NEW YORK — An alignment of textile and fashion trade shows, including Texworld USA, Kingpins Show and MRket, have come together for the soft launch of NYC Textile Week next month, with a “grand launch” planned for July.
The group said the concept behind NYC Textile Week is to further establish the city as the key destination for textile and sourcing professionals in the global fashion, home and related industries. The week will officially run Jan. 19 to 21, encompassing the dates for all the participating fairs. Texworld USA, a major fabric and sourcing exhibition, and MRket, a men’s apparel and accessories fair, run concurrently for the three days at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, while the denim-focused Kingpins New York is set for Jan. 20 and 21 at Skylight Clarkson Square.
“All of the shows are really pleased to be able to get together and coordinate an improvement in the experience visitors have when coming to New York during the show week,” said Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins Show and an organizer of NYC Textile Week. “Long term, we hope all the shows will want the same thing and exhibit at the same time as the rest of us.”
Organizers said while New York is the hub for the country’s textile industry, there has been no synergy among the textile, sourcing and apparel shows that visit New York biannually.
“NYC Textile Week will be the link that ties together all the textile events being held in New York City and will offer a bountiful amount of diverse textile offerings for the attendees that visit from all corners of the globe,” said Dennis Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt and organizer of Texworld USA.
Tricia Carey, USA business development manager for Lenzing Fibers and co-organizer of the initiative, said, “NYC Textile Week simplifies the calendar by having multiple shows in one amazing city, while taking advantage of the art and cultural highlights of NYC.”
Organizers said they’ve received support from city and state officials and expect more specific coordinated action at the July round of shows.