Hosting a total of 65 exhibitors from 12 different countries and more than 5,000 visitors from all over the world, the 7th edition of the denim fair set the focus on the need for transparency in the whole supply chain marking the beginning of a new era of “Made in Bangladesh”.
The 7th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo has been successfully completed at International Convention City Bashundhara, Dhaka. A total of 65 exhibitors from 12 countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and Vietnam displayed their products in the two-day show held on 8th and 9th November. Over 5123 visitors and buyers from 1015 companies & 51 countries from around the world joined the expo whose theme this year was ‘Transparency’.
The presence of a great number of Bangladeshi exhibitors provided genuine insight into the still- growing capabilities of the country’s denim industry. The four front-runners among denim garment manufacturers – Ananta, Dekko, Pacific Group and Bitopi – were there to showcase their latest innovation and to show the progresses made by Bangladeshi denim mills and factories in term of “Transparency” the main theme of the 7th edition.
As a matter of fact, one of the important reasons to visit Bangladesh Denim Expo was to acquire knowledge and the latest updates on denim development through its seminars and sessions. Transparency was the core of this edition of the expo, and its series of seminars also let the visitors learn about the process of transparent denim manufacturing. A total of seven seminars and one panel discussion were organized in the expo where international and national experts shared their opinions.
This edition highlighted in particular the need for transparency within the entire denim supply chain, while showing the progresses already made by Bangladeshi denim mills and factories in term of transparency through several activities and special events including: Transparency wall, virtual tour of transparent manufacturing, display of outfits made transparently, expanded trend zone and many others.
Moreover, a special event entitled “Denim innovation night” was presented by Pacific Jeans Group, the largest producer of premium denim in Bangladesh, on the evening of the first day of the Expo. This evening was celebrated to mark the beginning of a new era of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ denim in global fashion and trend arena. It highlighted the capability of Bangladesh in innovative design and creative presentation of denim wear. The first ever fashion show organized in Bangladesh on such a scale and international calibre was widely appreciated by visitors.
Bangladesh Denim Expo is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, specifically established to act as a hub where key denim industry players can congregate and share their passion for denim. Launched in November 2014 by the visionary idea of Md. Mostafiz Uddin to create an international cutting-edge denim community in Bangladesh, the Expo takes place two times each year and has shown an incredible and constant increase in numbers since then. Visitors have increased from 2,601 the first year to 5,545 registered for the 6th edition (May 2017). Participating companies have increased from 843 the first year to 1029 in the 6th edition (May 2017).