Next stop- Miami! For Apparel Textile Sourcing that is. The ATS brand experienced exponential growth at their Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATS-C) trade show, sparking the idea of expansion. After much deliberation JPC Communications and ATS have decided to bring their unique brand of trade show to the United States for the first time with Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATS-M) . For their first domestic show Miami was chosen for more reasons than finding a reason to make a beach vacation qualify as a business expense. Miami brings the heat, in both terms of weather and business. Did you know that 40% of all U.S exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida? In fact, it has been the gateway to both Latin, South America, and the Caribbean for all industries for decades. In regard to the fashion industry, Florida doesn’t nearly get enough credit for the role it plays. The state as a whole is responsible for 8.4% of all US sales of apparel and textiles. For many Latin and South American countries, Miami is looked at as their gateway to the apparel industry. In more recent years, the city has been looked to for swimwear and beach fashion with Swim Week Miami Beach that is held each year. Beyond swimwear, Miami actually used to have a thriving textile and manufacturing industry that helped shape U.S fashion back in the 50’s and 60’s. Meaning that it was making in impact before Los Angeles was on the map. Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, the organizer of the ATS shows said, “The expansion of the ATS Brand to Miami is a direct response to the market demand and fills a significant gap for the US-&-Latin American markets.” Currently, Miami doesn’t have a way of sourcing locally as well as network with retailers and producers of clothing all in one place. This will also benefit the Latin American markets that surrounding the region. Prescott continues, “ATS-Miami provides a unique opportunity for apparel and textile importers and retailers to intersect and access the most current importing information from the top industry insiders. Imagine the time and money saved for the local and Latin importers. The producers are coming from Asia to Miami,” Prescott said, emphasizing that China alone exports $42 billion in apparel a year to the US and $11 billion a year to Latin America.” Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami will be held May 21-23, 2018 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. ATS anticipates the participation of hundreds of international apparel and textile manufacturers. So far the list of visiting countries includes: China, India, Bangladesh, the U.S., Turkey, Pakistan, Mexico and many other countries and territories from across Central and South America. In addition, over 2,500 attendees both local and international are expected to join the show. Many international visitors will be from Latin America, South America and the Caribbean since the show places an emphasis on connecting apparel producers and buyers from the U.S and the aforementioned. Register for free here to learn more about the show and how you can be involved.