ALL THE TRIMMINGS
DESPITE A ROUGH FALL SEASON, TEXTILE TRADE SHOW ORGANIZERS REMAIN CONVINCED THAT THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING NEW BUSINESS TO EXHIBITION FLOORS.
Byline: Joshua Greene
Despite the domestic textile industry’s fragile state and the lackluster attendance figures that plagued most fall trade shows, organizers hope things will bounce back to normal next year for the textile trade show circuit.
Print shows Inprints NY, Printsource and English Accents will continue to be held concurrently under the banner of Print and Textile Design Week New York. The shows will kick off their three-day run Jan. 15.
Inprints NY show manager Lisa Mainardi said she expects a strong turnout at her show, to take place at Arno’s Restaurant in the Garment District, since many buyers didn’t travel to Paris in October for Indigo, the European print show that runs alongside Paris’s Premiere Vision.
“I’m actually very hopeful that people will be ready to buy in January,” she said. “We’re not expecting any drop in attendance, and I am expecting more people to come because a lot didn’t go to Indigo. We’re hoping that more people will be attending our show this time to make up for that.”
Printsource show manager Massimo Iacoboni agreed with Mainardi that buyers are back in the mood to spend.
“Buyers have started traveling again, so we expect them to come to us in New York,” he said. “It’s debatable whether or not New York is safe, but I believe it is.”
Iacoboni said there will be more security guards at Printsource, which will be held at Manhattan’s Parsons School of Design.
“We’re a little concerned after Sept. 11 and everything that’s been happening, but basically, a lot of people canceled their trips to Europe, and we are expecting good attendance because people still need to buy prints,” he said. “By and large, business won’t be fabulous, but it will be OK. We won’t experience the same kind of wealth we experienced only 18 months ago, but I think we’ll be fine.”
Iacoboni said the show will focus on the artistry of the exhibitors’ collections.
“This show is about creativity, which is what really makes a difference,” he said. “We try to get better and better exhibitors to increase the level [of quality].”
Mainardi said security will be increased at English Accents because the show will be held in a bigger space — Hotel Pennsylvania’s Penn Plaza Pavilion on Seventh Avenue in the garment district.
A week after the print shows are held, European Preview will kick off its two-day run Jan. 23 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The show will feature a fraction of the exhibitors scheduled to exhibit at Premiere Vision, scheduled for Feb. 20-23 in Paris. New exhibitors at European Preview include high-end Italian mill Loro Piana and silk company Ratti.
“We will have the same number of exhibitors this year,” said show manager Laurence Teinturier. “About 144 vendors from nine countries. A lot of people canceled their trips to Premiere Vision in October, and many buyers I spoke to said they missed a lot from the trip, in terms of new ideas.”
Teinturier said she expects a large turnout at the show because it is located in New York, a major hub for the textile industry.
Yarn Fair International will be held July 22-24 — one month earlier than it is usually held — to accommodate the largely European exhibitor base that tends to vacation in August. The show will also take place in a new venue, Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion.
“We did a survey, and everybody asked to be in the second part of July,” said show manager Annik Klein. “Last year, it was at the Hilton, but it wasn’t convenient. The new venue is closer to Seventh Avenue.”
MAGIC International’s International Fashion Fabric Exhibition will also bow one month earlier, March 4-6, but will remain at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show’s exhibitors will include makers and importers of textiles and trims, as well as software and computer-aided design firms.
“We have significantly moved the dates of the show, which is a direct response from designers, buyers and exhibitors,” said IFFE show manager Amy Bonomi. “Over the past years, everything started moving earlier, including the fabric shows. It was important for us to respond to that need as well. One thing that we have always prided ourselves on is that we can respond to the needs of the marketplace.”
On the regional front, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will take place May 6-7 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.
Show manager Marsha Brenner said, “Overall, we’re keeping everything the same, but we’re anticipating a nice little show.”
Brenner said Midwesterners will want to stay closer to home and pass on travelling outside the region to shows, including the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition in New York.
Further west, in Portland, Ore., the Fabric Trim and Fiber Active Sport Market show will bow March 12 for a two-day run at the Memorial Coliseum.
Besides the traditional suppliers that make the trip to offer textiles and trims to the Northwest activewear market, this year’s show will feature a designated area for tech companies offering supply-chain management software, online sourcing contacts and marketing software, said show manager Kimberly Brecko.
In addition, a creative services area will be arranged so freelance designers and production and trend specialists can make new contacts.
“The goal is to make these freelancers that wouldn’t normally pay $1,000 for a booth more accessible to exhibitors,” Brecko said. “It also brings more inspiration to the exhibitors traveling to the show.”
Also on the West Coast, The Los Angeles International Textile Show is scheduled for April 29-May 1 at the CaliforniaMart.