The balance of the 60+2 edition of MODTISSIMO is very positive, with 5,089 Portuguese and 510 international buyers. The support of AICEP delegations abroad contributed to the growing number of foreign visitors. “We registered an increase of approximately 10% compared to last September”, says Manuel Serrão, CEO of Selectiva Moda.
This increase was in both the number of national and foreign visitors: “More than 12 nationalities passed through the fair to meet with Portuguese companies, from European countries to Japanese, American, Israeli or Canadian buyers, who were no strangers to the great support of AICEP delegations”, highlights.
The visits of the Secretaries of State for Economy and Internationalization and the newly elected president of AICEP were other highlights of the fair. Manuel Serrão sees the arrival of the representatives as a sign that “the Government is with the sector”. They understood with their visit “the effort made at MODTISSIMO and by companies to keep export levels in the green”.
In Hall 5 at Exponor, 216 exhibitors on the 13th and 14th of September, presented around 300 collections. Satisfaction was general: “In recent years, I have seen the fair always full. Maybe this pavilion is a little small. As you can see, all the spaces are filled”, said João Castro from Louropel, for example.
The forums and exhibitions also need to be highlighted. The iTechStyle Showcase “showcased industry innovations and announced the iTechStyle Awards finalists”; the iTechStyle Green Circle “was the largest exhibition ever and featured 52 outfits, developed with products from almost fifty Portuguese companies”, and the ‘Vestir Português’ exhibition looked back at crafts and fashion.
The parallel Talks program focused on “the digitalization of fashion and the autumn-winter 2024/2025 trends presentation room by WGSN was too small for so much demand”, says the organization.