SPINEXPO Shanghai: 'Better' is Now the Best Bet

“The consumer is pushing for better quality.  People are now thinking before buying.  They want durability and value.  They are trading up and will only buy something that is very nice.  They don’t want to waste things,” said Rock Li, Vice General Manager at Orient Hongda (China). The move upmarket was a recurring theme at SPINEXPO Shanghai (Sept 3-5).  Manufacturers repeatedly reported that their better lines where selling best - outperforming the...
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Curve NY:  Small Brands, Big Business

Curve NY: Small Brands, Big Business

Creative, high quality, and targeting specific consumer needs has been the ticket to success for a growing number of small brands. New products that address specific consumer needs, unique designs, and better quality were the ‘asks’ at Curve NY (August 4-6, 2019). It was a big order to fulfill, however an increasing number of brands are meeting these new requirements. The rise of niche brands – and their importance in the market - can’t be overlooked. ...
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SPINEXPO NY:  Talking About Sustainability - and Everyone Was!

SPINEXPO NY: Talking About Sustainability - and Everyone Was!

Despite the mixed sentiments about the health of the US market (some say the market is strong and expect it to remain this way. Others sense an impending recession…), the mood at SPINEXPO New York (July 16-18) was very upbeat.“It’s been a tough year, said John Yau, Director of R&D at UPW (Hong Kong). “Smaller brands have been more hesitant to purchase the same amounts as they have in the past years – larger designers, companies have been pretty steady and keepi...
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KINGPINS NY:  Denim's Triple Threat

KINGPINS NY: Denim's Triple Threat

Ask any mill what buyers are looking for and the answer is the same “sustainable fabrics.”  Still, the sales of these materials accounts for as little as 5% of mills’ sales.  Price remains the biggest obstacle.  Materials represent the biggest cost factor for apparel and in a hyper competitive market that input will be controlled down to the last cent. While almost every mill has quickly jumped onto the sustainability directive, they are finding that their i...
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Frontline Report from Kingpins HK:   Bestsellers, What's New, What's Trending... in Denim

Frontline Report from Kingpins HK: Bestsellers, What's New, What's Trending... in Denim

Kingpins Hong Kong is fast becoming Asia's platform for denim innovation.  Increasingly the fair is pulling in the best international mills, who are bringing cutting edge collections.  It wasn't long ago that mills reserved their best products to show in Europe, will presenting only the more basic items in Asia.  That's starting to change - especially as local consumer markets come of age. What We Saw a Lot of Vintage denim   Fiber J (all of a sudden, everyon...
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Kingpins Hong Kong:  Denim Stands Strong in a Challenging Market

Kingpins Hong Kong: Denim Stands Strong in a Challenging Market

Despite market challenges, denim is doing fairly well.  On the one hand, the category is riding on a still-healthy US market, and a strengthening market in Europe.  On the other, for all but the most high-end, price pressure is relentless. “Business is good, but it’s very competitive.  There are new companies coming into the market all of the time,” said Bhavesh Patel at Anubha (India). “Textiles is the only industry where product prices always go...
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Performance Days:  Function Seeks Fashion

Performance Days: Function Seeks Fashion

The buzz has been about performance, but products won’t sell unless they score on style Performance properties get all of the hype, but increasingly, without a strong design element garments are likely to stall rather than sell. Innovation is essential for activewear fabrics and fibers, and in this sector function remains top of mind for consumers. At Performance Days (Munich, May 15-16) we could see that fabric developers are realizing that functional properties are now an ...
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COTTON USA Sourcing Fair:  The Right Buyers Meet the Right Suppliers

COTTON USA Sourcing Fair: The Right Buyers Meet the Right Suppliers

Finding the right suppliers got just a little easier thanks to the matchmaking efforts of Cotton Council International (CCI). At the recent COTTON USA Sourcing Fair (Macau, April 9-10)  buyers found a targeted group of high quality suppliers that were pre-selected based on their specific requirements.  "We find this fair to be very well organized.  It’s a close knit group of very select buyers and suppliers  - the people we meet here are serious, they are very...
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Innovation & Cautious Optimism Face Slow Markets

Innovation & Cautious Optimism Face Slow Markets

The key is product differentiation.  The challenge is actually doing it. Interfiliere Hong Kong (March 20-21 got off to a buoyant start - much better than we expected, given the generally slow consumer markets and the fact that intimate apparel has been seeing weak sales. The fair was dominated by Chinese suppliers, but included a handful of exhibitors from other Asean nations, most notably from Indonesia. As with other fairs, it seems that the challenges facing brands and re...
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Spinexpo Shanghai:  Eyeing Tech, Buying Fancies

Spinexpo Shanghai: Eyeing Tech, Buying Fancies

Spinexpo Shanghai is always an excellent window on what’s really happening in the knitwear industry.   The fair is forum for the top suppliers and brands and thus represents what the best of the market is doing. At last week’s fair (Shanghai, March 5-7) industry executives told Inside Fashion that although Spinexpo was extremely busy, business in global markets was slow. “Business is difficult and changing.  The market has become too diverse.  To s...
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EVENTS CALENDAR

MICAM

15 Sep, 2019 — 18 Sep, 2019    Fiera Milano Rho - Strada Statale Sempione, 28 Milan Italy
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Fashion Footwear  |   www.micamonline.com

  • Date
    15 Sep, 2019 — 18 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    Strada Statale Sempione, 28 Milan Italy

Fiera Milano Rho

Texworld Paris

16 Sep, 2019 — 19 Sep, 2019    Paris Le Bourget, Parc des Expositions - Carrefour Charles Lindbergh Le Bourget France
Event details

Fashion Fabrics for mass market collections. Includes trims and accessories.  |   texworld-paris.fr.messefrankfurt.com

  • Date
    16 Sep, 2019 — 19 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    Carrefour Charles Lindbergh Le Bourget France

Paris Le Bourget, Parc des Expositions

Premiere Vision Paris

17 Sep, 2019 — 19 Sep, 2019    Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte - ZAC Paris Nord 2 Villepinte France
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Fabric, Yarn, Leather, Trims & Prints  |  www.premierevision.com

  • Date
    17 Sep, 2019 — 19 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    ZAC Paris Nord 2 Villepinte France

Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte

CHIC Shanghai

25 Sep, 2019 — 27 Sep, 2019    National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) - 中国会展网 - 333 Songze Avenue, Qingpu Qu District Shanghai Shi China
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en.chiconline.com.cn

  • Date
    25 Sep, 2019 — 27 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    333 Songze Avenue, Qingpu Qu District Shanghai Shi China

National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) - 中国会展网

Intertextile Shanghai

25 Sep, 2019 — 27 Sep, 2019    National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) - 中国会展网 - 333 Songze Avenue, Qingpu Qu District Shanghai Shi China
Event details

Fashion and lifestyle textile products

National Exhibition and Convention Centre,  168 East Yinggang Road, Shanghai, China

https://intertextile-shanghai-apparel-fabrics-autumn.hk.messefrankfurt.com

  • Date
    25 Sep, 2019 — 27 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    333 Songze Avenue, Qingpu Qu District Shanghai Shi China

National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) - 中国会展网
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