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ATSM 2019 unveils myriad supply opportunities for local businesses

"Leaders of the apparel and textile industry gathered at the second edition of Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM), held from May 28 to 30, 2019 in Florida. The three-day event hosted domestic and international textile mills and apparel factory exhibitors from 15 countries, and over 3,000 visitors. Leading SME brands and boutiques, and VIP buyers including the Hard Rock, Disney, Viacom, Nordica, Perry Ellis, Tractor Supply, Becker Glove, Venus Swimwear, etc made their presence felt at the show."

ATSM 2019 unveils myriad supply opportunities for local businessesLeaders of the apparel and textile industry gathered at the second edition of Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM), held from May 28 to 30, 2019 in Florida. The three-day event hosted domestic and international textile mills and apparel factory exhibitors from 15 countries, and over 3,000 visitors. Leading SME brands and boutiques, and VIP buyers including the Hard Rock, Disney, Viacom, Nordica, Perry Ellis, Tractor Supply, Becker Glove, Venus Swimwear, etc made their presence felt at the show.

Industries leaders share insights on local market

Business and industry leaders shared their insights on the local market and international trade opportunities forATSM 2019 unveils myriad supply opportunities for local Florida businesses, retailers, brands and designers. Some of the leading entrepreneurs who attended the show included Florida Alice Ancona, President, Chamber of Commerce; Joe Kulenovic, VP Trade and Development, Enterprise Florida Z; Michael Finney, President, Miami-Dade Beacon Council; Matthew Rocco, President,South Florida Manufacturers Association; Julia Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association and high level dignitaries and trade representatives from the 15 countries, such as Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ghana Ambassador to the U.S; SM Rejuan Hossain, Additional Secretary, Bangladesh Ministry of Commerce Export Promotion Bureau; General Tessa Jacques, Director, Center for Investment Facilitation (CFI) Haiti.

The show unveiled myriad opportunities for alternative sources of supply for local businesses, brands, retailers and designers scrambling to navigate the unfolding economic reality. Gu Xinxin, Director, Changshu Garments Town – a key textile and garment city which sent a delegation of manufacturers to the event – reported that there are nearly 10,000 textile and garment producers in the city who export around 2.6 billion garments annually. Changsu works as a central facilitator for these exporters to the domestic and foreign markets.

Nearing opportunities and trade incentives in focus

Attendees also learned about nearshoring opportunities and trade incentives from countries like: Haiti, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru. Other popular topics included supply change transformation, responsible sourcing, sustainable apparel and textile solutions, breakthrough manufacturing technologies – from lean manufacturing to robotics – and trending colors for the coming seasons by Pantone Color Institute.

Introduced for the first time, the Fashion Lab conference series attracted small businesses and upcoming designers. Industry experts and top fashion influencers offered advice on topics such as digital shopping channels, emerging technologies that change the way consumers interact with brands, e-commerce, experiential retail, changing consumer attitudes regarding environmental consciousness and corporate responsibility, the critical role of social media in the world of fashion, and how to create a Made in the USA fashion line.

A show-stopping ‘Best of Miami’ fashion runway on day two, showcased latest creations by some of the Magic City’s most renowned talent, including Renee Ruiz, Julian Chang, Luis Aponte, Viviana Gabeiras, Lucky in Love, Peace, Love, World, Bianca Coletti, Cubavera Mayda Cisneros and Maria D’Ocon. Making a debut on the runway were also innovative designs by some of Miami’s top rising young fashion stars, as well as leading international designers such as top Chinese fashion brands RAP, Wilen and Tiny Cuttle.

 
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