Jul 25, 2019
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Functional Fabric Fair hosts 1,866 apparel professionals

Jul 25, 2019

Functional Fabric Fair New York powered by Performance Days hosted 1,866 apparel industry professionals from 22 countries to preview the latest trends and source high performance functional fabrics and accessories from more than 130 regionally diverse and hand-selected textile manufacturers in the River Pavilion of Javits Center in New York, recently.

The event also offered 13 complimentary educational workshops and professional networking programmes. 

“After last year’s successful launch of Functional Fabric Fair powered by Performance Days, we were determined to raise the bar even higher in all aspects of the event,” said Steve McCullough, Functional Fabric Fair event manager in a press release by Reed Exhibitions.

Attending industry professionals represented market leaders, up-and-coming designers, apparel manufacturing veterans and mass merchandisers such as Alexander Wang,  American Eagle-Aerie, Athleta, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Canada Goose, Champion, Club Monaco, DKNY, Free Country, GAP, J. Crew, Jockey, Li & Fung, Lilly Pulitzer, Macy’s, Michael Kors, New Balance, Perry Ellis, PVH, Ralph Lauren, The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy John, Tory Burch, Under Armour, Uppababy, Victoria’s Secret, Vineyard Vines and more.

More than 130 textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers presented their latest developments in functional fabrics, membranes plus treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes, and accessories such as yarns, tapes, prints, buttons and zippers. The exhibit hall also featured the Performance Forum - a platform unique to Performance Days / Functional Fabric Fair spotlighting textile and accessory innovations, as selected by a jury of sourcing experts, which could be located at the Fair by code, exhibiting company or booth number.

Respected industry leaders presented 13 complimentary workshops in the ‘Experts Talks’ series of educational programmes on the latest trends, sustainability and technological advances to full audiences at the presentation stage.

Next, Reed Exhibitions is launching Functional Fabric Fair Portland powered by Performance Days, from Oct 22-23, 2019, as a standalone event addressing a market need for a curated sourcing platform dedicated to outdoor and active functional textiles and accessories. The West Coast edition of the fair will feature products and technologies that will enter the market for the winter 2021 season.

Functional Fabric Fair New York (July) and Portland (October) are organised by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with Performance Days - the prominent international functional fabrics fair, staged twice yearly in Munich and produced by Design & Development GmbH Textile Consult (Germany).

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