Colombiatex, the year’s first trade show organized by the Institute for Fashion and Exports (Inexmoda, for its Spanish acronym), is expecting buyers from 28 countries looking to do business with Colombian textile manufacturers and other industry producers. The countries include Spain, India, Brazil, the United States, Pakistan, Peru, and Turkey, among others.
The event is scheduled to begin on January 21st in Medellín’s Plaza Mayor with over 500 exhibitors arriving from 15 countries who will negotiate approximately 150 million dollars in deals.
“We’ve decided that the main guest is the Pacific Alliance. We want to strengthen that trade bloc, I think we still have to understand it more (…) the markets in Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Colombia are very important to trade within the bloc. We will be holding conferences to alert business executives about the importance of the issue,” said Carlos Eduardo Botero, president of Inexmoda. Brazil also confirmed a runway show that will include designs by important fashion personalities of that country.
Some 750,000 international buyers are expected to attend Colombiatex, as well as around 8500 national customers.
A product that will be featured prominently this year is denim, and the show will set aside an entire day for people to come dressed in the popular textile used to make anything from jeans to outerwear and accessories.