Executives from Pierre Cardin Jeanswear, G-Star, Micro Fashions and Modint are among those lined up to take part in a special symposium next week alongside the Fatex fashion sourcing trade fair.

This is the first time organisers of the show have hosted a conference at the event, and the aim is to provide delegates with another dimension to their visit.

The theme is 'Come closer to selling,' which will give an overview of the challenge of how retailers can re-connect with consumers and relate this back to their sourcing practices, along with strategies to reduce fashion lead-times and re-balance the product-price relationship.

There will also be a panel discussion - hosted by just-style's managing editor Leonie Barrie - that will focus on how to streamline the process from design to sourcing and retailing. Executives speaking in the roundtable include Frouke Bruinsma, corporate responsibility manager at G-Star, and Matthijs Crietee, deputy secretary general at the International Apparel Federation (IAF).

Speakers at the afternoon event include:

  • Jan Hilger, COO at Ahlers AG Pierre Cardin Jeanswear, who will look at best practices in sourcing and buying; 
  • Antonio Barberi Ettaro, senior consultant in international trade and sourcing at Modint, who will discuss 16 sourcing nations post-China; 
  • Harry van der Zee, CEO at men's wear maker Micro Fashions, whose focus will be on smart retailing for private label and semi-branded producers;
  • Peter Rinneberg, senior manager at Kurt Salmon, who will present a study on global sourcing highlights and trends; 
  • Peter Werminghaus, CEO at BTI Innovation & Consultancy, who will discuss risk assessment of the supply base;  
  • Dhyana van der Pols, CEO Nash International, who will talk about fashion cycle management, just-in-time deliveries and e-sample making.

Fatex is a global sourcing showcase for European fashion brands and retailers seeking new design, development and production solutions and suppliers.

Exhibitors are high-volume ready-to-wear and accessories manufacturers, mainly from Asia - including China, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh and, for the first time, Vietnam - all hand-picked by a selection committee.

Fatex is also timed to start the day before and continuing for the duration of the Who's Next/Pret A Porter Paris ready-to-wear and accessories fashion trade shows at Porte de Versailles.

Organised by PV Manufacturing, entry to the Fatex Sourcing Conference is free to attend, although spaces are limited and registration is required. The conference takes place from 2-6 pm on 3 July, while Fatex itself runs from 3-5 July. To register, contact Alexandra Demirdjian.