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Intertextile; a catalyst in transforming Shenzhen from garment giant to Chinese fashion trendsetter


Intertextile a catalyst in transforming Shenzhen from garment giant to Chinese fashion trendsetter

Shenzhen, China's tech powerhouse, also holds a leading position in the China's apparel and textile industry. For decades, Shenzhen has been a manufacturing hub, churning out garments and textiles that feed global markets. Its strength lies in its well-established supply chain, with everything from fabric mills to dye houses and garment factories readily available. This concentration allows for fast turnaround times and efficient production. The sheer volume of business is staggering.

A production powerhouse

The modern fashion industry in Shenzhen boasts a market size of nearly 1 trillion yuan ($140 billion) with over 2,500 clothing companies operating in the city alone. Shenzhen contributes a whopping 10% of China's total garment industry output. The city is known for its dominance in the high-end market, with a 60% share.

Shifting Gears: Design and innovation

However, Shenzhen’s role in fashion is undergoing a significant shift and is transforming itself. Recognizing the industry's shift towards higher-value products, the city is strategically moving up the fashion value chain. There's a growing focus on design and innovation. This is evident in the rise of homegrown fashion brands like Ellassay and Marisfrolg, targeting the high-end womenswear market. The city is also nurturing a design ecosystem, with events like Shenzhen Fashion Week showcasing local talent.

The "Shenzhen Fashion Industry Development Plan" positions fashion as a key industry cluster, fostering domestic brands and design talent, establishing as why Shenzhen will emerge as China's fashion capital. This focus on design is evident in the city's growing number of fashion brands, many catering to the high-end market. Shenzhen boasts a 60% share of China's high-end garment market, showcasing its ability to produce luxury items with a production value exceeding 270 billion yuan annually.

This transformation reflects a broader trend in the Chinese apparel industry. As consumers become more sophisticated, the demand for high-quality, and original design is rising. Shenzhen is well-positioned to meet this demand by leveraging its existing manufacturing base and fostering a vibrant design scene.

Intertextile Shenzhen: A catalyst for change

Events like the Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics trade fair play a crucial role in bringing about this change and attracting global attention to the city's fashion scene. The 2024 edition concluded recently after a successful three-day run at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in Futian. The event, which took place from June 5th to 7th, served as a central hub for the Chinese textile industry, attracting around 900 exhibitors, a high number of visitors, including international trade visitors from many countries. The fair isn't just about showcasing products; it fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The future of fashion in Shenzhen

While Shenzhen's manufacturing prowess remains undeniable, the future lies in marrying production efficiency with design innovation. The city is actively nurturing a creative ecosystem, attracting designers and fostering collaboration between design houses and factories. This focus on both fashion and technology positions Shenzhen to become a true trendsetter in the global apparel industry.


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