Three trade shows serving the apparel, textile and supply chain markets are working together to launch the first NYC Textile Week this month. The effort — organized by Kingpins Show founder Andrew Olah, fiber maker Lenzing’s Tricia Carey and Texworld USA’s Dennis Smith — is a step toward aligning textile and fashion trade shows that are scheduled concurrently (January 19-21). A larger launch is scheduled for the July 2015 shows. So far, participating shows are Kingpins, Texworld and MRket.
“Long term, we hope all the shows will want the same thing and exhibit at the same time as the rest of us,” said Olah, whose Kingpins denim supply chain show is in its tenth year.
“NYC Textile Week will be the link that ties together all the textile events being held in New York City and will offer a bountiful amount of diverse textile offerings for the attendees that visit from all corners of the globe,” said Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt and organizer of the fabric sourcing show Texworld USA. “The collaboration brings greater awareness to social, educational, commercial and cultural elements in the textile and garment industries, creating an all-encompassing experience. This is a win-win-win for the show organizers, attendees and New York City!”
“Everyone is challenged by travel and the quest for innovation,” added Lenzing’s Carey. “Textile Week simplifies the calendar by having multiple shows in one amazing city while taking advantage of the art and cultural highlights of NYC. Lenzing is supporting NYC Textile Week to bring the textile and sourcing community together, while authenticating NYC as a global sourcing center.”
“We welcome the opportunity to support the efforts of Andrew, Dennis and Tricia to create a unified market week for the textile industry,” commented Lizette Chin, vice president of menswear for MRket, MR Magazine and MRketplace.com. “It’s always a good thing when different segments of the menswear business come together.”
NYC Textile Week got the blessing of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said in a letter to the organizers, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I commend the professionals of every facet of the textile and fashion industry who have come together to take part in NYC Textile Week.”
MRket and Texworld are at the Javits Center and Kingpins is at Skylight Clarkson Sq at 550 Washington Street between Houston and Spring Streets. All three shows run from Monday January 19 through Wednesday the 21st. For more information, visit nyctextileweek.com.
Also running at the same time but not currently participating in NYC Textile Week are Project NYC and Agenda at the Javits Center and Liberty Fairs at Pier 94.