Nearly 8,000 international visitors came to meet the 1,300 exhibitors at Texworld Apparel Sourcing Paris.

The offer was broader, more diversified and more accessible; Despite increasing requirements in the industry, visitor numbers remained stable. It was on these two objective notes that the latest edition of the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing Paris trade shows for the fashion industry came to a close, held from 5 to 7 February 2024 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. During these 3 days, nearly 8,000 visitors came to meet 1,300 weaving and clothing companies from 25 countries on the two levels of Hall 7 (7.2 and 7.3).

Visitors: a Euro-Mediterranean Top 5
This unprecedented concentration of international companies in Europe, which exceeds in number that of February 2019, is a reminder of the central role of European markets for the global fashion industry. This position is confirmed by the weight of buyers from the Euromed zone in the visitor structure: Top 5 is concentrated around buyers from France (20% of the total, up sharply on 2023), the UK (8.3%), Italy (7.9%), Turkey (7.2%) and Spain (6.8%). This Parisian event is proving to be an essential point of contact between designers, buyers and suppliers of fabrics or finished products.

Complementarity between Texworld and Apparel Sourcing Paris
A stylist for the George Rech brand, Agathe Coudert travels to Paris every year with her team to design the collections that will be on show in Spain in 2025 in the Corte Ingles corners: "I come to Texworld to choose the fabrics that I have made in France or eastern Europe," she explains. I supplement at Apparel Sourcing with more complex finished products, such as knitwear, which requires special know-how, silk blouses and double-sided cashmere coats.”

For exhibitors, the show is also an opportunity to showcase their newest products to their customers. Chinese performance fabrics manufacturer, Oracle Textile Technology, was able to highlight the new colour and appearance ranges of its nylon spandex or seamless fabrics used for down jackets and outdoor clothing collections. The same goes for Pakistani weaver Liberty Mills, which presented its new cotton ranges to its British, French and Canadian retail customers. This was also the case for Indian womenswear manufacturer BP Impex, for whom the European market remains strategic: "the show is an opportunity for us to meet the French, English, Dutch and Spanish brands and distributors with whom we generate a significant proportion of our sales. Buyers come to the stand with drawings and ideas, and we start working on collections that will be delivered 120 days later" explains the manager, who reports that around twenty new contacts were made during the 3 days.