Day two – ATSC; the best place to be for Fashion Sourcing

If you work in the apparel business, sourcing, you should be at the ATSC (Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada) show that is closing today, Wednesday, August 21st at the International Centre.

ATSC is a fabulous show with a diversity of suppliers from practically every continent. The ATS show provides insights, intelligence, and inspiration through the fashion show, trend area, presentations, and exhibitors.

Below, a visitor could around the world at the ATSC to visit with a small selection of quality suppliers who are exhibiting.


Start the morning with a quick trip to China to check out great Chinese brands highlighted in the “Avenue” section.


Check out some goose down-filled outerwear made with Gortex fabrics at amazing prices.

Beijing ZhuangDing TianBo

It was nice to see the design and price point of the goose down filled outerwear with fur trim priced around USD $70/unit.


Wool is important in Outerwear, especially in the following styles:

From China, move to India and Bangladesh to visit suppliers who specialize in providing young contemporary and fast fashion to retailers around the world.


Premium items were displayed with great attention to detail.

Intercity Traders

In Time Garments

The Indian suppliers continued with the embroidery detail trends:


Particularly attention-worthy were the batik and indigo dyes:


In Bangladesh, known for its basics and essentials, It was important to check out their basic tees with a price point of around USD $1.40/unit FOB.


To complement the above t-shirts, there were many more suppliers with fleece, terry, and sweaters products at sensational prices.

DK Knitwear

Here were a few styles offered in terry, fleece, and jerseys with the vendor below specializing in sweater knits.



Mongolia is proud of the high quality of their cashmere, evident with the slightest touch of their products.


With some of the finest kinds of cotton in the world, it was pleasant to touch and see what Peru has to offer:

From Peru, go straight to Ghana to check out what is happening in the home, apparel, bags, and footwear industries:


The African continental free trade agreement, as well as the United States trade act called “Agoa Africa“, provide many opportunities for the country.

Ghana’s exports of textiles and apparel are growing slowly but diffidently. According to statistics from ITC Comtrade the value of the industry is nearing USD $10M.

GEPA (Ghana Export Promotion Authority) is working to establish and mature the industry by setting up trade associations. Apparel and Textiles are part of the ten-point economic transformation agenda of the country.

An important supplier in Ghana is DTRT with 21 production lines and over 2000 employees, producing over 35,000 units a day. This month DTRT received the largest textile investment in West Africa from Verod capital and red bull.

GEPA has supported the local industry by participating in strategic trade fairs around the world, such as ATSC.


Back in Canada, it was good to see the constant stream of traffic on all days of the show at Kendor textiles:


The ATS family of shows (Maimi, Toronto, and Berlin) are important shows for anyone who is serious about sourcing fashion from around the world. It is a must-see show if you are involved in fashion.

Happy sourcing from the ATS team.

Author: Jeffrey Clark

A management professional with 25 years global experience working with fortune 500 and speciality brands, specializing in lean manufacturing, product, supply chain management, procurement, sourcing, and operations. Proven proactive leadership, vision, creative, and successful strategic business skills to drive revenue and profit growth in highly competitive domestic and global markets. A strong relationship builder, functions effectively as an integral member of a cohesive senior executive team. Proven ability to source, identify and capitalize on emerging trends and niche market opportunities.