The International Apparel Federation is heading to Istanbul this year to host the 31st IAF World Fashion Convention. With organizing partner TGSD, with support of IHKIB, this year’s World Fashion Convention will be hosted alongside the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference on 14-15 October 2015, simultaneously with the Istanbul Fashion Week.
President Rahul Mehta recently visited Istanbul to meet with President Hikmet Tanriverdi of the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) and President Şeref Fayat of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association (TGSD)
Mehta: "IAF is creating bridges between continents. We aim to provide maximum value to our members in international cooperation. Manufacturers, retailers, brands, solution providers and associations are working together to improve ourindustry together. That is why we are hosting this year’s convention in Istanbul, close to the bridge that is literally connecting the continents.’
In the meeting at the İHKİB building, IAF President Rahul Mehta said IAF, representing more than 20 million employees in over 50 countries, is happy to use this opportunity to support Turkey’s 30 billion dollars export target in 2023.
The theme this year is ‘Making it better’. The industry faces multiple challenges which combined create downward pressure on clothing’s value perception of consumers. The IAF World Fashion Convention will look into the future and highlight the current positive developments that are rejuvenating and strengthening our industry. We will look at investments in local skills, investments in CSR and sustainability, in products, in supply chain management and in marketing.
With the 31st edition of the IAF World Fashion Convention coming to Istanbul, Turkey will be the center stage of the international apparel industry. IHKIB President Hikmet Tanriverdi expressed his happiness to welcome Rahul Mehta in Istanbul, and drew attention to the importance of the support given by IAF. Tanriverdi said they hope to make significant contributions to the world apparel industry. Board Member Cem Altan will represent IHKIB in IAF.
TGSD President Şeref Fayat is confident about making this convention a success with IHKIB and IAF. ‘I hope our Fashion Conference and IAF Convention will inspire textile and apparel industries to work together. I think this global event will send a very strong positive message. We will bring brands and Turkish manufacturers together and take great steps to improve the potential for cooperation."
The 31st IAF World Fashion Convention will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 14-15 October 2015. More information about the program and registration will follow soon.