Getting ready for AEF Pro Paris
By Mark Hayhurst 01 Feb 2018
AEF Pro Paris, the needlecrafts and creative hobbies French trade show, will take place from 9-11th February in Paris, Porte de Versailles. It caters for wholesalers, distributors, designers, editors and top brands involved in any field related to the arts and crafts market.
As last year, AEF PRO PARIS will take place on the same days and at the same location as the International Aiguille en Fête Consumer show, to make it a major annual meeting. Aiguille en Fête is an established consumer show for the sewing, knitting, embroidery, patchwork, haberdashery, lace, weaving, crocheting and tapestry worlds and welcomes 240 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors annually as well as an amazing textile exhibition program.
Bringing the two shows together and hosting them at the same time brings more dynamism, energy, innovation and business. AEF Pro Paris has become a major business event in France, in an up and coming market and welcomes around 80 exhibitors and 4,000 buyers, who benefit from a variety of new business opportunities. During the three day event, a variety of French and international wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, publishing companies and designers will present their yarn, threads, haberdashery, fabrics, books and other essential craft products, alongside other complementary sectors such as scrapbooking, beads, home decoration items and packaging.
Aiguille en Fête, will open on from 8-11 February.
The two different shows each have their own separate identities, yet there is an obvious synergy between the two. This year, for the first time, visitors and buyers attending the trade show will have the opportunity to take part in master classes given by Meilleur ouvriers de France , or a number of different famous textile crafts artisans. Merchandiser, Frederique Kizil will teach shop owners how to create beautiful displays for their shop windows and interiors. Thanks to the proximity of the consumer show Aiguille en Fête, AEF Pro Paris visitors will also have access to private visits to, a high-quality exhibition program.
The theme of the exhibition is “White tradition and passion” and offers amazing needlecraft artistic expressions, an open book on the textile arts and their culture.