Texworld USA’s return to New York City this week highlights the event as a key platform for designers, fabric buyers, merchandisers and sourcing professionals to meet directly with international textile manufacturers.
For this year’s show at the Jacob Javits Center, Texworld USA will be co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA, Avantprint USA and Home Textiles sourcing. Avantprint USA will debut as Messe Frankfurt’s newest digital textile printing focused show. The objective is to provide resources for the entire supply chain via sourcing fabrics, trims and accessories from Textworld USA; manufacturing capabilities from Apparel Sourcing, and printing technology and innovations from Avantprint USA.
“Our biggest focus over the last few years has been to take Texworld from a very established textile show and really focus on what other kind of value we can provide our attendees and people in the industry,” said Teodora Nicolae, marketing manager for Messe Frankfurt.
Nicolae continued, “Not only have we made improvements in terms of types of exhibitors and sourcing destinations that we’re bringing to the show, but with the help of Lenzing Innovation we’ve expanded our educational offering by almost 100 percent over the last few years. We’re constantly adding more educational opportunities and more networking events and that’s really kind of what our focus is and has been.” This year’s show is likely the most comprehensive sourcing platform to date, according to Nicolae.
Texworld USA has also expanded its Resource Row program, a special section of the show that provides a plethora of industry resources for attendees — and, sustainability is among the most commonly requested topics this year. To meet this demand, Texworld USA has brought in Queen of Raw, a resource for sustainable fabrics and raw materials and Fab Scrap, a company that offers textile recycling services for the New York City area.
“Sustainability has been a hot topic for quite a few seasons,” Nicolae told WWD. “Consumers are much more interested now than ever in finding out where their textiles and clothing is coming from and how they’re made, so we’ve continued to tap sustainability experts into the Lenzing Innovation seminar series.” She added, “We’ve also added a roundtable program which is much more of an intimate discussion with experts about certain topics and this year we’re focusing on sustainability.”
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