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Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami to debut in May

The show is a dynamic industry event and business platform bringing together a range of categories.

6th April 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Miami, FL

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATS-M), presented by Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, and, has announced its list of special events and seminars for the inaugural three-day trade show taking place from 21-23 May 2018, which will bring 200 apparel companies from over a dozen countries to Miami.

An expansion of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Trade Show hosted in Canada under Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATS-C), the Miami based show is the global gateway to the world of apparel and textiles, welcoming manufacturers, service providers and government associations from over 15 regions with top brands, retailers, designers and sourcing professional from China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, the US, the City of Miami and more.

The show is a dynamic industry event and business platform bringing together a range of categories ranging from apparel, fabric, trims, textiles, to house wares and accessory suppliers to the heart of Miami’s Wynwood District and the Mana Wynwood Convention Center.

Educate and inspire

As the apparel and textiles industry undergoes rapid changes in sourcing trends, technology, political instability and disruption at every corner, ATS-M will host over 20 educational seminars, by curated industry experts, discussing the global textile and sourcing landscape.

Focusing on the industry’s hot topics such as NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, AI trends in manufacturing, sustainability, sourcing, customs, logistics, influencer marketing, and blogger outreach, the event will address a range of interests throughout the three days of the show.

The show is a dynamic industry event and business platform bringing together a range of categories. © Apparel Textile Sourcing

“Our team has organised an exciting and educational series of seminars, panels and events that will appeal to everyone from students, designers to seasoned industry veterans,” said Jason Prescott, show organizer. “And since all our seminars, panels, and events take place on the show floor, this allows people to be able to come by and listen to part of the discussion if they’re too busy to stay for the entire seminar.”

Seminars and panels

The first day will kick off with Moishe Mana, CEO Mana Group, describing how Apparel Textile Sourcing is the next step towards creating an Asia-Latin America trade hub in Wynwood that will turn Miami into the Hong Kong of the Americas. Then, global industry veteran Jeff Streader will discuss a critical component for success in today’s omni-channel world – an aligned supply chain.

Dr Shanjie Li, Executive Chief Economist and CEO of Miami-based American Da Tang Group, will detail his success story of getting started in the US, working through the cultural gap, and differences in business mentalities. Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), will examine why responsible sourcing is more important than ever.

Ben Mead, Managing Director for Hohenstein Institute Americas, will talk about how consumers increasingly want to know the who, what, when, where, and how a product was made. Also, Sigfredo Reyes, El Salvador's Export and Investment Promotion Agency President, will speak about the country, the development of the textiles and apparel industry and the investment opportunities that El Salvador offers.

ATS-M will host over 20 educational seminars, by curated industry experts. © Apparel Textile Sourcing

On the second day, Christine Daal, founder and coach of Fashion Angel Warrior, will hold a seminar and walk you through all the tools you will need to manufacture a line from start to finish.

ATS Miami Fashion Show

ATS-M will also feature a runway. The event will have three showcases, showcasing a range of designs from evening gowns to swimwear.  The first showcase will present designs from Fashion Students from the Miami International University of Art & Design, Istituto Marangoni Miami, and the Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College.

The second showcase will present looks from some of Miami top talent, including Julian Chang, Krelwear, Bianca Colleti, Petit Pois, Perry Ellis, Lucky In Love, Peace Love World, and more. And the third group will showcase looks from exhibiting manufacturers.

The event will also feature a post-fashion show panel led by Charlene Parsons, MIU head of fashion, as well as featured speakers discussing El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, China, Africa and more.

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