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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ISPO Textrends:  From Novelty to Need

ISPO Textrends: From Novelty to Need

Sustainability has become a standard in activewear The textile industry is often regarded in the media as a ‘dirty business’, but what was clear at ISPO Textrends (Munich: Feb 3-6, 2019) is that the industry is pulling out all the stops to pursue a cleaner and more efficient delivery throughout the entire supply chain. Walking through the 16 exhibition halls of ISPO, the world’s largest show for the outdoors and sports markets, ‘sustainable’ was emblazoned...
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KINGPINS NY:  Market Consensus | Challenges | What's New | What's Selling

KINGPINS NY: Market Consensus | Challenges | What's New | What's Selling

Kingpins New York Snapshot What People Were Saying… 2018 has been a great year!  Business in the US market is very strong. Suppliers are very optimistic about 2019. Buyers love Kingpins… “It’s just such a fun show…The atmosphere is really good…” Challenges Lead times keep getting shorter.  It’s getting difficult to meet these schedules. About Sustainability It’s a ‘must’.  No longer something spec...
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Kingpins NY:  Denim Rides a Market High

Kingpins NY: Denim Rides a Market High

Most of the time it takes innovative products or great prices (sometimes both) to drive sales.  However, when the economy is on an uptick, even the mediocre products sell. That’s been the case for the denim industry.  Most manufacturers said that 2018 has been a great year.  That’s a big departure from the usual complaints about orders being smaller and of ongoing price pressure.  At Kingpins New York (Nov 28-29) mills and garment makers from around the ...
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At SPINEXPO:  Market Consensus. Bestsellers. New Developments

At SPINEXPO: Market Consensus. Bestsellers. New Developments

Market Consensus  Business is somewhere between ‘good’ to ‘great’.  Lot’s of enthusiasm for the new season.  Lead times are very important – critical! Almost no one is using mohair.  Now it’s Alpaca. Fine gauge yarns are seeing strong sales because of the growth in circular knitting. Materials prices are rising, with no one seeing any signs of a ceiling.  Fiber substitution is increasing (to reduce costs), however there is surpri...
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EVENTS CALENDAR

Preview in Seoul

28 Aug, 2019 — 31 Aug, 2019    COEX Mall - Gangnam-gu Seoul South Korea
Event details

Korean fabrics and fibers.

www.previewinseoul.com

  • Date
    28 Aug, 2019 — 31 Aug, 2019
  • Location

    Gangnam-gu Seoul South Korea

COEX Mall

Munich Fabric Start

03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019    Munchner Order Center - M, O, C & Zenith Halle Lilienthalallee 40 & 29 Munich Germany
Event details

Fashion fabrics  |  www.munichfabricstart.com

  • Date
    03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    M, O, C & Zenith Halle Lilienthalallee 40 & 29 Munich Germany

Munchner Order Center

Spinexpo Shanghai

03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019    Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center - No. 1099, Guozhan Road Pudong Shanghai China
Event details

|  www.spinexpo.com  |  Creative yarns, fibers, and knitwear  -  New technology and innovation  -  An extensive trend forum with hundreds of swatches. 

  • Date
    03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    No. 1099, Guozhan Road Pudong Shanghai China

Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

All China Leather Fair

03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019    Shanghai New International Expo Centre - Century Park Pudong Shanghai China
Event details

Leather Materials  |  www.aclechina.com

  • Date
    03 Sep, 2019 — 05 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    Century Park Pudong Shanghai China

Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Who’s Next

06 Sep, 2019 — 09 Sep, 2019    Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles - 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles Paris France
Event details

Urbanwear  |  www.whosnext-tradeshow.com

  • Date
    06 Sep, 2019 — 09 Sep, 2019
  • Location

    1 Place de la Porte de Versailles Paris France

Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles
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