Intertextile trade fair in the New Shanghai Pavillion Line 10 Huamu road, fpassing through the “kerry” shopping centre and getting a pass that called me "garment manufacturer" I felt very official once i entrered the pavillion for the trade show.
it was my job to try and find more CDC Silk, heavy satin, new jacquards and fancies for the bridal and evening wear, mainly 100% silk or silk/poly silk/viscose blends.
the place was humongous! you could get a caddy ride to the different areas. I focused on the first day in N1 only. filled with silk vendors, mainly Chinese. I had a sheet with some of the samples i was to look for, also to look for similar bridal fancies and jacquards, and to order samples to the store, getting a card and noting down widths, prices, minimum quantity, delivery time, local popularity etc. some were very reasonable in price too! lots of beautiful silks, lots of westerners and lots of english speaking vendors! but i found myself bored of looking at fabrics, and by day 2 I was at a wits end, and i was only doing a few hours at this!
i visited some of the international traders, mainly Asian, lots and lots of lyrca and lace, not much silk. often a lot of the textile traders would sell in huge bulk, mainly for factories, I was looking for small batches, maybe 20/30M. I looked in W1-3 and N1-3 these places maybe had 300 stalls per section. yet my second day I only got 10 or so more orders.
I spent the metro journey back asking Gar, the second in command and fashion accessory designer from manchester all about her career experience and she suggested getting in contact with designers and headhunters for contacts - in fashion, the more contacts the better.
the next 2 days were spent with yet more fabrics, i went to the 2 fabric markets trying to find CDC silk, Heavy, but in a dark navy. very difficult and i was unsure if the colour was acceptable. i was at the markets at Dongmen and the South Bund market. although my boss said 45rmb approx for a metre, (approx £4.50) the ones in South bund wanted 140 as its more popular with tourists as they make up lots of outfits and coats etc. more western orientated and therefore higher prices ! so not fair! and its only the top floor that really has any fabric vendors. However in Dongmen they were all very helpful, at one point 5 vendors were all trying to sort out who could help.
i went back the next day for samples, practicing my chinese, buying a half metre of lace for only £1.50! and at the accessories market i got free sequins near Yuyuan, what a kind lady! I spent the rest of the time writing up the info from the trade fair