Centrestage, one of Asia’s biggest clothing and accessories trade events, concluded with a 2.4 percent increase in buyer visitation at its 2018 edition.
The four-day exhibition, organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), took place from September 5-8 at Hong-Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and witnessed 8,700 buyers in attendance from more than 80 nations world over.
Buyers from countries like Canada, France, Germany, India, Korea, Russia, Taiwan and the UAE came in big numbers; as HKTDC said in the press statement issued, buyers from Asia accounted for 35% of the overall visitation.
“In its third edition, this year’s Centrestage attracted many global brands and buyers to participate. An increased number of overseas buyers came looking for business opportunities and talents, which solidified Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s fashion capital,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau.
The theme of Centrestage 2018 was ‘Tomorrow Lab’ under which 230 labels from 22 countries presented innovations in apparels. Japan’s streetwear brand Facetasm, Hong Kong womenswear label Idism, and Chinese luxury label Ms Min exhibited their latest Spring/Summer 2019 assortments at the apparel show.
13 young local designer brands also presented Spring/Summer 2019 collections. More such domestic labels including Dorian Ho, Artistic Palace, Harrison Wong, House of V and others also exhibited at the tradeshow.
During the apparel fair, a survey was also carried out which covered more than 300 exhibitors and buyers. Interestingly, most of them expect stable sales in 2019.