IFCO Istanbul Fashion Connection marked its fourth edition with resounding success. The event, held from August 9 to 11 in Istanbul, showcased the city's growing prominence in the global fashion business. The numbers tell the story: a remarkable 30% increase in both exhibitors and visitors, including a staggering 140% surge in international attendees. The exhibition area also expanded significantly, boasting a 120% increase from the previous year's event.
Rapid international recognition
IFCO has swiftly carved its niche in international buyer groups as Europe's largest fashion and apparel fair. Mustafa Pasahan, Vice President IHKIB, proudly stated that on the first day alone, more than 2,500 international buyers from various countries, including Germany, Israel, Canada, Latin American nations, Malaysia, South Africa, the UK, the US, and the UAE, flocked to the event. It highlights IFCO's role in establishing Istanbul as a global fashion hub.
Turkey's competitive advantage
Turkey, as the EU's third-largest apparel supplier, excels in short delivery times, high production quality, and a well-trained workforce. It offers the advantage of small minimum order quantities and a vertically integrated textile and apparel industry. Turkey's strong focus on sustainable production and a circular garment economy reinforces its competitive position.
Nurturing design and talent
Turkey's prominence in design and trends is evident through investments in human resources, including vocational schools like KOZA Young Fashion Designers competition. Istanbul Moda Akademisi (IMA) serves as a vital design hub, producing graduates who make their mark on the international fashion stage. IMA's strategic partnership with the University of the Arts London/London College of Fashion strengthens its commitment to shaping the future of the industry.
Diverse exhibitors and exclusive Areas
The fair featured over 400 brands across six segmented halls, showcasing everything from womenswear to sportswear. The Core Istanbul and The Exclusive Area presented exclusive designs, while FashionIst showcased leading brands and the latest evening fashion trends.
Global visitor surge
IFCO recorded over 20,000 visitors from 125+ countries, with a visitor increase of over 30% compared to the previous year. International visitors more than doubled, emphasizing its global appeal.
Successful B2B networking
The B2B Match Making at IFCO facilitated efficient networking between exhibitors and global buyers, resulting in numerous orders and collaboration opportunities.
Supporting program highlights
The gala event and IFCO Seminars and Shows provided insights into industry trends, sustainability, and technology. The IFCO Trend Area showcased the "New Gen" collections of İMA graduates, offering a glimpse into future fashion trends.
Next stop: IFCO February 2024
IFCO's next edition in February 2024 expects participation from more than 600 companies, aiming to expand its international reach as the ideal gateway into European and Asian markets. Istanbul, as a global trade and cultural hub, continues to shine as the ultimate destination for fashion and innovation. Don't miss the next Istanbul Fashion Connection on 7th-10th February 2024.