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Iconic designers and top brands lead the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing NYC Winter 2021 Seminar Series

Dec 7, 2020

Tracy Reese, The Gap, Kontoor Brands and Madewell join the impressive line-up presenting in the educational program.

Texworld and Apparel Sourcing New York City, the largest sourcing event on the east coast, announces their speaker line-up for the winter 2021 edition. In light of the ongoing health crisis and following the successful premier of a virtual tradeshow this past July, these New York based textile events will move forward with an all-digital presentation for both the tradeshow and educational component, opening January 12 - 14.

For more than 10 years, Texworld and Apparel Sourcing NYC has gathered the textile sourcing community for an exhilarating three-day event encompassing valuable business networking, material innovation from diverse global manufacturers and market insights by some of the industry’s key thought leaders.

“As we continue to move through these difficult times, we are elated at the high caliber of speakers and brands supporting our events. It is confirmation of our position in the industry and our commitment to bringing quality programming to the textile sourcing community,” stated Jennifer Bacon, Show Director, Fashion and Apparel, Messe Frankfurt Inc. “Today’s marketplace requires a new approach and we are pleased that Texworld and Apparel Sourcing New York City have proven to be agile in meeting the needs of our customers by keeping them informed. We look forward to developing more opportunities to stimulate the flow of information and keep businesses connected.”

This edition’s programming includes the ever-popular Textile Talks and industry favorite, Lenzing seminar series. The sessions will feature a range of expert speakers and panelists leading open discussions and case studies to provide greater insight and knowledge exchange on topics from the latest in trends and technology to challenges within sustainability and climate.


A Conversation with designer Tracy Reese on Homecoming, Sustainability and Manufacturing Locally
Tara St James of Study NY and Re:Source speaks with designer, Tracy Reese on her move back to Detroit, creating her sustainable collection, Hope for Flowers and developing a manufacturing base locally.

Farm to Fashion: How Regenerative Agriculture will reshape the Supply Chain
Moderated by the National Science Foundation, this Textile Talk covers on-farm regenerative practices that brands can support and farmers can adopt. Regenerative agriculture and the multiple benefits it delivers can be part of the solution to meeting brand sustainability targets and addressing environmental goals leading to climate change.

Journey to Fair Trade and Sustainability
An informative and inspirational discussion to understand how Madewell partners with Fair Trade USA to set sustainability goals and more.

Addressing Climate Change From the Start
Within the Great Reset, companies are making commitments and facing hard decisions about how to meet their goals in a constantly changing landscape.  The industry needs a holistic approach to ensure that climate action happens at the beginning of the supply chain while connected to other environmental concerns of water, biodiversity, consumption and more.  Panelists from The Gap, Lenzing and Textile Exchange will be led by Fashion Takes Action as they delve into the tools needed to address this issue. 

Sourcing Small Minimums
The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving now.  However, one of the biggest hurdles that many new and small designers face is sourcing for small minimums. The ability to source in smaller minimums is imperative to emerging brands who are not scaling to the masses.  Discover how to bridge the gap between the small minimums hurdle and these emerging or specialized brands.

Registration for the Winter 2021 edition is open. For the full seminar schedule or additional information on either of these events, please visit

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Background information on Texworld New York City
Texworld New York City is one of the largest sourcing event on the East Coast for apparel fabric buyers, research and product development specialists, designers, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals. This international business platform offers a wide product range covering the entire fabric spectrum. From casual cotton to function fabrics and sophisticated knits to intricate laces, season-to-season attendees discover textiles of innovative structures, material mixes and surprising color palettes.

Background information Apparel Sourcing New York City
As a long-term join venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex, Apparel Sourcing New York City offers apparel brands, retailers, wholesalers and independent design firms a dedicated sourcing marketplace for finding the best international apparel manufacturers. As the only event on the East Coast to focus on finished apparel, contract manufacturing and private label development, the show provides attendees direct access to suppliers specializing in ready-to-wear for men, women, children and accessories.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organizing and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at:

*preliminary figures 2019.

Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company produces ten shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. The North American portfolio includes Texworld New York City, Apparel Sourcing New York City, Home Textiles Sourcing, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas, The Clean Show, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Municipal Equipment Expo Canada, Festival of Motoring USA and Process Expo.  For more information, please visit our website at

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