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Tissu moves dateline to be season’s first textile show

Tissu Premier is bringing forward the January 2013 edition of its show by three months to give textiles buyers the opportunity to buy for three seasons instead of the usual two.

It will now be the first of the textiles buying season, with the show moving to a November dateline next year instead of January 2013, meaning it will be the first show to exhibit spring 14 textiles.

The event, at Grand Palais in Lille, moved its traditional September edition to June this year to avoid clashes with rival textile fairs Première Vision and Munich Fabric Start, which are also held in September. It experienced a 10% rise in visitor numbers as a result.

Hervé Huchet, fashion director of Tissu Premier’s parent company Eurovet, said the first two weeks of September had become too crowded with other textile fairs.  The popularity of the June dates had influenced the decision to bring forward the January show.

Huchet said: “When we move the January 2013 show to November 2012, buyers will be able to buy for summer 13 for fast fashion and short order, winter 13 and summer 14. The January show was too late to buy for the following summer.”

Tissu Premier will remain at the Grand Palais venue and the next edition will take place on January 18-19, 2012. The June edition will run from June 13-14, 2012, and the following edition will be held on November 28-29, 2012.

Philippe Pasquet, chief executive of Première Vision, said while the move was logical, it would have no effect on Première Vision.

He said: “With these new dates, Tissu Premier collides with Denim by Première Vision. It’s not very clever, but it has no foreseeable consequences for us, as we specifically target jeanswear specialists.”

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