Texworld Evolution Paris, organized by Messe Frankfurt, hosted nearly 8,000 professional buyers from 115 countries and 750 exhibitors on February 6-8. The exhibition pointed out the resumption of business between the European fashion industries and the major sourcing countries while the number of visitors was a nearly three-fold increase compared to February 2022. This edition, held with great international participation, was highlighted by the return of Chinese exhibitors. Nearly 450 companies, weavers and garment makers, came to meet international and especially European buyers in Hall 4 of the Paris at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.
The exhibition was evaluated as an edition that reflected the long-awaited reopening to the world with the comeback of Indian, Indonesian, but also Korean or Bangladeshi manufacturers. Turkish manufacturers, with 122 companies present this year, including 94 grouped under the national pavilion led by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), were also prominent.
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The expansion of the offer was also reflected in the structure of the visitor base, which was very international: the proportion of foreign visitors reached 85%, compared to 65% a year ago. If the French remain the most important presence, English, Turkish, Italian, Spanish and Dutch buyers dominate the Top 5 of foreign visitors, ahead of Germans and Americans. Another sign of this renewed atmosphere was the presence of major stakeholders such as the Inditex group, River Island, Marks&Spencer, Mango, ASOS or C&A, who came to discover the displayed offer and negotiate contracts for the next season.
Messe Frankfurt France President Frédéric Bougeard said that the success of this edition shows their ability to adapt and commented: “It also shows that our fairs are open international sourcing platforms. And they will remain so. The offer must stay organised according to the expectations of buyers, who come here to find quality industrial know-how to produce their collections in the best conditions and at the best price. Our objective is to always make this offer accessible and visible.”
The date is set for the summer edition, which will take place from 3 to 5 July at the new venue in Paris, Porte de Versailles Expo Centre, where some 1,300 exhibitors are expected.