Texworld and Apparelsourcing Paris closed this week after four busy days that saw the launch of new features like ‘Shawls & Scarves’, exploration of rich creative ‘Impulsion’, the Texworld winter trends 2015/16, designer catwalk shows and the Sustainability Days, discussions on the responsibility of the textile industry by Jason Kibbey, whole spoke on behalf of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
The event ended on a positive note, with both the exhibitors and the organisers expressing positivity. The number of visitors was up 5.16 per cent, with 15,034 visitors from 109 countries coming to see the 2015/16 winter collections shown by 1,166 exhibitors. The rise in numbers confirms the movement in fashion consumption in Europe.
Both regular and first-time exhibitors were delighted with the fruitful business transactions taking place during the event. Taking the figures continent by continent, Europe recorded a rise of 4.39 per cent and Asia took a great leap forward, showcasing 18.32 per cent rise. Brazil visitor number almost doubled by
10 per cent but Africa was down 11 per cent, reflecting the crises by which the continent is once more plagued.
Visitor figures from the six major countries were up, with a noteworthy resurgence by Italy (over 23 per cent), while recovery was evident in France (over 4 per cent), Turkey (over 4 per cent), Germany (over 3 per cent), Spain (over 1.5 per cent) and the UK (over 1.5 per cent). Three European countries stood out this season because of their double-digit growth, Ireland, where the economy is recovering was up over 22 per cent; Poland, over 20 per cent; and
Norway, which has returned to explore international potential in Paris was up over 25 per cent. Number in Bulgaria was up 64 per cent.
Asia also supported the fair, with the return of Japanese buyers showcasing a rise of over 9.5 per cent, South Korea, over 33 per cent and Hong Kong number was up over 21 per cent. China, with 8 per cent, is now coming to buy for its domestic market.