November 29, 2020

Texworld Paris Registers ‘Record’ Visitor Numbers

PARIS – Texworld and sister shows Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Shawls & Scarves and Texworld Denim — a new addition — cited “record” footfall for their September editions, bucking the trend of several years of lackluster numbers.
Visitor numbers grew 13.9 percent year-on-year to 15,473 at the four-day events, held at Le Bourget just north of the capital from Sept. 18-21. Some 83 percent of traffic came from international markets, show organizer Messe Frankfurt said, heralding “renewed confidence” in the global economy.
Core fabric event Texworld saw a 10 percent rise in exhibitor numbers to more than 1,000, including newcomers from Sri Lanka, which is working on boosting its textile exports. Sourcing show Apparel Sourcing, where numbers were also up 10 percent, attracted more than 600 companies, with firms from Kyrgystan, Cambodia, Mexico and Myanmar exhibiting for the first time.
Among trends picked out by buyers from Texworld’s offer for fall 2018, metallic and shiny fabrics as well as velvets, embellishments and jacquard were among the high points. “There are a lot of high-shine fabrics and satin, and a lot of laces; we’re going a lot for lace at the moment,” said Louisa Bonfield, a designer for U.K. fashion retailer TopShop. “The colors haven’t

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