Fashion Access, the twice-a-year fashion and lifestyle exhibition offering вЂFashion from head to toeвЂ™, meets precisely the needs of fashion accessories buyers. This was notable on the fairgrounds of its most recent event that took place 28 -30 September in Hong Kong, where buyers were actively sourcing spring-summer 2011 collections for bags, shoes, small leather goods, travelware, fashion accessories and lifestyle items.
The fair attracted strong participation from buyers around the world. Visitors from Australia, China, Canada, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain and Russia grew by more than ten percent compared to the previous year and almost sixty percent of the total attendees were from overseas.
This is testament that even in times of economic uncertainty, there is always a market for good quality products offering distinctive styles and value-for-money. Take buyer Audrey Labbe from the French fashion company, Groupe Beaumanoir - which operates 5 brands in 40 countries and manages 1800 points of sales. вЂњI always source at Fashion Access. Products on offer are very fashionable, good-quality, and price competitive,вЂќ said Labbe, who is based in the companyвЂ™s China office.
Even judged by discerning Japanese standards, the product offer at Fashion Access received positive reviews. Tomoyuki Shimoyama, of Culture Goods Co., Japan, said: вЂњI get to see many exciting and unique products at Fashion Access. Attending this fair is the best and easiest way to meet new, quality suppliers.вЂќ
Meanwhile returning buyer Ryotaro Ezaki from Nano Universe, the popular and trend-setting retailers from Japan, exclaimed: "The quality of the products is outstanding, probably even better than what I have seen at European fairs.вЂќ
A similar sentiment came from Kathleen McHugh from Rowallan of Scotland, USA, who "found more products [at Fashion Access] than at the trade fairs in Milan."
The broad range of exhibits on show provided a вЂone-stop-shopвЂ™ for many buyers, as noted by Lucie Trinco, a visitor from Iltutto, Australia. вЂњFashion Access makes my life so much easier. I can browse many product categories and the fair is a great opportunity for me to meet suppliers in person and engage in detailed discussions.вЂќ
Inspite of the fairвЂ™s diversification, the continued demand for fashion bags from end-consumers is reflected in Fashion AccessвЂ™ breadth of bag styles, colours, shapes and textures вЂ“ ideal for those with more focused needs. Buyer Akanksun Suarma of Li & Fung, one of Hong KongвЂ™s biggest and best established apparel trading businesses, declared: вЂњFashion Access offers a strong focus on bag collections compared with other fairs.вЂќ
Both buyers and suppliers alike expressed their appreciation of the strengths of Fashion Access. Exhibitor Ravi Kapoor of Kapoor Industries, India, said he met many international buyers вЂњwhose focus is on the quality and design of our small leather goods and bagsвЂќ.