|More than 200 textile and garment companies are marketing their products and services to both domestic and international customers at the Viet Nam Fashion Fair that opened last Friday in HCM City. — File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS)— More than 200 textile and garment companies are marketing their products and services to both domestic and international customers at the Viet Nam Fashion Fair that opened last Friday in HCM City.
The fair, held at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre, has 300 booths, up 10 per cent from last year's event.
"We want to introduce to domestic consumers major brands of members of the Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) as well as others in the industry," said Vinatex general director Le Quang Nghi.
"This annual event will also provide opportunities for textile, garment and accessories manufacturers to find trading partners and co-operate in creating supply chains," he said.
Local firms will also have the opportunity to find international partners, he added.
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Ho Thi Kim Thoa praised the textiles and garment industry for creating up to 2.5 million jobs and significantly contributing to national economic development with an annual growth of 15 per cent.
She said in the first eight months of this year, the industry had grown by 17 per cent and its localisation ratio had increased to 49 per cent.
During the six-day event, the organisers, Vinatex and Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association, will also hold fashion shows for the latest collections from leading national brands including Viet Tien, Binh Minh Garment, NEM and Hoa Tho.
During the opening session, a national Guiness record was held for the largest jacket, which is 2 metres wide and 3.5 metres long.
The jacket was made by the Nha Be Garment, which has made the garment for many years. From brainstorming and coming up with idea to designing and executing it, it took 10 skilled workers about two months to complete the jacket, using more than 40 metres of fabric, a company representative said. — VNS