If you are planning on visiting one of the S/S 2018 material trade shows this season, such as Premiere Vision Paris, Lineapelle Florence, TexWorld Paris, Pitti Filati, Intertextile Shanghai, we have prepared a useful guide that will help you get the most out of the upcoming fabric, this season. Or, even if you are not visiting the material trade shows in person, this guide material, leather and yarn trade shows will give you some useful tips on preparing for your seasonal material sourcing.
Most people would be looking at their Spring/Summer 2018 material sourcing, but these guidelines will equally apply if you are a retailer working closer to season to Fall/Winter 2017-18 or a brand working further ahead to Fall/Winter 2018-19 or even Spring/Summer 2019. Your seasonal concepts would look different, but the same seasonal material sourcing principles would still apply.
What are the leading fabric and yarn shows to attend?
Location: Centro De Firenze, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: 9am-6pm (last day 9am-4pm)
Intertextile Shanghai – Apparel, Fabrics & Accessories edition
Location: National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai)
South Entrance: 168 East Yinggang Road, Shanghai, China
Opening Times: 9am-6pm
Location: Parc des Expositions – Paris Nord Villepinte, 95975 Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, France
Opening Times: 9am-6:30pm
Location: Parc des Expositions, 93350 Le Bourget, France
Opening Times: 9am-6pm (last day 9am-4:30pm)
Location: Fieramilano Rho, Milan-Rho Fair District, Strada Statale 33 del Sempione, 28, 20017, Rho, Milan, Italy
Opening Times: 9am-6:30pm (last day 9am-5pm)
Are you prepared for the material trade show?
So many people attend the season’s material shows unprepared. And if you’ve been to one of the large ones, like Premiere Vision, Lineapelle or Pitti Filati, you know that the sheer volume of material presented can be truly overwhelming.
The best way to prepare for your material sourcing or material inspiration trip is to:
- Be informed of your current supplier restraints, so that you can focus your energy on your current weak points
- Identify your current collection gaps and needs
- Consolidate your to do list so that you make your day as efficient as possible
- Study these validated and focused directions – you don’t get as concise and complete information, delivered in such a short space of time anywhere else.
Watch Free S/S 2018 Material Preview
Get full coverage from all International Fabric and Leather Trade Shows?
Many people are keen to take pictures at material shows. It’s so much easier to describe a fabric with a photo than with just words! In this case the phrase a picture is worth more than a thousand words is very true.
As a customer to fabric mills, you will usually be allowed to take some photos for your reference. However visitors to the most prestigious fabric shows such as Premiere Vision, are not able to take photos, unless they are members of the press working for an accredited publication.
Trendstop are accredited members of press and publish our reports directly from the show within 3 working days.
Join the SS2018 Material Sourcing Trend Seminar?
Many shows arrange trend seminars, but sometimes it’s too late to absorb key trends when you are already at the event. Plus, many don’t want to spend precious sourcing time sitting in multiple seminars. Sometimes, you are no clearer on what you should focus on, or the information given points in the wrong direction for your collection.
Smart professionals take a moment to prepare for the show ahead of time by watching a material preview presentation. We have prepared a complementary preview, for the S/S 2018 material sourcing:
Watch this presentation before your trip to be more prepared than 90% of material trade show attendees. Take plenty of screen shots for your portable device of the looks that are most relevant to you, so you can refer to them on the show floor. This is by far the most convenient way to stay focused on the season’s key materials!
We wholeheartedly recommend watching this presentation before you leave on your trip, but the portable format of this presentation allows you to even watch it on the train. You can even get the additional download option that allows you to watch it without an internet connection on a plane.
How to improve your material sourcing?
If you are not able to attend the material shows or go on a material inspiration trip, then it is vitally important to be informed of some of the key materials of the season from a reliable source. Otherwise it is too easy to be swayed by singular examples, which may not have their basis on further analysis or research. It may be just one person’s opinion that a certain material is right for you. Is that a strong enough argument to risk investing in a material that will in the worst case scenario hinder your product sales if it is not what the customer is looking for?
At Trendstop our research has its basis on what the consumer is looking for. We study early consumer mindsets and project what those early aspirations mean for future seasons. Some say, our methodology is the next best thing to being able to conduct market research in the future, and return to the present with the results. There is no better tool than harnessing our Accurate Trend Prediction formula to plan ahead for products that your consumer will be most likely to buy.
Watch this space – In September 2017 you’ll see our Fall/Winter 2018 materials preview.