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Paris - Messe Frankfurt is to revamp the February 2021 editions of its Paris shows, including Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Leatherworld, Shawls&Scarves, Texworld and Texworld Denim Paris, with a smaller, invitation-only event to view fabric collections. The shows will also take place as a virtual exhibition as they have in this years previous editions.

"The growing uncertainties linked to the COVID-19 crisis and the limitations imposed by the application of health regulations for major events with an international dimension - such as travel restrictions for foreign nationals - make it impossible to consider the holding of fashion industry trade fairs," Messe Frankfurt France said in a statement.

"The Messe Frankfurt France team would nevertheless like to enable international fashion players, buyers and exhibitors, to build their collections and exhibit their know-how. In order not to interrupt the business flow and to provide visibility for manufacturers, we will be proposing an event for fabrics and clothing buyers which will have a quite innovative format."

Organised over a week at the beginning of February, in the heart of Paris, the show will allow buyers to discover, with absolute safety, the offer from selected exhibitors whose products will be grouped together in specific areas.

"This event will be able to welcome visitors, by exclusive invitation and reservation, in order to show them the textiles and clothing collections selected from the exhibition offer," Messe Frankfurt added. "Organised around the traditional trend forum, several dedicated areas will group together by category the samples of fabrics and finished products from hundreds of textile companies and clothing manufacturers gathered by our selection committee."

“This is not a trade fair in the strict sense of the word, because this event will not bring together our exhibitors, but the products of a selection of our exhibitors," explained Frédéric Bougeard, President of Messe Frankfurt France. "It is a solution that will enable us to best meet the needs and expectations of the customers during this unique period. It complements the digital sourcing platform, which we have developed with our partner Foursource, as a means of exchange between two physical editions of our shows. It is crucial to offer our visitors access, even if restricted, to the global offer."

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