Being aware of the latest developments and trends in the apparel industry is an ideal way for you to best serve your customers.
Apparel conferences help you with networking, education, marketing strategies and innovative practices from what other brands are doing.
They give you sources of inspiration to better serve your customers. They provide you with insights into the needs, wants and preferences of your target customers.
You can position yourself as an industry leader by attending these clothing industry events. This is why we compiled this list of must-attend fashion-focused conferences for the rest of 2023 and 2024.
Advanced Textiles Expo
Summary: Previously known as the IFAI Expo, this conference draws more than 4,000 attendees to network, showcase products and learn about the latest industry trends.
Organized by the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA), the expo features the industry’s top companies and allows you to have live product demonstrations, gain immediate feedback and foster engaging customer interactions.
Dates: Nov. 1-3, 2023
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Location: Orlando, FL
Private Label Manufacturers Association-PLMA
Summary: This trade show attracts about 200,000 attendees and 1,300 brand exhibitors from the apparel industry in the U.S.
With dedicated sessions for product demonstration, forum discussions and networking with industry peers, this trade show is one of the major industry events in the apparel vertical each year.
Dates: Nov. 12-14, 2023
Venue: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Summary: Attend the WEAR Conference to learn about the significant breakthroughs and new opportunities made possible through the integration of textiles and technology through wearables.
This event regularly brings together key players from across the smart fabrics, e-textiles and wearable tech marketplace to hear the latest updates on market dynamics & industry innovations, wearable and smart fabric standardization, intellectual property and data collection, textile technology, wearable healthcare and wellness.
Scheduled presentations include representatives from The NBA, Meta Reality Labs, Stanford University, Microsoft Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, AFFOA, AATCC, Qualcomm, Exponent and NuCurrent.
Dates: Dec. 5-6, 2023
Venue: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Location: San Diego, CA
Summary: This conference will feature a variety of exhibitors, including women’s apparel brands, footwear brands and accessories brands. It will also offer various educational events and networking opportunities for attendees.
MAGIC Miami is a great opportunity for fashion professionals to learn about the latest trends, discover new brands and network with other industry leaders.
Dates: Jan. 8-9, 2024
Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center
Location: Miami, FL
Women In Textiles Summit
Summary: The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women in the textile industry through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business.
Dates: Feb. 12-14, 2024
Venue: Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
MAGIC Las Vegas
Summary: MAGIC Las Vegas is a high-energy fashion experience and home to the largest selection of young contemporary, modern sportswear, footwear and accessories brands in the industry.
MAGIC Las Vegas brings together a global audience of retail buyers – from big-box to boutique – along with influencers, media, and industry thought leaders.
Dates: Feb. 13-15, 2024
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center
Location: Las Vegas
MAGIC New York
Summary: This is a women’s East Coast market event featuring young contemporary, modern sportswear, footwear and accessories categories.
MAGIC New York is a great opportunity for fashion professionals to learn about the latest trends, discover new brands and network with other industry leaders.
The conference will feature a variety of exhibitors, including women’s apparel brands, footwear brands and accessories brands. It will also offer a variety of educational events and networking opportunities for attendees.
Dates: Feb. 20-22, 2024
Venue: Javits Center
Location: New York City
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Executive Summit
Summary: The Executive Summit brings together executives from retail, apparel, footwear and fashion accessory brands from the U.S. and across the globe for two days of thought-provoking dialogue.
The AAFA, which represents more than 1,000 world-famous name brands, retailers and manufacturers, is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry.
Dates: March 6-8, 2024
Venue: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf
Location: Washington, D.C.
Summary: This event is an exclusive and intimate venue for designers of the fine jewelry and luxury timepiece industry. Attendees can meet top-tier buyers from the most distinguished retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Borsheims, Reinhold Jewelers and TWIST.
You can also hear from influencers and bloggers such as Katerina Perez Margo Raffaeli, Gem Gossip, Third Coast Gems and magazine editors from Vogue, Vanity Fair and Robb Report.
Dates: May 30-June 2, 2024
Venue: Wynn Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference USA
Summary: This two-day business conference will address how brands can adapt practices to deliver on ambitious commitments and growing stakeholder expectations. You’ll learn best practices and guidance to develop net-zero strategies, transform supply chains, manage consumer communications, scale circularity, reduce waste and drive positive social impacts.
Dates: June 25-26, 2024
Venue: Verizon Executive Education Center
Location: New York City
Textile Discovery Summit
Summary: The Textile Discovery Summit is a three-day event that showcases the latest innovations in textile technology. The summit features a variety of exhibitors, including textile manufacturers, machinery suppliers, and research institutions. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest trends in textile technology and to network with other industry leaders.
Dates: Oct. 6-8, 2024
Venue: The Westin Savannah Harbor
Location: Savannah, GA
Apparel Brands, Stay Updated About the Latest Loyalty Trends
Attending apparel conferences is a great way to stay abreast of the latest trends and strategies. You can keep your brand aware of the latest innovations by attending some of these great apparel conferences for the rest of this year and in 2024.
If you’d like to share your thoughts about any apparel conference you’ve attended, we’d love to hear from you. And let us know if there are any we missed. Which apparel conferences do you plan to attend in 2024?
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