What is thought to be the largest fabric sourcing event for the North American market, Texworld USA, returns to New York next month with a spotlight on sustainability.
Co-located with Apparel Sourcing USA, the latest edition will also cover topics including circularity, traceability, and how to stay relevant in the current state of the industry.
“Originally a buzz word in the industry, the trendy topic of sustainability started popping up a couple of years ago, and now, more and more global companies are catching on,” says Jennifer Bacon, show director of Texworld USA/Apparel Sourcing USA. “It’s necessary and it’s everywhere. And just like anything, it’s all about consumer education. With the mass amounts of resources and information available showing how the apparel industry negatively contributes to the problem, consumers want sustainable solutions.
“Companies know sustainable practices are not just an option, but a requirement in the future, but some are confused about how to achieve this. Our educational platform aims to address this matter by explaining how to improve internal processes and systems like a direct to consumer business model, how to become sustainable-certified, and much more.”
The event also features the Texworld USA/Lenzing Innovation Seminar Series with highlights including ‘Doing Business in Africa: Trade and Sourcing’ and ‘How to Create Material Change.’
In addition, the event’s Textile Talks interactive sessions aim to address current issues facing the industry, from supply chain changes to the impact of environmental textile trends.
Topics include ‘From Launch to Growth: How to Gain Traction and Surpass Goals in your Fashion Business’; ‘Upcycling: Exploring Options in Today’s Landscape and How Brands and Individuals Can Make a Difference’; and ‘US Trade Policy: Sourcing Strategies and Future Outlook for Fashion Brands and Retailers.’