Functional Fabric Fair New York is to return next month, having doubled in size since its launch last year.
The event, which is powered by Performance Days, the United States’ only trade-exclusive event dedicated to functional textiles, has released its list of exhibitors, conference schedule and focus topic for the summer event which will take place 22-23 July at the Javits Convention Center.
The fair is open – free of charge – to verified designers, product, purchasing or material managers looking to source fabrics and accessories for sportswear, workwear, sportive fashion, and athleisure apparel.
Doubling in size from the 2018 launch, this year’s sold out exhibit hall will showcase more than 120 hand-selected textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers presenting their functional fabrics, branded technologies, treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes, and accessories such as yarns, tapes, prints, buttons and zippers.
Visitors can source their chosen products through the Performance Forum, a platform unique to Performance Days/Functional Fabric Fair model in which all participating exhibitors submit their best textile and accessory innovations for a jury of sourcing experts to select and display the top 100 products that can be sourced by code, company or booth number. The current exhibitor directory can be viewed online.
Meanwhile, created in partnership with internationally recognised textile research conglomerate, Hohenstein, Functional Fabric Fair New York’s education conference will feature two full days of informative sessions led by industry leaders. Subject matter will include functional technologies, brand development, and colour trends.
Complemented by a dedicated theme, referred to as the ‘Focus Topic’, this year’s topic, Water – Our Responsibility, will be weaved into the event, aligned with organiser’s dedication to producing a zero-waste exhibition.
“Buyers, designers, sourcing directors, and merchandisers do not have the time to spend hunting for relevant suppliers in large sourcing shows or walking larger trade shows that contain an adjacency dedicated to sourcing,” explained Steve McCullough, Functional Fabric Fair’s event director. “Smaller, curated and focused events receive the best review from our attendees. We do substantial research on suppliers and give serious consideration on exhibit invitations. Studying trends and offering relevant, forward-thinking suppliers allows us to bring the best of the best to the floor and to properly offer the right speakers who are on-trend for tomorrow’s products.”