Day One: Official Launch of ATSM 2019

ATSM 2019 closed out day one at the Mana Wynwood with a packed house. This year the show grew to three times the size of 2018 under the direction of the new show director Chase Vance who was introduced at the opening ceremony. Now in its second year, the show has new partnerships, panels, countries, and even a new stage.

Fashion Lab makes debut

Meet the newest stage at Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami- the Fashion Lab. Fashion Lab is the resource for those who want to dive right into the fashion industry. Through seminars and showcases, attendees are learning the apparel production process from inspiration to development. Those looking to start their own brands find information on technology, services, and how to understand the market. Ultimately, cutting edge knowledge and innovation live here at Fashion Lab.

The first seminar at Fashion Lab saw Sean Park, President of Vast e-Tech and Sharooz Kohan, CEO of AIMS360, discuss “Apparel Supply Chain Technologies.” They explained how the future of B2B trade & ERP solutions is through supply chain streaming technologies. Next, Francis Harder, President of Fashion For Profit and apparel industry expert, led the seminar “Apparel Costing 101.” She delved into how to cost, its complexities, and how it can make or break a business.

Fashion Lab drew quite the crowd. With not enough seats for the greater-than-anticipated audience, people were standing or sitting to get a chance to participate.

Day one keynote presentations

The 2019 ATSM Seminar Series at Main Stage began an expert panel “New Era for Investing in Florida – Opportunities for Apparel Brands and Retailers.” This panel featured some of the most prominent names behind South Florida’s economic growth. Michael Finney, President of the Miami‐Dade Beacon Council, Alice E. Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Matthew R. Rocco, President of the South Florida Manufacturers Association participated.

Keynote presentations from Trade Experts Tom Travis, Managing Partner at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and Julia Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) followed. Julia Hughes shared her trade update “Trade Policy Today and the Impact on Sourcing.” Moreover, she spoke on the ins and outs of U.S. trade policy for 2019 and its impact on sourcing. This seminar divulged strategies for fashion brands, retailers, and manufacturers to mitigate the effects of tariffs and trade retaliation. Tom Travis’s “Navigating Global Trade Winds” took the focus away from the China /U.S. trade disputes to disclose other global concerns. Companies need to consider when other factors skew competition and opportunities “high barriers and state support.”

Seminars at the Main Stage delivers information on tariffs, trade policies, import/export, and more. This seminar series is the go-to resource for established companies to understand and predict the future of their business. Also, companies who wish to go international will benefit from discussions on navigating an ever-changing global market.

ATSM expands

ATSM 2019 sees technology take a forefront. Aims 360, had a presence at the Fashion Lab. AIMS360 is a leading fashion ERP software that provides wholesalers and retailers with a seamless solution for inventory management, costing, pick tickets, EDI, order entry & distribution.

Also, showcasing, was the Italian company bierrebi, and purveyor behind Crystal®, a breakthrough in single ply cutting. Crystal® provides prototyping and high quality, small lot production using “the lowest energy consumption while ensuring the highest quality in cutting.” Next, is World Emblem is one of the world’s leading suppliers of custom embroidered, sublimated, high-visibility striping, transfers, and more. Their FlexStyle process utilizes technology in manufacturing, allowing them to compete on a global scale.

Welcome Ghana, Guatemala, and Columbia

Sleek Garments Export is a Ghanese exhibitor that can import to the U.S. duty-free.

New participation this year came from South America and Africa. Ghana brought ten exhibitors showcasing textiles and ready-to-wear apparel. Moreso, as a part of The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Ghanese companies import to the U.S. for free. Are you looking for more duty-free access? Guatemala has over 400 companies that export to the U.S.
Lastly, Colombia made their ATSM debut with swimwear, textiles, ready-made goods, and manufacturers of apparel.

There’s still time to register for day two. Don’t miss out on our fashion show, seminars and events. Register for free here or at day-of at the Mana Wynwood.

Author: Christine Duff

Christine wants to live in a world filled with cutting edge fashion, beautiful words and and an endless supply of leather jackets and boots. A product development grad of FIDM, she was the Editor-in-Chief of MODE Magazine where she reignited her love of storytelling. She has diverse experience within the industry with trend research, art direction and styling editorial spreads. She gained her most notable experience working in Los Angeles at the satellite operation for GQ and Vogue Thailand. Christine is passionate about social science and the role it plays in the consumer goods industry and apparel in particular.