More fashion and footwear buyers than ever before are expected to attend next month’s apparel sourcing shows in Australia, with pre-registrations for the International Sourcing Expo Australia and co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia said to be 20% higher than the same time last year.
Organiser IEC Group expects more than 4,000 trade visitors will visit the event, which brings together 700 textile, apparel and footwear manufacturers and agents from 16 countries at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 20-22 November.
“We are thrilled to see Australia’s fashion trade embracing this event with strong registration numbers,” says Julie Holt, exhibition director at IEC Group Pty Ltd, adding the event “provides an exceptional opportunity to improve or diversify their supply chain and product offer, compare their production capability and costs, or even produce their own label.
“Australia’s geographic location means extensive travel is usually required to explore international supply and manufacturing options. International Sourcing Expo Australia and the co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia brings the world close to home for our local industry.”
Attracting sourcing managers at Australia’s large fashion retailers, niche fashion brands, online outlets and designers, the show helps buyers to meet with more reputable suppliers than they could physically visit on an overseas buying trip.
The trade-only event will occupy 16,500 sq m to showcase a product and service offerings from off-the-shelf clothing through to made-to-order pieces, fabric and functional textiles. Exhibitors are drawn from India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Fiji, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
Representing the growing leather industry in India and showcasing the quality of the nation’s products, the Council for Leather Exports India (CLE) is placed to further its position in the Australian market with the largest pavilion at Footwear and Leather Show Australia for the third year running.
”India is a strong and established player in global leather trade and I see a lot of potential to enhance bilateral trade in Footwear & Leather Products with Australia,” says Mukhtharul Amin, CLE chairman. “With ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement, bilateral trade between India and Australia will be greatly facilitated and is bound to grow.”
Meanwhile a three-day Global Sourcing Seminar programme will be led by industry experts, offering show-goers insights on fashion trends and best practice sourcing.