Local Loft — which highlights domestic and local suppliers that focus on low minimums — Resource Row, Explore the Floor, Textile Talks, and it’s ongoing seminar series collaboration with Lenzing Fibers, shape the show’s practical and educational components. Tricia Carey, Lenzing Fiber’s director, 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 businesses seeking flexible suppliers, Lenzing has recommendations for sourcing fabrics with Tencel Lyocell and Modal.”
Bacon told WWD, “Texworld USA has grown substantially over its 13-year history. Over time, it has positioned itself as a must-attend event on the trade show circuit — not only for its diverse international suppliers, but it has also become a hub for education and resources. Our partners, Lenzing Fibers, have organized a compelling seminar series that has been a fundamental educational component for the show, and over the years, we’ve developed the program to give our attendees even more resources than before. We’ve expanded the series with our popular Textile Talks — an open floor discussion with industry experts, Explore the Floor — guided tours with apparel fabric professionals where visitors can meet new suppliers and learn about their vast capabilities, and Local Loft — where attendees can connect with a curated group of domestic production facilities, contractors, factories, patternmakers, sample rooms, cutting rooms and graders.”
And for more on the sustainability front, Texworld will be sponsoring scholarships for Glasgow Caledonian New York College’s research-based master’s programs on profitability and sustainability, in addition to hosting a complimentary educational workshop on the meaning, purpose and importance of sustainability, led by the college’s Fair Fashion Center, held on July 31.
“Sustainability has gone from being a ‘buzz’ word in the industry to being essential,” Bacon explained. “As a result, we have evolved and adapted to current consumer behaviors in order to stay relevant by offering eco-friendly sourcing options, an impressive educational program, and support with on how to navigate the market. We, as trade show organizers, have also adapted our own practices to be more eco-conscious by reducing the volume of printed materials and carpet, eliminating the use of plastic, and choosing more environmental-friendly materials. Buyers’ behavior patterns have changed over the years and the trade show landscape has had to follow to keep up. In order to be relevant in the apparel sourcing industry, Texworld USA fosters up-and-coming designers by catering to their needs for low minimum suppliers, and we’re evolving with new technologies, innovations and engage with exhibitors that understand there is a speed-to-market approach that many consumers are searching for. Offering solutions and connections for the textile and apparel industry, Texworld USA strives to remain at the forefront of the industry.”
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