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FROM PORTUGAL BREAKS ALL RECORDS AT ISPO

An absolute record of companies From Portugal committee prepares its presence at ISPO Munich, scheduled for the 28th to the 30th of November. With almost 40 national companies present at the largest fair for the sports sector, 14 of them are new to the event.

On the first day of the event, the ISPO Textrends Awards AW 2024-25 will officially happen on the main stage of pavilion B2 - Future Lab. There are 32 awarded Portuguese textile materials, with Portugal leading the list of winners of the first edition of the new ISPO Textrends Awards - Apparel Edition contest with nine sportswear products. To point out, Foursource is the organizer of these awards.

Divided into two islands from Portugal and others with an individual stand, the following companies participate in ISPO:

From Portugal Island C2:

3DC - Intelligent Natura | 4Teams - Advertising & Merchandising | A.Sampaio & Filhos | Bergand by Gulbena | Carvema Têxtil | Color For Tex | FLM Têxteis | Fitexar | Gormarti | J.Caetano | LMA | Luís Azevedo & Filhos| Lunartex | Lasa Home | Olmac | SmartInovation | TMG – MGL | TMR Fashion Clothing| Trivialtex - Fibras Sintéticas, Unipessoal | Vales e Vilas Textile

From Portugal Island A1:

DUNE BLEUE | Fradelsport | OLDTRADING | P&R Têxteis | Confecções Calvi | Trifitrofa | Acatel

Individual Stands 

2 Move Garments | A Fiuza | Sidónios Knitwear | Beppi 

Also joining the From Portugal entourage are CeNTI – Center for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, CITEVE, Têxteis JF Almeida, and Impetus. And the sustainable fashion showcase iTechStyle Green Circle.

To expand its business, Bloomati goes to ISPO with an offer focused on “knitwear developed with organic and recycled materials, cellulosic fibers and sustainable finishes”. New knitted structures will be on display, “finishes with water repellency, antibacterial, anti-odor, protection against UVA/UVB rays, insect repellent, treatments with aloe vera”, exemplifies Bruna Faustino.

Specializing in technical sports items for competitive athletes, this is the first time that Color For Tex has set out to conquer the ISPO. “As it is the first time that we are going to exhibit in it, and having won the award – TopTen Accelerated Eco Fall/Winter 2023/24, we go with good expectations”, summarizes Hélder Coelho, co-founder of the company. The 'teamWear' collection is a great novelty, which includes the award-winning items “ZERO WATER based on cotton and which have a water saving of 150 liters per kilogram”, he explains.

TMG/MGL premiers a capsule collection specifically aimed at the sports/loungewear area, with 80% knits/20% fabrics. “We can offer knitted and woven solutions, with constructions and finishes different from what we normally present to the fashion segment”, shares Hélder Rosendo, business manager. The offer serves modalities such as gym wear, loungewear, and commuter cycling.

TMR Fashion Clothing also sees a lot of potential at ISPO: “it is our first participation in sports fair, and we start right away with the champions league”, says Miguel Máximo, Head of Finance & Control. At ISPO, TMR will have a collection for private labels focused on the following sports: Yoga, Pilates, running, and gym. It will also be the market introduction of TMR Tech: “brand for technical textile solutions, which despite the more technical nature will keep its DNA, the fashion component of the parent brand, TMR Fashion Clothing” ends.

Trivialtex describes ISPO as “the fair we always visited and where we always wanted to exhibit”. “We believe that the turnout will be large since it didn't happen for more than two years”, says CEO Fátima Carvalho. They take “recycled yarns from high-elastic polyester to recycled polyamides 6 and 66 (all GRS certified) and biodegradable”.

Vale & Vilas Textiles (formerly Ditchil) takes to the November edition of ISPO sportswear proposals and an athleisure line with versatile pieces. “We will present products with recycled and organic fibers”, says Carla Macedo, managing director.

Also making its debut in these tours is Trifitrofa, which will present cotton yarns and finished blends. “We carry the catalog with dyed yarns and stock service blends”, says João Lima, a commercial assistant at the company Trofense.

2 Move Garments takes its Fyke Sports brand to ISPO, specializing in sports equipment, specifically trail, running, and fitness. Among the novelties are the Boost Low Sock Col2Color socks. “What makes these socks different from the ones we already sell is the technology that changes the color of the socks symbol in the presence of sunlight”, explains CEO Joaquim Anjos. They also feature a Waterproof Jacket, which uses European fabric.

In an absolute debut, Filasa considers it of great importance to follow the growth of the technical textiles market aimed at sports. “We are going to present several products in the area of ​​sports. In addition to technical yarns tailored to the sector needs, such as high-resistance yarns, temperature regulation, humidity management, antibacterials”, says Diogo Pedrosa from the RDI department.

With an individual stand, Beppi has high expectations. After a two-year break from physical fairs, Hugo Silva, business director, believes that “buyers are eager to get back to business face to face”. The bet to win over visitors involves its more sporty line and another casual sports line with a lifestyle touch.

At ISPO, Smart Innovation finds its principal target, the big brands in the outdoor sector. Mário Brito, Chief Commercial Officer, adds that the company will focus on sustainable functional finishes of high durability and effectiveness, which can be applied to all textile items, “from sportswear, workwear, socks, military, outdoor, home and technical in general”.

After an interruption of almost three years, it is with great desire that Oldtrading sees its return to ISPO. Oldtrading offers articles designed and produced using seamless technology with a relevant focus on sports. Among the novelties are pieces for “yoga practice, in sustainable fibers, produced on Santoni DJ looms, equipped with cutting-edge technology”, assures CEO Rui Gordalina. 

Ready to embrace change, FORteams LAB focuses its offer above all on sustainability: “the circular economy initiatives, namely the LOOP project and the synergies between sectors which resulted in new business opportunities for our customers. The sustainability path and its main product results will be something that we will highlight at the Textrends exhibition and the stand”, says Bruno Lopes research, development, innovation, and sustainability manager.

With a well-established presence at the fair and with an individual stand, A. Fiuza expects a good November edition. As in previous years, the company combines the performance of its products with sustainability using natural fibers and dyes. The articles are for various sports, such as running, padel, yoga, and winter sport.

It is with great anxiety that OLMAC sees ISPO's physical return. “We decided to take some pieces in ecological/sustainable national qualities as a way of demonstrating our attention to environmental issues and the use of quality national products”, says Amélia Antunes, sales director.

With good feedback from previous editions, Lunartex presents in this edition of ISPO elastics, trimmings, and techniques that can be used in these articles, “especially the various stamping techniques, silicone applications, and cord tips”, says Rui Lopes from the export department.

Fradelsport shows at ISPO its Team Sport 2023, Cycling, and Trialto 2023 collections. The big news is the padel collection. The objective of the presentation is to continue to increase its notoriety and assert itself as a reliable company in the international market, namely German, Belgian, Dutch, and English.

Dune Bleue's goal is to strengthen its network of contacts. “In the last year, Dune Bleue has strengthened its certifications from the sustainability perspective. We do not doubt that this year, this is our greatest strength”, says Rafaela Faria, responsible for communication.

Joining the From Portugal entourage for the first time is JF Almeida, who will attend ISPO to present her potential in performance, sustainable and circular towels. “It is the first time at ISPO, although we have already participated in Outdoor by ISPO in June this year”, says Afonso Duarte, commercial manager.

Also accompanying the Portuguese delegation is Impetus. The underwear company highlights the seamless “double jersey” technology with sustainable and functional fibers and finishes. António Rossas, the commercial director, also highlights “the use of yarns such as GED (Good Earth Cotton) and recycled linen and yarns produced with industrial waste from the production itself”.

CeNTI will be together with CITEVE to present its projects: Wear2Heal, Smart-Health-4-All, Augmanity, and Hipertwins. “With this participation, we intend to establish contacts with different entities and show what is best done in Portugal in terms of R&D and Innovation”, promoting not only the name of CeNTI, but also of the partner companies, says Dora Coelho, Customer Relationship Management Manager.

“As we were almost three years without the fair, we are eager to understand the dynamics. First of all, because there were changes in the date, a decrease in the number of days, they became three instead of four, internally there were also changes in the functioning”, confesses Cristina Castro, public relations at CITEVE.

In addition to the joint stand with CeNTI, CITEVE also puts its hand on the sustainable fashion showcase iTechStyle Green Circle, which in this edition of ISPO has an even larger area: “Within the Green Circle collection, we selected the ones that best suit the athleisure, it will be a relatively large exhibition”, reveals Cristina Castro little by little. “Lemar, Tearfil, FORteams, Tintex, RDD, Acatel, A.Sampaio, and Joaps are some of the companies represented through the 15 coordinates on display”, he adds. The showcase now changes to the A1, a branded space intended for made-up items, which will have four fronts and allow the companies represented to receive another type of eye. 

The participation of Portuguese SME companies in ISPO is an initiative of Selectiva Moda and ATP – Associação Têxtil e Vestuário de Portugal, which aims to promote the internationalization of Portuguese companies in the fashion area. The “From Portugal” project is co-financed by Portugal 2020, within the scope of Compete 2020 - Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Program and Lisbon 2020 - Lisbon Regional Operational Program, with an eligible support amount of €6,648,794.78, of which €3,735,305.80 come from the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund.