Aus­tralia Footwear and Leather Show

premier sourc­ing show The fash­ion and footwear trade stepped out in record num­bers at Aus­tralia’s lead­ing sourc­ing expo for ap­parel, ac­ces­sories and tex­tiles last week, re­flect­ing the in­dus­try’s en­durance in a chang­ing and com­pet­i­tive sec­tor.

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Reg­is­tra­tion num­bers at the In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia and co-lo­cated Footwear & Leather Show Aus­tralia were up 10 per cent from last year, with more than 4000 vis­its from large fash­ion re­tail­ers to niche fash­ion brands, start-up la­bels, on­line out­lets and fash­ion de­sign­ers look­ing to make valu­able con­nec­tions with po­ten­tial and ex­ist­ing sup­pli­ers.

Buy­ers and pro­duc­tion man­agers toured the world’s ap­parel, ac­ces­sories, tex­iles and footwear sup­pli­ers at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre over three days (20-22 Novem­ber) with­out the need to travel over­seas. Vis­i­tors met with more than 720 man­u­fac­tur­ers and agents ex­hibit­ing at the expo from 19 coun­tries – China, In­dia, Pak­istan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, In­done­sia, Viet­nam, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, United States, Fiji, Aus­tralia, Tur­key, South Africa, Tai­wan, Nepal, Ser­bia, Italy, and Thai­land.

A high­light of the event was the launch of Global Run­way, where emerg­ing and es­tab­lished de­sign­ers from In­done­sia, China and Aus­tralia show­cased their col­lec­tions on the run­way. Po­si­tioned on the show floor, the run­way shows were sup­ported by Aus­tralian Fash­ion Coun­cil and en­joyed by strong crowds across two days.

“Global Run­way was an en­er­getic ad­di­tion to our suc­cess­ful and es­tab­lished pro­gram. The de­sign­ers brought their col­lec­tions to life on the run­way and feed­back from our vis­i­tors has been very pos­i­tive. We are al­ways look­ing for new ways to show­case the in­cred­i­ble breadth of the expo’s ex­hibitors and we are de­lighted to have in­tro­duced Global Run­way to high­light some of the vast tal­ent and crafts­man­ship on the show floor,” Marie Kin­sella, CEO, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

“This year’s In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia and the co-lo­cated Footwear & Leather Show Aus­tralia was the strong­est we’ve seen with record vis­i­ta­tion num­bers…” – Julie Holt, Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­rec­tor, IEC Group Pty Ltd

“Global Run­way was an en­er­getic ad­di­tion to our suc­cess­ful and es­tab­lished pro­gram. The de­sign­ers brought their col­lec­tions to life on the run­way and feed­back from our vis­i­tors has been very pos­i­tive…,” – Marie Kin­sella, CEO, IEC Group Pty Ltd

The expo’s Global Sourc­ing Sem­i­nar se­ries was well-at­tended by ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors to the show and proved to be a ma­jor draw­card. The com­pre­hen­sive three-day pro­gram led by in­dus­try ex­perts and fa­cil­i­tated by fash­ion com­men­ta­tor and jour­nal­ist, Patty Hunt­ing­ton, pro­vided valu­able mar­ket in­sights and busi­ness tips. From in­ter­na­tional denim trends, ex­pert sourc­ing tips, le­gal in­for­ma­tion, eth­i­cal sourc­ing ad­vice, help for fash­ion start-ups, in­ter­na­tional fash­ion and footwear in­sights and more, the sem­i­nar se­ries had some­thing for all in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

Among the most pop­u­lar sem­i­nars was ‘Source for Suc­cess’ pre­sented by fash­ion busi­ness con­sul­tant and Fash­ion Equipped founder, El­iz­a­beth For­mosa and ‘The Chang­ing Na­ture of the Gar­ment and Tex­tile In­dus­try in China’ pre­sented by China Cham­ber of Com­merce for Im­port and Ex­port of Tex­tiles (CCCT). Strong at­ten­dance was also seen at the sem­i­nar pre­sented by Hong Kong- based sourc­ing ex­pert Brian Garvin who shared his ten big­gest sourc­ing les­sons to find and man­age the right sup­plier among the thou­sands on of­fer.

“We know from the feed­back that the Global Sourc­ing Sem­i­nars are also a

“The fair rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity to the In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ers, to share prod­ucts and come into con­tact with clients and mem­bers of the trade. I be­lieve many ex­hibitors re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the buy­ers.” – Mukhtarul Amin, Chair­man, Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports

highly val­ued fea­ture of the event and we look for­ward to bring­ing an­other in­sight­ful se­ries to the show next year,” Kin­sella said. In­au­gu­ral par­tic­i­pa­tion by MA­TRADE, Tai­wan Made Footwear De­vel­op­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and SMESCO In­done­sia at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from vis­i­tors, with re­lated ex­hibitors re­port­ing solid re­sults.

In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion across both the In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo and Footwear & Leather Expo was the largest of all na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tions with a to­tal par­tic­i­pa­tion of 130 com­pa­nies across the two events. Led by key ex­port or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing sub­stan­tial in­volve­ment from Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Ex­port Or­gan­i­sa­tions (FIEO), as well as Ap­parel Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, Wool and Woollen Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, and Hand­loom Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, the strong pres­ence sup­ported In­dia’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports In­dia led their in­dus­try con­tin­gent at the Footwear and Leather Show with 30 sup­pli­ers join­ing their pav­il­ion, the largest at the footwear and leather show for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

“Since this is our first show we re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect and it was bet­ter than ex­pected. We did have Steady stream of po­ten­tial cus­tomers on all days. We re­ceived nu­mer­ous leads. Hope busi­ness ma­te­ri­al­izes soon.’ – Pradip Wasan, Deepak Im­pex (Wasan Group)

“A re­ally won­der­ful edi­tion of Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia. All the vis­i­tors were in­ter­ested in the ex­hibitors col­lec­tions and this is a great sign of aware­ness.” – Dipika Cho­pra, Shoes & Ac­ces­sories

“The 3 days at the Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia were in­trigu­ing. I have to ad­mit that there was a much bet­ter turn-out that we an­tic­i­pated. En­joyed the en­vi­ron­ment and well worth the time in­vested.” – Ra­jesh Bahl, SEAM CON­SULT­ING GROUP

“This year’s In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia and the co-lo­cated Footwear & Leather Show Aus­tralia was the strong­est we’ve seen with record vis­i­ta­tion num­bers. We are thrilled to see this event em­braced by the Aus­tralian fash­ion trade and proud to of­fer this op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralian com­pa­nies to re­view or ra­tio­nalise their sup­ply chain and ex­pand their prod­uct of­fer, com­pare pro­duc­tion sup­plier ca­pa­bil­ity and costs, or even con­sider de­vel­op­ing their own la­bel. This show of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one, for both ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors alike, with ac­cess to ver­ti­cally in­te­grated multi­na­tional sup­pli­ers and SMES in at­ten­dance. Equally the breadth of vis­i­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion spans com­pa­nies look­ing to re­view off­shore pro­duc­tion to emerg­ing com­pa­nies look­ing to pro­duce their own la­bel or im­port es­tab­lished brands,” Julie Holt, Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­rec­tor, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

“It’s es­pe­cially heart­en­ing to re­ceive in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive feed­back from our ex­hibitors. This is a unique sourc­ing event that they tell us pro­vides an ex­cep­tional plat­form for their busi­nesses to meet face to face with Aus­tralian buy­ers and ef­fec­tively mar­ket their prod­uct and ser­vices,”holt said.

Show or­gan­is­ers set out to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­hibitors to make valu­able con­nec­tions while they were in Mel­bourne and in­tro­duced an on­line rec­om­men­da­tion en­gine to match buy­ers and sell­ers in an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive man­ner. Global Busi­ness Match­ing did just that, and ex­hibitors em­braced the por­tal to con­nect with rel­e­vant buy­ers to set up pri­vate net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and meet­ings at their stand or at a busi­ness match­ing lounge spon­sored by MA­TRADE.

About the show

In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia, co-lo­cated with the 3rd Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia and 18th China Cloth­ing Ac­ces­sories Tex­tiles Expo, is Aus­tralia’s premier in­ter­na­tional sourc­ing show for ap­parel, tex­tiles, fash­ion ac­ces­sories, footwear and leather prod­ucts. Into its ninth year, the three-day trade only event was held at Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on 20 Novem­ber 2018 and will be held in 2019 from Novem­ber 12 - 14 also at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Visit www. in­ter­na­tion­al­sourcing­

“This be­ing the first Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia that I’ve done. I do not have much to com­pare against. How­ever I en­joyed it, and en­joyed get­ting to meet many clients. The quan­tity’s de­manded were not vo­lu­mi­nous and I be­lieve most peo­ple com­ing were look­ing to build new ven­dors and I am hope­ful that we will see some or­ders com­ing in.” – Ratul Duggal, Indi Shoes

“It was the per­fect event to show­case and meet clients in Aus­tralia. We spoke with many of in­ter­ested par­ties of var­i­ous store sizes and are con­fi­dent that sales will de­velop through­out the com­ing months.” – Amit ku­mar, CEO Free­dom Shoes

“This fair serves as a good plat­form to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties with both es­tab­lished and up-and-com­ing brands look­ing for qual­ity prod­ucts out of In­dia. Though the vol­umes are low, but I ex­pect strong footwear and bags de­mand in the vast Aus­tralian mar­ket. The Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia is the right place to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­pan­sion. I ex­pect a larger par­tic­i­pa­tion out of In­dia in the next show.” – Amit Cho­pra, Shoes & Ac­ces­sories

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