True to form, Texworld USA’s winter edition was all about spring — and the new season is flush with sustainable fabrics, streamlining solutions and impressive innovations in fiber and textile technologies, such as bio-synthetic fabrics and hemp denims. The three-day event was held in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last week, and was co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA.
Material innovation was the focus of its new industry and education programming, which featured its Lenzing Innovation Seminar Series, Textile Talks and Explore the Floor, among other textile-centric initiatives. This included the debut of FashionInnovate, a full-day conference that took aim at “bridging the gap between fashion and technology,” with discussions among thought leaders focused on sharing insights, trends, emerging technologies and tools for the textile and apparel industries.
The debut also saw the introduction of Innovation Spotlight, a new segment that highlights Texworld’s emphasis on the intersection of sustainability and technology. An Explore the Floor Tour by Tara St. James, founder of Re: Source Library, led the way to the spotlight that specifically centered on “revolutionary” fabrics such as bio-synthetics, smart textiles and circular design solutions. Companies such as Jeanologia, Brrro, Hemp Black and Natural Fiber Welding presented the latest textile innovations, as well as offered a slew of products for sourcing.
Jennifer Bacon, show director, Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA, said, “As the industry rapidly evolves, our platform aims to address these changes through our comprehensive educational program. We are confident that our educational platform will strengthen the event as a whole, as visitors from start-up designers to seasoned industry veterans will be able to come away new insights.”
And its education platform informed Texworld attendees of the latest developments in textile solutions, many of which are centered on streamlining and implementing sustainability. FashionInnovate included a discussion on technology called “Powering Fashion’s Future: Technology Tools Impacting Today’s Fashion Industry” that introduced insights into blockchain technology, circular tracing and sustainability software solutions that reduce lead times and waste. And its Lenzing Innovation Seminar Series homed in on “Women in Textiles,” highlighting industry success stories about women, by women, “How to Grow Your Fashion Business in 2020” and a presentation by The Doneger Group on spring trends for 2021.
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