|The first-of-its-kind sourcing platform presented the perfect amalgamation of business and knowledge sharing, involving both domestic and international brands, never seen before in any other national fair. The prime highlights of the show were:
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|Till ASW '19, India did not have an international sourcing event covering the needs of its own retail market and also overseas, despite the fact that India is the third largest fashion exporter with a huge and growing fashion retail market.|
|Apparel Sourcing Week - a platform curated on the three pillars of opportunity, knowledge and inspiration - invites sourcing specialists from India and around the world, offering them an opportunity to evaluate global top garment manufacturers, handpicked for their focus on creativity, quality, delivery commitments and compliance to social obligations.|
|The first edition of ASW, held in March 2019 in Bengaluru at the prime location of ITC Gardenia, was primarily focused on the Indian apparel retail market. However, it not only attracted Indian retailers but also the international retailers and brands as well, searching and seeking quality manufacturers from the Asian region.|
|It is not surprising that with an open economy, vibrant culture and political stability with English as an official language, India has been an ideal choice for setting up of operations by international brands and retailers for their sourcing needs from South East Asia. Now, the country is also an exciting marketplace, and following the enthusiastic response at the first edition of ASW, the event needs to grow bigger to become the ‘to-be-place’ for sourcing of diverse market needs, from across the world. .|
|Great business happened at ASW '19 for the 30 top manufacturers, representing a total of US $ 8 billion in revenue. These 30 exhibitors presented a manifold portfolio of products such as lingerie, denims, shirts, trousers, sweaters and jackets. The companies that exhibited were among the best names from the region – Standard Group, Pacific Jeans, Epic Group, Bando Designs, Giant Group, Pratibha Syntex, Well Group, Anowara, Armana to name a few.|
|Overall, around 3,000 buying delegates from all leading bricks-and-mortar retail chain stores, e-commerce platforms and national and international brands interacted with the exhibitors and placed orders. Many among them were the representatives of retailers and brands sourcing for Western markets.|
|An added attraction were the many interactive knowledge platforms that drew crowd from both the visitors' and the exhibitors' side. The 6 Panel Discussions by industry experts on the future of retail, manufacturing and the new ways of sourcing saw in-depth deliberations on many critical topics. Besides the brainstorming sessions, ASW '19 also witnessed 2 Vendor Sessions, one each by Myntra & Reliance Trends, 2 Trend Workshops by Fashion Snoops for S/S ’20, an Open Discussion Forum on Influencer Marketing and its importance with some relevant case studies by WINKL and 1 Consumer Behaviour Trends session by WGSN.|
|The gala Networking Dinner on the evening of Day-1 was a very well-attended affair where over 50 top CXOs from the retail industry interacted and enjoyed a relaxed evening with special industry invitees and exhibitors. The 'invite only' platform provided an exclusive opportunity to connect and network with prospective business partners and colleagues over drinks, dinner and some fun.|
|"The confidence built among the fashion retailers in ASW '19 edition and the work that has gone into making ASW a recognised sourcing platform for all, is now attracting larger number of retailers and fashion brands from all over the world, who are adding ASW ’20 to their travel itinerary to make use of the platform to source apparel in line with already established events like HKFW (Hong Kong) and Magic (USA). This has motivated us to scale up the show in the second edition," concluded Deepak Mohindra, Chairman, Apparel Resources, the organiser of the event.|
Apparel Sourcing Week (ASW) platform is aligned to the changing dynamics of the industry, moving in pace with evolving and shifting world trade of apparel sourcing while also acknowledging the changing needs and wants of the customer.
To facilitate the seamless process of sourcing for greater transparency and reach, the ASW platform offers the industry three independent verticals – Big Show, Marketplace, and V-Expo – to enhance business opportunities for all players in the fashion retail chain, in an environment of networking, knowledge, and inspiration. With the three verticals, the supplier has marketing opportunities all around the year like never before, while the buyer has multiple avenues to search his perfect sourcing partner from South Asia.
Apparel Resources is well known for its benchmark publications – Apparel Online, StitchWorld and Resource Guide published from India, Bangladesh & Vietnam. These publications have been around in the industry for over 35 years, supporting, guiding and standing by garment exporters and the retail industry globally, providing them a platform to source better.