Functional Fabric Fair postpones July show
By Kristopher Fraser
May 4, 2020
Functional Fabric Fair powered by Performance Days, and organized by Reed Exhibitions, is postponing the third edition of the New York event to January of next year at the Javits Center. The new dates of January 25 and 26 align with other winter market week events.
For 2020, Functional Fabric Fair will shift to facilitating business connections through a virtual platform that will launch early summer and offers customers the opportunity to connect with each other through Matchmaking, appointment setting and digital learning and development. Functional Fabric Fair Portland is still scheduled to take place this November at the Oregon Convention Center.
“Our number one priority is the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, industry partners and staff,” said Steve McCullough, the Fair’s event director, in a statement. “This wasn’t an easy decision. However, after consulting our customers, closely monitoring developments and reviewing guidance from public health officials, we have decided postponement is in the best interest of all of the Functional Fabric Fair community. It has always been our goal to provide the utmost value to our customers whether it is in face-to-face communication or through a platform that allows us to collaborate throughout the year. We are proud of the team and indebted to our partners for quickly shifting priorities that will allow us to deliver on our goals. We are grateful for the support we’ve received from the industry in our two years since launch and we look forward to welcoming everyone at our November and January events.”
In a statement, Yancy Weinrich, COO of Reed Exhibitions, said, "While we cannot predict the future, we look forward to welcoming the performance and fashion apparel industry back to the River Pavilion at the Javits Center in January. We also appreciate the support of the Javits throughout our process to find the right solution for the industry during this challenging time.”