Fledgling fashion shows prove popular with exhibitors, buyers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2007, 12:00am

The events this year are bigger than the inaugural shows of 2006 and the number of mainland attendees has risen substantially


Two of Asia's biggest fashion-related fairs will open today and end on Saturday at the AsiaWorld-Expo.


The China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories and China Sourcing Fair: Underwear & Swimwear are both organised by Global Sources.


China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories is only one year old and is substantially bigger this year.


The number of mainland exhibitors alone has risen 20 per cent.


China Sourcing Fair: Underwear & Swimwear is being staged for the first time this month.


This event will feature more than 1,900 booths, more than half from the mainland, and others from Taiwan, Hong Kong and India.


Global Sources executive director, Sarah Benecke, said the underwear and swimwear show would be the biggest in Asia.


'Last year, after we launched the underwear and swimwear category, a lot of buyers and suppliers asked us for more. The fair attracted so many exhibitors largely because of the shift of manufacturing of underwear from Europe and the United States to China,' Ms Benecke said.


Fashion Accessories labels included Bossini, Decathlon, Organtex, Carrefour, Gap, Coles Myer, Cartier, LVMH Asia-Pacific, K-Swiss, Guess, FX Creations, Diane Freis, Reebok, Sears, Target Sourcing, Tesco and Toppy.


Wenzhou Union Eyewear general manager, Victor Qian, said the specialised nature of the show and the number of buyers that attended last year made it stand out from other exhibitions in the mainland and


Hong Kong.


Veteran exhibitor Parvinder Maloni, general manager of Maldon International Trade, who has attended shows worldwide including those in Paris, London and Canada over the past 35 years, said he was impressed with the show last year.


CHINA SOURCING FAIR


Fashion Accessories


When April 12-14, 9.30am-6pm; April 15, 9.30am-5pm


Where AsiaWorld-Expo


Admission Free admission. No visitors under 18


Organiser Global Sources


What to see Casual and fashion handbags, special-purpose bags, evening bags, hats and caps, belts, fashion jewellery, hair accessories, ties, scarves and shawls, casual and fashion footwear, umbrellas, gloves and mittens, sunglasses, luggage, hosiery


Fashion Parades 11am, 11.30am and 3pm, daily (Please confirm on site)


Underwear & Swimwear


When April 12-14, 9.30am-6pm; April 15, 9.30am-5pm


Where AsiaWorld-Expo


Admission Free admission. No visitors under 18


Organiser Global Sources


What to see Underwear, swimwear and accessories, sleepwear, fabrics, lace and trimmings


Fashion Parades 12.30pm and 4pm, daily (Please confirm on site)