Organisers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada trade show are expecting the largest edition in the event’s history this summer, with the fifth annual edition to be held at a new venue.
The event, which claims to be the largest international sourcing event focused on the North American apparel, textile, and fashion sectors, will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre on 17-19 August.
Alongside its new venue, organisers say the show will include many new additions to respond to a constantly changing geopolitical environment, tariffs and trade agreements that are creating uncertainty for the apparel and textile market and having a trickle-down effect on retail sales.
The event will feature international exhibits and delegations from over 30 countries and connect these international producers directly to the apparel, textile and fashion markets of North America. More than 300 apparel and textile companies are expected to attend.
Meanwhile, speakers for the 2020 edition include Bob Kirke, executive director of the National Trade Association for the Apparel Industry, Canada’s premier apparel and textile member organisation, and Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the US and doing business globally.
Joining them will be Avedis Seferian, president and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), and Anna Livermore, founder and CEO of fashion consulting firm V. Mora.
The ATS Fashion Lab will also return to the event after being piloted in Miami and Toronto last year.
The educational conference series targets small to mid-size brands, retailers, e-commerce platforms and designers looking to scale their business and offers an interactive forum where panelists and speakers will lead discussions and workshops focused on e-commerce, retail technologies, the apparel industry 101, digital marketing, product development, and fashion law brand development.