- Simone Preuss |
The current coronavirus situation affects fashion weeks, trade fairs and other industry events in China, but also in Europe and America. While Chic Shanghai, Playtime Shanghai and Beijing and Shanghai Fashion Weeks have already been postponed, Ispo Beijing and Kingpins Hong Kong have been cancelled altogether. Messe Frankfurt's textile fairs Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Yarn Expo and Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, scheduled for March, have also been postponed. The Materials Shows in Boston and Portland, USA, popular with visitors from China, which were planned for February, are also to be held at a later date and the fashion shows in Europe will do without the many Chinese visitors that are normally seen. Berlin's Asia Apparel Expo, which was to start in a week's time, has been postponed until June. FashionUnited has summarised the latest fair news at a glance.
- Ispo Beijing, 12th - 15th February
- Kingpins Hong Kong, 13th - 14th May - next edition: May 2021
- The Materials Show, Boston, MA, USA, 5th to 6th February - new dates: TBD
- The Materials Show, Portland, OR, USA, 12th - 13th February - new dates: TBD
- Playtime Shanghai, 19th - 20th February - new dates: summer 2020
- Asia Apparel Expo, Berlin, Germany, 18th - 20th February - new dates: 23rd - 25th June
- Chic Shanghai, 11th to 13th March - new dates: TBD
- Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, 11th - 13th March - new dates: TBD
- Yarn Expo, Shanghai, 11th - 13th March - new dates: TBD
- Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, 11th - 13th March - new dates: TBD
- China Fashion Week, Beijing, 25th - 31st March - new dates: TBD
- Shanghai Fashion Week, 26th March - 2nd April - new dates: TBD
New fairs planned:
Première Vision will take place during Fashion Source in Shenzhen, China, in November
The influence of the coronavirus for the fashion industry does not stop at fashion weeks and trade fairs; these can mainly be seen as the tip of the iceberg. Many international brands and retailers have already decided to temporarily close some of their stores in China. Just like travel destinations for people, transport routes for goods are also affected - international ports are seeing less traffic than usual. And although work has resumed in China after the New Year holidays, factories have been shut temporarily or are producing at reduced capacity, including those manufacturing for the fashion and luxury industries. Luxury brands are already bracing for the impact of the coronavirus.
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Photo: Ispo Beijing