Large number of foreign participants attended Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2017

The 22nd International Fashion and Textile Industry Fair "Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2017", which was attended by a large number of foreign participants – 140 companies including both textile flagships and new promising brands from a total of 24 countries worldwide – took place from March 30 to April 1.

The Chinese clothing brand JNBY, a newcomer to the Baltic textile market, as well as such well-known brands in Europe as Plantier and Cintelli e Galuzzo presented new season’s clothing and accessory collections. Fabric House, an Italian textile manufacturer, and Falck Textile, one of the largest distributors of fabrics in Northern Europe, offered a wide assortment of textile materials and supplies; Sophie Hallette showcased a large selection of lace. Among other, participants presented variety of home textiles, yarns, leather goods and sewing supplies. Juki, on the turn, offered a pan-Baltic premiere of the DDL9000C, a direct-drive, high-speed, sewing system with automatic thread trimmer and digitalized interface.

“Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2017” presented 203 participating companies from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, India, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Taiwan, and was attended by 9800 visitors, including 4800 trade and business visitors.

A three-day programme of events included the catwalk shows of the finalists of the Fashion and Photography Competition “Fashion Mill”, the Burda Rīga School of Sewing and Needlework and the Varan Latvija company.

Speakers of the seminar "Fashion and Design: Fashion Business and Trends" held on 30 March discussed the topical trends and shared their business secrets and experiences. More than 200 visitors had a unique opportunity to listen to the tips of the world-class fashion consultant Anton Dell, who spoke about the key steps to successful exporting of a fashion brand. No less intriguing was the presentation of the 2018/2019 autumn and winter fashion trends driving force by Louise Taccoen, a marketing manager at Carlin Creative Trend Bureau. Elīza Drāzniece, a fashion buying, sales and brand manager, in turn, explained how to create a fashion brand and promote it on the market.

The B2B Matchmaking is an integral part of "Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA", which annually generates new partnerships. This year it was attended by a record number of companies – 72 companies from 13 countries – Denmark, Turkey, Pakistan, Sweden, Italy and many other.

"Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2018" will take place from 5–7 April.

The trade show is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1.

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