NEW YORK — With a difficult business environment that has reduced marketing budgets at firms in the already debilitated textile industry, trade show organizers said the current climate has caused some companies to sit out the textile and sourcing shows taking place throughout the rest of 2003.
However, it’s not expected to cause any major problems, and show managers said they have added new companies to their exhibitor lists. They also foresee attendance to be solid, since so many product developers and sourcing executives haven’t traveled overseas since the SARS outbreak and will be looking to reestablish connections and catch up on new innovations and trends from that part of the world.
Many Far East companies and several Asian trade groups are coming to the U.S. to attend shows, including the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, Material World and Innovation Asia, as they have in the past.
Innovation Asia is produced biannually by Tencel, the lyocell maker that is part of Arnhem, Netherlands-based Acordis Cellulosic Fibers Inc. The next edition of the show will take place July 15-17 at the same location as prior shows at 110 West 18th St. in New York. However, the name of the venue, formerly Tonic, has been changed to Amuse.
Starting a day after Innovation Asia and ending one day later is European Preview, the precursor to Première Vision in Paris. The show is limited to European weavers and is a helpful tool for U.S. designers to start shaping their collections and color stories, since many designers end up making their buys at PV.
EP takes place July 16-17 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and will feature about 122 weavers from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and other European countries. That’s a similar exhibitor figure to the January EP.
Since the euro is approximately 18 percent higher than the dollar, fabric prices are at risk of being more expensive than they normally would be, said Laurence Teinturier, European Preview show manager. However, Teinturier said it depends on the way the European companies handle the price differentiation, noting that some firms might choose to absorb part of the cost.
I-TexStyle, which ran concurrent with EP in the past, will not be taking place this summer.
Alongside European Preview is the Turkish Fashion Fabric Exhibition, which takes place July 15-16 at the Grand Hyatt hotel located at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The show is organized by The Istanbul Textile & Apparel Exporters’ Association.
The following week, on July 21-23, Yarn Fair will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The show features yarn makers from the U.S. and Europe, though show manager Annik Klein said exhibitors are confirming their booths later than ever and the number of U.S. exhibitors has decreased.
“I think it’s their budgets,” said Klein, who noted it’s been one of the toughest shows to sell. “Often when I speak to someone on the phone they are so down, so I try to convince people to be optimistic and tell them it will be all right.”
The following month, the New York print shows, Printsource and Direction, will take place simultaneously at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan on Aug. 5-7.
Material World features three areas to its show, including sourcing and trade, which tends to feature Latin American apparel contractors; fabrics, trimming and supplies, and technology. It will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Tim Von Gal, who is a partner in Urban Expositions, which owns, manages and produces Material World, said there will likely be participation from an Asian trade group.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association continues to support the show and will hold a conference on the Sunday before the event about how to further prepare for the 2005 lifting of quotas worldwide.
Meanwhile, the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition is set for Oct. 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
IFFE, which is about 50 percent foreign vendors, will see the return of Turquality, which had about 22 vendors at the last show, featuring a range of fabrics from cotton and linen to faux fur and synthetic leather, along with a dozen other trim, button, label and hanger manufacturers.
The Japan Silk & Rayon Weaver’s association also will return in a larger Japan-dedicated area of the floor, said Amy Bonomi, IFFE show manager.
Following IFFE is the NAMSB WorldSource show, which takes place on Oct. 20-22, also at the Javits Center. The event brings together international manufacturers of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, textiles and leather goods offering their sourcing resources to U.S. companies, including branded lines, designer collections and private label retailers.
During the same dates as WorldSource is the Los Angeles International Textile Show’s fall-winter 2004 edition.
After experiencing a 33 percent increase in both the number of exhibitors and attendees, The Chicago Fabric & Trim Show will hold its next edition Dec. 1-2 this winter. Marsha Brenner, who is executive director of Chicago’s Apparel Industry Board, which produces the Chicago Fabric & Trim show, said the increase in attendance is largely due to the crossover of the home furnishings market.