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19 May

TexTailor Expo 27-29 October 2022

Dear colleagues, partners and friends,
The TexTailor Expo team has good news for you. After two years of restrictions, in the period 27 - 29 October 2022 the third long-awaited edition of the international exhibition of textile, textile equipment and fashion will be held at the International Fair Plovdiv . Again, you will have the opportunity to meet your business partners, customers, followers and friends, to present or get acquainted with the new products, innovations, technical or creative solutions, collections, trends and currents in the textile and fashion industry. Again, it will be time to do business, reach new or established markets, recover and develop.
The team of TexTailor Expo will traditionally present you with wonderful opportunities for business meetings, for attending interesting seminars, lectures and lavish fashion shows.
Expect three days of intense business and wonderful experiences within this forum of the Textile and Fashion industry.
The TexTailor Expo team congratulates you and wishes you a successful and healthy 2022.
01 September

TexTailor Expo 20-22 October 2022

International Textile and Fashion Exhibition TexTailor Expo 

In the recent months, we have conducted a thorough survey of attitudes, views, expectations, concerns and planning among our national and international exhibitors, visitors, partners and sales representatives. At this stage, Covid 19 has imprinted its impact on every area of our lives.

The careful analysis led us to the decision to postpone TexTailor Expo for one year and meet again in October 2022. The team of TexTailor Expo and International Fair Plovdiv put above all the safety and health of the participants and their families.

We thank everyone who trusted us as an exhibitor and as a visitor. We share with you our impatience to meet again at this forum of the textile and fashion industries, where we can build and further develop our economic potential.

We shall have the pleasure to present to you the surprises that the team have had already prepared by means of the scope and scale of the new concept and vision. Expect presentations of the latest developments in the textile industry, the development of technology, interesting events, glamorous fashion shows and the competition for young designers "Tailor your mind".

All that combined in the synergy to create an exclusive and fruitful business environment.

We are expecting you on 20-22 October 2022.
01 July

STYLE / КABO - again on 22.-24.08.2020.

Start a fashion business with us
Dear business friends,
both you and we have been looking forward to the current development of a market situation whose normal functioning has been paralyzed for several months by a phenomenon called COVID-19. Now together we have the opportunity to revive and restart the Czech market for fashion and footwear. At the STYL KABO exhibitions you can present your collections to retailers and all meet again in person. We have prepared favorable conditions for your participation in August so that we can help you restart for the new period.
Later deadline for submitting an application without the need for a reservation deposit
We postponed the deadline for submitting applications without having to pay a 20% deposit in advance. This fact will not affect the reservation and the choice of the exhibition space in Hall P, where we plan to place exhibits of exhibitors at both exhibitions. The joint implementation in Chamber P in February proved to be very successful, so we will continue with the same concept in August. In addition, here we are preparing a non-traditional version of the accompanying program.
Discounts for exhibitor packages
We reduced the "all inclusive" price by 10%, ie Basic, Economy, Premium and Exclusive packages. For the STYL exhibitors we have prepared completely new types of exhibitions called SHOWROOM. Entry in the catalog of exhibitors is 20% cheaper.
Statement by the Director of STYL and KABO
"We hope that retail sales will progress, satisfy all participating companies and that cash flow will soon be equalized to accelerate cash flow. We are in close contact with our exhibitors and we are extremely pleased that many of them are counting on their participation in August. Above all, however, we hope that all our business partners have avoided the infection and are healthy, because this is really the most valuable thing. “
17 March

Extending the deadline for submitting final projects to participate in the Tailor Your Mind competition

The Tailor Your Mind team adopted a decision based on State response measures to COVID-19.

The deadline for submitting projects in Tailor Your Mind competition will be extended up to May 31, 2020, and that date may be modified if circumstances require. It remains possible to send the project in a digital version via email to and present the FASHION BOOK on the first day of TexTailor EXPO 2020, October 22, 2020.

The Tailor Your Mind team call on each of the participants STAY HOME, indulge in creativity, use that time for culture and be with your beloved ones.

The Tailor Your Mind team wishes to all participants to be safe and sound and is looking forward to the created projects!
08 November


The second edition of the Textile and Fashion Expo started off very successfully. Hundreds of visitors viewed the TexTailor Expo 2019 on November 7, when the business forum opened. It attracts professionals and amateurs because it shows a complete panorama of the textile and fashion industries.

Professionals from both industries can see innovative equipment, materials, accessories and services. Logistics companies and furniture companies are introduced for the first time.

The TexTailor Expo 2019 is more diverse than its debut last year and has increased the number of visitors. They were impressed by the high quality of the products offered by manufacturers and traders, as well as by the modern technology.

Fans of fashion can see new collections on the stands during the second day of the show - November 8.
The exhibition continues on November 9 with many events from the accompanying program.
05 November

Unisex clothing for all seasons and haute couture at the Tex Tailor Expo 2019

Avant-garde trends in clothing will be shown at the fashion shows at TexTailor Expo 2019, which will be held November 7-9 at the International Fair Plovdiv. The fair will also launch the Young Designers Competition, which will promote new talents and trademarks in the field of fashion.

Anna Manukyan's SWAP collection is all-seasons and unisex. The idea is to remove the season and gender boundaries so that the clothes can be worn as long as possible and by more people, sharing between brother and sister, partners and friends. Clothes are easily transformed with the help of buttons, zippers and ropes to adapt to more types of shapes.

Iviyana Zasheva's Urban Beat collection is inspired by music and its influence on the way she dresses. In the center is a new trend that comes from South Korea, combining hip-hop, rap, pop and is becoming increasingly popular in the world.

Along with the experimental projects of the two students from New Bulgarian University, graduates of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv will show their designs inspired by the idea of ​​the space age and made of neoprene, PVC, reflective materials, metallic luster accessories. Graduates of Varna Free University have made collections on the topics "Picturesque abstractions", "New denim. Reincarnation "and" Links. "

Visitors will also see haute couture from Bulgaria. A provocative collection of boutique women's dresses and men's suits, called "Moonlight," will be the surprise by Banderol Fashion House. The women's series uses lace and ornaments, French tulle, natural marabou feathers, pearls and crystals, while the men's collection exudes strength and independence.

Paulina Tsvetanova's art-fashion lable from Berlin, will also be presented. The emphasis is on the extremely emotional concepts and personality of the customers.

The fashion shows can be seen on November 8 from 3.30 pm to 5 pm in the Exhibition Hall 13 of the Plovdiv International Fair, where TexTailor Expo 2019 will be held.

The Expo will also launch a competition for young designers - students and stylists up to 35 years old. They will present their ideas in the categories: "High fashion", "Pret-a-porter", "Apparel of organic materials", "T-shirt design" and "Print design". The winners will be announced as part of the third edition of the Textile and Fashion Exhibition, which will take place in 2020.

In addition to the fashion part, TexTailor Expo 2019 has an industrial one. It presents companies offering technology, materials, services for the textile and fashion industries. These include ten large companies from China.

The exhibition can be seen every day from 10 am to 5 pm. The ticket costs BGN 5 and for students and pensioners - BGN 3. Professionals are entitled to free access after online registration.
23 October

The Rich and Diverse Accompanying Program of TexTailor Expo 2019 Has Been Announced

Paulina Tsvetanova, Bulgarian artist, who works as a fashion designer in Berlin, will share her experience during TexTailor Expo 2019. Her presentation "Explore and Collect Serendipity. Sustainability in Fashion " is part of the accompanying program of the Business Forum. Tsvetanova will speak about how she opened her own shop for contemporary art, design and vintage fashion, and later a gallery in the German capital. She will share, which according to her are the most important principles for success.

There is a great interest in the designer workshop of Ivan Donev "Creaative Lab". He is haute-couture fashion designer, works in Italy and already has worldwide fame in the fashion circles. The stylist will present a contest for young designers, which will be launched at TexTailor Expo 2019. Workshop participants will see presentations and demonstrations related to the various stages of creating fashion collections - from the selection of fabrics through 3D modeling and production of clothing. The theoretical part of Ivan Donev's designer workshop is on November 7, and the practical part is the next day.

The presentation of Fashion Trends AW 2020/21 by Assistant Professor Kristina Savova from New Bulgarian University will be on November 9th. Fashion trends will also be revealed during the November 8 fashion shows.

The TexTailor Expo 2019 program also includes business-oriented events. During the seminar "Organization of production and optimization of personnel costs in the clothing industry" will be discussed topics related to the state of the economy and the market, as well as ways to achieving higher business results. The speaker is Slavey Shterev, a specialist in the organization of sewing production.

The Textra project will be presented on November 9th. Its aim is to promote the transfer of research and innovation in the textile sector, as well as to increase the efficiency of small and medium-sized enterprises in the industry. On the same day is the presentation "Brand Positioning - Mission Required" by Chief Assistant Dr. Stefania Temelkova from New Bulgarian University, which will be focused on the techniques for establishing and promoting a brand.

Young entrepreneurs and designers will showcase their businesses and projects in the startup area. In this way, they will be able to find partners for their endeavors, while the already established companies will be able to find among them professionals with a new view at fashion.

You can see the program by days and hours here.
You can find more detailed information about events in the Events menu on the web page.

If you would like to visit the exhibit and participate in any of the accompanying events, register at:
03 October

The largest textile and apparel expo in Bulgaria this year with more business segments

The second edition of the largest textile and apparel expo in Bulgaria will be more diverse as it will include more segments from both industries and more diverse participants. They will showcase machinery, supplies and manufacturing services, fabrics, yarns, accessories, ready-made garments, knitwear, linen, textiles for home and hotels. Logistic companies will be presented for the first time. The Expo will again feature a designer area and fashion shows of exhibitors.

The TexTailor Expo 2019 will be held in the period 7 - 9 November at the International Fair Plovdiv. Special guest is the world-renowned designer Ivan Donev, who will lead a workshop for young talents.

Companies from seven countries show the latest generation of products in the industrial part of the exhibition. Thus, manufacturers can see technological and technical developments. The German company presents the largest laundry and dyeing base in Eastern Europe, located in Kardjali. Another exhibitor from Germany is engaged in the processing and transport of fabrics. New textile production methods are present in expositions in Spain, the Netherlands and Greece.

Another interesting feature is the participation of ten Chinese companies whose products impress with both quality and price. They will show polyurethane clothing and windbreakers, bedding, home and hotel kits, yarns and knitwear, various fabrics, ready-made garments and other goods.

The presence of leading Bulgarian textile companies is very strong at TexTailor Expo 2019. Among them is one of the major exporters of a wide range of yarns for hand knitting as well as toweling. Other exhibitors offer textiles, materials, services and equipment. New for the Expo are the machines and consumables for digital printing in the field of advertising, and the company is developing its own program for recycled equipment for limited budgets.

Famous Bulgarian designers and manufacturers of ready-to-wear clothing, as well as work-cooperatives known for their collections of women's, men's and children's garments and knitwear, participate in the fashion part of the exhibition. Starting companies in the fashion industry will also have the opportunity to learn about good practices, get specialist advice, take advantage of professional services such as technical design - designing patterns, based on a photo or description.

The second edition of TexTailor Expo presents a wider range of industry news. The exhibition became unifying center of the Balkan fashion industry with its debut last year, when it welcomed close to one hundred exhibitors and more than 3,000 professionals from 13 countries. Their number is now expected to be larger.

On the photo: South Korean designer My Seon visited TexTailor Expo last year to choose fabrics for her new collections. Now the exhibition will show a greater variety of equipment, materials and services for the textile and fashion industries, as well as a wide range of their products.
30 August

WORTH project support innovative design ideas

We present to you the WORTH project, lead by AITEX (The Textile Research Institute) in Spain. If you are a designer, craftsman, SME manufacturer, tech-firm or start-up you have the chance to apply with a project and get support to implement it. You can be supported to develop unique and high-end products in the following sectors: fashion and textile, footwear, fur and Leather, furniture and home decoration, accessories and jewellery. 

WORTH is about creating transnational partnerships and supporting design-driven projects/ideas, wherein the added value strongly lies in design concepts by integrating disruptive techniques and/or technologies in a creative way.

  • Media kit including international media relation activity, advertising and social media marketing
  • € 10.000 seed money
  • International   product   showcase   through   the   participation   in   two international design events
  • A tailored-made mentoring programme
  • Cross-sector collaboration and participation in networking events
  • Professional links
You can find more information on the project website: 

The third and last call for proposals ends on 31 October 2019. So far there have been 2 calls for proposals in which 89 projects were supported, of which 2 from Bulgaria.

TexTailor Expo announces this opportunity to you in partnership with AITEX, Spain. During the seminar programme of TexTailor Expo this year, AITEX will present to the Bulgarian audience its new project ELIIT (European Light Industries Innovation and Technology) that aims to support the collaboration between SMEs within the TCLF sectors (textile, clothing, leather and footwear) and technology providers, in order to transfer the technology innovation to these SMEs to increase their competitiveness.
08 July

World Famous Designer to Train Fresh Talents at TexTailor Expo 2019

Ivan Donev, the extremely successful designer, will be the special guest of International fair on textile and fashion – TexTailor Expo 2019, held during 7th – 9th November in IFP, Plovdiv. The unique artist of world-wide recognition will put together a specialized workshop for Young Designers.

In two days he will reveal to beginning designers not only how to create their own models but also how to build-up their own vision and to position themselves as a brand, leaving a trail in the world of fashion. The participants in the workshop will learn how to present their projects to the critics and influencers, how to put together their collections so that their idea and vision be available to wider audiences and customers. Ivan Donev will demonstrate the subtleties of every detail in the creation process until a high-quality fashion art is created. Thus, the Designers’Workshop of TexTailor Expo will contribute to the development of a whole new generation in Bulgarian and International fashion.

Ivan Donev was born in Plovdiv, but he works and lives in Rome, Italy, where in 2011 he graduates the Koefia International Fashion Academy. Soon the media announces him for “the adopted stylist of Italian haute-couture”.

His models have been worn by celebrities from all over the world on many of the most prestigious events such as the Venice Film Festival, Night of the Stars in Hollywood, the Oscars, Негови модели обличат личности от целия свят за едни от най-престижните събития, като Фестивала на киното във Венеция, Нощта
на звездите в Холивуд, Гала вечерята на наградите „Оскар“ , sir Elton John’s charity dinner, the BAFTA Awards, the Napa Valley Independent Film festival, the Spirit Awards, Hollywood, etc. The actresses Briana Evigan, Sofia Milos (“CSI:Miami”), Christina Ochoa (“Blood drive”), the signer Daya (a Grammy-award winner)
and many more are amongst the admirers and proud owners of Ivan Donev hautecouture models. He is a winner of more than 15 international awards, including RCC Oscar for fashion, “Best International Designer” category – Chicago, USA, and the CertiLuxe Award 2013 for innovations, uniqueness and quality in fashion design in the Milan Fashion Week. The talented artist is also engaged as a university teacher.

The Designers’ Workshop will be the main accent in the accompanying program of this year’s TexTailor Expo. The pristine International Fair depicts technologies, machinery, accessories, innovative collections and ready-to-wear apparel. It puts closer leading producers and marketers of the textile & fashion industry. The Expo demonstrates effective solutions for the development of the sector not only domestically, but locally for the Balkans as well. In the up-coming second edition of the B2B forum the international presence will be expanded and diversified by Chinese representatives. More than 3000 visitors worldwide are еxpected.

Ivan Donev next to one of his most outstanding models, depicted in an exposition in the Italian “Santa Severa” castle, organized by the Embassy of Japan in Rome. The Dress, made of 200 m of tulle and 16 m of finest lace has been previously presented on a glamorous charity event in the Royal Albert Hall, leading the noted artist to be the first Bulgarian designer presenting own collection in the biggest Hall in London.

From personal archive
09 May

Chinese companies will participate in the biggest textile and fashion forum in Bulgaria

Several Chinese manufacturing companies have applied as exhibitors at TexTailor Expo 2019. This is the biggest exhibition of textile and fashion in Bulgaria, which was established last year and immediately became widely popular in the Balkans. Its second edition will be held between November 7th and 9th , 2019 at International Fair Plovdiv.

Following the large-scale participation of Turkish companies in the previous year, now we will exhibit the Chinese manufacturers of materials and equipment for the tailor industry which promises to be of great interest to the Bulgarian producers. In 2018 about 100 exhibitors from seven countries took part in the TexTailor Expo, whereas this year this number is expected to grow.

Our vision for TexTailor Expo is not only to organize a regular exhibition, but to create a business-to-business complex networking of interest and use for all our participants. We were encouraged by the success of our exhibitors in the previous edition where trade deals were conducted, the manufacturers expanded and strengthened their international business contacts with more than 3000 business visitors from 13 countries worldwide – the Expo itself quickly turned into a unifying forum for the Balkan fashion industry.

The event builds the connection between art, education, science and industrial manufacturing with the sole purpose to enable the Bulgarian producers to deliver their own products and services, thus overcoming the labour crisis and preventing collapse in the industry. Currently the textile and apparel trade accounts for 2,1 bln euro per annum or 11,5% of the GDP in the country.

TexTailor Expo depicted modern technologies, machinery, accessories and materials for the textile and sewing industry, the ready-to-wear stream and the seasonal fashion lines. Graduates from the vocational schools of all levels presented their own projects; a start-up zone was organized for the young entrepreneurs and designers, a designers’ area to create new outlooks and catwalk. All these features will be part of the Expo in 2019 and the accompanying program will be enriched by its seminars and lectures on the trends in fashion, the export marketing and other topics of interest in all aspects of the industry.

TexTailor Expo shows the two sides of fashion – the continuous search of aesthetics and the unstoppable strive for technological innovation. This is exactly what makes the Expo so fruitful and provoking both for professionals and the wider audience, - as concluded by Dr. Ivan Sokolov, executive Director of International Fair Plovdiv.

On the photo: Following the last year’s success, Chinese companies will take part in TexTailor Expo 2019. The exhibition became textile & fashion core in the Balkans even with its first edition last year.
07 November

The two faces of fashion at "TexTailor Expo 2018"

The two sides of fashion - aesthetic quests and technological innovations, are shown at the exhibition "TexTailor Expo 2018", which starts on November 8th at the Plovdiv International Fair. It gathers 97 exhibitors from Bulgaria and abroad, working in the textile and clothing industry. The Business Forum will continue until 10 November under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy.

Fashion fans will see new visions, experimental and classic collections of ready-made garments. Professionals will be introduced to the latest generation of equipment and services. Both in the design and technological part of the exhibition stands out the green line imposed by the ambition to protect the environment and the lifestyle choices.

A series of fashion shows will present the creative decisions of prominent and rising designers. An unusual look distinguishes the projects of graduates of specialized secondary and higher schools, which are also among the participants. "TexTailorExpo 2018" raises the curtain to the fashion of the future. Start-up zone is full of new brands and projects of young artists and entrepreneurs. The design space is designed for ideas inspired by the ideas of the style of tomorrow.

Seminars will familiarize professionals with the colors and silhouettes of the autumn-winter season 2019/2020 and the methods for forecasting fashion lines and markets. At the International Conference "Trends and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry", 15 papers focusing on the technological as well as the aesthetic side of fashion will be presented.

Smart solutions that transform this industry will be demonstrated at the show. Bulgarian companies offer robotic machines and software programs, equipment and consumables for digital printing on fabrics. Among the novelties is the first Bulgarian digital printer on cotton, linen and silk with water-based inks. These innovations connect fashion and advertising.

The exhibits feature a wide variety of fabrics, colors and designs, made with the most modern methods and suitable for different types of clothing. They are offered by companies from Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, Greece. Turkey's foreign participation, one of the European leaders in the industry, is the strongest. The biggest factories for fabrics, knitwear, yarns, paints and accessories come from.
01 November

Colour Therapy Clothing and Bio Fashion at “TexTailorExpo 2018”

Clothing boosting positive mood, made of healthy fabrics, will be shown at "TexTailor Expo 2018", which will be held from 8th to 10th November at the Plovdiv International Fair. On a second day, shows of prominent and future designers will be presented, focusing on creative experiments and bio-trends in the modern world.

Mariana Atanassova's collection includes sport-elegant garments made of natural fabrics that have positive effect through body touch. Color therapy techniques that have anti-stress effects are also used to enhance wellbeing. With special color combinations and the lack of artificial impurities, these clothes take care of both style and health.

Kalina Stoyanova’s collection “Cultural Layers” is created especially  for the exhibition and the visitors will be able to follow the process of creating elegant dresses and coats. Inspiration from nature, unusual constructs and premium fabrics distinguish these clothes.

In the "Metamorphoses" collection of Iskra Petrova an innovative textile technology is used - a textile foil rack and a thermal transfer printing on velvet. The designer has won awards from world competitions in Los Angeles and Beijing, and her internationally recognized collections can be seen on the stand. These clothing emphasizes personality, luxury and comfort.

Autumn-winter vision for modern urban woman offers Hristina Toneva in her collection "unAltred", inspired by bio trends in lifestyle. The buttons are not made of plastic but the natural crystal sapphire. Ancient techniques and tea dyeing are used to keep connection with nature.

The start-up zone is dedicated to the works of young designers. Among them is Tsvetina Valentinova, who has developed a line of outerwear called "Polichromorphos". It combines two themes: "Biophilia" - a love for life and nature, a quest for creation, and "Culture". The patterns are designed for ladies who love bold experiments.

Students from four universities will show their creativity and new visions about fashion in a project review that will take place on 9th November. The provocative collection "Autumn-Winter 2019/2020" of the designer Plamena Dineva will be shown too.

Along with experimental fashion, the latest offers of well-established Bulgarian manufacturers will be presented. Among them is a company whose models wear many of our singers, TV presenters, models and other popular figures. Under the slogan "Free Spirit" are developed the products of another famous company, which puts combinations of machine knitting with appropriate stylish shoes, bags and accessories.

More fashion products can be seen on the stands of the participants and in the special Design Space. Along with the fashion reviews, the exhibition will present machines, materials, fabrics, knitwear, accessories and services to realize creative ideas. Thus, TexTailor Expo 2018 covers all the important aspects of the fashion industry.
24 October

High Technologies and Fashion at TexTailorExpo in Plovdiv

High technology also transforms the fashion industry by offering more and more smart solutions, "TexTailorExpo 2018" shows. The Expo for textiles, clothing and fashion will be held from 8th to 10th November in the International Fair Plovdiv with the participation of over eighty Bulgarian and foreign companies.

It will show a great variety of fabrics, colors and designs, made with the most modern methods and suitable for ladies', men's and children's apparel, boutique collections, sports equipment, underwear, swimwear, stage wear, interior design. Most participants from Bulgaria are developing exposures of fabrics created specifically for a particular type of final product.

A company from Poland offers fabrics with over 500 designs. Among the exhibitors are importers of fabrics, natural leather, laces and accessories from Italy, the fastest growing Bulgarian decorator manufacturer, our only zipper and velcro enterprise. The pallet is complemented by the products of a Bulgarian company specialized in the import of high quality upholstery, materials and accessories for the furniture industry. There is also a home textile company from Spain.

The Expo includes the largest textile, knitwear, yarn, chemicals, paints, labels, accessories in Turkey, which ranks among European industry leaders. They come with an extremely wide range of products made using the latest eco technologies.

An important accent in "TexTailorExpo 2018" is the presence of the German Institute Hohenstein, which has its own testing and certification laboratory for textiles. The research unit implements research projects and organizes training courses covering the whole supply chain of the textile industry. Thus exhibitors and visitors will be therefore able to get acquainted with the latest scientific achievements in the industry and to increase their qualification.
In the technology sector of "TexTailorExpo 2018" innovative machines and appliances can be seen. A cutting-edge robot of the last generation is the hit of the exhibition of Texco Group, along with electronic design and clothing construction systems. Several participants offer computer programs for various activities in the textile industry.

The sector combining fashion and advertising is widely represented. One of the largest exhibitors from Bulgaria will show the machines and consumables for digital printing on fabrics and software for color quality, will demonstrate direct printing on a fabric with a special printer. Among the most innovative products is the first Bulgarian digital printing press for cotton, linen and silk with water based inks, which provide bright color and are resistant to washing. Part of the Turkish exhibitors also demonstrate modern textiles printing solutions.
26 September

Strong International Participation at TexTailorExpo 2018

"TexTailorExpo" 2018 has triggered an international interest. For the first edition of the exhibition, which will be held from 8th to 10th November 2018 at the International Fair Plovdiv producers and wholesalers from Turkey, Poland, Romania, Spain and Germany have registered as exhibitors. Experts and business delegations from Austria, Poland, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and other countries will come as visitors to look for partners.

The exhibitors will present large collections of modern fabrics for the production of ladies', children's, men's and sportswear. Emphasis is placed on environmentally friendly products, including organic cotton. 32 companies from Turkey, among which some of the largest exporters, will offer knitted fabrics and fabrics of various materials - wool, cotton, polyester, viscose, modal, paints and chemicals, dyeing and printing services.

Bulgaria presents itself with manufacturers of clothing, designers, machines and accessories, fabrics, software. Professional fashion schools will also be present at the show.

The lecturer of two fashion trends workshops will be Sara Olwood, creative director of The Trend Bunker online platform. She is known as an expert successfully pursuing the development of fashion markets.
11 September

Fashion from the Future Presents "TexTailorExpo" in Plovdiv

The textile industry in Bulgaria makes a turn from CMT production to own product.
The fashion highlights for the autumn-winter season 2019/2020 will be featured on the TexTailorExpo by Sara Allwood, Creative Director of the The Trend Bunker online platform. She will also reveal one of the most important secrets of the fashion industry - how to predict and create new trends. Seminars are free for exhibitors and visitors to the first edition of TexTailorExpo, which will take place from 8 to 10 November this year at the Plovdiv International Fair.

Sara Allwood is known as an expert who has successfully anticipated the development of fashion lines and markets. Her lectures during the exhibition will be particularly useful for start-up designers and entrepreneurs in this industry for which we have dedicated the Start-Up Zone. They will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas, concepts and collections, to present new brands. Thus, the exhibition will demonstrate another aspect of the fashion of the future.

Futuristic elements will also be in the special Designer Space. It is styled without walls to be able to apply the contemporary techniques for presentations used in the biggest fashion exhibitions. The artists will present innovations and projects that create the new fashion visions of tomorrow.

The Start-up Zone and Designer Space will support the turn of the Bulgarian apparel industry. Both initiatives will connect manufacturers with designers to help them create their own brands of ready-made clothing and thus come out of the crisis, "said Valia Dankova, Manager of Spex, co-organizer of TexTailorExpo together with International Plovdiv Fair.

There are many orders for CMT production at the moment, but it is disadvantageous for manufacturers, who are forced to raise wages because of labor shortages. Only last year's salary growth is 15%, it raises costs without raising revenue and reduces profits. Businesses can not compensate for this decline as the lack of staff stops them from accepting new orders.

Workers' shortage is already critical, experts say. In their view, the goal is to create a product with high added value - ready-made clothing to maintain profitability and avoid collapse of the industry. TexTailorExpo 2018 will offer effective solutions in this direction with Sara Allwood's Workshops, Start-up Zone, Designer Space, and Fashion Shows.

The Forum will bring together companies from the Balkan Peninsula working in the Textile, Clothing and Leather Industry. They will demonstrate technology, textiles, supplies, consumables and finished products. The accompanying program includes seminars for specialists and a conference on the problems of the industry. There will also be a shopping area. Thus, the international exhibition under the auspices of the Minister of Economy will be interesting and useful for producers, traders and consumers.
14 August

Fashion Trend Seminars, free for exhibitors and visitors

The exhibitors and visitors of TexTailorExpo will have the opportunity to learn from Sara Allwood, Creative Director of The Trend Bunker. Sara has a longstanding career within the high street and luxury markets across Europe and the US, known for her trend and commercial emerging trend reports globally. Sara consults on brand strategy and creative directions for the fashion and product design industries and also lectures colleges on the art of trend forecasting.

We have planned seminars on the following topics:
  • “Fashion Trends AW19 'VALUES'” - for producers, wholesalers and designers of clothing and fashion products.
  • “The Art of Trend Forecasting” - for teachers, lecturers and researchers in the field of fashion, but also for producers and designers.
For more information: see here
08 August

The exhibitors of TexTailorExpo have the opportunity to present their collections at the exhibition Catwalk.

The TexTailorExpo Catwalk is an efficient fashion show production package that exhibitors can take advantage of: we provide the support, companies need to present their products or brand in consistency with their own vision.
It is suitable both for designers, experienced in fashion show presentation, as well as for companies and young designers attempting it for the first time. TexTailorExpo Catwalk provides everything necessary, including professional support, at very favorable prices, for exhibitors only.

The catwalk is located in Hall 10 of the International Plovdiv Fair, especially curated to host the fashion and trend area with the Start-up Zone and the design schools and universities. Furthermore, every show will be featured in the official programme of TexTailorExpo.

See more.

Author: Valia Dankova, TexTailorExpo
31 July

Avant-garde fashion collections created by students - part of the program of "TexTailorExpo 2018"

Vocational high schools, specializing in the fashion industry, will also be presented with booths. This will enable direct contacts between their alumni and textile and clothing manufacturers. The initiative aims to offer solutions to one of the main problems in the industry - the shortage of staff.

Staff shortages are already critical, experts say. The employed in the apparel industry decreased by 6% only last year and for the period 2015-2017 the decrease is almost 12%, according to data from the National Statistical Institute. "This is not due to job cuts. On the contrary, employers have difficulty in hiring new employees. In our factory, for example, the pay of our good workers is 800-900 leva, for some positions it exceeds 1000, but we find it hard to find people, "explains Lachezar Stoyanov, director of a company that will participate in TexTailorExpo.

In order to promote among young people some of the most demanded professions on the labor market, the specialized vocational schools will be presented with stands, and also on the fashion podium with projects of their alumni. The initiative is implemented in partnership between the National Association of Fashion Schools (NAUM) and the organizers of "TexTailorExpo 2018".

“This is a very good opportunity to show the industry our achievements, innovation and creativity among young people, and to orient them properly in the labor market, "said Rositsa Ivanova, Chairman of the Board of NAUM. According to the organizers, this will build a strong link between business and education, which is one of the most effective solutions to the labor crisis in the industry. The exhibition is an interesting and useful initiative because it presents not only the production, but also the vocational training, added Rositsa Ivanova.

The Forum will bring together companies from the Balkan Peninsula working in the Textile, Clothing and Leather Industry and will revive the exhibitions dedicated to the three branches. TexTailorExpo has the ambition to become an innovative and productive hub for the Balkans, demonstrating technologies, equipment, materials, consumables and finished products. The accompanying program includes fashion shows, seminars for specialists and a conference on the problems of the industry.
27 July

Rostitsa Ivanova, Chairman of the National Association of Fashion Schools (NAUM) about TexTailorExpo

"The TexTailorExpo exhibition for the textile and apparel sector is an interesting and innovative initiative because it revives the tradition to represent achievement in the field, generate ideas and lead to development and improvement. The exhibition should be held annually because it presents not only the textile and apparel sector but also the achievements in vocational education and training.

The National Association of Fashion Schools (NAUM) works with TexTailorExpo because it is an opportunity to introduce the schools that are members of the association, to promote our achievements, to show young people innovation, creativity and to orient them properly for the labor market. Through the exhibition, we will present the essence and sigificance of NAUM, because we believe there are wonderful partnership opportunities with TexTailorExpo. It will enrich our ideas and help make our ambitions a reality.

At the exhibition in November 2018, NAUM will participate with a fashion show and booths where we will introduce our schools.

I wish success to the event!"

Rositsa Ivanova, Chairman of the Managing board of the National Association of Fashion Schools

10 July


TexTailorExpo will work together with BOTO Association (Bulgarian Textile and Apparel Organization) to organize the participation of exhibitors and visitors at the event.

BOTO is an association of more than 50 companies from the textiles and clothing industry, operating on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. At present, members of BOTO are some of the most prominent  and competitive companies from the whole country. Their involvement and contribution will add value to all TexTailorExpo's activities and increase benefits for both exhibitors and visitors.

For more than 12 years, the association has been working actively for its mission, namely the textile and clothing industry, to be an economically strong industry. In order to achieve this goal, BOTO has recognized at TexTailorExpo an opportunity to create an event that not only brings specific commercial benefits, but also gives a face and enhances the image of the industry.

The organizers of the exhibition have established contact with over 20 European industry associations and one from the United States, who are invited to send their business delegations to the exhibition. They have been invited not only to attend the exhibition, but also to participate in the accompanying events, as well as to organize visits to companies in case of interest.

Among the invited organizations are organizations from Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Great Britain, USA and others.
29 June

Business Delegations from Austria and Lithuania will visit TexTailorExpo 2018

A start-up zone for young designers and innovations in the business is also planned.

Business delegations from Austria and Lithuania will visit the first international edition of TexTailorExpo 2018 at the Plovdiv International Fair, which will be held from 8 to 10 November 2018. Delegations from other European countries looking for native manufacturers of ready-made garments are also invited. The exhibition is devoted to the textile, clothing and leather industries and aims to present the industry mainly from the countries of the Balkan Peninsula and with the participation of exhibitors, visitors and business delegations from Europe. The forum is under the auspices of the Minister of Economy and is organized in partnership with the Branch Organization for Textile and Clothing (BOTO).

All aspects of the industry - from manufacturers and importers of machines, equipment, software and services for the production of textiles, knitwear, apparel and leather goods to finished goods and fashion - will be presented in the three exhibition days. Within the framework of TexTailorEXpo 2018, an industry conference, fashion shows and seminars will be held. There is also a start-up area for young designers with innovations in the field.

The exhibition will bring together the magic of fashion and technology to showcase the modern look of an industry that has over 130 years of history in Bulgaria. After years of downturns and shocks today, this industry has a leading position in the Bulgarian economy and is among the first in the volume of exports, reaching more than 2 billion euros a year. Participation in the exhibition was confirmed by Bulgarian companies and companies from Turkey, which produce the final product, materials and consumables for the tailoring industry. Participants from Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and other Balkan countries are also expected.
The accompanying program includes clothing reviews from renowned manufacturers, young designers, and graduates from specialized secondary and tertiary schools.
11 June

TexTailorExpo is turning into an all-round forum of the textile and clothing industry.

The international participation of exhibitors and visitors makes the Expo more attractive. The partnership with the educational sector in the field, makes it more beneficial.

International participation: The Bulgarian apparel manufacturers will have easy access to suppliers of machines, materials and services not only from Bulgaria, but also they will get acquainted with the proposals of over 40 Turkish companies presenting fabrics, accessories and equipment for clothing industry. We are actively working to attract companies from Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and other European countries.

Visitors from abroad interested in ordering private lable garments: The exhibition provokes interest from European companies looking for suppliers of ready-made apparel. At present, there is an interest expressed by representatives of Austria and Lithuania for organizing business delegations from companies looking for suppliеrs. 

Partnership with the educational sector: Given the labor-related problem of the industry with the qualification and recruitment, TexTailorExpo has successfully attracted representatives of the professional and tertiary education in the sector to facilitate the contact of the learners with the business. Schools from NAUM (National Association of Fashion Schools), Design Department of NBU and Applied Arts Department of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts Plovdiv confirmed their active participation in the forum. Vocational schools will present themselves at their booths in the fair as well as present models of their alumni in fashion shows during the event. Besides participating in fashion shows, higher education institutions will also be actively involved in other accompanying workshops, seminars and the Branch Conference on "Trends and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry".
16 May

Invitation for participation with reports for conference “Tendencies and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry”

We have the pleasure to invite you to the first industry conference “Tendencies and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry”, which will be on the 9th November 2018 in International Fair Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The conference “Tendencies and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry” is part of the first edition of international exhibition of textile equipment and products “TexTailorExpo 2018” under the patronage of The Ministry of Economy. The organizers of the conference are: SPEX ltd, International Fair Plovdiv and online magazine for textiles, clothing, leather and technology.

Conference’s topics:
  • Professional and higher education
  • Science, technology and dual education
  • Export marketing
  • Technical-, nano-, smart and geotextile.
  • Non-woven textiles and functional clothing
  • Intelligent fashion and textile product – clothing and goods
  • Information technologies and digitalization in the processes of the textile industry
  • Development of the sustainability and effectiveness of the eco-textiles
  • Digital textile print
  • Control and test on the quality of the textile industry
  • Spinning, weaving and knitting;
  • Managing marketing along the supply chain;
  • Creating an employer brand and corporate social responsibility;
  • Opportunities for new markets, problems in the industry and ways to solve them; 
  • Expanding sources for recruiting workers from foreign countries as well as improving the image of the industry;
  • Discussion panel in support of government and institutions - good recruitment practices;
  • Competitiveness and Innovation Productivity - Current Strategies and Policies;
  • Presentations of innovative products, know-how, achievements and results from manufacturers / companies for textiles and fashion industry.
All exported and sent reports, presentations at the conference “Tendencies and Innovations in the Textile and Fashion Industry” will be published in the online magazine for Textiles, Clothing, Fur and Technology with ISSN 2535-0447 - , and the summaries of the reports will also be published on the exhibition site

Deadline for submitting a title with a summary of the report - September 30, 2018.

Additional information
25 March

TexTailorExpo 2018 to be Held under the Auspices of the Ministry of Economy of Republic of Bulgaroa

The Organisers of the TexTailorExpo 2018 are glad to announce that the Ministry of the economy of the Republic of Bulgaria officially confirmed the patronage of the international exhibition of textile machinery and products. We also have the assurance that the Ministry would provide the necessary institutional support of the industry.

Considerating this news as a positive achievement for textile and leather industry and we give our appreciation to the State institution. We would also like to express our satisfaction with the performance of one of our primary goals – the supporting and the and improvement of the business conditions for these so vital sectors of the Bulgarian economy.
17 March

TexTailorExpo 2018 Already Has Its First Exhibitors

Two Bulgarian companies - one apparel producer and one company offering equipment and software for the sewing industry have confirmed their participation.
Negotiations are underway with ICF Fairs&Org from Turkey for buying 400 м2 area for Turkish companies, producers of materials and accessories for the clothing industry. This show that there is interest towards this exhibition not only in Bulgaria, but also in the neighboring countries and sets a good start.
16 March

Press Conference related to the opening of the new exhibition TexTailorExpo 2018

On 29 March 2018 in the Pressclub Hall of the Plovdiv International Fair will be organised a press conference related to the opening of the new exhibition TexTailorExpo 2018.

The event is organised by "Plovdiv International Fair " JSC and "Spex" Ltd. This Press Conference aims to present the new initiative in front of the media and business, and also to draw attention of the public to the importance of the industry.

It should be noted that the textile and garment industry in Bulgaria provides work for more than 110 000 people, which provides the opportunity for social and industry representativeness. The renewed tradition of the textile exhibitions will be a useful initiative, which will support the producers in the marketing of their products but this will also benefit the economy of the country.

At 12 am in the Restaurant  "Fontana" at the premises of the International Fair Plovdiv will be organised a networking cocktail.
15 March

Renewing the Tradition of Textile Exhibitions in Plovdiv

TexTailorExpo: November 08-10 2018

The first edition of the International Specialised Exhibition for textile machinery and products "TexTailorExpo 2018" will be held from 8 to 10 November 2018.

It is a joint project of SPEX Ltd. and The International Fair Plovdiv AD.

TexTailorExpo 2018 is a business-to-business oriented exhibition for Bulgaria and the region, which aims to meet the Bulgarian and international producers of clothing, shoes, fabrics, accessories, machinery and equipment with the partners from the world market and to create a business environment for generation of new contacts or to launch a new collaboration.

On the "TexTailorExpo 2018" you can find out new collections for women and men, textiles, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Within three days, from 8 to 10 November, Bulgarian and foreign companies will be presented with their stands, in the following streams:

·         Equipment for the tailor
·         Supplies for the Tailor
·         Apparel Sourcing
·         Ready-to-wear

During the exhibition, will be organised a variety of events, which will be of interest both for the exhibitors and the visitors.