Over 600 retailers from 13 countries flocked to Paris for this month’s Mode City and Interfiliere intimate apparel exhibitions.
Almost three quarters of the buyers at the show were from outside France. The UK accounted for the fourth largest contingent of visitors, behind France, Italy and Germany.
A significant increase in visitors from Eastern Europe helped limit a slight drop of 1% from last year’s overall attendance. Visitors from Ukraine were up 25% and Kazakhstan were up 37%.
Interfiliere, the fabrics and future trends element of the show, had 300 exhibitors from 32 countries. Attendance was down 3% to 11,431. Two-thirds of visitors were from outside France.
An international symposium on cosmetic textiles was particularly well-attended, with intimate apparel brands packing presentations on future trends and technical innovations.