Smart and sustainable

20 August 2019

Sport, performance and fashion are going to be the three pillars for this edition of Première Vision Paris, held on 17–19 September at Paris Nord Villepinte, just downwind from Charles de Gaulle Airport, for those jetting in for the occasion.

Première Vision Paris will present new materials and creative breakthroughs for the autumn/ winter 2020–21 season across its six principle activities in the upstream sector: yarns, fabrics, leathers, designs, accessories and clothing. Focusing on leather, though, this edition will be scrutinised more closely than usual as Leatherworld Paris, just down the tracks at Paris Le Bourget and downwind from another yet smaller airport, opens its doors on 16 September. Allegiances will be split to a certain extent, but the two shows have coexisted for three editions, including this next one, and there seems to be enough demand.

In the spotlight

As sportswear collections grow increasingly popular, the added performance and technology in these product lines is becoming ever-more critical. Consumers have been able to try out the innovative features integrated in their sport apparel for several years now, and expect the same functionality in their everyday clothing. It has entered into consumer habits and is synonymous with comfort and technical expertise, as well as style and creativity. So the pinnacle of sportswear, its influence on collections, and the development of accompanying technological innovations and technical materials is certainly driving the industry at the moment. To address these issues, Première Vision’s Sport & Tech sector will be prominently featured at the next show.

This growing phenomenon has a significant influence on the industry, and on those who design and produce clothing and accessories, whether fashion brands using technical materials for their ready-to-wear collections or sports brands developing lifestyle lines. And a fastevolving leather sector will launch new creative and eco-responsible collections at this edition, as well as shine a light on the industry and its unique dynamism, with over 300 exhibitors from 27 countries.

Additionally, these eco-responsible innovations will be front and centre in an area dedicated to corporate social responsibility, or CSR – the Smart Area, where they will be joined by other players specialising in creating and producing sustainable materials.

On the list

All Première Vision Leather exhibitors must meet strict criteria regarding their quality, creativity, technology, performance and reputation as evaluated by a selection committee. This requirement guarantees the high quality of the offering exhibited to visitors, for the leather goods, footwear and apparel markets in order to provide turnkey solutions for global buyers.

Launched in September 2018, the Première Vision Marketplace enables show exhibitors and visitors to prolong their interactions online, including sampling and purchasing. Ultimately, its objective is to reference 1,500 companies and 70,000 products. Open to leather players since February 2019, the Marketplace already features 400 active tanners and weavers, with more than 4,000 references online. “The Première Vision leather offering is a reflection of the industry itself: multifaceted, creative, innovative and dynamic,” says Gilles Lasbordes, Première Vision MD. “We are proud to present the best in the industry so our visitors can find all the partners they need to create their collections in one place.”

Sustainable Leather Forum

Première Vision has partnered with the first Sustainable Leather Forum, organised by the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC), which is being held 16 September at the FNTP house in Paris, the day before Première Vision Paris. Its purpose is to showcase best practices in the leather industry in the area of CSR from a social, environmental and economic perspective. The event will provide an opportunity to present changes in consumer behaviour, as well as tools and solutions to put into practice. Testimonies and roundtables led by companies and organisations that have already worked on this subject will be offered.
Source: Première Vision Paris

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