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‘To Sustainability and Beyond!’: Intertextile Apparel zoned for efficient sourcing

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition is the ideal platform for textile sourcing professionals to conduct business with top quality exhibitors from around the world, and to mix with influential industry players. With the fair set to be held from 28 – 30 March 2023 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, over 2,500 exhibitors from China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and beyond have confirmed their participation. This edition will feature a broad spectrum of products including yarns, fabrics, prints, and accessories, grouped together in different zones to ensure a convenient sourcing experience and create more opportunities for collaboration.


Intertextile Shanghai Fabrics Apparel. © Messe Frankfurt


Intertextile Shanghai Spring Hall Overview. © Messe Frankfurt


Sourcing at the fair’s previous edition in 2021, Ms Lin Chen, Fabric Developer, Brand Retail Division of Ever-Glory International Group Corp, China, said: “Intertextile Apparel offers a rich variety of fabrics and gathers many outstanding exhibitors, which helps us achieve our goals easily and efficiently. So far, we have met several suppliers whom we would like to place orders with.”

Every year, domestic exhibitors constitute a large part of the fair, and will be grouped by product end-use in halls 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2 and 8.1. Categories include accessories, casualwear, functional and sportswear, ladieswear, shirting, and lingerie, infant & children fabrics, leather and fur.

SalonEurope and the International Hall will house many of the fair’s international exhibitors in hall 5.1, in zones which include All About Sustainability, Digital Printing Zone, Functional Lab, Premium Wool Zone, and Verve for Design. SalonEurope, the hub for premier fabrics and accessories, will be hosting suppliers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Türkiye, Switzerland and the UK. Prestigious mills at the Italian Zone will feature their signature fabrics including cotton, man-made, functional and wool to cater for domestic buyers’ demand for quality products.

Global demand for green products is accelerating, and the fair’s dedicated zone All About Sustainability will feature a wide variety of eco-friendly exhibitors who are committed to this cause. All About Sustainability is comprised of two sections – the Educational Zone, a platform for sustainability related NGOs, certifiers, testing companies, chemical and dye firms, and manufacturers; and ecoBoutique, a showcase of outfits and collections crafted with eco fabrics.

With China’s younger generations adopting healthier, more active lifestyles, the country’s activewear market is experiencing rapid growth, and many luxury fashion brands are now offering athleisure to capture this new business potential. This trend means Functional Lab, displaying innovative functional fabrics for athleisure, sports and protective wear, has the potential to garner strong attention from visitors.

Exhibitors from Italy and the UK will display a wide range of luxury wool sourcing options for buyers such as fashion brands, designers, and tailors at the Premium Wool Zone. In response to the ever-evolving market, suppliers will showcase innovative products in addition to traditional premium wool fabrics.

Other zones in hall 5.1 include the Digital Printing Zone, set to showcase up-to-date digital printing solutions and trendy printed fabrics, and Verve for Design, where designers from Argentina, Denmark, Italy, Korea, and the UK will present their creative textile prints and pattern collections.

Fashionable denim products and state-of-the-art solutions will be found in hall 7.2 at Beyond Denim. Located in the same hall, Accessories Vision will display all garment and fashion accessories. Both zones are extensive, and set to feature renowned exhibitors from China and further afield.

Besides being grouped by product, Intertextile Apparel’s many exhibitors in the International Hall will be combined in different country and region pavilions representing Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

The Japan Pavilion, a convergence of 37 companies who are known for quick delivery, small quantity orders and product availability, will be showcasing their high-quality fabrics made from man-made fibres, as well as natural fibres including cotton, wool and silk.

Over 20 Korea Pavilion members will exhibit a wide range of fabrics, including functional, eco-friendly, mixed woven, lace, polyester, wool, linen, cotton, digital print, silk, rayon and knitted. These materials are commonly used for ladies, casual, functional, sports and outdoor apparel. Additionally, Korea Textile Center (KTC) will bring nine members to the fair, who will present functional fabrics, jacquards, polyester woven, and nylon spandex for outdoor, sportswear, ladieswear, and casualwear to buyers.

“Made in Taiwan” is associated with good quality, and 10 exhibitors at the Taiwan Pavilion will display a variety of products, from yarns and fibres (both regenerated and synthetic) to lace, embroidery and functional fabrics. This season’s Hong Kong Pavilion, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will showcase their knitted fabrics, and accessories such as reflective labelling, lace, ribbon and embroidery.

As the apparel fair is held concurrently with Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition, Yarn Expo Spring, CHIC and PH value, the entire textile value chain can be found under one roof, providing a comprehensive platform for global sourcing and business networking opportunities. In addition, participants can more easily connect with relevant exhibitors by making use of the fair’s effective online business matching services.

For more information, please visit: https://intertextile-shanghai-apparel-fabrics-spring.hk.messefrankfurt.com/shanghai/en.html