Attire Accessories - Dec 2017/Jan 2018 (Issue 67)

ATTIRE 79 FASHION SVP Follow the source Fashion SVP, the largest and fastest growing apparel sourcing and manufacturing show in the UK, will kickstart the 2018 events calendar when it returns on 16 th - 17 th January, 2018. Taking place at Olympia, the bi-annual event promises to bring some of the best manufacturers and producers from Europe and the Mediterranean to London. Now in its sixth year, the show organisers hand-pick more than 100 producers to attend and meet with buyers, designers, retailers and sourcing managers during the two-day event. It’s aimed at anyone involved in fashion sourcing and manufacturing, from buyers to designers from small and medium-sized businesses up to multi-store brands and retailers. The event was launched to bring the two sides together as Event Director, Buzz Carter explains, “We launched the show to connect skilled apparel manufacturers with buyers and offer them a platform for effortless sourcing, taking the legwork out of researching and sourcing new suppliers. We wanted to create an event where buyers could meet numerous suppliers, see their products first hand, and understand their production capabilities. We’re thrilled to be entering the sixth year of the show, and visitors regularly tell us how much time and money they save just through one visit.” ATHLEISURE FOCUS For the first time, the show introduced an athleisure zone at the June 2017 event, in response to the growth in the athleisurewear market.The 2018 event will once again focus on developing trends. Buzz adds, “It’s all about fabric and manufacturing innovation and specialist knowledge, understanding properties and capabilities: What’s the difference between performance and other fabrics? What can one do but another can’t? What are the cost implications of the range of fabrics available? How are design, pattern sizing, grading, cutting and manufacturing all impacted by innovative textiles? Through the show we aim to equip you with all need to know about the fabrics of the future, and get inspired for your own brand!” EXHIBITOR LIST As well as traditional production capabilities, many of the exhibitors at Fashion SVP also have extremely high level technical capabilities and can deal with all sorts of specialist production techniques that are required for many sportwear and athleisure garments. Exhibitors come from across Europe and include Portugal’s Confeccoes Fernandes & Miranda, Edmundas from Lithuania, JSC Com Intern from Belarus, Italian company Mouse Fashion Project, Dutch brand Star Sock, and Turkey’s Yunsa. Amongst this international showcase, there will be a strong UK presence, with ELG Trading, JK Digital Media, Jackmasters, L&Co Apparel, PDA International, Sapphire Systems and Shoebridge all exhibiting. SEMINAR PROGRAMME Alongside the exhibition runs a free seminar programme.The Sourcing Briefing sessions offer insights and advice from industry experts on important issues such as: ethical sourcing, building relationships with suppliers, near-shore versus Far East sourcing plus costings and negotiations, and regulatory issues. Expert speakers from a range of disciplines and organisations including retailers and manufacturers offer knowledge, insight, advice and tips. Buzz says, “The January 2018 event is shaping up nicely, and will follow the same format as previous editions with a free seminar programme running alongside the main exhibition.The free Sourcing Briefing sessions will tackle hot topics such as ethical sourcing, supply chain and production, sourcing, buying and merchandising – a coordinated approach, near-shore versus Far East sourcing plus costing, negotiations, and regulatory issues. Expert speakers from a range of disciplines and organisations including retailers and manufacturers will offer knowledge, insight, advice and tips.” To register for the show, visit the website ES A “Accessories are now an important feature of Fashion SVP. Buyers had been feeding back to us for the past couple of editions that they would welcome accessories alongside the sourcing of apparel. We were thrilled to introduce a selection of producers from a variety of countries last summer, and are looking forward to growing this area of the show for 2018.” BUZZ CARTER, EVENT DIRECTOR Find out more about Fashion SVP In brief Show: Fashion SVP Venue: Olympia, London Dates : 16 th - 17 th January, 2018 Website : Twitter : @FashionSVP