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.
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. internationalsourcingexpo.com.
“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