Jan 31, 2023
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Texworld Evolution Paris 2023 to become fashion sourcing destination

Jan 31, 2023

Texworld Evolution Paris 2023 will be home to most of the global sourcing for fashion brands, from ready-to-wear to luxury, at the Paris-Le-Bourget exhibition centre from February 6 to 8, 2023 in France. Around 750 exhibitors from over 20 countries are expected to attend the major fashion industry event with 430 companies participating. Texworld Paris and Apparel Sourcing Paris will be held at the same venue.

The new edition will be marked by the return of Chinese exhibitors. The exhibition offers an opportunity for buyers to measure the new balance between the major international sourcing zones after the radical changes related to the COVID crisis. The Institut Français de la Mode reveals that countries such as Bangladesh, India, and Turkey have seen their share of European Union clothing imports increase significantly in volume between 2021 and 2022. But the easing of Chinese restrictions should change the situation for 2023, according to a press release by event organiser Messe Frankfurt.

The level of visitor pre-registrations in mid-January suggests a real enthusiasm for this edition of the show. All of the major sourcing countries will be at Le Bourget. Texworld Paris, which groups the textile offer, will host 460 exhibitors including 220 Chinese companies. With a presence almost equivalent to the one in February 2020, China is back in the lead among the countries represented.

Turkish manufacturers, with 122 companies, Koreans with 43 companies, and Indians with 45 companies will also be present, with, for the latter, a remarkable offer in embroidery and drapery. Thai embroiderers (Mastex, Thai Japan Textile) and Indonesian manufacturers such as Gistex (cotton) or Hakatex (silky aspects) will also be very visible.

Africa reinforces its presence at Apparel Sourcing Paris, which focuses on finished products, and will host 270 companies, including 210 Chinese manufacturers eager to return to Paris. Their participation, supported by the CCPIT TEX (Council for the Promotion of International Trade), a loyal partner of Texworld Evolution Paris, will be practically equivalent to pre-pandemic levels.

The African continent, which confirms its desire to strengthen its role in global sourcing, will also be represented by companies from Ethiopia and, for the first time, Ghana, with the support of the ITC (International Trade Centre) and the German cooperation association GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

Several round tables and conferences will open the debates on current themes, such as the contributions of Web3 in the fashion and clothing industry, second-hand markets, or ways to make a company sustainable without compromising its competitiveness. Other highlights will punctuate these three days around the issues raised by sustainable fashion and recyclability, with, in particular, presentations by PhDs from the Bali Chair. A conference on the sourcing offer in Ghana will finally allow to discover the industrial potential of this country, added the release.

The Red Thread, a pathway inaugurated this February, will link all the exhibition’s points of attraction. It will guide buyers from the entrance of the show to the Trends Forum and the Elite Forum—these two spaces created by the show’s art directors showcase a selection of samples to imagine the spring-summer 2024 collections—through the Denim Village (20 exhibitors) and its Denim Trends Forum, the national pavilions and the Agora where the conferences will take place.

The February edition also includes a revisited sustainable sourcing itinerary. This will bring together a hundred companies that have implemented CSR initiatives in an operational manner.

The number of Apparel Sourcing Paris exhibitors included in the itinerary has increased significantly compared to previous editions. This itinerary will be accompanied by the two other traditional itineraries, the small quantity itinerary (for small brands and capsule collections), and the handmade itinerary (for the finest handicrafts).

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