First-of-its-Kind Apparel and Textile Sourcing Show To Make Debut in Canada in August

Thousands of Canadian SMEs, retailers, manufacturers and designers expected to attend
first-of-its-kind Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada show

Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2016 – Small businesses, retailers, manufacturers and designers across Canada will get a boost this summer when the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show – a first-of-its-kind event for Canada – makes its debut in Toronto.

A comprehensive trade show and conference, ATSC will take place August 22-24, 2016, at the International Centre in Toronto. The event will bring to Canada hundreds of apparel and textile manufacturers from around the world, including China, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, the U.S., Honduras, Peru and other countries. Delivering an unprecedented platform for making global industry connections, ATSC will provide attendees with new insights and up-to-date information needed to more easily and effectively navigate through the sourcing process.

“The introduction of ATSC is a direct response to market demand and fills a significant gap in the Canadian market,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, parent-company to TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com and organizer of the event. JP Communications runs the most expansive network of business-to-business sourcing platforms in the U.S. Anchored by TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com, millions of members from around the world use the brands to locate wholesalers and manufacturers.

“ATSC provides an unparalleled opportunity for Canadian apparel and textile importers and retailers to access the most current importing information from industry insiders and connect with the world’s major apparel and textile manufacturers all under one roof, without having to incur the time or expense of travelling abroad,” he said, emphasizing that Canadians import more than $14 billion in apparel and textiles annually, up 20 per cent from 2012.

Presented in coordination with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), the event is supported by the Ottawa-based Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the Consulate General of the P. R. China in Toronto, the Trade Office of Peru, and exporting agencies ProMexico and ProColombia.

“Canada has long needed a venue where apparel and textile importers and retailers can learn about sourcing best practices while meeting producers from around the world,” said Bob Kirke, CAF Executive Director. “ATSC offers an important new resource for our domestic market and the Canadian Apparel Federation is excited to support this endeavor.”

Canadian designer Jennifer Fukushima, owner of the Jennifer Fukushima fashion brand and Professor, Fashion Business and Management Program at Centennial College in Toronto, agreed: “I’m thrilled that Canadian fashion start-ups as well as established brands will finally have the opportunity to source without leaving the country,” she said.

According to Yu Jianwei, Commercial Counselor of the Consulate General of the P. R. China in Toronto, Canadian business owners and importers will have the opportunity to secure new partners among the more than 125 apparel suppliers from China represented at the event. “Chinese suppliers are eager to do business with Canadian partners and work together to make the importing process smooth and efficient,” he said. “Canadians are looking for simpler access to quality, competitive goods and an international sourcing event for the apparel sector is long overdue in this country.”

In addition to the 200 international exhibits to be displayed at the show, ATSC will also feature:

  • Three days of conference sessions lead by acclaimed industry and government experts, covering topics from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements, to best practices and the changing Canadian market, to tips on how to choose overseas producers and new approaches for Canadians looking to enter the U.S. market. A panel on ethical manufacturing of apparel and textiles, featuring executives from quality control organizations Wrap and TesTex, will also be presented.
  • A “Made in Canada” section, showcasing Canadian manufacturers who source apparel and textiles from abroad for their finished goods, as well as Canadian designers who have their designs produced into finished products overseas.
  • A 2017 Apparel and Textile Trends display, providing a first-hand look at the colours, patterns and textures that will be all the rage for the coming year.

For more information or to register for Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, visit www.appareltextilesourcing.com. Registration – which includes entrance to both the exhibits and conference sessions – is free of charge.

About JP Communications
JP Communications runs the most expansive network of business-to-business sourcing platforms in the U.S. Anchored by TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com, millions of members from around the world use the brands to locate wholesalers and manufacturers. JP Communications CEO Jason Prescott is the author of two best-selling books, Wholesale 101 and Retail 101, published by McGraw Hill.

About China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel
The largest Chamber of Commerce in the Chinese textile and apparel industry, the CCCT has more than 12,000 member companies, representing more than 70 per cent of total textile and garment exports every year. The CCCT sponsors textile and apparel shows around the world, including the China Textile & Clothing Expo.

For more information:

Gail Bergman
Gail Bergman PR
Tel: (905) 886-1340
Email: info@gailbergmanpr.com