25 – 27 September 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
The International Trade Fair for Head-to-Toe Fashion
HONG KONG, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Fashion Access came to an enthusiastic close on 27 September 2014 after a 3-day run at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This must-attend international fashion fair maintains its presence in Asia’s most favoured city – Hong Kong. It is a free port; there are no exchange controls to hinder international business transactions; that is why it is still Asia’s commercial hub for western businesses and to top all these advantages, it remains the centre of Asia’s thriving fashion scene.
Covering a wide range of accessories for head-to-toe fashion the main exhibition focus was 51% on bags and 23% on footwear. The fair was divided into two main areas for buyers’ convenience. One floor was for companies that offered contract manufacturing services that came from mainly Asian countries, while the other area of the event, Fashion Avenue was dedicated to independent international brands from 13 countries providing buyers of high-end department stores, online stores, boutiques and specialty shops with trendy and up-market fashion items.
The fair was attended by a host of trade buyers from 58 countries and regions, with the top 10 representing countries and regions from Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, USA, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Italy and Singapore. International buyers were impressed with the wide variety of products.
Maria Yue of Winway Fashion in Hong Kong said: "There’s a larger variety of products available at Fashion Access than in other exhibitions, which makes sourcing much easier."
Piraya Wattanopas of Sretsis Co. Ltd in Thailand noted: "This is my fourth visit at Fashion Access. I found bags of good quality and suitable accessories for the line of clothes I designed."
In this edition, the fair featured over 200 companies from 21 countries and regions, with over 70 newcomers from Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. There were participation of 9 group pavilions bringing in new names from mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea.
Mr. Howell Williams of Manzoni, Australia, a first-time exhibitor was satisfied with his first experience at Fashion Access and will definitely be back for the next edition: "Consistent flow of visitors and a good mix of buyers from Hong Kong and mainland China. I received more than 30 enquiries on the first day morning and 2 confirmed orders from Japan!"
Jean-Marie Parthenay of Kaloes Raffia Bags in Madagascar was also pleased with his first participation: "I met many quality buyers and am very satisfied with the results. Fashion Access is the best fair to promote my brand and show my products in Asia."
Best of APLF Awards
Exhibitors at Fashion Access are given recognition for product design excellence through the Best of APLF Awards (BOAA). At this edition, important changes have been made to the programme, making it more competitive by awarding only four prizes that put full emphasis on design excellence, the winners were:
- Best Small Leathergoods – Saturday Morning and Night, Korea
- Best Men’s Footwear – Deshi Shoes Company Limited, China
- Best Bags – Antony Group Srl, Italy
- Best Footwear Collection – Guangzhou City Quangsheng Shoes Company Limited, China
For more details, please visit: http://www.boaa.aplf.com
The Fall-Winter 2015-2016 edition of Fashion Access will be held from 30 March – 1 April next year at the same venue in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit fashionaccess.aplf.com.
Notes to Editor
About APLF Limited (www.aplf.com)
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.
About SIC Group (www.sicgroup.com)
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With six shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.
About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.
About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For fair details, please contact:
Ms. Perrine Ardouin, Director
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Chi On Kwok, Assistant Marketing Manager
Ms. Kennise Pang, Marketing Communications Executive
17/F China Resources Building,
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
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