【US】Texworld Launches Into Footwear Market To Expand Sourcing Opportunities In Collaboration With Two Industry Leaders.

Global Footwear Sourcing, a new feature area in partnership with Material Exchange and Footwear Distributors & Retailers Association, to debut at Texworld New York City this July.


Texworld New York City announces a new partnership with Material Exchange and the Footwear Distributors & Retailers Association to increase footwear sourcing opportunities. The partnership includes the addition of a new footwear components showcase, Global Footwear Sourcing, to debut this July at the Javits Center alongside Texworld NYC, the largest sourcing event on the East Coast.


Material Exchange is the top marketplace for sourcing materials and components for footwear and apparel, connecting suppliers and buyers across the globe digitally. The Material Exchange mission is to help make transactions between suppliers and buyers more efficient, transparent and cost effective.


“Over the last couple of years, the sourcing industry has come to rely heavily on digital connections,” says Material Exchange’s CEO Darren Glenister. “Now, in-person events like FDRA’s and Texworld’s upcoming events are re-entering the mainstream, allowing important relationships to be built and nurtured – but there’s still a need to maintain these connections throughout the year; that’s where the digital collaboration comes into play. Material Exchange’s platform is the perfect complement to in-person trade shows, enabling industry players to strengthen these valuable relationships over time.”


The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) represents over 95% of the entire footwear industry, including the majority of U.S. footwear manufacturers, brands, retailers, and importers to global footwear companies.


“We are very excited to finally welcome everyone back in-person this July. This new partnership was a natural fit as it furthers Texworld NYC’s strategy to expand the offerings available to buyers, meeting market demands in an innovative way” comments, Jennifer Bacon, Vice President, Fashion and Apparel Shows, Messe Frankfurt.


Global Footwear Sourcing will feature a wide range of shoe material components. Product categories include leather, synthetic, laces, insole, outsole, webbing and ribbon, thread and yarn, and hardware. Exhibitors will be represented in-person as well as through Material Exchange’s digital marketplace.


Within Global Footwear Sourcing, visitors can take advantage of educational seminars hosted by FDRA covering niche topics from sustainable footwear sourcing to material selection. Inside of Texworld NYC’s trend showcase curated by New York-based trend agency TOBE/The Doneger Group, attendees can find the latest technology trends fueling innovation within the footwear industry. More details to be announced including exhibitor lists and full education schedule.


Registration for the event is now open. Those interested in attending Global Footwear Sourcing can register on Texworld NYC’s website. The co-located shows will be held in New York City at the Javits Convention Center, July 19-21, alongside Apparel Sourcing New York City and Home Textiles Sourcing. For more detailed information, please visit us online:






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