Fairs and events of the textile field [Special Textile 2019]An analysis of the most interesting trade fair events in the textile world
Between sport, Far-East and sub-culture
In the 84th edition, the Pitti Yarns salon proposed a careful reflection on the connections between fashion and sport
The latest edition of Pitti Yarns, held in Florence from 23 to 25 January 2019, presented yarn collections for the SS 2020 season.
The central theme was the “Techno Luxury”, or the combination of noble and technical materials. A theme developed to the maximum within the Space area Research conceived by fashion designer Angelo Figus.
In the creative workshop, set up inside this space the subject sport, Far East (with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics) and sub-cultures were discussed. The result was a reflection on the inspirational importance of new sports accepted as an Olympic category, such as skate and surf, typical fruits of youth underground culture. It is no coincidence that the project’s partner was the giant Carvico - Jersey Lomellina, world leader in warp-knit fabrics for sport.
The new password could therefore be “mixture”. A mixture of yarns for new hybrid stylistic codes.
The important focus on sustainability was emphasised above all in the MODA and SDGS project promoted by Filmar, which saw young designers talk about circular fashion, zero waste and environment.
These aspects have also distinguished proposals of the various companies that have divided themselves between research on sustainable, innovative yarns and the fusion of noble fibres (wool, cotton and cashmere on all) and technical fibres (nylon and polyester).
The event was very lively and, beyond official data (registering a total of 4.300 visitors in 3 days), exhibitors expressed general satisfaction.
The issues addressed, in fact, find perfect feedback in customer requests and the presence of finished product designers, as well as yarn buyers, confirming the fair as a reference point for stylistic research.
Spotlight on sustainability
The February edition of Milano Unica focused its attention on expanding the sustainability analysis
The latest edition of Milano Unica, held in Milan from 5 to 7 February, has imposed itself in the textile scene above all due to the focus on environmental issues.
In fact, the “Sustainability Project” was presented for the second edition; within it is proposed a mapping of textile articles and accessories (this year 700 samples analysed) that respect at least 1 of the 3 criteria of the project: a supply chain free from dangerous chemical substances, models of circular production and integrated management of processes, energy savings and eco-yarns use. In this sense, the area set up inside the fair allows visitors to directly receive by email the product cards they are interested, creating a mapping of the requests.
Alongside the sustainable project, the focus on the international scene characterised by the “Korea and Japan Observatory”, where Korean and Japanese companies showcase their technologies and innovations is also to be mentioned.
Another novelty presented during the February fair was the presentation of the “e-milanounica” project, a marketplace platform launched in a pilot version and created in collaboration with Pitti Immagine. The digital platform (which originates from that of Pitti) was developed by Milano Unica to create a digital “place” consisting of a direct meeting between buyers and vendors.
The fair was characterised by a stable presence of visitors, around 6.000, but it found a drop in Chinese visitors and a rise in Korean visitors, given that it marked the strong interest of that country for Italian textile products. Beyond data, however, the fair was less lively than in previous editions.
Integrated offer and digital platform for the development of the fashion world
Première Vision presents itself on the market with the most complete offer in the fashion sector, between digital and fair
The last edition of the Paris fair, held from 12 to 14 February 2019, stood out for the presence of over 53.000 visitors and above all for a transversal offer in the sector, which makes the event the most complete in the fashion sector.
Attendance is slightly down compared to the same edition in 2018 but there is a constant flow of visitors, especially Europeans, with the French leading the way for over 15.000 presences.
The integration of “Marketplace”, the platform for direct online sales, activated already last September as a pilot project, now open to all exhibitors in the supply chain, is very interesting.
Also important are the different thematic areas that focus on specific topics, including the “Wearable Lab” where interesting technological research projects and integration with the textile sector are presented, including emerging designers and start-ups.
The focus is also on sport-tech with a trend area dedicated to more technical aspects of fabrics that marry trends of the new season, thus creating new style hybrids.
Also noteworthy is the area dedicated to the “Maison d’Exceptions”, that is a selection of laboratories and artisan realities that are imposed on the international fashion scene. A section of artisan experimentation and a combination of modern aesthetics and ancient techniques.
Technical textile, the new frontier
Techtexil & Texprocess was a huge success and opened a new window on the textile world.
The Techtexil & Texprocess festival, held at Messe Frankfurt from 14 to 17 May, was a huge success with the public and exhibitors.
The fair, held every two years in Frankfurt, attracted a large number of exhibitors (over 1.800) confirming the strong interest in technical fabrics and more.
The event, in fact, involved vertically the entire supply chain: from machinery (printers, prototyping machines, sewing machines and robots) to yarns and threads for weaving and processing, up to fabrics and design.
An international fair that welcomed visitors from over 116 countries with varied and transversal interests (from contractors to fashion).
But also smart textiles and, above all, the optimisation of processes with the presence of “micro factories”, areas where the entire process of making garments and accessories was carried out, from CAD design to the creation of the prototype.
Thematic areas, Suistanable awards and a dynamic calendar of seminars have made the event lively and buzzy.