IF Wedding Fashion-İzmir Wedding Dress, Suit and Evening Wear Fair opened its doors for the 16th time. Turkish wedding dress and evening wear manufacturers and exporters exhibited their products to foreign buyers from 22 different countries in the Purchasing Committee organization organized by the Aegean Ready-to-Wear and Apparel Exporters' Association simultaneously with the fair on 25-2022 November 10.
Burak Sertbaş, President of the Aegean Ready-to-Wear and Apparel Exporters' Association, said, “Izmir alone meets 70 percent of our country's wedding dress production. We export all over the world, including Europe and the Middle East. This year, our Association organized a purchasing delegation covering the wedding dresses, groom suits, evening dresses, children's evening dresses and accessories sectors for three days simultaneously with the fair, through the Ministry of Trade. Our 10 companies held approximately 51 meetings with 18 foreign buyers from 200 different countries, including Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Macedonia and Greece.” said.
Explaining that Turkey's apparel exports reached 7 billion dollars with an increase of 17,8 percent in the January-October period, Sertbaş said, “In 2021, imports of 145 billion dollars were realized in the wedding dress, suit and evening wear sector around the world. Among the target countries participating in our procurement committee, Germany ranks second after the USA with its imports of 2021 billion dollars in the relevant sectors in 13,6. France, another important country of the procurement committee, ranks third with an import of 2021 billion dollars in 7,6. The UK's import amount in 2021 is 6,9 billion dollars, while Italy's is 4,8 billion dollars. With new commercial connections, we aim to increase Turkey's 4% share of the world market to 10% in the wedding dress, suit and evening dress sectors.” he said.