When one thinks of Paris, their mind conjures up images of rainbow macarons from Ladurée, the glittering Eiffel Tower and… sourcing raw materials for the manufacture of clothing? Well maybe not for the average visitor to the French capital, but for the fashion crowd this is all in a day’s work. Or multiple days work, as the Première Vision show spans three days this September from the 19-21st at the Parc des Expositions de Paris.
Bi-annually upwards of 60,000 industry professionals attend the show to see exhibitions from the six categories: Yarns, Leather Fabrics , Design, Accessories, Manufacturing. Although one of the facets of the show that is most regarded is the showcase of the upcoming trends for the season across all markets. All things considered, it is quite fitting as Paris is arguably the trendiest metropolitan city in not just the fashion industry, but the world at large. This year though, Première Vision is upping the ante on its sourcing portion of the show.
“The Sourcing Connection,” at the show this year will have a stronger participation from Asia, which seems to be on par with where the trends of sourcing are going. With the restructure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and talks of bi-lateral trade agreements between Europe and the Asian nations this move almost feels pre-emptive. While some may take caution to factory conditions abroad, Première vision has chosen to only showcase companies with 65 percent or higher compliance with standards, “measuring production units and chains, and the application of workforce and wage regulations.”
Première Vision organizers states they are hoping to help with global sourcing strategy as the industry is becoming more and more globalized. Sourcing Journal Online reports, “The aim is also to meet the needs of changing markets seeking complementary and more diversified sourcing solutions that include near-shore, volume and specialized sourcing. The strategy is to enrich the sourcing offer in terms of geographic regions, as well as market segments and product specificities.”
This month will be one of getting inspired, sourcing materials and other resources for their collections and getting a head start on design. Hands will be shaken, deals will be signed and business will be made. It is just another day in the life of a trade show attendee and fashion industry professional. Instead of a pain au chocolat at Les Deux Magots, visitors will be taking their café au lait with a side of trend viewings, accessorizing with Italian leathers and sourcing Asian yarns.