Tissu Premier, which took place 18‐19 January 2012 in Lille, was a true B2B exhibition, with visitors who had carefully planned ahead and exhibitors putting together some exciting last‐minute displays bursting with creative flair. The exhibition showcased an exceptional range of innovative fabrics, presented thematically in dedicated forums that previewed short‐, medium‐ and long‐term collections across the men’s, women’s and children’s markets. Business was booming and exhibitors commented on the high quality of visitors, despite the 6% drop in
numbers compared with January 2011. International participants rose significantly, however, with visitors from
Spain, the UK and the Netherlands flocking to the fair to place advance orders for the Summer 2013 season, or to make short‐term purchases and repeat orders in response to the developing fast fashion sector. The next sessions will take place in June and November, a shift in dates that will allow visitors to attend Tissu Premier outside of the busy trade show calendar.