Interfilière New York visitor numbers up 30% on last year

INVISTA presents its lingerie, swimwear and activewear trends at the show. Photo credit: Charles Roussel.

Interfilière New York witnessed a huge uplift in visitor numbers to its September trade show this year.

The fabric show attracted 500 visitors – a 30% increase on last year – from a multitude of companies varying in size from established, well known brands to young designers, organisers said.

Forty international mills exhibited at the event, which took place at The Tunnel, a former railroad freight terminal and night club, on September 22.

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Among the products that were shown, manufactures, brands, private label manufacturers, major retailers and upcoming designers were eager to discover a balanced and diverse sampling of lace, knits and woven fabrics, embroideries, print designs and new sportswear developments.

In a live survey conducted on the show floor, 97% of exhibitors said they were pleased with the show, 71% met with over 10 brands, and all exhibitors created new contacts with attendees, with over half stating that they initiated new business with at least 10-15 individual buyers.

Among the new features this year was the Opulent Livingwear pop-up store imagined by New York designer Tina Wilson and inspired by hit TV show Downton Abbey.

There was also an exposition dedicated to iconic swimwear to mark the 70th anniversary of the bikini.

The Bikini exposition, sponsored by Coco Reef and Mondo Mannequins, was curated by Ghislaine Rayer, a world-famous swimwear collector and co-writer of the book ‘Bikini, The Legend’.

The exhibition’s opening night commenced on September 21 with a cocktail networking event and continued through the duration of Interfilière New York.

Returning to the show for another year, The Creative Trend Lab, in partnership with Concepts Paris, had a display that was focused on materials and colours inspired by upcoming trends.