The event attracted exhibitors from Europe, the Americas and Australasia.&rtreturn;There were 86 first-time exhibitors from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Ireland, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. &rtreturn;A greatly expanded handbag section accommodated a wide variety of bags for every occasion including sports, classic and party. The well-established ‘Best of APLF Awards’ again attracted strong competition among exhibitors. A series of seminars covered topics such as visual merchandising for exhibitors; future fashion trends and – what many believe may to be the next ‘big thing’ – eco-friendly fashion: with an emphasis on how it can be both fashionable and commercial. Over the three days, Fashion Access welcomed 6,238 buyers from 63 countries and regions. Significant interest was shown by new buyers from Korea and Thailand and visitors from the Philippines and Japan.&rtreturn;The next edition of Fashion Access will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and will run concurrently with APLF – Materials, Manufacturing & Technology. The show will focus on the winter 20008/09 season.