by Stephen Garner

For the first time ever, Texworld USA, alongside Apparel Sourcing USA, has opened its 2020 summer edition virtually. Traditionally held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the trade event is now available to an even larger audience for three days of sourcing, education, and networking. The event runs online through Thursday, July 23rd.

“The industry was searching for an alternative solution to reach global suppliers during these challenging times,” said Jennifer Bacon, show director of fashion and apparel at Messe Frankfurt North America. “As evidenced by the tremendous support from participating companies, exhibitors and attendees alike, Texworld USA is that solution. We have always been dedicated to providing a platform for the textile sourcing community and we are excited to continue to do so now until we are able to meet again face-to face.”

With thousands of professionals, from fabric buyers, product R&D specialists, designers and others, the premiere of the virtual event draws from every corner of the United States and interest from brands worldwide.

More than 450 exhibiting companies from 16 countries, including Italy, Canada, Pakistan, Peru, China, Taiwan, India, Turkey, the United States and others will be on hand with their high-quality apparel fabrics, trims and accessories available at reasonable prices.

Together, Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA cover nearly 40 different product categories. All of which will be represented on the virtual platform with more than 20,000 product listings. Visitors can take advantage of the AI-powered matchmaking capabilities to get a list of recommended textile suppliers, set up video meetings and chat to cultivate stronger business relationships.

Amidst a virtual connection to more than 450 textile manufacturers, 12 compelling educational sessions covering a host of globally relevant topics will be streamed during the three-day live event. Led by a list of highly regarded brands and experts in various textile and apparel fields, this not-to-be missed program offers access to case studies and solutions to several of today’s unprecedented challenges.

Held alongside Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA is the co-located event, Home Textiles Sourcing, for those manufacturers, retailers, converters, contract specifiers and designers seeking new fabrics and products for their latest home collections.